Akola is situated at a distance of 248 km from Nagpur. Also referred to as the 'Cotton City of India', Akola is well connected to Nagpur by road and rail.
However, the best way to reach Akola from Nagpur is by train, which takes around 3 hours 32 minutes. There are various trains connecting Akola to Nagpur but the best option is the Puri ADI Express that runs on a daily basis. The train leaves from Nagpur at 2:45 pm and reaches Akola around 6:17 pm. The Akola Railway Station is situated 3 km away from the city centre.
Facilities such as ATMs and stalls selling food and books are available on the railway stations that fall on the way.
Transport options from Nagpur to Akola
Nagpur to Akola By Train: Take the Puri ADI Express from Nagpur and reach Akola in around 3 hours 32 minutes. The train fare ranges from INR 158 to 1040, depending upon the class of seat taken. Akola Railway Station is located at a distance of around 3 km from the city centre. Trains are suitable mode of transportation for families, senior citizens and for group travellers.
We started our journey to Shegoan (300 km) from Nagpur on 16th Aug 2011. We started off on our drive to Shegoan, at around 15 km from Nagpur there is a holy spot in Kampthi which is famous for Laxmi Temple. We took Darshan at the temple at around 6 am and started off to our journey.Through State Highway we were going ahead to Amravati (big district of Maharashtra) is famous for Durga Devi temple, where we took Amravati's famous breakfast includes Kanda poha and Shegoan Kachori's and took Darshan of these temples.
Again we started off our journey from Amravati and reached to Akola district (A famous District of Maharashtra) for their highest heat in summer season. We left Akola at around 1 pm and took lunch at road side dhaba. The lunch includes the Maharashtrian dishes like Brinjal vegetable, Save Bhaji, Brinjal Bharta, Curd Kadi, Green Chillies Chautni etc:)
After continuous driving, at last we reached Shegoan (A holy place famous for its temple of Gajanan Maharaj a Famous Avatar of Lord Ganesha) at around 4 pm in the evening. We parked the vehicles at the parking places provided by the temple premise members. Its take 1 hour to get the darshan of Gajanan Maharaj. After darshan we moved towards Bhakti Nivas (A Govt. of Maharashtra initiative and maintain by the temple committee for pilgrims) to stay for a night. It is the best place to stay at night with good ambiance and facilities provided by the staff. It is economical also. At the time of dinner we moved to the premises of temple where temple committee provides the prasad (it is like whole dinner) which consist of Zunka (made from mixture of Besan and Onion's), Bhakar (made from Bajara), Green chille Chutni, Rice, Dal, Brinjal Vegetable, Curd Kadi etc.
At early in the morning at 5 am. we again had the special Darshan of Holy Gajanan Maharaj and moved to Anand Sagar a famous picnic spot of Shegoan and also famous in whole Maharashtra for all age groups, situated in 25 km of area (around 500 acres of land) and provides all type of parking and food chamber facilities at entrance gate (tickets are available at entrance gate) around the area.
The main attractions of Anand Sagar are: 1. Different creatures made from wood and steel consist of wild animals like tigers, lions, elephant etc. Pet animals like dogs, cats etc. Birds like peacocks, parrots etc which looked like real one, no one can in first instance identify that it is not a real one. 2. Real mini rail with hand made rail station is the main attraction for all. 3. Artificial egg shape Island made in the area of around 5 km in between the artificial water channel. It consists of Vivekanda's museum and meditation room. It is the replica of Vivekanda rock in Kanyakumari. 4. Artificial Water channel or waterfalls (around 15 kms of range) consists of real ducks. 5. Rear bird species are found here. 6. Boating facilities are available in second site of the channel. 7. Artificial bridges made from wood and replica of famous Laxman Zhula of Haridwar is situated here. 8. Bridges gives the extra touch by having artificial sound there for 24 hours and these bridges have original different types of bales. 9. Different varieties of flowers, trees and creeper or lace. 10. Scriptures made from wastages (wood and steels) consist of Diyas, Mushrooms, Angels etc. 11. Around 5 food corners in different point of spots are situated. Where high quality standard is maintained with economical prices.
On first day we got the tickets from the ticket chamber and entered in an Anand Sagara for full enjoyment and adventures. It takes 2 whole days to cover the whole area of 25 km by walk and 2 hr through mini rail which is the main attraction of Anand Sagara. We took breakfast from the food corners and enjoyed it most.
On second day we got tickets of Mini rail and enjoyed 2 hr. Through mini rail by seeing whole Anand sagar in 1.3 hr. After that at around 1 pm. we exit from Anand Sagar and rush to our rooms for packing. After check-out we were ready to depart to Nagpur at around 3 pm. After having 6 hr of journey, we finally reached Nagpur after enjoying the trip by road almost 700 km round trip. This is the whole adventure, we have made from this trip.
The very next day we drove with Innova for local sightseeing which includes Ramtek (around 45 km from Nagpur), as name say's a Ram Temple is situated at the top of the height of Mountain rock contains 355 stairs to reach the temple at top. In between the way, there is a spot called Ramdam (A famous spot of land where all replicas of gods from around the India is situated). We enjoyed a lot by travelling and sightseeing the paddy fields, ghats, small villages. Crossed the bridges with low heights with bad maintenance. Some roads are very poor for travel. Water blocking is the normal issues here. But our overall experience is so good. This trip is so special for me and my family that we are planning for more road trips soon to different places in India.
When I left from Nagpur to Buldhana it was too cold, after going inside the bus it was also cold but after sometime it became normal, but when we were about to reach Buldhana it was too cold as compared to Nagpur. I was shaking, after that I went to Radhika Hotel, it is cheapest and also good, after that the weather was not so cold. The weather went on normal temperature, there was no need of heavy jacket or blanket, bus quality was good and they were punctual of time even they reached Nagpur before time.
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