Nashik city is counted amongst the major pilgrim destinations in the state of Maharashtra
because the city is situated on the banks of the holy Godavari River and is home
to a number of revered temples and ghats. Adding to the attraction of Nashik city
is the fact that it serves as one of the venuea of Kumbh Mela, held once in every
Following are some important places which you can see in and around Nashik city:
Ajneri is located on the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar road. Ajneri is an important pilgrim
center as its the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. Numerous Jain temples scattered on
the landscape evidences that this lovely place was a Jain settlement earlier. A
mountainous terrain amidst the lustrous greenery makes Anjneri a popular tourist
The serene ambience of the hilly area is renowned for the Institute of Numismatic
Studies - a unique museum, which is considered to be one of its kinds in Asia. It
provides an authentic history of Indian numismatics through photographs, articles,
line drawings, replicas and real coins. Anjneri is also a perfect spot for rock
climbing because of its rocky surroundings. With all of this to offer, Anjneri is
all set to enthrall the visitors with its wide-ranging attractions.
Bhaktidham, a place renowned for its numerous temples is situated near Dindori Naka,
about a distance of 2.5 km from Central Bus Station. Bhaktidham is a rising pilgrimage
centre for the devotees coming to Nashik. A hub of religious activities, this place
is often thrived with frequent religious discussions, poojas and deliberations on
Vedas. Bhaktidham offers a wide range of religious books on sale and in recent years
it has been possessed the privilege of an ideal place of Vedic studies and research.
Bhandardara is a place whose beauty emerges only after the rains. Located around
70 Kms from Nashik, the best part of going to Bhandardara by road with your own
transport is the serenity it offers all along the way. The Nashik highway is comparatively
clear of heavy traffic.
Bhandardara without the rains is an ordinary, dull & forming into the rising
wind. Built in 1926, the Bhandardara dam is one of the oldest dams in Asia &
is known for its Umbrella Falls which provides a most picturesque sight for some
Randha Falls is another waterfall at just 11 km away from the Bhandardara dam. Here
the water gushes down the rock face to all 45 meters into the rocky ravine forming
a bubbling stream which apart from offering a glimpse of natural design looks extremely
dangerous. While there is an excellent point just opposite the waterfall for a perfect
view of its cascading effect, the place has not been provided with any railings
or other security measures so that a bit of daring could go a long way right into
For trekking there is the well known Kalsubai peak - the highest peak of Maharashtra
on the Sahyadri range, standing 1,646 meters above sea level. Dense foliage &
uncharted territories lead the way up to temple - Amruteshwar temple, reachable
by boat which houses Lord Shiva.
Coin Museum is one of the most popular tourist places in the Nashik city of Maharashtra.
The museum was founded in 1980 at Anjneri Hills under the Indian Institute of Research
in Numismatic Studies. Anjneri itself has had a glorious historical past. Its tryst
with destiny has resulted in many ups and downs, under many great rulers including
the Bahmanis, Marathas, Mughals and Kolis.
Coin Museum is the only one of its kind museum in the whole of Asia. Coin Museum
displays a very rich collection of research and well-documented history of the Indian
currency system. The items displayed inside the museum comprise of coins, moulds,
dyes, replicas, photographs, and concise write-ups. Here, you can get to see the
processes of casting and machine striking, along with those of coin minting and
coin manufacturing. The other items put on show inside the Coin Museum include numismatic
material, along with bronze, terracotta's, copper-hoard objects, paintings and some
The main aim behind its establishment was to maintain records on the history of
the currencies of India and let the general public have an idea about the Indian
coins. The information on the Indian coinage, provided at the Coin Museum of Nashik,
dates back from its initial years to the present day world.
The rich compilation of the museum is made up of nearly 1, 00,000 cardexes which
have been preserved for the reference of researchers and others. Coin Museum also
organizes workshops, on a regular basis, with the aim of promoting coin collecting
Deolali camp which is one of the oldest centers in India is located 16 km away from
Nashik. Deolali camp was set up by the British in 1861. The main aim behind its
establishment was to provide a place where mentally strained and worn out soldiers
could take rest and rejuvenate themselves. An officer of the rank of Major General
holds the position of the head of the Artillery school here. Beyond Military centre
Deolali market is famous for shopping. One of its major attractions is Khandobachi
Tekadi Temple, visited by devotees in large numbers.
Dudhsagar Waterfalls in Someshwar is regarded as one among the best in the entire
world itself. This cascading cataract is a favourite picnic spot in the city. The
waterfalls reach its peak during the monsoon season when the cascade displays plenty
of water in it. The 10-meter stretch of this cascade is often crowded with young
people since it helps to evoke the adventurous spirit in them. Another remarkable
fact about this lovely falls is its creamy white water that gained it with the pretty
name Dudhsagar. Carved steps on the rocks make access to the top of this spot without
Nashik is a hub of religious activities which are centered on the sacred banks of
the River Godavari. Numerous temples and well maintained ghats are lined up on the
banks of river Godavari. These ghats always echo with holy recites of people who
gather there to offer the last rituals of their beloved ones. It is presumed that
bathing in Ganga ghat will cleanse off all the sins. In the evenings, Ganga ghat
looks absolutely beautiful as the sacred river is enlightened with huge number of
oil lamps and hovers of flowers.
Sardar Odhekar of Peshwa built this simple, large temple in 1782.The main deities
in the temple are Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman. The idols are pretty black in colour
and decorated with ornaments, hence the name Kalaram. Built with black stones, the70
feet high temple happens to be the busiest temples in the locality. It took Rs.
23, 00,000 and 2000 workers to build the temple in 12 years. The apex of the temple
is made up of 32 tons of gold. In 1930, Dr. Ambedkar performed Satyagraha, to allow
the entry of Harijans into the temple.
This grand structure plunks in the midst of a walled corral of 96 columns and accessible
through an arched balcony. On the festive occasions like Ramnavami, Dushera and
Chaitra Padwa the temple looks gorgeous with grand processions and decorations.
The temple premises also hold small shrines dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Lord Vithala
and Lord Ganesha.
Kapaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in
Nashik. This fabulous temple is located on the peaceful ambience of Godavari River.
Absence of Nandi Idol in the temple premises is a mystery. Generally, all Shiva
temples have an idol of Nandi Bull which overlooks its master’s sanctum. The temple
is crowded with devotees on the festive occasions of Shivratri and Shravani Somvar.
Muktidham Temple is situated only 7 km away from the heart of Nashik. Built entirely
with shining white makrana marble, the temple is extremely famous for its magnificent
and unique architecture. Muktidham temple was recently built by Late Shri JayramBhai
Bytco. The white walls of the temple have been inscribed with the 18 chapters of
the Gita. You can also see the replicas of all the 12 Jyotirling’s over here and
of all major Hindu Gods and Godesses. A visit to this temple by Hindus is considered
as a visit to the 4 dhams or holy centres.
Nandur Madhameshwar Bird Sanctuary
Nandur Madhameshwar Bird Sanctuary is situated 60 km away from Nashik and is truly
a bird-lover's paradise. Aptly called Maharashtra's Bharatpur, a wonderful bird
sanctuary has been developed here since 1950. Through ceaseless efforts of Bombay
Natural History Society (BNHS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Forest Department
of the Government of Maharashtra, this sanctuary now houses more than 220 species
of birds, 400 species of vegetation and 24 species of fish along with several smaller
mammals which came into existence along the Nandur Madhameshwar dam. Nandur Madhameshwar
Bird Sanctuary is spread over the protected area of 10000 hectares of which the
core area is of 1765 hectares where large variety of water birds, resident and migratory
birds come together in season. Best time to watch different species of birds is
between October to March.
Pandav Leni Caves
Pandav Leni caves are a group of 24 Hinayana Buddhist Caves, dating from around
the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD, built by the Jain kings. These caves are
situated about 8-km south of Nashik on a tableland on the Trivashmi Hill. As the
name suggests “Pandav”, these caves have NO relation to pandavas.
All these caves are viharas (monasteries), with the exception of cave 18, and are
counted amongst the oldest structures situated in the vicinity of Nashik. Cave 3
is a huge vihara, which has been adorned with a few magnificent sculptures. Cave
10, though older than cave 3 and with more intricately carved sculptures, looks
almost identical to the latter. Cave 18 comprises of a Chaitya Hall and is believed
to have been built around the same time as the Karla Caves. The cave boasts of splendid
sculptural designs and has a beautifully ornamented portico.
Pandav Leni caves were home to Jain saints such as Tirthankara Vrishabdeo, Veer
Manibhadraji, and Ambikadevi. There are sculptures of the Buddha and bodhisattvas
as well. The cave complex consists of large Caves, which were probably the meeting
place of disciples and areas of preaching sermons. There are several water tanks
chiseled into the rock. Though more than 2000 years old, Pandav Leni Caves are definitely
worth having a look at.
The Ganges of the south, Ramkund in the sacred river Godavari, draws countless pilgrims
every year. This holy tank is 27 m by 12 m and was built in 1696 by Chitrarao Khatarkar.
It is believed that Rama and Sita used to bathe in this tank during their exile.
It is in this tank of holy water or kund that religious Hindus even today, immerse
a dead person's ashes so that the soul of the dead person can attain moksha or liberation.
One among the alluring picnic spots, at Ramkund the river Godavari takes a 90 degree
bend and that spot is considered as the most holy by the pilgrims.
Saptashringi Devi Temple
Saptashringi Devi Temple is situated around 55 kms from Nashik at Wani. This temple
is located on Saptashringi Hill. The goddess is known to have possessed 18 weapons
in 18 hands and is positioned ready to fight the demons. On the way, you can stop
at Sitakund at Mhasrul village. This is the site where Sita the wife of Rama used
to bathe during their exile. This destination is filled with stories and legends
connected to the Ramayana.
Shirdi is the abode of the famous Indian saint Shri Sai baba. Shri Sai Baba is revered
as one of the greatest saints ever seen in India, endowed with unprecedented powers,
and is worshipped as a God incarnate. Shirdi is one of the most honored among the
spiritual destinations of India and is situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra
near the sacred city of Nasik. Shirdi is situated at a distance of approximately
122 km from Nashik, 200 km to the north of Pune city and 300 km to the east of Mumbai
Shirdi is dotted with many religious sites that are visited by many tourists no
matter to which religion they belong to. Secondly, as Shirdi is gaining huge popularity
it is attracting large number of foreign tourists as well. The key attractions of
Shirdi are Sai Baba mandir and his samadhi, Dwarkamai, Gurusthan, Chavadi, Lendi
Baug, Maruti Mandir, Chawadi and Samadhi of Abdulbaba.
Someshwar is situated on the banks of the sacred river Godavari. On the way to Gangapur
dam, tourists are fascinated by the beautiful nature spot called Someshwar. Someshwar
Temple houses Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman on the banks of the river Godavari. The
area is covered with greenery all over, with a pleasant climate. Tourists can take
pleasure of swimming and boating in the river. Someshwar has been a favourite location
for many a film shootings as well. Navasha Ganpati located at Anandwalli village
is also quite famous.
Among the various grape producing areas of India, Nashik adorns a prominent position.
One of the famous vineyards in Nashik is Sula Vineyards. Since its inception in
the year 1997, Sula has managed to complement itself with the reputation of India’s
best wineries. Recent years have shown an amazing growth of these vineyards from
the original 30-acre family estate to a vast spread of 1500 acres, which increases
the winery’s total capacity to 5 million liters.
The tasting room of these wineries covers a total area of 2000 square feet. Besides
offering the tasty wines, this room shows off a balcony from where one can get the
panoramic view of the undulating vineyards bounded in a pretty ambience. The public
is admitted to enjoy the fantastic scenery of the large expansion of grape yards.
Winery Tours are scheduled between 11.30 am – 5.30 pm and it will take 45 minutes
to roam through the lush greenery. Winery tour includes a package of tasting of
the premium quality wines produced in the Sula yards.
Takli is the place of saint Shri Samarth Ramdas. He was the Guru of Chatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj. Ramdas was a bramhachari throughout his life. He promoted the Hindu religion
and told people the importance of simple living and high thinking. As per legends,
it is said that Shri Samarth Ramdas ran away from his marriage procession and settled
down at Takli.
Shri Samarth Ramdas was a devotee of Lord Rama and meditated for 12 years by chanting
the words “Shri Ram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram” for 13 crore times. You can come across
Ramdas Swami's ashram at Takli, which is preserved in his memory.
Tapovan is a pictorial spot and has a close association with the epic Ramayana.
Tapovan means a place which is reserved for meditation and sacrament. Plagued in
the richness of lush greenery, Tapovan presents a peaceful ambience. This place
might be used by great sages for meditation. It is believed that it was here that
Lakshman - brother of Lord Ram, cut the nose of Shurpanakha - sister of Ravana.
This sacred place has temples of Lakshman and Hanuman. As one meditates, this stunning
locale enthralls the mind with Godavari’s noiselessly babbling stream, long stretch
of green woods and proximity to jungle’s flora and fauna.
Trimbakeshwar Temple is 36 km away from Nashik situated on Trimbak village. Trimbak
village is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple and as the source of the Godavari
River. Trimbakeshwar one of the 12 jyotirlings dedicated to Shiva and this one is
considered to be the main jyotirling. Legend has it that Guatam Rishi performed
a rigorous ritual of prayer and tapasya to Lord Shiva on Brahmagiri Hill which rises
above the present-day temple. Pleased with this devotion, Lord Shiva is said to
have blessed him and brought down to earth from heaven the sacred rivers of Ganga,
Gautami and Godavari.