Akola is a city located in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India. It is situated 250 km west of Nagpur, and 584 km east of Mumbai. Akola is now a developing city in the Vidarbha region. It is known for cotton production, oil mills, grain market and various types of dal. The IT sector is growing at a high rate in this region. It is the third biggest city in the region of Vidarbha.
Places to Stay
There are many budget as well as luxury hotels in Akola. Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Center Plaza Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Jasnagra Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1700) and Green Vallies Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some of the popular hotels of this city.
The official language is Marathi. Hindi, Urdu and English are also spoken.
Akola is known for theatre, literature, classical music and sports. It is a colourful city that celebrates Holi, Diwali and other festivals.
Places to Visit
Narnala (40 km away) has a fort and a wild life sanctuary, Raj Rajeshwari Temple, Ashok Vatika and Mount Carmel Church are popular tourist
attractions. There are many temples and mosques in the city that are all worth a visit.
How to Get There
Akola Airport is located in the city itself. The other nearby airports are at Nagpur and Aurangabad.
Akola Railway Station has good connectivity with major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi and many more.
Akola is connected to all the cities of Maharashtra and beyond. While booking your tickets online look out for those bus booking sites that offer the cheapest bus tickets.
Shirur is a small city located along the banks of River Kukadi. Situated in Maharashtra’s Pune district, this area had witnessed the battle between the Marathas and the British. Shirur lies on the Pune-Ahmedabad Highway. Pune is 69 km away and Mumbai is 201 km away from this city. Areas that surround this city are Daund, Shrigonda, Parner, and Khed.
Places to Stay
As Shirur is a small locality, people stay in Daund 58.3 km away from Shirur. Some of the hotels located here are Hotel Maharaja Inn (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Hotel Anuradha Palace (Tariff – Rs.860), and New Firangai Lodging (Tariff – Rs.715).
The languages spoken in Shirur are Marathi, Hindi, Marwari, and Kannada.
The important festivals celebrated in Shirur are Makar Sankranti in January, Holi celebrated in March, Jiviti Puja held during July-August, Ganesha Chaturthi in August, and Diwali celebrated during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many places of tourist attraction around Shirur. People prefer visiting Pune, as this is where most of the historical monuments are located; some of the interesting places are Aga Khan Palace (7 km), Shaniwar Wada (400 m), Sinhagad Fort (30 km), and Katraj Snake Park (9 km) from Pune.
How to Get There
Lohegaon Airport is 55 km away from Shirur.
Shirur does not have any railway station. The nearest railway station is in Visapur, 33 km away from the city.
There are regular state-run and private buses from Pune, Daund, and Shrigonda to Shirur, which connect the city to other cities and towns. Bus ticket booking discount coupons from travel portals can help you save money when you are travelling.