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.The poets Rishi Valmiki, Mahakavi Kalidas and Bhavabhooti have paid rich tributes to Nashik in many of their works.
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. Major Temples & Caves to visit are Sita Gupta Cave - according to the Ramayana , Sita, the deity of agriculture and wife of Rama was supposed to have been carried off to the island of Lanka by the evil king Ravana, Sundar Narayan Temple, Kala Rama and Kapaleswar Temple. You can also visit the famous Khumbh Mela.
By far the most spectacular of all the events, the Kumbh Mela is a religious festival that occurs once every 12 years, and is celebrated in four major pilgrim centres around the country. In Maharastra, the festival is held in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik. The Nashik Kumbh Mela is generally acknowledged to be the most sacred of all the festivals.
Nandur Madhameshwar Bird Sanctuary
Through ceaseless efforts of Bombay Natural History Society, World Wildlife Fund and Forest Department of the Government of Maharashtra, this sanctuary which houses more than 220 species of birds, 400 species of vegetation, 24 species of fish and several smaller mammals came into existence along the Nandur Madhameshwar dam at the confluence of Godavari and Kadwa. Spread over the protected area of 10000 hectares, lies the core area of 1765 hectares, where the large variety of water birds,resident and migratory birds congregate in season. It is now counted as one of the important water fowl habitats in the region by the International Union of Conservation of Nature.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Nasik
Trimbakeshwar : Trimbakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is located in the town of Trimbak, in the Nasik district of Maharashtra, India.
Muktidham : Muktidham is a marble temple complex honoring various Hindu Gods is a popular tourist attraction situated in the Nashik Road suburb of the city of Nashik in western state of Maharashtra in India. It is privately operated through a trust and was built through a generous donation by the Late Mr.J.D.Chauhan-Bytco, a local industrialist.
Deolali Camp : Deolali Camp is an important Indian military center. Deolali camp which is one of the oldest center in India, is located 16 km away from Nashik. The center was set up by the British in 1861. The area surrounded with gardens, playgrounds and wide roads proves its uniqueness. An officer of the rank of Major General holds the position of the head of the Artillery school here.Beyond Military centre Deolali market is famous for shoppings.Also Temple Hill nearby is worth visiting.On the hill there is a famous temple of lord Khandoba, hence the hill is popularly known as Khandobachi Tekadi
In the days of the British Raj, soldiers who cracked up under the stresses and strains of life in British India were invariably packed off to a military psychiatric hospital in the small Maharashtrian cantonment town of Deolali, near Nashik, to recover. Its name became synonymous with nervous breakdown; hence the English idiom "to go doolally", meaning to become insane or eccentric.
Artillery Centre : Behind the Pandav Caves, is the biggest Artillery Center in Asia. This artillery center was shifted from Pakistan in 1947, and is now completing its 50th year. The Indian army's officers and soldiers are trained here. Training for 'Bofors Gun' is given here. The area is under military and is restricted for civilians.
Bhagur : Bhagur is the birth place of the freedom fighter, Swatantrya Veer Savarkar and hence it has gainedhistorical importance. There is also a beautiful temple of "Bhagur Devi". Bhagur is situated 3 km away from Deolali Camp.
The Coin Museum : The Coin Museum is positioned against the backdrop of the enthralling Ajneri Hill. The Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies was established in 1980 and is the only of its kind in Asia. The museum houses a fine collection of researched and well-documented history of Indian currency. Also included in the collections are photographs, articles, line drawings, replica, real coins and also a detailed analysis of the various currency systems that existed in the India from centuries together. The Institute has now begun workshops to encourage the hobby of coin collection in the Indians.
The Kalaram Temple : The Kalaram Temple, built in 1794 by Gopikabai Peshwa, is another architectural grandeur, with the motif, pretty much analogous to that of the Trimbakeshwar Temple. This 70 feet high structure has been built with black stone extracted from the mine of Ramsej Hill. The copper peak of the temple is gold-plated and looks ravishing by day and night as well. The idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are sandy black decked with ornaments. Gyrating this temple, are various small temples dedicated to Lord Vithala, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman.
How to Reach Nasik
By Air : There is only one daily flight to and from Nasik. The other airport is in Mumbai, 187 kms away.
By Rail : Nasik is an important junction on the central railway route and is linked directly with most cities in India.
By Road : A bus service connects Nasik with neighboring towns. A frequent bus and taxi service connects Nasik with Mumbai.