- Rich Historical town of Legendary Lord Rama, who
spent some time of his exile in Nashik is a unique
blend of civilization&
This City of temples is one of the holiest places for
Hindus inviting thousands of tourist every year.
Scenic beauty of Sahyadri range of mountains merged
with vineyards & agricultural yields (Highest in
India) and a busy hub of industrial activities. With
the onset of monsoons and the start of Kumbhmela,
Nashik is a paradise for tourists with Historical
Caves,Temples, holy rituals, museums, wet lands and
This temple was built bylate Mr. Odhekar, a knight serving with
Peshwas. There are great processions and utsav on Ramnavami, Dasara
and Chaitra Padwa (Hindu new year day). The specialty of the temple
is that it was built with black stones.The stones were brought from
Ramshej 200 years ago. It took 23 lakhs of rupees and 2000 workers
to build the temple in 12 years.This temple is situated at a distance
of 3km from Central Bus Stand.
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.
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.
Aptly called Maharashtra's Bharatpur
developed since 1950 is favorite birdwatchers wetland area
surrounded by fields of sugarcane, grape orchards. Large lake &
islands abound with aquatic vegetation making it paradise for
thousands of migratory birds, Ibises, Storks & variety of colorful
water birds. The Madhmeshwar Temple on the river features
prominently in Hindu mythology. Lord Ram is said to have killed the
golden deer or Suvarnamrug at the spot where the temple stands
today. The area around the lake is rich with fossils & visitors can
find interesting pieces of these fascinating rocks scattered about.
Ideal season to be here is from October to March.
- one of the holy places of not
only Maharashtra but the whole India is near Nashik. Trimbakeshwar
is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. The following verse
shall explain the importance of this sacred place and the next
one gives names of the Twelve Jyotirlingas in India.
This says that anybody who visits Tryambakeshwar
attains salvation. There is no sacred place like Tryambakeshwar,
no river like Godavari, no mountain like Brahmagiri etc. The reasons
for its being so sacred are - Godavari river originates in this
place, its a place of Tri-Sandhya Gayatri, the birth place of
Lord Ganesha, a place of the first Nath of Nath Sampradaya consisting
of Gorakhnath and others, a place where Nivrittinath was made
to imbibe the holy knowledge by his Guru Gahininath, a place where
Nivrittinath made his brothers and sister attain the self by his
preaching. This is the holiest place to perform Shraddha ceremony.
Nirnaya Sindhu - a religious book of Hindus, mentions that this
place, where Sahyadri mountain and Godavari river exist is very
purifying on the whole earth and is therefore very important for
performing Shraddha ceremony.
Vipashyana International Academy is located at Igatpuri. It was
established in 1976 The aim was to conduct Vipassana Courses for
those in search of peace of mind and harmony. Known as Dhammagiri,
it is located in Igatpuri, 40 kms away from Nashik City, on Bombay-Agra
road.This world famous meditation centre offers techniques which
relieve mental stress and promote inner peace. It is turning the
wheel of time conversion from Kalchakra to Dharmachakra under the
able guidance of Guruji Satyanarayan Goenka. A 10 day residential
course at the centre, which is free of charge, ends with Bhavatu
Saba Mangalam meaning May all beings be happy.
Saptshrungi Gad, Vani.
Shree Saptshrungi Gad is situated at a distance
of 60 km from Nashik.It is one of the most visited and religious
places for pilgrims.As the temple is situated on a mountain, a regular
bus service is provided from the foot of the mountain to the temple
Shree Saptshrungi Devi,
Saptashringa Garh is a place where Goddess
Bhagawati dwells.It is one of the most important of the places of
Goddesses in Maharashtra. Saptashringa signifies seven mountain
peaks. Nanduri village is situated at the foot of the Saptashringa
Gad. In front of the temple there stands Markandeya Rishi's (sage)
hill. The Saptashringa Gad is full of a variety of trees having
medicinal worth. As per the story depicted in Ramayana, Hanuman
carried the herbal medicine for wounded Laxmana from this hill.
There are about 108 water reservoirs on the hill, known as Kundas.
Vani is situated at a distance of 60 kms. away from Nashik.
Saputara: This famous hill
station equipped with adequate facilities is on the border of
Maharashtra & Gujrat State. Different hill points for sunrise & a
sunset makes this ideal tourist destination.
Bhandardara & Kalsubai Peak:
Bhandardara 750 meters above the sea level surrounded by Deep
Valley, Large Dam, Great Lake, Roaring Water Falls, Historical Fort
and an Ancient Amruteshwar Temple is tourist paradise. Wilson Dam
one of the very few Dams constructed at such a height, encircled by
a flock of Sahyadri hills is Lake Arthur one of the largest in
India. Randha Fall cascading down from 45 meters is another gift of
Mother Nature. The
Temple 9 Kms in the interior of lake Arthur known for its beautiful
carvings can be traced down 1200 years back in history and the
Ratangad Fort is dear for mountaineering & trekkers is one of the
favorite Forts of the great historical legendry son of soil Shree
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (King).Overlooking Bhandardara is
Kalsubai highest peak of Maharashtra kissing
sky at 1646 meters. The Konkankada at Ghatghar 22 Kms away measuring
361.79 Sq.Kms is another picnic spot with panoramic view & declared
as wild life sanctuary. The Average rain fall is 3000 is a pleasant
place to visit throughout the year. Ghatghar has unique geographical
identity as you can observe a Day of Ghatghar is only of Four hours.
Veer Savarkar Smarak - Bhagur
Bhagur is the birth place of the freedom fighter, Swatanrya
Veer Savarkar and hence it has gained historical importance.
There is also a beautiful temple of "Bhagur Devi"
Bhagur is situated 3 km away from Deolali Camp and 17 km from Nashik
Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies Established in
1980 & located in the scenic surroundings of Anjneri Hill is one of
its kinds in Asia. Extensive archive of Indian Currency,
photographs, articles, line drawings, replicas & a well-documented
researched history of Indian currency that existed in India down the
Centuries makes Coin Museum a place worth to visit. The institute
has also preserved One Lac cardexes for easy reference. It has
become the global destination for tourist for study & research. The
Institute undertakes workshops to promote coin collections in India.
K.J.Maheshwari Art Gallery has national & international award
winning rare photographs taken by Mr. K .J. Maheshwari.
Unique "Hemadpanthi" style architectural
temple located at Sinner is the masterpiece of architecture.
Historical & religious Gondeshwar temple has Lord Shiva's idol &
small temples around huge temple complex.
Teertharaj Gajapantha - Chamber Caves
Nashik City and the surrounding area is famous for many temples,
pilgrimage places etc. One of the sacred places for Jain Religion
is Teerthraj Gajpantha , which is at Mhasrul, 16 kms from Nashik
Road Railway station and 5 kms from Nashik City. The famous CHAMBER
CAVES are a part of this place. It is situated on the top of a small
hill which is only 400 ft tall. The staircase, built in black stone
leads to the temple and offers a panoramic view. Although the nearby
landscape is quite barren, some plantation has been recently done.
This is a very serene place, conducive for meditation. Gajapantha
Teerth includes a caravanserai, a small hut the foot of the hill
and a temple at the top of the Gajadhwaja Hillock. As per the ancient
holy book "Shantinath Purana" Mysore’s Chamaraj
King installed these statues (600 B.C.) in the temple top the hill.
Thus the caves got the name "Chamer Caves" or "Chambhar
Caves" in the regional language.
Situated in Panchavati area about 2km from Central Bus
Stand, on the bank of river Godavari - fondly called as ganga
by Nasikites - is Naroshankar Temple of Rameshwar built by Naroshankar
Rajebahaddur in 1747. The architectural style of the temple is
called "Maya". It is one of the most beautiful pieces
of architecture of the 18th century. Sculpture on the outer side
of the temple is stunning. It has rows of exuberant designs. One
layer is of decorative lacework. The next one is that of peacocks
holding bead garlands. In four directions are statues of the saints
in Padmasana. There is also an assembly of animals - tigers, monkeys,elephants
etc. This depicts that Hindu culture is not limited only to human
beings but also has relation with birds, animals, trees, and nature
in general. In its four corners are umbrellas - called "Meghadambari"
or "Barasati". One of them was washed away in Godavari
floods and only three are existing presently. The surrounding
fortification centres a "Bell house" in the front part.
The famous bell , called "Naroshankar Bell" is fixed
here. The bell is a victory memorial over Portuguese.
Shree Sunder Narayan Temple
The Sundarnarayan temple is built by Gangadhar
Yashwant Chandrachud in 1756 at a distance of 1 km from Central
Bus Stand. The entrance of the temple is to the East. The architecture
is attractive and the round dome is made by little ornamental
cordons. The arched recesses are impressions of Mughal sclupture.
The main deity is of Lord Vishnu - also called Narayana. To the
left and right are Laxmi and Saraswati respectively. Fine design
is carved on the stones of the temple. On the road leading towards
Godavari River there is Badarika Sangam Pond. It is said that
the king of Devgiri bathed and performed rites in this pond. We
also find a mention of this pond in the holy book Dnyaneshwari.
One remarkable thing about this temple is that it is built at
such an angle that on 21st March, rays of the rising Sun first
fall exactly upon the idols.
Muktidham temple is situated in Nashik Road. Built
by Late Shri JayramBhai Bytco, is magnificient peice of architucture,
made with marble from Makran in Rajastan, and by Rajastani scluptors.
Unique to this temple are eighteen chapters of Geeta written on
the walls. You can also see the replicas of all the twelve Jyotirlingas
over here and also icons of all major Hindu Gods and Godesses.
After visiting this temple one gets a feeling of visiting all
the four Dhams in India. This temple is situated at a distance
of 8 km from Central Bus Stand
Shree Godavari Ramkund
The most important place in Panchavati is Ramkund, which is at
a distance of 1km from Central Bus Stand. It is so called because
Lord Rama is believed to have taken bath there. In Hindu culture
the body after dealth if dedicated to Fire and the ashes are then
flown in to Godavari, Ramkund is the place where ashes are set
free in the water.A dip in this sacred kunda is considered very
religous. Situated nearby is Gandhi Lake (Talav) having a memorable
monument made out of white marble, in memory of the Father of
the Nation. The ashes were dropped in Ramkund after Gandhiji passed
away on 30th January 1948.
Bhakti Dham is sitiauted near Dindori Naka, at a distance of 2km
from Central Bus Stand. This place is renowned for various temples
built in the premises and all religious rituals, pujas and vidhis
are carried out in Bhakti Dham.
Shree Kapaleshwar Mahadev
Situated at a distance of 1km from Central Bus
Stand, this temple is one of the peculiar Mahadev Temples in Nashik.The
most prominent aspect regarding this temple is there is no idol
of Nandi in front ofLord Mahadev.Shravani Somvar(Monday) and Shivratri
are the 2 days when pilgrims gather in large numbers in this temple..
Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple, Tapovan
Shree Someshwar Temple, Gangapur
This temple is on the way to Gangapur dam, at a distance of 8km
from Central Bus Stand. This is a temple of Lord Shiva and Lord
Hanuman on the banks of river Godavari. The area is covered with
greenery, with a pleasant climate. Tourists can take pleasure
of swimming and boating in the river.Someshwar has been a favourite
location for many a filmshootings. On the way to Someshwar, there
is a village named Anandwalli. It is so named because Peshwas
- Anandibai and Raghobadada, lived there for some time. The temple
- Navasha Ganpati was built by them
Shree Ved Temple
The Ved Temple,situated at a distance of 1.5km
from Central Bus Stand, was built with the aim of studying Indian
culture and Ved and Puranas. A private trust of Mr Sarada founded
the temple.The temple is the example of modern interiors with
Italian Marble. The entrance to the temple is very large and attractive
with glasses and flood lights. Free training and education on
Ved-Puranas is given to students from all over India. The temple
has the idols of Shriram, Laxman and Sita. Along with them is
the beautiful idol of Guru Gangeshwaranandji.
Sita Gumpha (Cave).
Sita Gumpha is at a distance of 2 km from Central
Bus Stand. It is situated at the western side door of Kalaram
Temple.Lord Rama's wife, Sita dwelled at this place and King Ravan
abducted her from this place. The Shiv linga that she worshiped
is still there in the gumpha.There are five Banyan trees in this
area and thus called "Panchvati".
This idol of Lord Maruti is placed on the bank of Godavari river
near Ramkund. This idol has two faces on eithe sides.
Godavari Ghat, Nashik.
River Godavari flows through Nashik and its Northern part is known
as Panchavati. Lord Shri Ram and Sita along with Laxman stayed
at Panchavati during exile. There are five Banyan (Vad) trees
and thua the reason it is called Panchavati.Nearby is Sita Gumpha
(cave) where Sita stayed for some time.
The godavari river is one of the
holiest places for Hindus all over the world. The pious river bed
has 24 tirthas(kund). Ramkund, one of the holy kunds, measures 27
mtrs by 12 mtrs was built in 1696 by Chitrarao Khatarkar and it is
believed that Lord Ram and Sita used to bathe in this Kund
during their exile. Every Hindu wishes his or her ashes to be
immersed in Asthivilaya Tirtha so a sto attain Moksha or liberation
of the soul. The ashes of various personalities has been immersed at
Ramkund. Memorial ( Smarak) of Father of the Nation Mahtama Gandhi
is located near Ramkund.
Phalke Memorial (Smarak):
Doyen & Founder of Indian Cinema and Film Industry, Dadasaheb Phalke
was born at Nashik on
April 1870 in 1913. He produced the first Indian film 'Raja
Harishchandra' & in the span of 19 years produced 95 films and 26
documentaries in a studio setup at Nasik till 1932. This memorial is
a tribute to legendary Shri. Dadasaheb Phalke. Buddha Smarak &
scenic beauty along with park, water sport
& entertainment is an
ideal destination of tourist.