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Akola Tourism Guide

Akola district forms the central part of Amravati Division, and was a former British Raj Berar Province. It is bounded on the north by Amravati District, to the east by Amravati District and by Washim District, to the south by Washim District, and to the west by Buldhana District. Major tourist places of Akola are Narnala fort, Balapur fort, Ashok Vatika, Nehru Park, Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary, Vitthal Rukmani Temple, Raj-Rajeshwar Temple, Narsing Maharaj Mandir and many others.

Tourist Places in Akola

Narnala fort, Akola

Narnala Fort comprises of three small forts- Zafarabad fort on the east, Narnala in the centre and Teliagarh on the west. Situated on the hills of Satpuda, it was built by Gond Kings. The features of the fort include Mahakali Gate, the overhanging balconied windows, large canon and beautiful architecture. The fort is spread over 392 acres (25 sq km) with a wall perimeter of 24 miles (36 km). It is said to have 27 gates (6 major and 21 minor) and 360 bastions. The fort has excellent water reserves, with nearly 50 ponds, out of which the Shakkar pond is famous. More Information

Balapur Fort and Balapur Temple (26 km from Akola)

The construction of Balapur fort was started in 1721 AD by Muhammad Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurangzeb, and same completed by Ismail Khan, the Nawab of Ellichpur in 1757 AD. A five domed chhatri was erected by Mirza Raja Jai Singh, Commander of Shah Jahan and General of Aurangzeb. The fort has three gateways and strong fortified bastions. The fort has three wells, one mosque and Balapur Temple located under the fort on the southern side.

Ashok Vatika

Ashok Vatika is an important religious place for Buddhist community in Akola city. There are the statues of Dr. B R Ambedkar, Gautama Buddha and Mahatma Jyotirao Phule.

Wildlife and Nature Trails in Akola

Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary (40 km from Akola)

Spread over 12 sq. km of forest area around Narnala fort, Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the popular and densely populated wildlife of Maharashtra. The Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary is declared on 2nd May 1997 and comprises of tropical dry deciduous forests. It is a continuation of Gawilgarh range of Satpura Hills and provides an important extension of Melghat. It serves as a corridor between the Melghat Tiger Reserve and the Wan Sanctuary. It serves as natural habitat to birds and wild animals like Sambar, Leopards and Barking Deer.

Pilgrimages / Religious Places in Akola

Shri Ganesh Temple

Shri Deoraobaba Vinayak Digambar laid the foundation stone of Shri Ganesh temple in 1886 in old Akola city. The temple is important pilgrimage place of Akola city.

Vitthal Rukmani Temple

Vitthal Rukmani Temple was built 300 years ago and latterly renovated in 2007. Located in old Akola, the temple has beautiful shrines of God Vitthal and Goddess Rukmani. The regular rituals and poojas are performed daily at the temple.

Raj-Rajeshwar Temple

The Raj Rajeshwar Temple was built in 1884 by Shri Raosaheb Devraobaba Digambarin. The ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Mahadev and important pilgrimage of Akola. Mahashivratri in the month of March is main festival of the temple. Also, every Monday of Shravan month attracts many devotees.

Kala Maruti Temple

Dedicated to Lord Hanumanji, Kala Maruti temple is believed to be built by Saint Ramdas Swami. Hanuman Jayanti and Samarth Ramdas Jayanti are celebrated with great energy and vigour.

Narsing Maharaj Mandir, Akot

Akot is city in Akola district and known for Narsingh Maharaj Mandir. Narsing Maharaj was famous saint of the region. The temple has an audience hall in front with three arches each on all three sides. In the inner chamber is the Samadhi of Narsing Maharaj at the centre and the images of Vitthal and Rakhumai are placed on an altar at the back of the Samadhi. Temple festival held in of Kartika month (October/November).

Water Parks and Amusement Centres in Akola

Nehru Park

'Nehru Park - Amusement and Water Park' as the name goes by, is the most fun place to visit in Akola city. It became the pride of city by installing India's first 3D Planetarium. Laser show and musical fountain have now become added attractions in Nehru Park. There is a snake park that exhibits various kinds of snakes. The amusement and adventure park has lots of rides, swings, slides, rope climbing, boating, roller coaster, rope-way and snacks bar. Nehru Park has Roller Coster, Boating, Mini Train, Meri-Go-Round, Rope Way, Water Park, Akola Darshan Tower, etc.

Nearby Places

Ø Gajanan Maharaj, Shegaon (45 km from Akola)

Ø Shrikshetra Mahurgad, Nanded (175 km from Akola)

Eating Spots in Akola

Ø Anand Restaurant, Akola

Other Important Tourist Information about Akola

How to Reach

Nearest airport is at Nagpur with 250 km. Nearest railway station is Akola. It is well connected by road transport to other cities.

Best Time to Visit: September to February

District Website: http://akola.nic.in/

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