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Located on the banks of river Godavari, Nashik is an ancient holy city in Maharashtra. It is also an important city in terms of pilgrimage and for Hindu rituals for the afterlife offerings. With a mild tropical wet and dry climate, Nashik experiences a cool season from November to February. The city has also been mentioned in the Ramayana as a place located on the banks of river Godavari where Lakshmana cut off Shurpanakha’s nose, thus naming the place as ‘Nashik’.
Why Go There: Pilgrimage | Religious Site
Ideal For: Everyone
Trivia: Half of India’s vineyards and wineries are located in Nashik due to which it is also known as the “Wine Capital of India”.
Things to Bring Back: Silverware, Ornaments, Dry Fruits and Chocolates
Best Time to Visit: November – February
Places to visit in Nashik
A part of the Sahyadri Hills, Saptashrungi hills are laden with forests that house medicinal herbs. A home to 108 water bodies known as “kundas”, these hills offer majestic and incredible views of the lush greenery and the backdrops nearby. Translated from Sanskrit, Spatashrungi means Seven Peaks (‘Sapt’ means ‘Seven’ and ‘Shrung’ means ‘Peak’). A 10km hill drive brings you to the Saptashrungi temple, dedicated to the Godess Saptashrungi Nivasini, which is situated on this hill.
Distance from the city: 66 km
Time required: 2 – 4 hours
7. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
Nestled in the foot of the Brahmagiri Hills, Timbakeshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and houses one out of the 12 sacred Jyotirlingas. Located in the city of Trimbak, that has a mention in the powerful Mahamrityunjay Mantra, this temple showcases a quintessential classic architecture. The intricate detailing of the carvings and the pious aura of this temple are truly spellbinding and make this place a must visit.
Distance from the city: 29.6 km
Time required: 2 – 4 hours
6. Anjneri Hill
Deriving its name from Lord Hanuman’s mother, Anjani, Anjneri hills are believed to be Lord Hanuman’s birthplace. Perched at a height of 4,264 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, between Nasik and Trimbakeshwar, Anjneri hills is a popular spot for hikers and adventure lovers alike. With its beautiful natural backdrops and picturesque mountain spectacles, this place is truly a nature lover’s paradise.
Distance from the city: 15 km
Time required: 5 – 6 hours
5. Vallonne Vineyards
If you’re all excited to experience a fine and exquisite collection of wines in the ‘Wine Capital of India’, Vallonne Vineyards are the first best choice to drop by. You can even spend a day or two there and enjoy the natural surroundings with beautiful mountainous backgrounds amid the green fields.
Distance from the city: 36.2 km
4. Sita Gufaa
The Sita Gufaa is located near Panchvati and is said to be the place where from where Ravana kidnapped Sita. This cave still houses a Shivalingam which is said to be at the same spot where Lord Ram, Sita, and Lakshmana used to pray to Lord Shiva.
Distance from the city: 2.8 km
Time required: 4 – 5 hours
3. Gangapur Dam
Offering beautiful views of the backwaters, Gangapur dam is one popular offbeat destination you can visit, once in Nashik. This old & famous dam in Maharashtra is a quaint place and has a very peaceful atmosphere.
Distance from the city: 16.8 km
Time required: 1 – 2 hours
2. Regiment of Artillery Museum
One of the best artillery museum in India, Regiment Artillery Museum houses different vintage artillery and modern weapons. Located at the foothills of Sahyadri Mountain Range, the premises of this museum are spread over 2 floors. You can see the artillery evolutions and developments, war machines and documents along with light and sound show that is organized every Saturday lasting for a duration of 45 minutes.
Distance from the city: 12.6 km
Time required: 3 – 4 hours
1. Someshwara Waterfall & Balaji Devsthan
Someshwara Waterfall also popularly known as Dudhsagar Falls, is located close to the Someshwara Temple. A favourite hangout spot for the tourists, this beautiful waterfall is 10 m high and merges with the holy river Godavari once it touches the base. Nestled amid lush green covers, this picturesque waterfall is a must visit, when in Nashik. During the monsoon time as the water level increases, the already beautiful backgrounds turn even verdant. Situated close to the Someshwara Waterfall at Gangapur Road in Nashik, is the Balaji Devsthan Temple that replicates the Balaji Temple located in Tirupati.
Distance from the city: 10.8 km
Time required: 4 – 6 hours
Things to do in Nashik
5. White Water Rafting
Held by the adventure camp zone on the Vaitarna River, you can have a great time rafting in the white waters of this river. You can also experience cliff diving and swimming in the waters of this river.
4. Saraf Bazar – A Shopaholic’s Paradise
Shop at one of the busiest markets of Nashik. Laden with silver and gold items like ornaments, earrings, necklaces, anklets, trinkets etc., you can also shop for gold utensils that’ll prove to be a great addition to your exquisite collection or prove to be perfect gifts for any occasion.
3. Enjoy a day at Zonkers Adventure Park
Situated near the picturesque backdrops of the Gangapur Dam, Zonkers Adventure Park offers you to be a part of a lot of fun activities. Enjoy your day go-karting, climbing an artificial rock, zip lining, rappelling, and performing a lot more fun activities.
2. Shop at the Tibetan Market at Reasonable Prices
Having a large collection of winter wear and woolen clothes ranging from sweaters & jackets to mufflers & caps and western wear to shoes, especially for men, this place is worth paying a visit. Apart from this you’ll also get to taste some local spicy Maharashtrian food like vada pav, pav bhaji, sandwiches, dabeli and other vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
1. Taste some quality wine at Sula Vineyard
Tour your heart out at Sula vineyards, exploring the greenery and picturesque backgrounds of the place. During the guided tour you’ll get to know a lot about Sula along with tasting some quality blends produced here at Sula Vineyard with your favorite cheese and snacks.
Places to Visit Near Nashik
- Shirdi (87.9 km)
- Mahabaleshwar (334 km)
- Lonavala (208 km)
- Matheran (116 km)
- Alibaug (247 km)
- Daman (184 km)
How to Reach Nashik
Flight | Bus
Nearest Airport: Nashik Airport (formerly Ozar Airport)
Nearest Bus Stops: Dadar, Borivali, Thane
Where to stay in Nashik
Lily Sarovar Portico | Ibis Nashik | Hotel Royale Heritage
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