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from Nashik is the abode of one of Maharashtra's most revered saint -- Sai Baba
of Shirdi. Popularly known as the 'Child of God', Sai Baba preached tolerance
towards all religions and the message of universal brotherhood.
Every activity at Shirdi revolves around the vast temple complex dedicated to
Sai Baba. Devotees start queuing up in the early hours of dawn to catch a
glimpse and seek the blessings of the life-size statue of Sai Baba. Thursday is
marked by special pujas and darshan of the Sai Baba statue.
There are other places of interest that devotees can visit as well including
Dwarkamani Mosque where the Baba meditated and slept on alternate nights. Near
the mosque, in a corridor is the dhani or eternal flame that burns day
and night. Other places of importance are the Gurusthan, the Kandoba Temple,
Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram.
Getting there: It is easily
accessible by road from Nashik.
|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.
Legend has it that Guatam Rishi performed a rigorous ritual of prayer and
penance or tapasya to Shiva on Brahmagiri Hill which rises above the
present-day temple. Pleased with this devotion, Shiva is said to have blessed
him and brought down to earth from heaven the sacred rivers of Ganga, Gautami
Getting there: About 38 kms away from Nashik Road
Railway Station, it is connected by bus and taxi service
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.
Getting there: It is easily accessible by
road from Nashik.
|Saptashringi Devi Temple
|he 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.
The journey to the temple also has some interesting sights to offer. On the
way, you can stop at the Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI) or
at Sitakund at Mhasrul village. This is the site where Sita the wife of Rama
used to bathe. This destination is filled with stories and legends connected to
Getting there: It is easily accessible by road from
|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.
| Getting there: It is easily
accessible by road from Nashik.
|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. Built in 1926, the 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. Scaling the well-known Kalsubai Peak, the highest peak of
Maharashtra state on the Sahyadri range, standing 1,646 metres above sea
level, is a good trek.
Getting there: Accessible by road from Nashik
the few tribal kingdoms in Maharashtra, Jawhar, at 518 m, is famous for its
vibrant Warli paintings. It invites you to forget your daily grind and all the
turmoils that go with it. 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. The scenic beauty of the Dadar Kopra Falls, the
enchanting Hanuman and Sunset Points .all explain why Jawhar is known as the
'Mahabaleshwar of Thane District'. Nearby is Shirpamal, where Shivaji camped on
his way to Surat.
Nasik is the nearest airport. Three convenient railheads are Nasik, Igatpuri
and Dahanu. From Mumbai it is 180 kms by road, 80 kms from Nasik, 39 kms from
Kasa and 56 kms from Tribakeshwar.
Budgeted private accommodation is available