About Nashik (
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One of the most popular destinations for the pious Hindus, Jains and Buddhists and also known for its association with the epic ‘Ramayana’, Nashik not only has an ethereal and spiritual quality about it but is also a touch point for tourists who wish to explore its interesting forts and a unique centre that offers courses in ‘vipassana’. It’s also one of the most up-and-coming cities in Maharashtra with a vibrant culture and entertainment ethos.

Located in north-west Maharashtra, 171 kilometers from Mumbai and 210 kilometers from Pune, Nashik is the third-largest city in the state after Mumbai and Pune. It is also a city that has lured people from distant regions for hundreds of years. In fact, the antiquity of the city goes back to prehistoric times and archaeological excavations carried out here on the banks of river Godavari have revealed the evidence of habitation from the Chalcolithic age dating back to approximately 1,400 – 1,300 BCE. Above all, it is the link that Nashik provides with the epic Ramayana that makes it so very important to both, the faithful and the historians.

According to the legends, Rama, Seeta and Lakshman had stayed in the forests near this place, then known as Janasthana. The nose-cutting episode (Sanskrit Nasika) of Shurpanakha at the hands of Lakshmana is believed to be the etymological explanation for the name of the city. Alternatively, the city has also preserved a tradition of a proverb in Marathi which, translated, states that it was settled on nine peaks. According to many scholars, this is a more plausible explanation for the origin of the name.

Nashik is famous for its numerous temples constructed during the reigns of different rulers. These include the magnificent ones at Sinnar, Anjaneri, Trimbakeshwar and those in the city itself. Out of these, the temples at Sinnar and Anjaneri were constructed in around 11th – 12th century CE by the Yadava kings and their feudatories. Out of these the Aishwaryeshwar Mandir and the Gondeshwar Mandir at Sinnar are the most impressive with their beautiful sculptures. The temple complex at Anjaneri consists of Jain and a few Hindu temples at the foot of the fort and the legends identify the hill as the birthplace of Hanuman.

The small town of Anjaneri is also famous for the internationally acclaimed Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies. It has a very informative money museum explaining the development of currency in India through the ages. The temple at Trimbakeshwar, one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ (the phallic emblem of Shiva with fire), is considered the most sacred of all such places. The town of Trimbakeshwar is located at the origin of the river Godavari, considered the Ganga of the Deccan.

The archives of the Brahmin priests in this town are remarkable for preserving the records of the families for whom they have been conducting the rituals for generations together. The Kumbh Mela is celebrated here during Simhastha (i.e. when Jupiter and Sun are in the zodiac sign Leo) which comes after every 12 years. At this time, millions of Hindus - both ascetics and other devotees - gather and bathe in the river. Trimbakeshwar is also associated with Nivruttinath, brother of Sant Jnaneshwar and is therefore considered a special seat of the Naath Sampradaya.

Distance from Mumbai: 170 kms

How to reach

By Rail
There are many trains from Mumbai to Nasik. Superfast Trains take 3.5 hrs to reach Nasik Road(12 kms from Nasik City)  The superfasts trains are: Mumbai-Howrah Geetanjali Express 
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Varanasi Kamayani Express , Mumbai-Firozpur Punjab Mail, Mumbai-Nagpur Vidharbha Express 

By Road
Take the Mumbai-Nashik Expressway ( NH 3). It takes around 4 hrs from Mumbai to reach Nashik because there are 2 ghat sections. There are state transport buses as well as private buses plying between these cities.

Top Attractions
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    A popular and prominent Digambara Jaina tirtha, at least since the 12th -13th century CE, are the Jaina caves on the hills of Mangi-Tungi in Nashik District. They are also famously known as ‘Siddhakshetra’, where legendary beings and 99 crore Jaina munis are believed to have achieved nirvana.
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    The Saatmala-Ajintha range of the Sahyadris is famous for its 14 hill forts. It is also a trekker’s paradise. But there is more to it than that. Situated in this hill range is Vani, known as Saptrashrungi, which is a devotee’s delight for its temple on the hill and a huge 8-feet tall rock-cut highly ornamented image of Goddess Durga. The faithful come here in huge numbers throughout the year to have ‘darshan’ and also soak in the ambience of rugged nature.
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    One of the holiest places that occupy a special position in the religious beliefs of every Hindu is Trimbakeshwar. One reason is that it is among the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in the Trimbakeshwar taluka of Nashik district where the river Godavari originates at the adjacent hill of Brahmagiri, the place has both historical and mythological significance because of the presence of several caves which have had association with the ‘Nath’ sect. A circumambulation of this hill in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan is treated as an extremely pious act. The ‘Kumbh Mela’ which is the largest mass Hindu pilgrimage, is held here every twelve years and the next one will take place in July 2015.
Things to Do
  • Discover Caves
  • Buddhist rock-cut caves, locally known as the Pandav Leni are a group of 24 caves in the Trirashmi hill (as known from the inscriptions). These were excavated from circa 1st century BCE to circa 6th century CE. These caves contain inscriptions written in the Brahmi script using Prakrit language.
  • Explore the Forts
  • Nashik district is connected with the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Moreover, its unique geography has provided it natural protection by the Sahyadri mountain ranges. These natural posts were converted into political watchtowers by the various dynasties that ruled this region. As a result, we find up to 38 major and minor forts constructed in these mountain ranges, making for a veritable treasure for those who love trekking. Among the most important forts are Ankai-Tankai, Salher-Mulher, Ramsej, Dhodap, Ahivant, etc. The Ankai–Tankai hills near Manmad have a medieval fort and some Hindu and Jain caves carved into them.

  • Heal the Mind
  • Nashik has also become well-known because of the Vipashyana International Academy located at Igatpuri. It was established in 1976 with the objective of conducting vipassana courses for those seeking spiritual healing. This centre, named as Dhammagiri, is 40 kilometers away from the city on the Mumbai – Agra road. 

  • Taste Some Wine
  • Known as the ‘wine capital of India’, Nashik has many breweries in and around it because of the abundance of grapes. You can visit some of these breweries and watch the process of making wine and also taste some of the different varieties to understand and appreciate the flavours.

  • Peep into the Past
  • A museum near Nashik at Gargoti has a magnificent collection of zeolites. Similarly, the Archaeological Museum housed in the Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak at the foot of the Pandav Leni also has a noteworthy collection of antiquities recovered from various places in the district.

Places to Stay
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