Nashik is situated on the banks of river Godavari. It is also known as the ‘Grape Capital of India.’ It is surrounded by greenery and ancient Indian architecture. People from all over India throng the place to get an experience of rolling vineyards in Nashik. The serene backwaters and surrounding mountains make up for awe-inspiring beauty. There are many scenic places in Nashik that top the list for a professional photographer.
Nashik is an ideal destination for a quick getaway. From holy dips in the rivers to visiting ancient temples, from trekking with friends to enjoying the beauty of nature, Nashik offers something for every tourist. Its the favourite weekend getaway for people staying in Mumbai and Pune. For accommodation, apart from villas and bungalows in Nashik, it also has some of the best resorts near Mumbai. Tourists also visit the Shirdi Temple when they visit Nashik.
Nashik was earlier known as Panchvati. As it is situated on the banks of the Godavari river, it’s also one of the holiest cities of India. Nashik has a historical past; it was believed that Lord Rama made Nashik his abode during 14 years in exile. The name Nashik was derived from the Hindu epic Ramayana.
Nashik region was included in the Mauryan kingdom as well. Nashik was the capital of Satvahans. Earlier it was also an important trading port in India. Most tourists visit Nashik for ancient temples like Someshwar Temple, Ramkund, and Sundarnarayan temple.
Nashik is situated on the north-west side of Maharashtra and is 185 km away from Mumbai. Its ideally located near western Ghats, and is situated at a higher altitude of 565 above sea level.
Nashik cuisine has a blend of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Khandesh. Though it takes a cue from the authentic taste of Maharashtrian cuisine, still it has a distinct flavour of its own. Most Nashik homestays and bungalows offer its guests misal-pav and Dhanyachi-usal, which they relish wholeheartedly.
Peanuts and coconut-based gravy of Dhanyachi-usal make a delicious mouth-watering delight. Makai-Chivda is a staple snack that tourists buy for themselves when they visit Nashik.
Amti is another delicious dish that many farmhouses in Nashik offer. Nashik Batata Vada also has an authentic Maharashtrian taste that delights the taste buds of tourists. Zunka-bhakri is a traditional dish that tastes great with mustard flavouring. The demand for this dish increases in the monsoon season.
Panchvati is the most famous place in Nashik. It is also the most popular pilgrimage site of India that is situated on the banks of river Godavari. Tapovan is near Panchvati is also a great tourist attraction. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, which another famous tourist spot.
Anjaneri Hills located 20 km away from Nashik is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman and is surrounded by lush green hills and landscapes. Dugarwadi Waterfalls located 30 km away from Nashik is one of the best natural waterfalls in Nashik.
Sula Vineyard and Harihar hills make up for ideal places for a weekend gateway. Ramkund and Shirdi both are located near Nashik, so most tourists who visit Nashik also visit both these religious places. For people who love historical museums, two museums – the Coin Museum and Gargoti Mineral Museum – give you an insight into the history of Nashik.
If you are planning a trip to Nashik, then the ideal season to visit would be winters. The temperatures are comfortable but not too cold, so its a perfect time for sightseeing. You can also book a homestay in Nashik to have a great holiday.