Nashik

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.

The best time to visit Nashik is between October and February when the city experiences the winter season. In general, the town has extreme weather conditions.

The summer in Nashik is hot, and winter is chilly. The maximum summer temperature can go up to 39°C whereas mercury level during the peak winter is as low as 5°C. Thus, winter season is best to explore the city.

Between July and September, Nashik receives the ample amount of rainfall that brings green cover for the city, making it a visual treat to visit, especially for monsoon lovers and offbeat travellers.

How to Reach

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 km from Mumbai the city serves as a good weekend getaway.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

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 center situated about 16 km 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 center 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 km 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 ran away 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.

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