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Akola is a city and the administrative headquarter of the Akola district in the Amravati division of Maharashtra. It is one of the important developing cities of the Vidharbha region The Akola district is geographically located at 20.17 to 21.16 North altitude and 76.7 to 77.4 East altitude. The district covers an area of 5,428 square kilometres.
Known as the 'Cotton City', Akola is the largest cotton-producing district in the country. It is also known for oil, textiles and pulses. The city has developed good communications in the form of roads and railways with the passage of time. It is well-known for manufacturing 'carrom boards', which are produced here due to the availability of high quality raw material. Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) is a famous agriculture university in the city established by the Government of India.
Some of the places of interest in the Akola city are as follows:
Narnala Fort: Also known as the "Shahpur Fort", it is is a popular attraction in the city of Akola. The name Narnala is derived from the Rajput Ruler Narnal Singh or Narnal Swami. The visitors can also explore the Teliagarh Fort and the Jafaragarh Fort near the Narnala Fort
Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at a distance of a few kilometres from the Akola district, it is a dense forest which surrounds the Narnala Fort. It is a home to a good variety of flora and fauna and also houses species of animals like porcupines, wild boars and serpents.
Shegaon: It is a famous pilgrimage place of 'Gajanan Maharaj'. The Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is the largest temple trust in the region and is also known as 'Pandharpur of Vidarbha'.
Akola Fort: Also known as Asadgad, it is a popular tourist attraction in the city. Built in 1697 by Asad Khan, it was unfortunately destroyed by the British. There is a temple in the fort dedicated to Lord Shiva. Another spiritual place, known as the Rajeshwari temple, is also visited by many devotees.
Ashok Vatika: It is a prominent place of worship for the Buddhists and the Dalits of the city. It houses statues of Siddharth Gautam Buddha, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule and Dr. B R Ambedkar.
Nehru Park: It is an amusement and water park in the city. There is a 3D Planetarium in the park which is also the first of its kind in the country. The park has many rides and a stadium with a sitting capacity of 350.
There are many temples and a few mosques in the city as well. Some of the temples in the city are:
There are also a few mosques in the city:
Aurangabad airport and the Nagpur airport are the nearest airports to the city. Akola railway station is the main station of the city which connects it to many other cities like Bikaner, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bhopal, Nagpur and many more. Maharashtra state transport runs intercity buses from Akola to other cities; and the Akola Municipal Transport (AMT) provides the local public transport services in the city.