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NASHIK – Ancient City of Temples, Forts, And Wine Capital of The Country

2 years ago | tourtravel
The bright-colored idol of the Hindu God Hanuman paints a beautiful picture against the everyday-life scene in the background. © Satish Parashar

In this Article:

How to Get There
Where to Stay in Nashik
What to Buy from Nashik
Checklist
Some Images From Our Trip To Nashik


Nashik is one of the oldest cities in the state of Maharashtra and lies on the shores of the holy Godavari River. The 1465km-long river has its source in the mountains of Trimbak, home to ancient Trimbakeshwar, where the important Hindu pilgrimage of Kumbh Mela occurs every twelve years. From here the river finds its way to Nashik, meandering through the old neighborhoods. Previously it was extremely polluted but after the river’s rehabilitation, it adds to the city’s charm.

Nashik’s centuries-old history is evident in the numerous strongholds and forts that scatter the surrounding landscape. Furthermore, the Kalaram and Muktidham Temples form part of the state’s pilgrim route, attracting many worshippers to this important site. Not far away lie Mhasrul and the Teerthraj Gajpantha hilltop temple, a sacred gathering place for followers of Jainism.

The sacred Godavari river and the many temples make Nashik an important pilgrimage center. Worshippers dip into the sacred waters of the Godavari at Ramghat during the Simhastha Kumbh Festival

The sacred Godavari river and the many temples make Nashik an important pilgrimage center. Worshippers dip into the sacred waters of the Godavari at Ramghat during the Simhastha Kumbh Festival © CRS PHOTO


Someshwar sits on the banks of the Godavari River amongst lush greenery. The location is picturesque and will soothe any troubled soul. The site is popular with devotees to Hanuman and Shiva, and the weather pleasant right through the year. While you are there, take a relaxing boat trip to connect with nature, or go swimming in the Godavari River. On your way back, stop at the village of Anandwalli, the site of the historic events surrounding Anandibai, Raghunathrao, and Narayanrao. The Peshwas constructed the temple of Navshya Ganpati during the 17th century and legend has it that all the wishes of devotees who come here will be fulfilled.

One of the attractions every visitor to Nashik should put on his/her list is the famous Chamber Caves, named for the statues inside the temple. It is located on a hillock with black stone steps leading up to the impressive temple. The panoramic views from on top are beautiful and the whole place has a serene feeling, perfect for coming to grips with oneself, and an hour of meditation.

A sweeping view of the beautiful pink sandstone Dharmachakra Jain Temple near the Viholi Village

A sweeping view of the beautiful pink sandstone Dharmachakra Jain Temple near the Viholi Village © Hitman H


A magnificent study in pink of a Jain temple near Nashik

A magnificent study in pink of a Jain temple near Nashik © Hitman H


Some sixteen kilometers outside Nashik you will find one of the oldest Indian military bases in the country, Deolali Camp. It was founded in 1861 by the British and today has playgrounds, parks, and wide, neat roads. Afterward, stop at the Deolali market for some mementos to take home. If you need time to re-wind, drive the forty kilometers to Igatpuri, and join people from all over the globe for lessons in Vipassana meditation at the renowned Vipassana International Academy.

Nashik has one more pleasant surprise up its sleeve. Actually, it should not come as a surprise, because Nashik is well known as the best winemaking area in the country. So, after your visits to the many temples, forts, and places of meditation, make for the vineyards. Book accommodation in one of these beautiful locations and acquaint yourself with the wine-making process; assist with the harvesting and have some innocent fun with the stomping of the harvested grapes. Then attend a short wine-tasting course and finally sit yourself down to a world-class meal paired with some of the local white and red wines.

Dhamma Giri, one of the largest meditation centers in Igatpuri

Dhamma Giri, one of the largest meditation centers in Igatpuri. © PicAshu


NAVIGATOR

How to get there: Nashik is only three hours by car from Mumbai, the ideal destination for a weekend break.

Where to stay: Nashik has lots of options for accommodation. If you are after good value for your money, book at the Ginger or Ibis Hotels. For the wine route experience, head for the Beyond By Sula Resort.

What to buy: Seeing that this is a top wine destination, what better to buy than a few bottles of excellent Red Wine to enjoy once you are back home.

Front view of one of the 24 rock-cut Nashik or Pandavleni Caves, built by Hinayana Buddhists between the first and third centuries

Front view of one of the 24 rock-cut Nashik or Pandavleni Caves, built by Hinayana Buddhists between the first and third centuries © Dhananjay Bhagat


Inside one of the Nashik caves Lord Buddha is seen meditating, surrounded by a king and his ministers. The sculptures are all cut from solid rock

Inside one of the Nashik caves, Lord Buddha is seen meditating, surrounded by a king and his ministers. The sculptures are all cut from solid rock © Dhananjay Bhagat


Checklist

Hike up Temple Hill to see Lord Khandoba’s temple. It is not an easy hike, but worth the challenge.

Follow the pilgrim’s trail. Join the worshippers who flock to the numerous temples and holy sites in Nashik; marvel at the graceful architecture of the buildings, empty your mind of the everyday woes, and say a silent prayer.

Learn how to meditate at the Vipassana International Academy. The center will provide information on course duration and times.

Go wine tasting. Vineyards such as York, Vallone, and Sula offer regular wine tours, as well as tastings. Learn more about the winemaking process from an expert, before sitting down to sample a cool Sauvignon Blanc or aromatic Cabernet Shiraz.

Bathe in the Godavari River. Go to Someshwar for a leisurely picnic lunch, a refreshing dip in the cool river, and a relaxing day amidst the beauty of nature.

People taking a boat trip at the beautiful red and yellow Yashwantrao Maharaj Sadhu Dev Mamledar Temple

People taking a boat trip at the beautiful red and yellow Yashwantrao Maharaj Sadhu Dev Mamledar Temple © RealityImages


Some Images From Our Trip To Nashik


A wooden sign board with information welcomes the visitor to Sula Vineyards

A wooden signboard with information welcomes the visitor to Sula Vineyards © Dhananjay Bhagat


A path leading through the blue grape vineyards of Sula Wines

A path leading through the blue grape vineyards of Sula Wines © Renars Jurkovskis


Two containers with dark purple crushed grapes after a grape treading session at the Sula Vineyards

Two containers with dark purple crushed grapes after a grape treading session at the Sula Vineyards © Vishal Bhargav


Trade Nashik's noisy hustle and bustle for the peaceful enjoyment of a glass of wine at sunset, an early morning stroll through the vineyards , and the smell of freshly harvested grapes lingering in the air. Do a wine tasting at one of the country's top vineyards like York, Zampa or Sula. In pic White and rose sparkling wine at a vineyard in Nashik

Trade Nashik’s noisy hustle and bustle for the peaceful enjoyment of a glass of wine at sunset, an early morning stroll through the vineyards, and the smell of freshly harvested grapes lingering in the air. Do a wine tasting at one of the country’s top vineyards like York, Zampa, or Sula. In pic White and rose sparkling wine at a vineyard in Nashik © Lutarawap


Enjoy gourmet meals paired with local wines when you stay at Sula Vineyard in Nashik. A glass of Rasa Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy with cheese and garlic bread at Sula Vineyards

Enjoy gourmet meals paired with local wines when you stay at Sula Vineyard in Nashik. A glass of Rasa Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy with cheese and garlic bread at Sula Vineyards © Anmol Goyal


A young man transporting ice cream and cones to the Sula Vineyards

A young man transporting ice cream and cones to the Sula Vineyards © Avadhesh Bhoot


View of the entrance to the impressive Gajanan Maharaj Temple in Tryambak

View of the entrance to the impressive Gajanan Maharaj Temple in Tryambak © Vaishuren


The ancient Sundar Narayan Mandir is dedicated to Lord Vishnu

The ancient Sundar Narayan Mandir is dedicated to Lord Vishnu © Satish Parashar


The golden three story Shree Balaji Temple towers over a square in Nashik

The golden three-story Shree Balaji Temple towers over a square in Nashik © Satish Parashar


The ancient Hindu temple of Gondeshwar near Nashik

The ancient Hindu temple of Gondeshwar near Nashik © RealityImages


Worshippers pay tribute to Lord Rama at the ancient Kalaram Shrine

Worshippers pay tribute to Lord Rama at the ancient Kalaram Shrine © CRS PHOTO


Nashik has several verdant spots to take in the natural beauty of the place. The lush, green beauty of nature at Bhavali Waterfall in Igatpuri Maharashtra

Nashik has several verdant spots to take in the natural beauty of the place. The lush, green beauty of nature at Bhavali Waterfall in Igatpuri Maharashtra © Kandarp


Water cascading down the Ozarkhed Dam on the Onanda River near Dindori

Water cascading down the Ozarkhed Dam on the Onanda River near Dindori © Vaibhav Sangale


One of the ancient water storage cisterns, cut from the rock, at Fort Harihar

One of the ancient water storage cisterns, cut from the rock, at Fort Harihar © Akshay bhangare


Men performing the traditional Chenda Melam during the Makaravilakku Festival

Men performing the traditional Chenda Melam during the Makaravilakku Festival © Krishnakumar Menon


An open-air dry fish market near the ghats of the Godavari River

An open-air dry fish market near the ghats of the Godavari River © Dr. Shantanav P.Chitnis


An old lady selling her fruit on the roadside outside her village near Nashik

An old lady selling her fruit on the roadside outside her village near Nashik © Avadhesh Bhoot


A nomad family in front of their tent. Nomadic tribes move from place to place to eke out a living

A nomad family in front of their tent. Nomadic tribes move from place to place to eke out a living © CRS PHOTO


A man uses a pair of sunglasses from his roadside trading store to protect his eyes from the glare of the sun

A man uses a pair of sunglasses from his roadside trading store to protect his eyes from the glare of the sun © Greymist75


A group of homeless kids having fun on the banks of the Godavari River

A group of homeless kids having fun on the banks of the Godavari River © James Jiao


A farmer proudly shows off his harvest of red onions

A farmer proudly shows off his harvest of red onions © uparmar34617


Worshippers on their way to the Godavari River to perform religious ceremonies; offering flowers and prayers, and dipping in the holy waters of the river

Worshippers on their way to the Godavari River to perform religious ceremonies; offering flowers and prayers, and dipping in the holy waters of the river © James Jiao


Colorful close-up of trimurti, the three-headed image of the main deities of Hinduism; Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma

Colorful close-up of Trimurti, the three-headed image of the main deities of Hinduism; Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma © SurabhiArtss


An old two story house with beautiful lattice work balconies in Nashik

An old two-story house with beautiful latticework balconies in Nashik © AnilD


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