- One of the most important pilgrim centres of Maharashtra is set on the banks of the sacred Godavari River.
- It is believed that Lord Rama stayed here for some time during his 14 years exile.
- The temple town has over 2000 small and big temples and bathing ghats lining the banks of the river.
- Nashik is the venue of the holy Kumbh Mela, which is held once in every 12 years.
- The city also famous educational and industrial centre.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (BOM), 185 kms away from Nashik city.
- Rail: Nashik Railway Station, Nashik, 9 kms away from Nashik city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
Ramkund Muktidham Temple Kalaram Temple Shirdi
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
ATTRACTIONS OF NASHIK
- Sacred tank built in 1696, by Chitrarao Khatarkar is believed to mark the site where Lord Rama and Sita used to bathe during their stay over here.
- Muktidham Temple:
- Famous temple has a very unusual architecture.
- It is believed that visiting the shrine is like undertaking the pilgrimage of four sacred dhams.
- Kalaram Temple:
- 70 feet high temple built in the black stone in 1794, by Gopikabai Peshwa, resembles the famous Trimbakeshwar Temple.
- It enshrines beautifully ornamented sandy black idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman.
- Temple is surrounded by several smaller temples like, Vithal Temple, Ganapati Temple and Maruti Temple.
- Coin Museum:
- It was established by the Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies amidst scenic surroundings.
- Museum exhibits a well-documented record of the history of Indian numismatics, through photographs, artefacts, line drawings, replicas and real coins.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND NASHIK
- 39 kms away from Nashik city.
- Important pilgrim site is famous for the temple of Trimbakeshwar and the source of the sacred Godavari River located nearby.
- Temple enshrines one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the country.
- A big fair is held on the occasion Shivratri.
- The massive Sinhasta fair or Kumbh Mela is also held here once in twelve years.
- According to mythological legends, when Amrit (the nectar of immorality) was recovered from the ocean, there was a battle between the Gods and demons for it.
- During the flight few drops of amrit fell at Allahabad, Nashik (Trimbakeshwar), Haridwar and Ujjain.
- Since then the Kumbh Mela is organised at these places, once in every 12 years.
- 112 kms away from Nashik city.
- This ‘abode’ of Sri Sai Baba is one of the most important pilgrim centres of the State.
- Sri Sai Baba, the great teacher and saint lived and died here and is believed to be the incarnation of Guru Dattatraya.
- He preached religious tolerance and universal brotherhood and is revered by devotees of all faiths.
- His followers from all parts of India and abroad flock to the sacred shrine round the year.
- Main temple has a life like marble statue of the saint installed on a high pedestal.
- Thursdays are of special importance, as on this day Sai Baba attained ‘Nirvana’.
- Annual fairs are held here on Ramnavami, Guru Purnima and Dusshera.
- 80 kms away from Nashik city.
- Quiet little hill resort is dominated by Mt. Kalsubai, the highest peak (1,646 metres) in the Sahyadri range.
- Wilson dam is probably the only one to be constructed at a height of 150 meters.
- The Arthur Lake is the largest and loveliest lake to be situated at such a height.
- 60 kms away from Nashik city.
- A beautiful hill resort and also known as the ‘Mahabaleshwar of Thane district’.