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Pritvi Kanchiratingratingratingratingratingrating3.2/5

232 reviews

Nice place to visit

I had been to Akola by train in the month of March 2016. Akola is an important stop-over in the tourism circuit of Maharashtra. There is a daily train from Kacheguda Junction in Telangana state to Akola which departs daily at around 7 am. The must-visit attractions around Akola include Balapur fort, Ganesh Temple and the Vital Rukhmani Temple. The Balapur Fort is located 26 kilometers from Akola and is on the confluence of the Man and Mhais rivers. The Baladevi Temple is located on the southern side of the fort. Lord Ganesha Temple was built in 1886 and Sri Vinayak Digamba is believed to have laid the foundation stone of this majestic temple. The Withal Rukmani Temple is located at the heart of Akola town and believed to be built around 300 years ago.

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Vitthal Patilratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

37 reviews

Amazing destination and hassle free

I visited the Shree Sant Gajanane Maharaj Temple. The temple is ever seen in my life. I went with my family and stayed with them for two days. The city is quite clean, there were more rush to visit the temple. The people called Panchari of Vidharbhas to this city. The temple campus is very very clean. Once you go there cant think to go back to your home. The staff at the temple are polite, they have very good dress code. The bus stand is very small, the city is small but very good. Some big shops are there but not big malls in the city. The project developed by temple trust that is Anand Sagar is the point that will satisfy you to complete your trip. That is very huge project, its area is about 350 acres, the food provided in the Anand Sagar is excellent. Big garden is in it, playground, events, train ride, swing, and lots of activities can do in it. Free bus facility to Anand Sagar from temple is available. Really it is joyful place, we enjoyed lot, must go again to such a great place. Bring camera with you.

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Akola Overview

Akola lies in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra and is situated approximately 600 km away from the state capital, Mumbai. Spread across an area of 54 square km, it is known as the ‘cotton city’ of India. Akola produces the most amount of cotton in the country. Apart from cotton, Akola is also known for its oil, pulses and textile mills.

Akola, together with Berar, was part of the magnificent kingdom of Vidarbha. The region, until the 14th century, saw the rule of many dynasties, viz. the Mauryans, the Chalukyas, the Satvahana, the Rashtrakuta and the Yadava dynasty. In the late 14th century, the region came under Muslim Rule with the coming of Alauddin Khilji. It remained under the rule of the Bahmani Sultanate until the late 15th century.

It was in the 1670s that the region came under the Maratha rule, under the guidance of Chatrapathi Shivaji. The Maratha regime was at its prime during that time. The region saw many wars during the British Rule, and Akola along with Berar was finally ceded to the Nizam of Hyderabad after the Marathas lost to the British.

After India’s independence the states and provinces were shuffled and Akola became a part of the newly formed state of Maharashtra. The city has various forts which stand testimony to its vibrant history which include the Narnala Fort, the Akot Fort and the Akola Fort.

Apart from being an industrial hub, Akola also holds religious significance. A large number of devotees make a pilgrimage to Raj Rajeshwar Temple here, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some other significant temples of the city include the Birla Mandir, Jain Temple, Shreenath Dutta Mandir and Swami Samarth Temple.

Akola also holds a cultural significance. It has played host to the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan twice which is a significant conference on Marathi Literature.

With the Melghat Hills lying to its north and the Purna River flowing through it, the city at an elevation of 925 ft above sea level has a tropical climate. The temperature hovers at about 28-32° Celsius throughout the year, with high levels of humidity.

The city is well connected by all means of transport - road, rail as well as air. Akola has a domestic airport as well as multiple railway stations which connect it to different cities of India.