Located at a distance of 50km from the fort, Melghat Tiger Reserve is one of the best places in the country to spot wild cats. In addition, one can also spot several rare varieties of flora and fauna in the protected area. Put on your explorer shoes and dive deep into the dense jungles of Melghat for a tryst with the wild!
4. Visit a cotton plantation in Akola
If you’re heading to Narnala and looking for a truly offbeat experience, this is it! 70km from the fort, lies the city of Akola – the biggest cotton producing district of India and a hub for higher education in the state. Visit a cotton plantation here, take a tour and learn the about the entire process of cultivation and cotton harvest. Trust me when I say this, you will not regret this!
When to go
Though Narnala makes for the perfect year-round weekend getaway option, the period between October and January is the best. The rains subside in this window and there is a slight chill in the air.
Here’s how you can get to Narnala from Pune:
By road: This is hands down the best way to travel from Pune to Narnala. Drive on the beautiful and well-maintained NH753A to get to Narnala in about 12 hours (550km).
By train: Alternatively, one can also hop on a train to get to Akola in about 11 hours, the nearest railway station to the fort. Narnala is located at a distance of 70km from Akola railway station, a distance that can be covered in about 2 hours.
Though the entire Narnala region is connected by state run buses, their frequency is quite erratic. It is advisable to have your own vehicle if you’re planning to explore this particular Maharashtrian belt.
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