AKOLA TOURISM GUIDE:
Map: Akola Tourism, Maharashtra, India
Location: North Central Part Of Maharashtra
Nearby Attractions: Temple Of Padmaprabha, Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary
Best Time To Visit: October To June
Significance: An Important Commercial Trading Center Especially For Cotton
Akola City is located in the north central part of Maharashtra state, western India, on the banks of Murna River and it is an important district in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra State. An important road and rail junction in the Tapti River valley, it is a commercial trading center chiefly in cotton. Akola is an important educational center with several colleges affiliated with the University of Nagpur. The city of Akola is the district headquarters of Akola district. It is surrounded by Amravati district in the north, Amravati and Yavatmal districts in the east, Parbhani and parts of Yavatmal districts in the South and Buldhana district in the West. Main languages spoken in the Akola are Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Sindhi, and Urdu.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS IN AKOLA
Shirpur: There are some important historical forts at Akola, Balapur and Karanja towns. A large number of visitors are visiting Shirpur (a large village in Washim tehsil) to see the temple of Padmaprabha, one of the 24 Tirthankars of the Jains. In addition to the above some important fairs are held in various parts of the district.
SIGHTSEEING AND EXCURSIONS NEAR AKOLA
Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located 40-km away from the Akola city. The total covered area of the sanctuary is 12.35-sq-kms. The area is hilly and rugged consisting of Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests. Teak, Ain, Tiwas, Salai, Sawar, Erythrina, Lendia, Dhawda, Grewia, Dhaman, Buchanania, Bamboo, Kusum, Sterculia, Moha are the principal plant species in the area. The area is also rich in wild jasmine shrubs. The sanctuary is a rich habitat of Leopard, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wildboar, Serpents, Porcupines and Birds.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: The nearest airport is Nagpur, which is about 292-km from Akola.
Rail: Akola is on the Mumbai – Nagpur railway line.
Road: It is well connected by road with few places like Mumbai (611-km), Nagpur (250-km), Pune (468-km) etc. State transport buses ply regularly between these cities.
WHERE TO STAY IN AKOLA:
Akola city is well equipped with excellent accommodation facilities, which vary from luxurious cottages and hotels. There are some reasonable accommodation options too at the numerous guesthouses and tourist lodges in the city.
FAIR AND FESTIVALS IN AKOLA:
“Sakharam Maharaj” fair of Loni Budsuk is the important fair of this district. Other major fairs organized in different parts of this district are “Narsing Maharaj”. “Arjun Awliya”, “Dhengo Mengo”, “Ambanath”, “Moreshwar Maharaj”, “Rudramani Devi”, “Ramnavami”, “Ganesh Utsav”, “Shambhushek Mahraj”, “Birbalnath Maharaj”, “Qalandar Baba Urs”, “Ambarnath Saint”, and “Balaji”.
FOR MORE TRAVEL INFORMATION:
HDFC, Harsh Sankul, 2nd Floor, Opp. RLT College, Civil Lines, Akola
State Bank of India, Adarsha Colony, Gorakshan Road, Akola
Temperature Range (Deg °c) Maximum Minimum
Summer: 40ºC 29 C
Winter: 30 C 14C
Clothing: Light cottons in summer and woolen clothes in winter
STD Code: 01476/0724
Population: 327,946 (1991 census)