Nashik

Nashik is in the northwest of Maharashtra, 185 km. This city is known as Grape City. Nashik is located o th ebanks of Godavari river and is important mythologically, historically, socially and culturally. Known for the temples on the banks of the Godavari, it has historically been one of the holy sites of the Hindu religion. It is one of the four cities that hosts the massive Sinhastha Kumbh Mela once every twelve years. Nashik was known as the city of roses (Gulshanabad). Now known as the city of Grapes. Efforts are on the growth of export quality rose farming and wine industries. This city is the third most industrialised city in Maharashtra after Mumbai and Pune.

Points of Attraction

Panchavati: River Godavari flows through Nashik and its Northern part is called as Panchavati. There are five Banyan (Vad) trees and hence the area is called Panchavati. Nearby is Sita Gumpha (cave) where Sita is said to have stayed for some time.

Ramkund/Gandhi Memorial: It is believed that Shriram has taken bath here in this kund so this kund is called as Ramkund. It is situated near Gandhi Lake. A dip in this kund is considered pious. Near kund a memorable monument is made out of white marble, in memory of the Father of the Nation. His ashes were dropped in Ramkund after Gandhiji passed away on 30th January 1948.

Kalaram Mandir: This temple was built by Peshwas. It was built with black stones. There celebrated great utsav on Ramnavami, Dasara and Chaitra Padwa. The stones of this temple were brought from Ramshej. It took 12 years to build the temple with 2000 workers. 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.

Muktidham: Muktidham temple is situated on Nashik road. This mandir is the magnificient piece of architecture. It is built with marble form Makran in Rajastan, and by Rajastani scluptors. Speciality of this temple is that 18 chapters of Geeta written on the walls. After visiting this temple every Hindu feels that he has visited all four dhams. One cn see replicas of all twelve Jyotirlingas over here.

There are many ganapati temples in Nashik like Navshya Ganapati, Dholya Ganapati, Tilya Ganapati, Varad Vinayak, Khandave Ganapati , Main Road Ganapati. Many more temples.

Transportation

Reaching Nashik is easy as the Nashik railway station is one of the major stations of the Central Railway. Nashik is 220 km away from Pune. Nearest airport is Mumbai or Pune with a distance of 175 km.

Speciality

There are five "Industrial Zones" in the Nashik area and its outskirts (Satpur, Ambad, Sinnar, Igatpuri and Dindori). These estates house corporations like Mahindra and Mahindra, MICO (Bosch), VIP Luggage, Crompton Greaves, GlaxoSmithKline, Graphite India Ltd. (Formerly Carbon Everflow Ltd), Larsen & Toubro, ABB Group, Siemens, Samsonite, Ceat and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Software companies like Aress Software, WNS. It is home to an important thermal power plant (Eklahare) and a National Treasury Printing Press India Security Press at Nashik Road.

Tourists can also organize trips to Shirdi, Trimbakeshwar, Dudhasagar Waterfalls, Saptashringi Devi Temple, Nandurmadhmeshwar, Bhandardara Jawhar and Nandur Madhameshwar Bird Sanctuary, which are not so far the city.