Saturday, 17 March 2018

Marvels of Vidarbha -1

Overview: We had this plan of visiting the Shakuntala railway, India's only rail route operated by a private company on narrow guage. As I couldn't get leaves, we decided to make a very quick weekend visit to Yavatmal (originating station of Shakuntala Rail) and nearby places. We took an evening flight from Bangalore to Hyderabad and then overnight bus to reach Yavatmal on Saturday morning. Without wasting much time we reached Yavatmal railway station. Much to our disappointment, the rail service had been suspended since July 2017, also there was no information on this anywhere on the web.
Yavatmal Railway Station
Yavatmal Railway Station
Narrow Gauge near Yavatmal
We somehow had to be satisfied with the photos of the railway station and then headed towards the ancient Hemadpanthi Mahadev temple just outside the town. There is another ancient Kedareshwar temple in the center of the town.
Hemadpanthi Mahadev temple, Yavatmal
After spending a few hours in this town of Yavatmal, we headed towards Akola. Akola has been a bustling town during the Rashtrakutas and later fortified by Aurangzeb during the Mughals. The fort however is now completely encroached and only one gate of the majestic fort remains. The town also has a beautiful All Saints Church, built in 1873.

Akola Fort

Inside Akola Fort

Akola Fort

All Saint's Church, Akola
Sundarabai Khandelwal Clock Tower, Akola