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Nashik

Nashik is one of the largest districts in North West part of Maharashtra. The place is situated at the banks of holy River Godavari which originates from Trimbakeshwar. The district is largest producer of onions and grapes in Maharashtra.

History of Nashik

As with other major cities in Maharashtra, Nashik was also ruled by various Hindu Kings. The district was known ‘Gulshanbad’ and has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties in the early years. In 1615, Nashik was captured by the Mughals and was under their rule till 1634. Till 1673, it was under the Maratha rule, but in 1685, Aurangzeb captured Nashik. Later, the city was attacked by Santaji in 1695 and the Maratha rule was restored.

In 1818, under the rule of Peshwas the city was named as Nashik. But the Peshwas rule did not last for long and the British captured the city in the same year. Nashik also played a vital part in the freedom struggle. One of the first modern libraries of Maharashtra was formed in Nashik in 1840.

Nashik Satyagrah was launched by Dr B.R Ambedkar demanding the entry of Dalits to the Kalaram temple in 1930. Babasaheb organised the movement for the abolition of untouchably in Nashik in 1932.

Major Attractions in Nashik

Nashik is known for many holy temples in Maharashtra. As per Hindu mythology, the place was specially mentioned in Ramayana as Ram made Nashik as his home during his 14 years of exile. Some of the major places to visit are related to this mythology.

Ramkund

Ramkund is a holy tank that was built by Chitrarao Khatarkar in 1696. It is believed that it was here Ram and Sita used to bathe during their exile. It is considered to be holy and auspicious to immerse the ashes of dead people to attain Moksha.

Kalaram Temple

Kalaram temple has architectural as well as historical importance. The temple was built in 1794 by Gopikabai Peshwa, it has similar design as that of Trimbakeshwar temple. The temple is built using black stones brought from Ramsej hills and it is 70 feet high. There are idols of Ram, Sita and Lakshman and many small temples surround this place. The main attraction is the gold plated peacock which captures the attention of all visitors.

Pandavleni Caves

These are caves built by the Jain kings which are about 2000 years old. This was the abode for many Jain saints and one can also see the sculptures of Buddha as well. The caves are architecturally built with water tanks intricately carved into the rocks.

Coin Museum

The only coin museum in Asia is situated here in the beautiful hill ranges of Anjneri which was launched in 1980. It has a great collection of coins and research students can study about the currency system that existed in India. There are photos, articles, replicas and other items that give details about the coin system that existed in India.

Shopping in Nashik

As Nashik has many religious shrines, brass statues and bead necklaces are available at reasonable prices. Nashik also has artistically designed jewellery.

Best Time to Visit Nashik

Nashik has extreme temperatures with very hot summers and winters. The best time to visit the place is during October and March.

Winters

The winters are during December and February and it is the best time for sightseeing in Nashik.

Summers

Summers are extremely hot which is during the months of March and May and not a good time to visit Nashik

Monsoons

Nashik gets medium rainfall during the months of June to September.

How to Reach


By Road

Nashik is well connected with good roads to important cities in Maharashtra. There are regular bus services by private and state government buses.

By Rail

The main railway station is Nashik road railway station and there are trains available from Delhi, Kolkata, and Hyderabad etc.

By Air

The nearest airport to Nashik is Mumbai International Airport which only 171 km away.

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