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The Holy Sites of Nasik

by Madhav Srinivasan 1915 days ago

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.

Things 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.

Reaching Nasik

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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