Standing to the east of Western Ghats, on the banks of Godavari, Nashik is a confluence of ancient and modern. It has its own unique identity due to its mythological, historical, cultural and social significances. It is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Nashik is one of the four sites of the triennial Kumbh Mela. One of the 12 jyourtilingas from which sprang the water of holy Godavari is housed at nearby Trimbakeshwar. Nashik is irresistible not only for its devout ascetic but to the connoisseur of wine also. It is the wine capital of India.
Nashik Kubh Mela is celebrated when Jupiter and the Sun falls on the zodiac sign, Leo. It is one of the hallowed festivals of India and is thronged by over a crore people from India and is thronged by over a crore people from India and the world. Kumbh Mela is celebrated with great pomp and show, crowds get crazy and scenario of the fare is breath-taking. Devotees congregate and perform several rites and rituals. Number of ceremonies are performed like religious discussions, devotional singing, mass feeding of holy men and women, and the poor, out of which bathing is considered as the most sacred and takes place at the bank of Godavari in every town, where Kumbha is celebrated.
STD Code: 0253
Climate: Temperature during summer months are between 30°C to 35°C.Temperatures during winter months can be anywhere between 18° C to 25°C. October to February is the best time to visit Nashik.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Nashik
Nashik railway station is one of the major stations of the Central Railway. There are numbers of trains that connect Nashik to other cities and towns. Nashik is 165 km from Mumbai and can be reached through NH-3 via Thane-Kasar-Igatpuri. Nashik is 210 km away from Pune. There are several private luxury video coach and state buses available between Nashik and cities like Pune, Shirdi, Aurangabad and Mumbai. Maharashtra State Transport buses connect Nashik to distant places of Maharashtra. Daily Taxi services is also available between Nashik and Mumbai.
Tourists can comfortably use taxis, tourist cars, auto-rickshaws and vans, which are ideal for local transport.
Tourist Attractions in Nashik
Godavari Ghat: River Godavari, that flows through Nashik and its Northern part is where Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman stayed during their exile. There are five Banyan trees here, the reason why this holy place is called Panchvati.
Ramkund: Legend has it that Lord Ram and Sita used to bathe in this Kund during their exile. This is considered to be one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the world. The pious river has 24 kunds of which Ramkund is one.
Shree Kapaleshwar Mahadev Mandir: It is located only 1 km from the Central Bus Stand. The most prominent aspect of this temple is that there is no idol of Nandi (the cow God) in front of Lord Shiva.
Kalaram Mandir: This temple is located 3 km from the Central Bus Stand. It is made from black stone bought from Ramshej 200 years ago. The temple witnesses great processions and Utsav on Ramnavami, Dasara and Chaitra Padwa.
SitaGumpha: Lord Ram’s wife Sita was staying here when Ravana abducted her that led to the epic battle between Ram and Ravana. It is one of the holiest temples of Hinduism. It is located only 2 km from the Central Bus Stand.
Mukti Dham: The Mukti Dham temple is located on Nashik Road a mere 8 km from the Central Bus Stand. It is a magnificent piece of architecture. A unique thing about this temple is the 18 chapters of Geeta that is written on its walls. Replicas of the 12 famous Jyotirlingas are also found here. Visiting this temple is akin to seeding all the four Dhams of India.
Trimbakeshwar: Trimbakeshwar is one of the 12 Jyortilingas in India and hence considered by Hindus to be extremely holy. They say that anybody who visits Trimbakeshwar attains salvation. This is also said to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. According to legend, this place where the Sahyadri mountain range and Godavari exist is the purest place in the whole world.
Pandava Caves: Pandav Lani is situated 9km from the Central Bus Stand. The engraving in these caves are believed to be of Pandavas of 17th century. There are 29 caves in all. Inside there are idols of Buddha, Bodhisatva, Jain TirthankarVrishvdeo, Veer Kapilbhadra and Ambikadevi.
Nanduri: This temple is known as one of the “three and a half Shakti Peethas of Maharashtra.” The temple is alos one among the 51 Shakti Peethas located on the Indian subcontinent and is a location where one of Sati’s limbs, her right arm is reported to have fallen.
Coin Museum: The Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies was established in 1980 and located in the scenic surroundings of Anjeri Hill. It is one of its kind in Aia. An extensive archive of Indian currency, the Coin Museum is a place worthy of a visit. It has become the global destination for tourists, study and research.
Ramshej: At about 14 kilometers from Nashik, Ramshej is situated on Dindori Road. Lord Ram had rested here during his exile and hence the place is named Ramshej (where Lord Ram rested). The fort has a long history and hence generates curiosity among the trekking enthusists.
Harihargad: Harihargad is situated in Trimbak area and Nirgupada is the base village. It is considered as one of the most interesting treks because of the variety that it provides to the trekkers.
Anjaneri: Situated on Trimbak road, Anjaneri is about 18-20 kilometers from Nashik. It is a very popular trek among enthusiasts and a lot of people start trekking from this place. Considered as the birth place of Hanuman. Anjaneri is beautiful and has a number of small waterfall.
Brahmagiri: Brahmagiri is situated in Trimbakeshwar village, about 25 kilometers from Nashik. This place gains importance from the belief that it is considered to be the mountain form of Lord Shiva and the fact that River Godavari originates here. Every Monday during the month of Shravan, lakhs of devotees take a circumambulation of Brahmagiri.
Yeola: Yeola is a town and a municipal council in Maharashtr. Paithani is variety of Sari named after the Paithan town where they are woven by hand. Made from very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in Maharashtra. Paithani can be classified bt three criteria: motifs, weaving and colours.
Saptashrungi Fort: Saptashrungi Fort is a site of Hindu pilgrimage situated 60 kilometers from Nashik. According to Hindu traditions, the goddess SaptashrungiNivasinidwewlls within the seven mountain peaks. It is located in Nanduri, a small village near Nashik. The temple is also known as one of the “three and half Shakti Peethas min Maharashtra”. The temple is also one among the 51 Shakti Peethas located on the Indian subcontinent and is a location where one of Sati’s (first wife of Lord Shiva) limbs. Her right arm is reported to have fallen.
Hatgad: Hatgad Fort, near Mulher and almost on the edge of the Sahyadris, stands overlooking the Surganataluka and the southern Dangs. It occupies a flat-topped hill which rises some 183 meters (600 feet)above the plain, and about 1,097 meters (3,600 feet) above sea-level. At its foot lies village of Hatgad.
Igatpuri: Igatpuri is a town in Nashik. It is located in the Western Ghats. Igatpuri is known for Vipassana International Academy, where ancient technique of meditation is taught called Vipassana.
Dhammagiri: DhammaGiri, meaning ‘Hill of Dhamma’is one of the world’s largest Vipassana meditation centres. It is co-located with the Vipassana Research Institute at Igatpuri in Maharashtra, approximately three hour drive from Mumabi. The center offered its first course in 1976. Today tens of thousands of students study here every year. The centre’s pagoda has over 400 cells for individual meditation.
Bhavali: Bhavali Dam is an earthfill dam on Bham River near Igatpuri. Bhavali Dam lies in the lap of the Sahyadri Hills. Flanked by deep woods, a scenic location, the site of this dam is a delight for the tourists and locals alike.
Black-Buck Sanctuary: The total area of the sanctuary is 340 hectares, wherein exceeding 400 black bucks and 300 Chinkara antelopes can be seen.
Winery: Nashik is known for the highest yield of grapes. The region contributes to 75% of Maharashtra grape export. There are more than thirty wineries. The Sula Wineyard, York Winery, Renaissance Wines, Flamingo and Vinsura winery are some of the renowned ones. It is worthy to take heady break in the Wine Capital of India.
Zampa Vineyards: A smart looking building apprears on the horizon after a short driveb past pretty farm fields. The vineyard’s sunny courtyards and brunch-friendly patios are the backdrop for tasting wines of which three or four are said to be on their way to delighting the palate this year.
Indus Wines: The “Igatpuri Climbs”in Nashik valley, which presents a interesting play of slopes and benches. They are the first vineyard in the subcontinent to implement Gravity Flow Design which capitalizes on gravitational forces to gently move grape from level to level and process to process until it becomes wine.
Chateau D’Ori: Onto Dindori, is an hour and 15 minutes from Nashik center. Home to the region’s second largest winery after Sula. The Chateau D’Ori estate reminds our party of the classic Californian experience. With its sweeping views and long vineyards rolling over the hills. D’Ori makes the best Cabernet Shiraz blend in India, matching Grover’s L Reserve.
York Winery, Sula Vineyard and Beyond: Sula winery was the first to have a tasting room in the region. It grows popular by the day with locals and out-of-towners and lotsof young people driving in for a tour of the winery, a taste and dinner. Sula Fest, the country’s only annual wine and music festival is held at an amphitheatre near the winery.
Shirdi: Known as the Land of Sai, this tranquil town is widely known for being home to the Indian Spiritual guru and fakir who settled in Shirdi at the age of sixteen and remained there till his death.
Shanisingnapur: It is 73 km from Shirdi and takes about an hour and a half to travel by car to the temple. The presiding deity here is Swambhu, who is worshipped with utmost reverence and devotion by multitudes of people from all over the world. The spectacles of the deity in black stone are overwhelming. The Swayambhu idol here resides on a simple platform. One of the unique aspects of this place is that the houses here have no doors or locks on them for safety as people here believe that the Shri Shani Dev protects them from thieves.
Jalgaon: Jalgon is a city in western India, to the north of Maharashtra, in Jalgaon District. It contributes to nearly half of Maharashtra’s Banana production. It is known as Banana city. Some famous tourist places in Jalgaon are Sri Padmalaya, Patnadevi, Unapdeo, Saint Muktabari Temple etc.
Dhule: Dhule has a lot to offer to tourists. The district is strewn with a number of temples, many of them ancient. There are many temples in the classical Hemadpanthi-style here. Apart from the many temples, the district abounds in forts. There are numerous forts that the tourists in the district can visit.
Toranmal: Toranmal is the second coolest hill station in Maharashtra state and is near Shahada Tehsil (Approx 40 km). It is the second highest place in Maharashtra and having a natural lake called Yashwant Lake, full of flowering lotus. It is indded a nice place for sight-seeing and picnic. It also has a natural hot water source and it flows throughout the year from a structure in the shape of a Cow’s mouth.
Bhandardara: Bhandardara sits by the Pravara River, and is a blend of natural beauty, waterfalls, mountains, tranquillity, greenery, invigorating air and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake and the Radha falls are major tourist attractions.