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Nashik Tourism Guide

Situated on the banks of Godavari River, Nashik is one of the holiest places in India for Hindus. Rich Historical town of Legendary Lord Rama, who spent some time of his exile in Nashik, is a unique blend of civilization& modernization. The religious and historical destination is also popular for scenic Sahydri ranges which attract trekkers and nature lovers. Major tourist places of Nashik are Pandav Leni, Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak, Igatpuri, Sula Vineyards, Panchavati, Nandur Madhmeshwar Sanctuary and many more. Major pilgrimages are Muktidham Temple, Naroshankar Temple, Trimbakeshwar Temple, Saptshrungi Gad, Gangapur, Mangi Tungi and others.

Tourist Places in Nashik

Coin Museum, Nashik

Coin Museum is located on Anjaneri hills and founded by the Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies. It is the best place if you are interested in Indian currency history. More Information

Pandav Leni, Nashik

It is group 24-30 caves built by Jain King for Jain saints. The caves have idols of Buddha and Jain saints such as Veer Manibhadraji, Tirthankara Vrishabdeo and Ambikadevi. More Information

Veer Savarkar Smarak, Bhagur (Timings: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm)

Situated at 3 km from Deolali camp and 17 km from Nashik, Bhagur is the birth place of freedom fighter, Swatanrya Veer Savarkar. There is also a beautiful temple dedicated to Bhagur Devi.

Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak (Timings: 11.00 am to 5.30 pm)

Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak is memorial of famous Dadasaheb Phalke, Doyen & Founder of Indian Cinema and Film Industry. He was born at Nashik on 30 April 1913. He produced first Indian film-“Raja Harishchandra” and other 95 films, 26 documentaries. Located on Mumbai-Nashik Highway near Pandav caves, the memorial is tribute to his legendary work. The memorial has meditation place, main conference hall and exhibition centre of works by Dadasaheb Phalke.

Sula Vineyards, Nashik (http://sulawines.com) (Timings: 11.00 am to 11.00 pm)

Sula Vineyards is an Indian winery located in Nashik, Maharashtra, India. Sula Wines was the valley's first commercial winery. One can try informative vineyards tour of wine making process or just enjoy tastes of different types of wines. From the terrace of the restaurant, beautiful view of vineyards can be seen.

Hill Station in Nashik

Igatpuri, Nashik

Located on Mumbai-Nashik road on Sahyadri hills, it is famous for hill station and trekking spot. Major tourist attractions at Igatpuri are Bhatsa River Valley, Arthur Lake, Amruteshwar Temple, Camel Valley, Tringalwadi Fort, Ghatandevi Temple and Vipassana International Academy. More Information

Nearby Hill Stations

Wildlife and Nature Trails in Nashik

Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary, Niphad

Spread over 1000 hectares of land, Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary has more than 220 species of residents and migratory birds. Apart from birds, the sanctuary has 24 species of fish and other small mammals are spotted. The birds of the sanctuary includes black ibis, spot bills, teals, little grebe, cormorants, egrets, herons, stork, kites, vultures, white stork, glossy ibis, spoonbills, flamingo, goose brahminy duck, pintails, cranes shanks, godwits, weavers etc.More Information

Trekking and Monsoon Spots in Nashik

Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar

Harishchandragad is fort hill in Ahmednagar district and popular trekking site with moderate difficulty. Carry enough water, food and clothes for camping as no arrangement on the fort. Attractions of the fort include- Kedareshwar Cave is the main cave where big Shivlinga along with sculptures are carved. Kokan Kada is cliff where spectacular view of the Kokan can be seen. Taramati Peak is topmost point of the fort. More Information

Ramshej, Dindori Road (20 km from Nashik)

Ramshej is a small Village/hamlet in Dindori Taluka in Nashik District of Khandesh and Northern region. Ramshhej fort is ideal place for trekking with easy level of difficulty. It is said that Lord Rama had visited this place so named as “Ramshej”. The fort has cave temple, old lake at the top and chor darwaja on west side.

Harihargad, Trimbak

Trimbak range of Nashik is spread to the north of Igatpuri and holds many historical forts. Harihargad is one of such fort and known for medium difficulty level for trekking. The temple looks like in rectangular in shape and has a plain plateau on the top. The fort has temples of Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and small water reservoir.

Anjaneri, Trimbak (20 km from Nashik)

Located on Trimbak road, Anjaneri is popular trekking route with easy difficulty level and emerged with many waterfalls during monsoon. Anjaneri is also said to be birth place of Lord Hanuman and named after the name of Hanumanji’s mother, Anjani. The trek starts from the base village, Anjaneri and first come across some Jain caves. After reaching at top, there are two temples of Anjani Mata and Sita caves with some carvings.

Brahmagiri, Trimbakeshwar (25 km from Nashik)

Brahmagiri is situated in Trimbakeshwar village and popular for trekking and nature trails in monsoon. It is also said to be mountain form of Lord Shiva and origin of Godavari River. Many devotees come to this place during Shravan month (August/September). Trimbakeshwar Temple is perched on the picturesque lusting green Brahmagiri hills.

Salher and Salota Fort, Nashik

Salher fort of Nashik is the highest fort (5140 feet) in Maharashtra which offers spectacular views of the Baglan mountain range. The historical fort is famous for battle won by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj over Moghul. The fort has medium difficulty level and camping can be done in caves on the fort. The fort also has Parshuram temple, gates and water tanks. Salota fort (4986 foot) is located within few km from Salhar fort and one day trek is sufficient to cover both forts. The top of Salota offers superb view of Salher fort.

Muler fort and Hargad, Nashik

This historical fort was built rulers of Bagul dynasty during 13-14th century. Mulher village is base point of the trek with medium difficulty level. The fort has Ganesh Mandir, Ram Mandir Chandan well, Moti talav and ruined palace.

Hargad fort is seldom visited by trekkers due to water availability and absence of proper route. The fort has Someshwar temple, two canons, remnants of palace and other structures.

Nearby Trekking Places

Pilgrimages / Religious Places in Nashik

Gondeshwar Temple, Sinnar 

Gondeshwar Temple is popular tourist attraction of Sinnar and dates back to around 10th century. The main attraction of the temple is beautifully carved Hindu sculptures from local black stone and lime. More Information

Muktidham Temple, Nashik

A visit to Muktidham temple is believed to be is considered as a visit to the 4 dhams of Hindu. Eighteen chapters of holy Gita are mentioned on wall of makrana marble. More Information

Naroshankar Temple, Panchavati, Nashik

Naroshankar Temple was built by Naroshankar Rajebahaddur on the bank of river Godavari during 18th century. Built in Maya style of architecture, the stunning sculpture work of the temple is the main attraction of the temple. Naroshankar Ghanta at the entrance of the temple is also famous for its huge size. More Information

Panchavati, Nashik

Panchavati is important Hindu pilgrimage place where many Hindu temples are located such as- Ramkund -It is holy water tank where Lord Rama is believed to have taken bath here. Ashes of dead person are immersed so that the soul would attain moksha. Sita Gumpha- Sita Gumpha has idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman. As per Ramayana tales, Ravana kidnapped Sita from this place. Kalaram Temple -It is Hindu temple built by Peshwa Sardar Rangarao Odhekar. Dedicated to Lord Rama, all idols in temple are carved in black stone. Goraram temple- It is small temple where beautiful of idols of Rama, Sita and Laxman are kept. More Information

Saptshrungi Gad, Vani

Shree Saptshrungi Gad is one of the four Shaktipeeths of Maharashtra and 51 Shaktipeeths of India. It is one of the important pilgrimages of Maharashtra as lakhs of devotees visit during the year. More Information

Shani Shinganapur, Ahmednagar

At Shani Shinganapur, Lord Shanidev- the epitome of the planet Saturn is worshiped. Unlike other pilgrimages, puja (rituals) can be by devotees themselves. Uniqueness of this place, no house will find lock for safety. More Information

Shree Someshwar Temple, Gangapur

Situated on the bank of river Godavari, Shree Someshwar Temple is on the way to Gangapur. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Hanuman, the temple is also famous for film shootings due to its surrounding greenery area. More Information

Shree Sunder Narayan Temple, Nashik

Shree Sunder Narayan Temple besides the Ahilyabai Holkar Bridge is devoted to Lord Vishnu and has intricate carvings in black stone are worth to visit. One notable fact of the architecture is that on 21st March, rays of rising Sun falls on the idol. More Information

Teertharaj Gajapantha Chamber Caves, Nashik

Teertharaj Gajapantha Chamber Caves is one of sacred Jain pilgrimage and situated on top hill at Mhasrul. The stairway in black stone lead to the temple at the top and offers magnificent view of surrounding area. More Information

Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik

It is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga and has idol with three faces of God Brahma, God Vishnu and God Mahesha (Shiva). For touching the idol of lord Trimbakeshwar, devotee should wear special cloths. More Information

Mangi Tungi Siddha Kshetra (130 km from Nashik)

Mangi-Tungi is a prominent twin pinnacle peak with plateau in between, located near Tahrabad and known for Jain pilgrimages. There are numerous caves named after great Tirthankaras such as Mahavira, Adinath, Shantinath and Parshvanath. A grand fair is held here annually during Kartik month (September/October) where people visit in large numbers to witness festival.

At Mangi Giri, there are seven old temples on this hill and so many images of feet of saints are installed here. A pond is here named Krishna Kund which is said to be a witness of the last days of Lord Krishna.

Tungi Giri has five temples on it. There are two caves are named on Bhagwan Chandraprabhu, the 8th Teerthankar and other is Ram Chandra Cave. Ancient idols of Hanuman, Gava, Gavaksha, Neel etc. are here. In one cave there is an idol of Ram’s chief of army Kritantvakra in the stage of ascetic saint.

On the path between Mangi and Tungi Hills to cave down, here are two Caves of Shuddha & Buddha Munies (ascetic saints), a Colossus of Bhagwan Munisuvrat Nath is there in Padmasana (a posture with cross legged seating). Lord Bahubali and other’s idols are also there.

Shree Godavari Ramkund

The Ramkund is a sacred pond on the banks of the river Godavari in Panchavati. It is believed that Lord Rama used to take bath at this place during the exile period. The present structure at Ramkund was built by Chitrarao Khatarkar in 1696 to facilitate the bath and other religious activities by devotees.

Bhakti Dham

Bhakti Dham is situated near Dindori Naka, at a distance of 2 km from Central Bus Stand. This place is renowned for various temples built in the premises and all religious rituals and pujas are carried out at Bhakti Dham.

Shree Kapaleshwar Mahadev

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Shree Kapaleshwar Mahadev is located at a distance of 1 km from Central bus stand. The unique feature of the temple is that there is no statue of Nandi in front of Lord Mahadev. Shravani Somvar (Monday in the month of August/September) and Shivratri in the month of March are the 2 days when pilgrims gather in large numbers in this temple.

Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple, Tapovan

Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple is located near the Swaminarayan Bridge which is close to Tapovan. As per Ramayana epic, Laxman, brother of Lord Rama cut the nose of Shurpanakha, the sister of Ravana. The colourful temple has beautiful idols of Lord Narayan and Goddess Laxmi. The devotees, who visit Tapovan, make it a point to stop at the Laxmi Narayan Temple for darshan.

Shree Ved Temple

Shree Ved Temple is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Central Bus Stand and was built for study of Indian Ved and Puranas. A private trust of Mr Sarada founded the temple. The entrance to the temple is very large and attractive with glasses and flood lights. Free training and education on Ved-Puranas is imparted 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 located at a distance of 2 km from Central Bus Stand at the western side door of Kalaram Temple. According Ramayana, Goddess Sita wife of Lord Ram 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".

Dutondya Maruti

This idol of Lord Maruti is placed on the bank of Godavari River near Ramkund. This idol has two faces on either side.

Shrine of the Infant Jesus (http://infantjesusnashik.com/)

Infant Jesus Shrine was inaugurated in February 1970 and is located near St Xavier High School in Nashik. The shrine houses a 19 inch high idol of the infant Jesus. The shrine is open to people of religions and mass timings/festivals detail, check the website.

Shree Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth, Vilhouli (http://dharmachakra.in)

Shree Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth is three storied Jain shrine constructed with white marble and pink sand at Vilhouli. A 12 foot high idol of Lord Mahavir is set in the basement. At the first level, in the centre is Choumukhji, propagating the joy and devotion, escorted by the four Parshwanath idols. The Ashtapada Mahatirth is established on the last level in the crest of the monument. The foreground of the Jinalaya is resplendent with an enchanting creation of the magnanimous Yantra of the Shri Mantradhiraj Stotra which is etched with figurines and flanked by an array of the statues of revered Gods and Goddesses.

Water Parks and Amusement Centres in Nashik

Ø Shagun Water Park, Igatpuri

Ø Blue Lagoon Water Park

Adventure Tourism and Adventure Activities in Nashik

Ø Bhonsala Adventure Foundation, Nashik

Spiritual Centres in Nashik

Ø Vipassana Research Institute, Nashik

Eating Spots in Nashik

Ø Pangat Thali, Nashik

Ø Haji Darbar, Nashik

Ø Machaan, Nashik

Ø Khyber, Nashik

Ø Annapoorna Lunch Home, Nashik

Ø Talk of the Town, Nashik

Shopping in Nashik

Yeola Paithani Tourist Centre (http://www.yeolapaithanikalakari.com/) (90 km from Nashik)

Paithani Saree Cluster Yeola is established with the aim to organize local Paithani artisans, to provide them all with common facilities and a platform for Paithani weaving, designing and direct marketing. This cluster targets to improve the ancient glory of Paithani art, by leading the art in the global market and to assist artisans with a good lively hood. The Yeola Paithani Tourist Centre is equipped with, an exhibition arena, quality control room, R&D centre, marketing & sales department, administrative office, auditorium, a canteen and other infrastructural facilities. Paithani sarees will be on display in the exhibition hall, while their rich history and other information will be provided to visitors at other sites.

Kapse Paithani Park (http://www.kapsepaithani.com/)

Kapse Paithani is the perfect destination with a huge collection of Indian Traditional and Ethnic wear. Since its inception in year 2000 at KK Handloom is the leading suppliers of a variety range of Maharashtrian Sarees like Yeola Paithani, Brocket Paithani, Special Padar Paithani, Benarasi Silk Paithani sarees and many more at our Saree hub.

Other Important Tourist Information about Nashik

How to Reach Nashik:

Nearest airport is Gandhinagar Airport and international airport is at Mumbai with 140 km. The closest railway station is Nashik Road (NK). Nashik is well connected by road transport to other cities.

Best Time to Visit Nashik: October to March

Nashik District Website: http://nashik.nic.in/index.htm

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