Nasik is one of the holiest cities for Hindus, Nashik stands on the banks of Godavari River in Maharashtra. It is an important tourist destination of Maharashtra. Believed to be the place where Lord Ram spent time during his exile, Nashik is one of the venues of the Kumbh Mela.
Third largest city in Maharashtra, Nashik has adapted well with the times but maintains a fine balance between old and new architecture. The city has an interesting mix of modern and historically important buildings like temples and forts.
At an elevation of almost 1,900 ft, Nashik enjoys pleasant weather for most part of the year. Surrounded by nine hills named Durga, Pandav, Chitraghanta, Mhasarul, Dinger Ali, Konkani, Jogwada, Ganesh and Pathanpura, the city of Nashik stands in the midst of lush green forests and valleys. The beauty of the city increases due to the presence of many lakes like the Samangaon Lake and the Chandshi Lake.
A very important pilgrimage for Hindus, Nashik even finds mention in Ramayan. It is also strongly believed that Surpanakha tried to seduce Lord Ram in the region which now forms the city of Nashik. About nine km from Nashik lies Trymabakeshwar, home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
The river Godavari originates here. It is a holy place for the Nath Sampradya. Trimbakeshwar is the holiest place to conduct the shradda (funeral) ceremony. For people who love wildlife, Nandurmadmeshwar is the ideal destination. You can come across 220 species of birds, 24 varieties of fish and several smaller mammals here. Ibises and storks are a common sight.
Nashik is also known as the wine capital of India due to the numerous vineyards that dot the countryside surrounding the city. Many vineyards allow tours to tour and get first hand knowledge of grape cultivation. Some even offer short courses on identification of different wines and how to savour wines.
In and Around
This tank is a know as a holy place for Hindus. Devotees believe that a dip in this tank will fulfill their wishes. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama used to take bath in this tank during his stay in Nashik. Ramkund is the place where river Godvari unites with two other rivers Varuni and Tharuni.This combination of three rivers is known as Triveni Sangam.
It is located at Nasik road. This temple was constructed out of white marble. The temple has carvings of 18 chapters from Bhagawad Gita, believed to be the great Indian religious text, 12 Jyotirlinga and idols of Hindu deities.
It is dedicated to Lord Rama.The meaning of kalaram is black Rama.Thousands of people visit this temple every year. Tourists are enthralled by its huge 70 feet black stone structure. The temple’s gold-plated copper pagodas are enriched with intricate art work.
The coin museum in Nashik houses a huge collection of real coins, replicas, line drawings, articles and photographs of coins from various eras and kingdoms in Indian history.
It is an Indian winery located in Nashik in Maharashtra. It was the valley’s first commercial winery and is spread over 160 acres of land. You can go for a tour of the winery followed by a wine tasting session in these vineyards located amidst the rolling hills of Nashik. It is the country’s largest wine grape growing winery.
The village of Trimbak, 36 kms from Nashik, is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple and as the source of the Godavari River. Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva and this one is considered to be the main jyotirlinga.
It is located at a distance of 30 kms. Sinnar is popular for Gondeshwar Shiva temple that has some appealing architecture and stone carvings.
Situated at a distance of about 65kms from Nashik, is another interesting place called Yeola. Yeola is a major handloom weaving centre near Nashik and is popular for the silk saris, and paithainis, which are woven here and exported as well.
This is one of the more picturesque spots around Nashik. Cascading 10 m into the valley at Someshwar are the Dudhasagar Waterfalls. The spumes from the waterfall appear milky white and hence the name dudha or milk. You can reach the waterfall easily as there are steps cut into the rock. This spot is particularly beautiful just after the rains.
Saptashringi Devi Temple
The temple of goddess Saptashringi resides 55 kms from Nashik at Wani. As you approach the temple a large rocky hill greets you. This is Saptashringi Hill. The goddess is known to have possessed 18 weapons in 18 hands and is positioned ready to fight the demons.
Situated 60 kms from Nashik is a bird-lover’s paradise. Aptly called Maharashtra’s Bharatpur, a wonderful bird sanctuary has been developed here since 1950. Today, Nandurmadhmeshwar is haven to thousands of beautiful migratory birds. The ideal season to bird watch is from October to March.
Bhandardara is a place which is particularly beautiful after the rains. Located around 70 kms from Nashik, a picturesque and quiet drive will get you there.Bhandardara Dam is one of the oldest dams in Asia and is known for its Umbrella Falls – an arresting sight. There is another waterfall known as the Randha Falls which is about 11 kms from the dam.
Jawhar is blessed with exotic dales, rich forests and a wonderful climate. Jai Vilas, the palace of the tribal lords, and the relics of Bhupatgad are worth a visit. It is 80 kms from Nasik, 39 kms from Kasa and 56 kms from Tribakeshwar.
Shopping in Nashik
Nashik boasts of extremely talented and unique craftsmanship in silverware. You can also shop for ornaments in Saraf Bazar. You can also get dry fruits, spices and chocolates in Kaanchwala Avenue.
The best time to visit Nashik is between October and March.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Nasik Ozar Airport. It is located at Ozar, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northeast of the city of Nashik, Maharashtra, India. A new passenger terminal was inaugurated on March 3, 2014.
Nashik railway station is a major station on the Central Railway network. Many trains connect Nashik to other cities with the Panchvati Express taking just under five hours to travel from Mumbai to Nashik. Buses and auto-rickshaws are available from outside the station to reach the city centre.
The roads of Nashik smoothly connect it with the neighbouring cities. Nashik provides a good network of both state and private buses with affordable fares.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Plot No P 20 (Part), Near Satpur MIDC Police Station,
Nashik Trimbakeshwar Road,
Nashik, Maharashtra 422007
The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik
P-17, Opp, Hotel Express Inn,
NH 3, MIDC Ambad,
Nashik, Maharashtra 422010
Hotel New Holiday Plaza
Shalimar Chowk, Shivaji Road,
Where to Eat
Sahiba Restaurant (Popular for its Non-Vegetarian Food)
Old Bombay Naka,
Nashik, Maharashtra 422002
Machaan Restaurant (Popular for its Mughlai dishes)
Nasik – Mumbai Highway,
Yahoo Restaurant (Popular for its sea food)
Near Canada Corner,
Famous Street Food
Ambica Missal, at Panchavati
Krishnai Vada Paav at Ashok Stambh
Sayantara Sabudana Vada Center,at Bhadrakali
Konkani Darbar,at Dudhbajar