Nashik also was known as ‘Nasik’ is a wonderful cocktail of pilgrimage, trekking and wine tasting. The city is also a mix of old and new architecture It is one of the venues of Kumbh Mela every 12 years and is believed that Lord Rama spent some time during his exile.
Nashik is surrounded by nine hills and is situated on the banks of the river Godavari. It experiences pleasant weather for several months.
Best time to visit.
july-march is the best time to visit Nashik. The city receives a good amount of rainfall June-September, which can be best for rain lovers.
PLACES TO VISIT
Mountains and waterfalls
It is situated west to trembakeshwar. Godavari river originates from here. It is an excellent trekking point. Timing fpr Brahmagiri hill trek is since morning to 5pm. The route for this trek starts from trembakeshwar temple. Ideal place for trekkers who are beginners.
It is the birth place of Lord Hanuman. Derives its name from Hanuman’s mother Anjani. Anjaneri fort is at a distance of 20km from Nashik approximately. This place is known for difficult trekking.
It is the highest peak of Maharashtra at the height of 5400 feets. Instructors are not at all necessary for this trip, if done during morning. It takes almost 2-3 hours to complete this trek
This difficulty level of this trek is moderate.
It is about 50km from the Nasik city. It is situated deep inside the Western ghats. It is known for water sports such as rapelling and canoeing. This is one of the best waterfalls in and around Nashik.
This is one of the best waterfalls in India. It is also known as Someshwar waterfalls. It is 50 kms away from the main city nashik. Perfect for family outing.
Along with these waterfalls. Dugarwadi , Dabhosa and Bhandardara waterfalls are also worth a visit.
All about pilgrimage
It is the main attraction among pilgrims. Mainly among the believers of Ramayana. This site has great significance in the epic of Ramayana. Kalaram Mandir and Sita Gumpha is top on the list. It is an half an hour journey from the nashik road railway station.
It is situated on the Satpur-Gangapur road. It is temple of the Goddess Saptashrungi. Around 470 steps are needed to be climbed to reach the temple. There is also a trolley system. The most important festival of this temple is’Chaitrotsav’ which is during Ram navmi.
It is the temple made up totally of marble. It is a popular tourist attraction situated in Nashik Road which is basically the suburb. Here all the Hindu gods are worshipped in single premises. It also has a Dharamshala where one can stay.
4.The Jain temple.
One of the biggest temple in the city.It is situated in the Mumbai-Nasik highway. There are many jain temples in city but this one is very huge made up of white marble and red sand. It is a triple story building which is totally dedicated to jain saints.
It is situated in Ramakunda, Panchavati. Totally dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest temple of Nashik. The story behind this temple is that once Lord shiva committed a mistake by killing a cow. As per the instruction of Nandi, Lord shiva cleaned his sin by taking bath in Ramakunda.
Besides these temples Navshya ganpati, Ganga godavari, Someshwar and Veda mandir are also exotic temples of Nashik.
“Wines and Vineyards”-the wine capital of India, Nashik.
1.Sula vineyard and Sula fest.
It is situated in the Govardhan village near Nashik. It is the best winery in the nashik. Everyday it hosts wine tasting sessions for 21 year and above at cheap rates. It has great ambience and every year it hosts a fest known as SULA FEST which includes delicious food, nice drinks ofcourse and great music. It also has grape crushing games.
The speciality of this vineyard is that it also has a backwater view which is amazing. The wines are not better than Sula wines. But the ambience is wonderful. A great place to chill out. The wine tasting session here can also be attended by the ones that are under 21 and are cheaper than sula.
Besides these two York winery and Vallone vineyards are also famous but way too much far away from the city.
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