Nashik is a traditional city in the midst of a modern setting. The city has a mix of ancient heritage boasting of some of the popular temples of Indian mythology and at the same time is also termed as the wine hub of the country. The city is also popular for its orchids and industries.
The city is host to the famous Hindu Kumbh Mela every 12 years owing to its setting on the banks of river Godavari. It is also very close to the spiritual town of Shirdi and owes its name to the great epic Ramayana. Lord Ram along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman are believed to have spent the most part of their 14 years of exile in Nashik. It is the place where Laxman cut off Shoorpanakha''s nose for trying to seduce Ram and Sita caves are the place from where Ravana abducted Sita. The city is also home to the 12 holy Jyotirlingas in the country.
Situated at the head of the main pass of the Western Ghats, the beautiful city is surrounded by Sayhadri hills; thus making it an apt location to produce some of the finest wines of India. It is known as the Napa valley of India.
Nashik is well connected by road, rail and air transport. It is an ideal stop over on the long journey from or to Mumbai. Being just 187 kms from Mumbai the city serves as a good weekend getaway.
Nashik is extremely popular as a pilgrim town.
On the banks of river Godavari is the temple of Lord Shiva and Hanuman and the place is surrounded by lush green forests. The beautiful scenic nature spot is popularly known as Someshwar and is situated on the way to Gangapur dam. The climate is extremely pleasant and people can do boating and swimming in the river. Someshwar has served as the backdrop for many film shootings as well.
Deolali camp is one of the oldest and important Indian military centre situated about 16 kms from Nashik. Set up by the Britishers in 1861 this unique place is surrounded by play grounds, gardens and wide roads. On the nearby hill is the famous temple of Lord Khandoba popularly known as Khanobachi Takeli. The biggest artillery centre of Asia also resides in Nashik. Located behind the Pandava caves it is the training centre for soldiers and officers of the Indian Army. Birth place of the freedom fighter, Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, Bhagur is a place of historical importance. Situated about 3 kms from Deolali camp the place also has a temple of Bhagur Devi.
Place of saint Samarth Ramdas , teacher/guru of Chatrapati Shivaji is another place of great attraction for the tourists. The promoter of Hindu religion and great devotee of Lord Ram, Samarth Ramdas ranaway from his marriage procession and steeled in Takli. Ramdas ashram is preserved in his memory and there is also a beautiful Hanuman temple on the banks of river Nandini close by.
Other key attractions include the nearby areas of Trimbakeshwar, Vani, Shridi, Pandavlena.<