The Holy Sites of Nasik
Nasik, a city in North-western Maharashtra, is a city which wears many identities with ease. It is an ancient Hindu religious city, the wine capital of India and is a major railhead. Nasik also houses the National Institute of Numismatics.
Nasik is a centre of commerce and industry and a part of the
prosperous agricultural belt in Maharashtra. There are many hotels in the city
that offer a comfortable stay at a moderate budget. The eateries in the city
provide basic Maharashtrian fare.
to See in Nasik
- Nasik is one of the oldest cites
described in Hindu religious texts. The city is situated on the banks of
the Godavari River, and it is one of the sites of the Kumbh Mela held once
in 12 years. The next Kumbh Mela is scheduled to be held at Nasik in 2015,
and an influx of over 5 million visitors is expected over the 12 days of
the Kumbh. It is a popular holiday option among those planning to book Maharashtra vacation packages.
- Tryambakeshwar, which is 24 km from Nasik,
has a temple to Lord Shiva, and it is believed to be one of the 12
Jyotirlings sacred to Shaivites.
- The Godavari River changes its course from west to the south at Nasik .This stretch of river is considered sacred, and there are many bathing ghats along the banks. A dip in the Godavari at these ghats is believed to wash away all sins. These ghats are also used by Hindus to immerse ashes of their family members and perform religious obsequies.
- Nasik has the famous Panchavati caves and
SitaGufa. This place is revered since the holy epic ‘Ramayana’ describes
it as the site of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana’s sojourn after their
banishment from Ayodhya.
- Other noteworthy temples in Nasik are the
Kalaram temple, Lakshman temple, Someshwar temple, Navshya Ganapati temple
and the Modakeshwar Ganesh temple
- Nasik has a Stone Age site at Gangapur, which
is 10 km from the city. Pandav Leni has 23 caves near Nasik, and you can
find ancient sculptures here.
- The holy town of Shirdi is 97 km away
from Nasik. The mausoleum of the Sai Baba of Shirdi is housed here, and it
draws the devout in large numbers. You can easily reach Nasik by taking up holiday trips from Pune as well.
- Deolali is a cantonment town at a
distance of 10 km from Nasik. This cantonment was established by the
British due to its salubrious climate and central location. This quiet
town is reminiscent of the days of the British Raj.
Nasik is located in the interior of Maharashtra at a distance of 180
km from the state capital Mumbai. Nasik is well connected to the rest of India
by road and rail. Nasik has the Ozhar airport at a distance of 24 km from the
city. This city has numerous private and public transport vehicles, providing
good connectivity within the city and avrieties of tour packages from Mumbai are available.
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