akola Travel Guide

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Akola,The Cotton City 

Introduction 
Akola is a major city of Indian state of Maharashtra. The city also serves as the district headquarter of Akola district. This lively city lies in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. It is about 600 km to the east of Mumbai and about 250 km to the west of Nagpur. It is situated in the Amaravati division. It is considered to be the third largest city in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra after Nagpur and Amravati. The official language of the city is Marathi. Apart from this, Hindi, English and Urdu are also spoken by local people. The city is popularly known as The cotton city because it is famous for the production of cotton. The city is also famous for its pulses (dal), oil, and textile mills. Akola is also known for its medical facilities. It is a major center for advanced medical treatments, such as the Elizarov Technique, IVF. This city portrays a wonderful blend of Hindu, Muslim and British influence. Akola is considered as one of the most ancient city of India and there are various significant historical sites located in the region. Several forts are situated in and around the place. Narnala Fort, Akola Fort and the Balapur Fort are some of the other major attractions of Aloka and travelling around the city is really a good experience for tourists.

History 
The name of Akola city is derived from the name of the Great Warrior King Akol Singh. Akola was a part of the old Berar province, which has been referenced in Mahabharata to be a part of Kingdom of Vidarbha. The entire region has been ruled by different dynasties and empires throughout the centuries. Subsequently the Berar region went under the rule of the Mauryan Empire. The Satavahana dynasty was a powerful empire during the 2nd Century BCE and had control over the region of Berar. The Vakataka Dynasty and the Rashtrakutas ruled the region for over five centuries respectively. One of the most powerful empires to have ruled the region is the Chalukya Dynasty who maintained their reign for over four centuries with gaps in between and the Yadavas of Devagiri. Apart from this, In 1960 Akola became the part of Maharashtra state. Cotton city Akola is located in north-central Maharashtra state. Akola district was divided into two districts Akola and Washim on 1st July 1998. Akola district is composed of Akola, Akot, Balapur, Barshitakli, Murtijhapur, Patur and Telhara.

Tourism 
Akola is a nice tourist destination of Maharashtra. There are numerous beautiful as well as popular temples, mosques and churches situated in the city. Some of the major attractions of Akola include Birla Mandir, Jain Temple at City Market Place, Shree Bara Jyotirlinga Mandir at Jatharpeth Road, Jama Masjid, Chaand Hafiz Masjid and Mount Carmel Church. These places are visited by tourists on regular basis. Tourists coming to the Akola are enchanted by the culture, tourist places and scenic beauty of the city as well as the warm hospitality the people of the city.

Places to visit 

Akola Fort
Akola Fort is one of the most famous tourist destination in Akola. The fort was constructed in 1697 by Asad Khan, during the rule of Aurangzeb. In 1870, the fort was destroyed and ravaged by the British. This fort also houses the Rajeshwari Temple, which is visited by number of devotees.

Raj Rajeshwar Temple
Raj Rajeshwar Temple is one of the most famous temple located in Akola. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is visited by a number of devotees and tourists. According to Hindus, the Marathi month of Shravan is considered to be sacred. Therefore, devotees visit this temple to offer prayers at this temple to Lord Shiva during the Mondays of this month.

Narnala Fort
Narnala Fort is one of the most famous fort situated in Akola. It is located on the Satpura hills in close vicinity of Shahnur, this fort is surrounded by dense forest. Travellers visiting the fort can also explore Jafarabad Fort in the north-east and Teliagarh Fort in the south-west.

Balapur Fort
Balapur Fort is also most visited place which is situated at a distance of 24 kms away from the city of Akola. The temple of Bala Devi, on the basis of which the name of the fort has been given, is situated on the southern side of this fort. Today, a large number of government offices are established inside the premises of this fort.

Mahadev Temple
Mahadev Temple is a most famous Hindu Temple located in Akola. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts thousands of devotees from all over the country. On the third Monday of the Hindu month of Shravan, devotees walk a great distance to offer prayers in the temple.

Area 60 kmĀ²
Population 427146
Language Hindi, Marathi
Pin Code 444001

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