Nashik is a bustling township with a blend of the ancient and the modern. Scattered across the city are numerous forts and majestic temples. It is part of the green belt and is renowned for the various fruits and vegetables it produces. In fact the yield of grapes, strawberries and onions in Nashik is amongst the highest in the country.
The Kumbh Mela ( Sinhasth) the greatest and most important of Hindu periodical fairs is celebrated once in 12 years at Nashik.
What to see
Ramkund: This holy tank is 27 m by 12 m and was built in 1696 by Chitrarao Khatarkar. It is believed that Rama and Sita used to bathe in this tank during their exile. It is in this tank of holy water or kund that religious Hindus even today, immerse a dead person’s ashes so that the soul of the dead person can attain moksha or liberation. The ashes of numerous personalities such as Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Y B Chavan and others have been immersed at Ramkund;
Muktidham Temple: This famous temple is located near Nashik station, just 7 kms from the city. The Muktidham Temple is pure white, the colour signifying holiness and peace. White Makrana marble was used to build this temple which has very unusual architecture. Unique to this temple are the 18 chapters of the Gita written on the walls. A visit to this temple by Hindus is considered as a visit to the 4 dhams or holy centres. (Timings: 0600 hrs to 1200 hrs & 1600 hrs to 2000 hrs);
Kalaram Temple: This temple was built in 1794 and is similar in its architectural design to the nearby Trimbakeshwar Temple. The temple is 70 feet in height and was the brainchild of Gopikabai Peshwa. It was built with black stone from the mines of Ramsej Hill. There is a beautiful gold-plated copper peak on the temple. There are icons of Rama, Sita and Laxman lavishly adorned with adornments. The temple is surrounded by several smaller temples such as the Vithal Temple, Ganapati Temple and Maruti Temple;
Coin Museum: The Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies was established here in 1980. Located in the scenic surroundings of Anjneri Hill, the institute is the only one of its kind in Asia. The museum has a well-documented record of the history of Indian numismatics. Through photographs, articles, line drawings, replicas and real coins, one can study the various currency systems that existed in India down the ages. It has an extensive archive with nearly one hundred thousand reference cards preserved for easy reference. It also holds workshops to promote coin collecting in India. Anjneri itself has had a glorious historical past. Its tryst with destiny has resulted in many ups and downs, under many great rulers including the Bahmanis, Marathas, Mughals and Kolis;
Pandavleni Caves: The Pandavleni Caves are located on a tableland on Trivashmi Hill. Built by Jain kings these caves are around 2000 years old. There are some 24 caves that were home to Jain saints such as Tirthankara Vrishabdeo, Veer Manibhadraji, and Ambikadevi. There are sculptures of the Buddha and bodhisattvas as well. The cave complex consists of large caves, which were probably the meeting place of disciples and areas of preaching sermons. There are several water tanks chiselled into the rock;
Naroshankar Temple; Panchavati & the Sita Gumpha;
Someshwar Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) and Tapovan (it is believed that Lord Rama stayed here during his exile).
Air: The convenient airport is Mumbai 178 Km connected with major cities.
Rail: Nashik Road is the nearest railhead 8 Km, on the Central line, connected with important cities and towns.
Road. Nashik is connected by rnotorable roads with Aurangabad 204 Km,Mahabaleshwar 322 Km, Mumbai 178 Km, Nagpur 683 Km, Pune 202 Km, Saputara 89 Km, Shirdi 119 Km and Sholapur 367 Km.
Area: 58.28 Sq. Km.
Altitude: 598 Metres. Temperature: Summer - Max: 37 Deg.C Min: 22 Deg.C Winter - Max: 17 Deg.C Min: 10 Deg.C Rainfall: 762 Cm.
Season: Throughout the year. STD Code: 0253
Devlali (14 Km): Military cantonment with an Artillery Training School.
Trimbakeshwar (29 Km): One of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India, it is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus.
Igatpuri (45 Km): It is a small town in the Nashik district, famous for the Vipassana
International Academy, which conducts courses in meditation. Details can be obtained from the Vipassana International Academy, Post Box No. 6, Dhammagiri, Igatpuri-422403, Tel: (02553) 840761861302. Mumbai Contact: Mr.R.K. Kabade, Excel Industries Ltd, S V Road, Jogeshwad - 400 102,Tel: 6784813 / 6788258.
Sapta Shringi (53 Km): Dedicated to Goddess Chandika or the ‘Sapta Shringi’ Devi.
Bhandardara (Wilson Dam) (69 Km): Bhandardara is a beautiful holiday spot. Places of interest include the Wilson Dam, Lake Arthur where boating facilities are available, the Randha falls, Amriteshwar Temple, Ratangarh fort and Mount Kalsubai (25 Km.), the highest peak in the Sahyadri Range.The nearest railhead is Igatpuri (45 km) on the Central Railway. Some road distances from Bhandardara are Aurangabad 280 km, Igatpuri 60 km, Mumbai via Igatpud 185 km, Nashik 69 km and Pune 191 km.