Proximity to many holy temples and sites including the famous
pilgrimage centre of Shirdi and a long tryst with India's sacred past, has made
Nashik a confluence for the spiritually enlightened. Mythology has it that
Rama, the king of Ayodhya, made Nashik his temporary abode during the 14 years
of his exile. The poets Rishi Valmiki, Mahakavi Kalidas and Bhavabhooti have
paid rich tributes to Nashik in many of their works. In addition, Nashik has
always been the epicentre of commerce and trade. Ptolemy, the famous
philosopher made a mention of Nashik in 150 BC, leading researchers to believe
that it was probably the country's largest market place.
Today, Nashik is a bustling township with a blend of the ancient and the modern.
Scattered across the city are numerous forts and majestic temples. But it is
also the home to many industries. The Security Printing Press of the
government, which prints the nation's currency, is located here.