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.
Sion is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In the native language of Marathi, Sion is known as ‘Sheev. ’ This means ‘boundary’ or ‘limit.’ Sion is of historical importance as it marked the boundary between Bombay and Salsette Island in the 17th century. It is only about 11 km from the centre of Mumbai and so tourists can also include the sights of Mumbai on their itinerary.
Places to Stay
There are several budget-friendly hotels in Sion. Some of them are AXA Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 100), Eden Guest House and Dormitory (Tariff – Rs. 300), The Unicontinental (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel Ashray international (Tariff – Rs. 2000.)
The official language of Sion is Marathi. Other languages that are spoken here include Hindi and Gujarati.
The important festivals of Sion are Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Dahi Handi around the time of Janamashtmi (in August.) Most other important festivals of all communities are celebrated.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be considered to be tourist attractions in and around Sion. Some of these places include the Sion Fort and Chapel, Sewri Fort, Juhu Beach (11 km from Sion), the Gateway of India (19 km from Sion), Worli Sea Face (12 km from Sion), Kanheri Caves (28 km from Sion) and the Elephanta Caves (40 km from Sion.)
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Sion is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. It is located about 15 km away from the locality.
Sion is well-connected to all parts of the city through the central sub-urban railway line. The main railway station is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (16 km from Sion) which is connected to all important cities.
There are daily bus services to Thane, Navi Mumbai, Akola, Pune, Lonavala, Ahmedabad, Nashik, Goa, Ratnagiri and Hyderabad. Some of the best bus operators in this region are considered to be Pooja Tours And Travels, Kesari Tours Private Limited, Karanje Travels, Diamond Tourist and National Travels. Booking bus tickets online is very convenient as you can book from the confines of your home.