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Attractions in Nashik

Attractions in Nashik

About Nashik

Nashik is an ancient holy city in Maharashtra, a state in western India. It’s known for its links to the “Ramayana” epic poem. On the Godavari River is Panchavati, a temple complex.


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Kalaram Temple

Kalaram Temple, Nashik

The Kalaram Temple is an old Hindu shrine dedicated to Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik city in Maharashtra, India. It is probably the most important Hindu shrine in the city.


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Kalsubai Peak

Kalsubai Peak

Kalsubai is a mountain of the Western Ghats range located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Its summit situated at an elevation of 5400 feet is the highest point in Maharashtra.

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Dhamma Giri

Dhamma Giri, meaing 'Hill of Dhamma' is one of the world's largest Vipassana meditation centres. It is co-located with the Vipassana Research Institute at Igatpuri in Maharastra.


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Ramkund

Ramkund

Ramkund is the most important place in Panchavati. It is so called because Lord Rama is believed to have taken bath there.




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Saputara

Saputara

Saputara has been developed as a planned hill resort with amenities like hotels, parks, swimming pools, boat club, theaters, ropeways and a museum.


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Veer Savarkar Smarak, Bhagur

Veer Savarkar Smarak, Bhagur

This historically important place is popularly known as the birthplace of Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, the freedom fighter.

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Kapaleshwar Temple

Kapaleshwar Temple

Old Mahadev Temple Built in 1763. Temple Kapaleshwar is among the very oldest temple one in Town.

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Trimbakeshwar

Trimbakeshwar Temple

Trimbakeshwar is abode of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is the Linga in the temple is in the form of a three faced embodying Tridev, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

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Shirdi

Shirdi Temple

Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba was an Indian spiritual master who was regarded by his devotees as an incarnation of God (avatar), saint, fakir, and satguru, according to their individual proclivities and beliefs.

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Saptashrungi

Saptashrungi Temple

Saptashrungi Gadh is a Hindu pilgrimage site near Vani, Nashik, Maharashtra. The name ‘Sapta’ stands for ‘Seven’ and ‘Shrunga’ for ‘Peaks’. Thus, the temple is surrounded by seven hills. Saptashrungi temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India.

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Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary

Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary

Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary is located in Niphad Tehsil of Nashik district. A stone pick up was constructed in 1907-13 across the river Godavari...

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Gargoti Museum

Gargoti Museum

The Gargoti Museum is a museum in the town Sinnar near Nashik in Indian state of Maharashtra that houses a collection of mineral specimens native to the region. The word "goti" refers to a Marathi word meaning stone or pebble.

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Sula Vineyards

Sula Vineyards

Over the last fifteen years, Sula has established itself as a pioneer and leader in the Indian wine industry, with milestones across its winemaking, tourism and business ventures. Since the sale of its first bottle of wine in 1999.

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Chambhar Leni

Chambhar Leni

Chambhar Leni in Nasik is one of sacred place for the Jains which is believed to have caves of the 4th century. Chambhar Leni is the portion of the Teerthraj Gajpantha, which is a holy place of the Jains.

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Shani Shingnapur

Shani Shingnapur

Shani Shingnapur or Shani Shinganapur or Shani or Shingnapur or Sonai is a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

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Sandhan Valley

Sandhan Valley

Sandhan valley is one of the greatest canyons in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a very good combination of a canyon and a valley.

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Dugarwadi waterfall

Dugarwadi waterfall

Dugarwadi waterfall is 30 kilometres from Nashik on Trimbakeshwar road and 2 kilometres from the Jawhaar road. In monsoon season, people are advised to take care as the water level suddenly rises.

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Anjeneri

Anjeneri

Anjaneri is one of the exquisite attractions of Nasik city, which is also an important fort in the Trimbakeshwar region. Situated at 4264 feet above sea level, Anjaneri is a spiritual place that lies between Nasik and Trimbakeshwar.

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Jain Temple Vilholi

Jain Temple Vilholi

Jain temple is a beautiful three storied temple complex located at Vilholi which it about 12kms away from Nasik. Also known as Shree Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth, this architectural grandeur is constructed with white marble and pink sand.

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Phalke Smarak

Phalke Smarak

Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak is a beautiful memorial to the legendary film maker Dada Saheb Phalke. Spread across 29 acres of land, this landscaped garden is situated on the Nashik-Mumbai highway at the foot of Pandavleni Caves.

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Pandav Leni

Pandav Leni

The caves, known as Trirashmi Buddhist Caves (erroneosly known as Pandav Caves) were carved out from the 2nd century BCE till the 5th century CE as a part of donation by the Jain Kings, merchants and local people for the Buddhist monks.

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Sarv Teerth Taaked

Sarv Teerth Taaked

This is the spot where a wounded Jatayu was found by Lord Rama on the outskirts of the Taaked village.

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Takali

Takali

Takli is the place of saint Samarth Ramdas. He was the Guru (teacher) of Chatrapati Shivaji. Ramdas was a bramhachari (bachelor) all through his life. He promoted the Hindu religion and told people the importance of simple living and high thinking.

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Someshwar

Someshwar

Someshwar is a beautiful nature spot, situated on the Gangapur Road on the way to Gangapur dam, about 7 kms away from Nasik city. The place derived its name from the Someshwar temple located on the banks of the river Godavari.

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Navshya Ganpati Mandir

Navshya Ganpati Mandir

Navshya Ganpati Mandir, Nashik. The Templae was build in mid 17th century by Peshwas. It has a long history of more than 300 years. It is located on the banks on Godavari river.

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Kavnai Fort

Kavnai Fort

This fort is located on a hill near village Kavanai, in Igatpuri Taluka of Nashik district, India. The Kavanai village is well connected by road to Igatpuri.

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Harihar Fort

Harihar Fort

Harihar Fort, is modern easy name based on original name Harshgad. This hill-fort is well famous cliff for chimney style climbing and name given as Scottish fall by adventure lovers.

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Mangi Tungi

Mangi Tungi

Shri Mangi Tungi is a Siddha Kshetra where total 99 carores of ascetics attained salvation including Ram, Hanuman, Sugriva, Nal, Neel, Mahaneel, Gava, Gavaksha and so many others.

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Ramshej Fort

Ramshej Fort

Ramsej or Ramshej Fort is a small fort located 10 kilometres north-west of Nashik. Ramsej fort saw the war against Mughal Empire for six and a half years.

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Chandwad

Chandwad Renuka Devi

Chandwad is a beautiful historical town lying in a hilly region. It is a taluka in Nashik district. Chandwad has historical places like Renuka Devi Mandir, Chandreshwar temple and Rang Mahal.

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Nastanpur Shani Temple

Nastanpur Shani Temple

Shree Shani Kshetra Nastanpur, Nashik, Maharashtra.

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Coin Museum

Coin Museum

The Coin Museum in Nashik is a research Institute on numismatic studies. They have trained researchers who have specialized on different numismatic periods, such as ancient, early medieval, medieval and late medieval.

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Khandobachi Tekadi

Khandobachi Tekadi

Temple Hill, Khandobachi Tekadi known for the temple of Lord Khandoba and the Deolali Market that is famous for selling unique items.

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Deolali Gliding Club

Deolali Gliding Club

Deolali Gliding Club, was founded in 1962 by group of serving Defense officers and Prominent residents of Nashik with an object to inculcate adventure aero sport .

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Vaitarna Dam

Vaitarna Dam, also called Modaksagar Dam, is a gravity dam on Vaitarna river which supplies water to Palghar,Mumbai, but located in Palghar & Nashik district in the state of Maharashtra in India. It was opened in 1957.

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About Nashik


Nashik is an ancient holy city in Maharashtra, a state in western India.
It’s known for its links to the “Ramayana” epic poem.

On the Godavari River is Panchavati, a temple complex.

Nearby, Lord Rama was thought to have bathed at Ram Kund water tank, today attended by Hindu devotees.

Shri Kalaram Sansthan Mandir is an ancient shrine to Rama, while Rama and Sita are said to have worshipped at Sita Gufaa caves.

Kalaram Temple



The Kalaram Temple is an old Hindu shrine dedicated to Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik city in Maharashtra, India. It is probably the most important Hindu shrine in the city.

The temple derives its name from the statue of Lord Rama that is black. The literal translation of kalaram means black Rama. The sanctum sanctorum also houses the statues of goddess Sita and god Lakshmana. Thousands of devotees visit it every day.

The temple was funded by Sardar Rangarao Odhekar, and was built around 1788. It was said that Odhekar had a dream that the statue of Rama in black colour was in the Godavari River. Odhekar took the statue from river and built the temple.

The temple formed a pivotal role in the Dalit movement in India. B. R. Ambedkar led a protest outside the temple on 2 March 1930, in order to allowing Dalits into the temple.

The main entrance has a Lord Hanuman deity which is black. There is also a very old tree that has Lord Dattatreya's footprint impressions marked on a stone. Pilgrims visit the Kapaleshwar Mahadev temple near the Kalaram Temple.

Kalsubai Peak


Highest(1646 Meters)peak in Maharashtra's Sahyadri Range part. It lies on the border of Ahmadnagar district and Nashik district.

Kalsubai Peak (Marathi: कळसूबाई शिखर is the highest peak (1646 meters) in Maharashtra located in Akole Taluka, of Ahmednagar district in northern Sahyadri mountain portion or Western Ghats(this is not highest peak of entire Sahyadri mountain, highest Sahyadri place is Anamudi in Kerala state).

To reach the summit there are various trekking routes and cattle tracks. The main route starts from the village of Bari which is about six km north of Bhandardara Dam. To reach Bari, one has to travel to Igatpuri on the Mumbai Nasik route. From Igatpuri take the early morning bus (at around 5.00 am from the Igatpuri Bus Stand) going towards Pune and alight at Bari.

Dhamm Giri


Dhamma Giri, meaning ‘Hill of Dhamma’, is one of the world’s largest meditation centres and the main centre of a rapidly growing global Vipassana organization.

Ramkund


The most important place in Panchavati is Ramkund. It is so called because Lord Rama is believed to have taken bath there.

Mortal remains (Asthi) immersed in this kunda, are immediately absorbed in the water. A dip in this sacred kunda is considered very pious. Situated nearby is Gandhi Lake (Talav) having a memorable monument made out of white marble, in memory of the Father of the Nation.

The ashes were dropped in Ramkund after Gandhiji passed away on 30th January 1948. Mr. Nehru was also present on this occasion.

Saputara


This hill station is on a plateau in the Dang forest area of Western Ghats (Sahyadri) range at an altitude of about 900 metres.

Saputara means the 'Abode of Serpents' and a snake image on the banks of the river Sarpaganga is worshiped by the Adivasis on Holi.

Saputara has been developed as a planned hill resort with amenities like hotels, parks, swimming pools, boat club, theaters, ropeways and a museum. It is 172 kilometres (km) from Surat and 250 km from Mumbai.

The Maharashtra state border is 4 km from Saputara. Excursions from Saputara can be made to the wild life sanctuary in the Mahal Bardipara forest, 60 km. and to Gira Waterfalls 52 km away.

Veer Savarkar Samarak - Bhagur


Bhagur is located at a distance of 3 km from the Deolali Camp.

This historically important place is popularly known as the birthplace of Swatantrya Veer Savarkar, the freedom fighter.

The popular temple of ‘Bhagur Devi’ is also situated in this place.

Kapaleshwar Temple


Old Mahadev Temple Built in 1763. Nandi is Guru of Mahadev at this place that cause Nandi icon not ahead of temple Kapaleshwar is among the very oldest temple one in Town. The Temple is renovated by "Peshwe".

The story behind it is that lord shiv by mistakenly killed a cow ("GOHATYA"), to clean his sin the Nandi told him to go to NASHIK and take a bath in Ramkund. As per Nandi's instruction Lord Shiva came at NASHIK and cleaned his sin by taking a bath in RAMKUND. And after that he done some JAP, the place where now the Temple is located.

You can also observe that this perticular Shiva temple don't have any NANDI because NANDI suggested to Lord Shiva about the taking bath in RAMKUND for cleaning his sin, and because of this Lord shiva adopted NANDI as his GURU.

Trimbakeshwar Temple


Trimbakeshwar town is an ancient Hindu Pilgrim centre located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. Trimbakeshwar is abode of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is the Linga in the temple is in the form of a three faced embodying Tridev, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

The present Trimbakeshwar temple was constructed by third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (1740-1760) on the site of an old temple. There are entry gates on all the four sides, viz. East, West, South and North. As per spiritual conceptions the direction East denotes the beginning, West denotes maturity, south denotes fulfillment or completion and the North stands for the revelation.

In the year 1954 the Sansthan was registered under public trust registration act. Shri Trimbakeshwar Sansthan takes care of daily three time pooja, all the festivals and gala carnivals of the year.

Shirdi Ke Sai Baba


Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba was an Indian spiritual master who was regarded by his devotees as an incarnation of God (avatar), saint, fakir, and satguru, according to their individual proclivities and beliefs. He was revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees, and during, as well as after, his life it remained uncertain if he was a Muslim or a Hindu. This, however, was of no consequence to Sai Baba.

He stressed the importance of surrender to the true Satguru, who, having trod the path to divine consciousness, will lead the disciple through the jungle of spiritual training.

Sai Baba is known by people around the world. According to accounts from his life, he preached the importance of realization of the self, and criticized love for perishable things. His teachings concentrate on a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and guru.

Sai Baba also condemned distinction based on religion or caste. Sai Baba's teaching combined elements of Hinduism and Islam: he gave the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosque in which he lived, practised both Hindu and Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions, and was buried in Shirdi.

One of his well known epigrams, "Allah Malik" ("God is King") and "Sabka Malik Ek" ("One God governs all"), is associated with Hinduism and Islam He is also known to have said, "Listen to me and your prayer shall be answered".

Saptashrungi Devi Temple Vani


Saptashrungi is a hill range consisting of seven hills locally called Ghads and form part of the Sahyadri Range of hills in Western Ghats. Sahyadri Range is also known as Ajanta Satmala Range and the average height of the peaks is 4,500 feet (1,400 m).

The Dhodap, in the center of this mountain range, is the highest peak with an elevation of 4,600 feet (1,400 m), and Saptasrungi is towards its west. There are 108 water bodies (ponds) located in the watershed of these hills, which are called Kundas.

Nanduri and Vani are the villages nearest to the temple, which are situated at the foot of the hills. There are many approaches to reach the top of the temple location.

The route from Nashik and Vani via Dindori is 39 kilometres (24 mi) and via Pimpalgaon Baswant is 51 kilometres (32 mi). The route via Nadurgaon village is the easiest and is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from Vani. It is at a distance of 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Nashik, the district headquarters.

The State Highway 17 (Maharashtra) (SH-17) connected with the National Highway 3 (NH 3) links Nashik with the temple site near the villages of Vani and Nanduri. Bus facilities by state transportation are available to reach the temple precincts. The forests in the hills are reported to have medicinal herbs.

There is a circumlocutory path used by pilgrims to do parikrama around the temple. This path is in an elevation range between 1,230 metres (4,040 ft) and 1,350 metres (4,430 ft), and is stated to be in steep rock topography. The hills are covered with verdant forests.

Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary


Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary is located in Niphad Tehsil of Nashik district in Western Maharashtra. A stone pick up was constructed in 1907-13 across the river Godavari just below the confluence of Kodwa and Goadavari rivers at Nandur Madhameshwar. The water level is always fluctuating in Nandur Madhameshwar Lake.

The water released from Gangapur and Darana water reservoirs is stored at Nandur Madhameshwar and subsequently released from here through canals for irrigation. Silts and organic matter that are carried away with water flow are accumulated in the lake, due to which islands and shallow water ponds have been created.

This resulted in the biological enriched conditions by which aquatic vegetation has been stabilised. Thus the site has turned into good wetland habitat aptly described as 'Bharatpur of Maharashtra".

Nandur Madhmeshwar is nice place for birding, but it not gives better opportunities for photography, because the area of back water in Nandur Madhmeshwar is very vast so if birds are get disturb then they going inside the lake.

Gargoti Museum


The 1st Museum in “Sinnar, Nasik” came to existence in April 2001; it was named “Gargoti The Mineral Museum” Inaugurated by the Hands of Hon.Late Shri. Balasaheb Thackery ji, Gargoti soon emerged as a key tourist destination in the state & has marked Nasik as the epicenter of Indian Zeolite Minerals in global mineral map.

Gargoti Museum displays the personal collection of Connoisseur Mr.K.C.Pandey which the result of his consistency since past 40 years. Mr.Pandey’s collection in the Gargoti Museum majorly consists of:

  Natural Indian Zeolite Minerals & Crystals
  Natural Gems Stones
  Natural Precious/Semi-Precious Stones
  Naturals Precious/Semi-Precious Metals
  Fossils
  Stone Handicrafts (Statues)
  Collected from all around the world.

Extremely popular amongst the tourists visiting the country, Gargoti Museum, Nasik is visited by at least 200,000 visitors annually which includes families, students, celebrities, businessmen, politicians, socialites, geologists, gemologists, academicians, parliamentarians, architects, interiors designers, scientists, research scholars, mineral dealers and collectors; both national and international, who appreciate and inspire from the valiant initiative taken by Gargoti.

Quick facts about Gargoti, The Mineral Museum (Nasik)

Gargoti Museum is India’s one & only Gem & Mineral Museum It is the world’s biggest “Private” Gem & Mineral Museum Gargoti Museum houses the largest & the finest collection of Indian Zeolite Minerals & Crystals in the world.

Sula Vineyards


Sula Vineyards (or “Sula”) is a winery and vineyard located in the Nashik region of western India,180 km northeast of Mumbai. After the launch of its first wines in 2000, Sula expanded from its original 30 acre family estate in Nashik to approximately 1800 acres across Nashik and the state of Karnataka.

Sula introduced grape varietals such as Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Zinfandel to India and as of 2013, they hold a market share of almost 70% in the Indian wine Industry.

In addition to winemaking, the company has also diversified into hospitality, alcobev imports and spirits.

Chambhar Leni


Nasik and its adjoining areas are famed for the numerous temples as well as the pilgrim places. The caves at Chambhar Leni are the Jain caves of the 4th century and also one of the sacred spots for the Jain religion. Chambhar Leni is the portion of the Teerthraj Gajpantha, which is a holy place of the Jains.

The caves are at an elevation of about 400 feet from the ground. The staircase that leads to the Jain temple is made out of black stones. They give an awesome panoramic sight of the valley. This site offers a very tranquil ambience which is appropriate for rumination. Even though landscape nearby it is somewhat barren, recently some plantations are done here.

The Chambhar Leni caves are located at Mhasrul, on Dindore road and on the Nasik-Gujarat highway. They are at a distance of 16 km from the Nasik Road Railway Station and at a distance of 6 km from the Nasik city. You can reach there by either bus, taxi or an auto.

It is popularly believed that Chambhar Leni was built by the King of Mysore, Chamraj, in the 600 BC. So, in the regional lingo, the caves got the name "Chambhar Caves" or "Chamer Caves". This came to be known from "Shantinath Purana", an ancient holy book.

It is supposed that the seven saints (Balbhadra) of Jain as well as their 8 crore followers, once got salvation at this place. Top of the hill, there are temples which display the Shweta Charan of several Jain saints along with two caves. You can find the Kshemendra Kirti's Samadhi and also a beautiful garden. You can also come across the temple of four directional statues of Lord Mahaveer.

Shani Shingnapur


Shani Shingnapur or Shani Shinganapur or Shani (Marathi: शनी शिंगणापुर )or Shingnapur or Sonai (Marathi: सोनाई) is a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated in Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district, the village is known for its popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god associated with the planet (graha) Saturn. Shingnapur is 35 km from Ahmednagar city.

Shingnapur is also famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Despite this, no theft was reported in the village until 2010.

The temple is believed to be a "jagrut devasthan" (lit. "alive temple"), meaning that a deity still resides in the temple icon. Villagers believe that god Shani punishes anyone attempting theft. The deity here is "Swayambhu" (Sanskrit: self-evolved deity) that is self emerged from earth in form of black, imposing stone. Though no one knows the exact period, it is believed that the Swayambhu Shanaishwara statue was found by shepherds of the then local hamlet. It is believed to be in existence at least since the start of Kali yuga.

The village has a post office and a high school known as Shri Shanishwar Vidya Mandir besides the primary schools run by the Zilla Parishad. The chief source of water supply in the village is wells.

Sandhan Velly



Sandhan valley is one of the greatest canyons in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a very good combination of a canyon and a valley. Located in the Nagar district, near the famous fort Ratangad, Sandhan valley is undoubtedly The Valley of Suspense. Walking through the narrow streak of valley with 300 ft rock walls on both the sides is a lifetime experience. Exploring Sandhan valley is always a memorable outing and the Konkankada visit is a sweet cherry on the cake !!!

Dugarwadi Waterfall


Dugarwadi waterfall is 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Nashik on Trimbakeshwar road and 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Jawhaar road.

In monsoon season, people are advised to take care as the water level suddenly rises.

Anjeneri


Anjaneri is one of the exquisite attractions of Nasik city, which is also an important fort in the Trimbakeshwar region. Situated at 4264 feet above sea level, Anjaneri is a spiritual place that lies between Nasik and Trimbakeshwar.

Anjaneri is the birthplace of Hanuman, and is named after Hanuman's mother 'Anjani'.[1] Anjaneri has major significance for devout and hikers alike. Hanuman spent his childhood and grew up on the same mountain.

One hundred and eight Jain caves are found here belonging to 12th century.

Anjaneri is, according to Hindu texts, the birthplace of Hanuman. The Panchmukhi Hanuman held sacred as the 11th Rudra of Shiva. As Anjaneri is situated very close to the Jyotirlinga of Shiva, having powerful significance of the Trinity, represented by the three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu & Lord Mahesh(Shiva) at Trimbakeshwar ;it is unquestioningly the birthplace of God Hanuman. Secondly, only as the 11th Rudra is God Hanuman the embodiment of Shiva, and this image is Panchmukhi. This form of Hanuman as "Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami" (Anjaneya = "son of Anjani") is more famous in the South and some other parts of the world. Some of the famous places where this form is seen are: Kumbakonam and Thiruvallur, both in Tamil Nadu.

Unlike Dattatreya who was born with three heads, or Ravana with ten heads, Hanuman was indeed born with one head. So where does this concept of a 5-headed Hanuman come from?

It happened during the war between Rama and Ravana's armies in Lanka. As it so happens, two powerful rakshasa brothers Mahiravana and Ahiravana are fighting on the side of Ravana. In some scriptures they are said to be Ravana's sons and are summoned by their father to help him after many of Ravana's warriors and generals are killed.

Mahiravana is the ruler of the Patalpuri (Patala i.e. Hell). Now Mahiravana, being a powerful practitioner of dark arts and magic (known to be a great devotee of Goddess Kali) locates Rama and Laxmana by his magic. Mahiravana disguises himself as King Dasharartha, and gets past Hanuman's fortress who is guarding them. He captures Rama and Laxmana while they are sleeping, drags them down and holds them captive in his palace in Patala.

Mahiravana leaves a trail behind, which goes deep into the bowels of the earth. Searching for them, Hanuman reaches Patala whose gates are guarded by a creature called Makardhwaja. Hanuman subdues him and ties him up before entering Patalpuri to rescue Rama and Lakshmana.

Upon entering Patala, Hanuman discovers the two brothers held captive as a sacrifice to Kali, and also that in order to kill Mahiravana, Hanuman must simultaneously extinguish five lamps burning in five different directions. Thus, Lord Hanuman assumes the Panchamukha or five-faced form of:

1. Sri Varaha facing the North.

2. Sri Narasimha facing the South.

3. Sri Garuda facing the West.

4. Sri Hayagriva (a much earlier Avatar of Vishnu) facing the sky.

5. His own (Hanuman) facing the East.

Thus equipped with the five faces, Hanuman blows out the lamps, kills Mahiravana (in some versions, he sacrifices the demon himself to Kali, thus earning her favor by virtue of which she made Hanuman her doorkeeper. Indeed, many temples of the goddess are seen to have a monkey guarding their doorways) and thus rescues Rama and Laxmana.

To this day, Hanuman is invoked in any fight against sorcery, and amulets and charms depicting him are therefore extremely popular among devotees.

Some popular folklore has a different version in which Mahiravana is killed, but that does not explain Hanuman's five faces.

Jain Temple - Vilholi


Dedicated to Jain saints, Jain temple is a beautiful three storied temple complex located at Vilholi which it about 12kms away from Nasik.

Also known as Shree Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth, this architectural grandeur is constructed with white marble and pink sand.

The 'Pravachan Hall', were sermons and meditations take place, is located on the ground floor.

The temple is adorned with the idols of the jain saints and the most important among them is the idol of 24th Jain Tirthankar, which is made of Panchdhatu and weighs about 12 tons.

Phalke Smarak


Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak is a beautiful memorial to the legendary film maker Dada Saheb Phalke. Spread across 29 acres of land, this landscaped garden is situated on the Nashik-Mumbai highway at the foot of Pandavleni Caves.

The smarak contains a place for meditation, a main conference hall and an exhibition center that showcasing the works of the Dadasaheb Phalke. The beautiful lawn of the smarak has an attractive musical fountain.

Pandav Leni


The caves, known as Trirashmi Buddhist Caves (erroneosly known as Pandav Caves) were carved out from the 2nd century BCE till the 5th century CE as a part of donation by the Jain Kings, merchants and local people for the Buddhist monks. The name is derived from the word "Tiranhu" which is inscribed in the Caves.

It means "rays of sunlight" which is quite obvious referring to the rays of sunlight emerging from behind the Caves as seen from the village. These caves were carved and donated by various kings that ruled Nashik - The Satavahanas, The Nahapanas, The Abhirs. The caves lodge idols of Buddha and Bodhisattva.

The cave has idols of Buddha, Jain Teerthankara Rishabhdev, and the icons of Bodhisatva, Veer Manibhadraji and Ambikadevi.

The site has an excellent ancient water management system and skillfully chiseled out of solid rock are several attractive water tanks.

Sarv Teerth Taaked


This is the spot where a wounded Jatayu was found by Lord Rama on the outskirts of the Taaked village. While Jatayu was wounded and lying on the ground when Lord Rama arrived, Lord Rama sensed the end result and decided that Jatayu get moksha.

Lord Rama hit an arrow in the ground so as to call all seven sacred rivers, called teertha. Six rivers' waters arrived, one river water failing to obey Lord Rama's call. Since Lord Rama was himself an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, He forced the Gaya teertha to arrive at the spot.

Finally Jatayu was given the waters of seven rivers and he attained moksha. Today, the six river waters are seen together in one pond, whilst the seventh is a few feet away as a punishment. It mixes with the remaining six waters in an invisible manner.

Taaked village remains a tourist and religious attraction today. A fair is organized on the Mahashivratri festival near the sacred water pond.

Ramdas Swami’s ashram, Takli


Takli is the place of saint Samarth Ramdas. He was the Guru (teacher) of Chatrapati Shivaji. Ramdas was a bramhachari (bachelor) all through his life.

He promoted the Hindu religion and told people the importance of simple living and high thinking. Ramdas ran away from his marriage procession and settled down at Takli.

He meditated here for 12 years. He was devotee of lord Ram and meditated with the words Shriram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram for 13 crores times. After such a long devotion, he left.

Ramdas Swami’s ashram is preserved in his memory at Takli. There is also a beautiful Hanuman temple surrounded with greenery on the bank of river Nandini or Nasardi.

Someshwar Temple & Waterfall


Someshwar is a beautiful nature spot, situated on the Gangapur Road on the way to Gangapur dam, about 7 kms away from Nasik city. The place derived its name from the Someshwar temple located on the banks of the river Godavari.

Someshwar and its surroundings is the favourite place of movie makers as it is surrounded by greenery all over with a pleasant climate. Other attraction of this place is the 10 meter long Dudhsagar waterfalls.

On the way to Someshwar, there is a village named Anandwalli. It is said that Peshwas - Anandibai and Raghobadada, lived there for some time and hence the place is called so. The Navasha Ganpati temple located at Anandwalli is believed to be built by them.

Someshwar Waterfall

Someshwar Temple

Kavanai Fort


KavnaiThis fort is located on a hill near village Kavanai, in Igatpuri Taluka of Nashik district, India. The Kavanai village is well connected by road to Igatpuri. Igatpuri is 18 km from Kawanai.Village kavanai is a religious place where Saint Dnyaneshwar rested for few days. The religious place Kapilatirth is located near the kavnai village. The fort is located on a small hillock, north of the village.

History : It is said that the fort was built by Moghuls. It was ceded to Peshvas by Nizam under the terms of the treaty held after the Battle of Udgir (1760).This fort along with Tringalwadi and fifteen other forts were captured by British army under leadership of Col. Briggs.

How to reach : The ascend to the fort is very easy along a ridge which stars from the village kavanai. There is only one gate to the fort. The final ascend to the fort is vertical with poor rock-cut steps. The villagers have secured the approach by fixing an iron ladder. It takes about an hour to reach the top of the fort.

Harihar Fort


Harihar Fort, is modern easy name based on original name Harshgad. This hill-fort is well famous cliff for chimney style climbing and name given as Scottish fall by adventure lovers.

Highest point of this hill fort is measured as 1120 meters above sea level. The Fort is in range called Upper Vaitarana range began from Fort Bhaskar or Basgad to Fort Anjaneri.

Fort Basgad is seen exact in the West side hiding Utawad peak's hill. In the East side most of view covered by Brahma hill which is little higher to this fort.

Beyond Brahma we see Kapdya's small slender hill and beyond it giant Trimabakgad hill fort. Beyond Trimbakgad we can find South ege of Anjaneri Hill Fort and Ranjangiri hill fort. With clear climate Awandh-Patta and Kalasubai range in South East and Saatmala and Shelbari ranges seen in North direction.

Shri Mangi Tungiji Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra


Shri Mangi Tungiji Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra is situated in Baglan tehsil, about 125 Km from Nashik, 69 Km from Manmad Siddakshetra, 125 km from Gajpantha and 180 km from Ellora. It lies on Delhi-Bhopal - khandwa central rail route, 10 km away from Tahrabad via (Satana- Tahrabad). Nashik.

The nearest airport is at Nasik. Taxis and Busses are available for Mangi Tungi from Nasik, Malegaon and Manmarh.

Shri Mangi Tungi is a Siddha Kshetra where total 99 carores of ascetics attained salvation including Ram, Hanuman, Sugriva, Nal, Neel, Mahaneel, Gava, Gavaksha and so many others.

Shri Mangi Tungiji consists of two hills Mangi and Tungi are two cliffs of a single mountain. Mangi is situated at a height of 4343 feet and Tungi is situated at 4366 feet above the sea level. There are seven old temples on Mangi hill and so many images of feet of saints are installed here. There is a pond on Mangi hill named Krishna Kund. It is believed that Lord Krishna was cremated from here. A Cave named Balbhadra Cave where idols of Balram and many others are installed. In Balabhadra cave several idols in yogic postures are found.

On Tungi hill there are five temples and two caves named on Bhagwan Chandraprabhu, the 8th Teerthankar and other is Ram Chandra Cave. In one cave there is an idol of Ram’s chief of army Kritantvakra. Also the idols of Hanuman, Gava, Gavaksha, Neel etc. are found here. On the path between Mangi & Tungi Hills to cave down, there are two Caves of Shuddha & Buddha Munies (ascetic saints), a Colossus of Bhagwan Munisuvrat Nath is there in Padmasana. Lord Bahubali and other’s idols are also there. Many idols on both the hills are carved on the rocks. Beautiful attractive images of Yaksha & Yakshini and Indra are also carved here.

In two main caves of ADINATH and SHANTINATH Caves, an inscription of V. S. 1400 is found in Adinath Cave. There are several other caves named after deities and sages such as Seetaji , Mahaveer , Adinath , Shantinath , Parshwanath and Ratnatrya. who were liberated there. At the foot of the hills there are three temples housing more than 75 idols.

Fair: Every year in the holy month of Kartik (September - October) a festival on the mountains is celebrated here. Both Jain and Hindus visitors in large numbers assembles here to take part in a grand Rathyatra. Mangi Tungiji is the place with beautiful natural greenery surrounded by hills.

Ramshej Fort


Ramsej or Ramshej Fort is a small fort located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north-west of Nashik, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Ramsej fort saw the war against Mughal Empire for six and a half years. The first killedar (leader) was Suryaji Jadhav, but after five and a half years he was transferred and a new killedar was appointed. Mughals conquered Ramshej Fort by paying bribe to the new killedar.

Chandwad Nashik


Chandwad is a beautiful historical town lying in a hilly region. It is a taluka in Nashik district. Chandwad has historical places like Renuka Devi Mandir, Chandreshwar temple and Rang Mahal. The glory of Chandwad can be seen by visiting these places. In Malegaon subdivision of Nashik district lies Chandwad, which is a tehsil. Nashik is a district in the state of Maharashtra, India. Ahilyadevi Holkar’s Rangmahal fort is in Chandwad. Being surrounded by large mountains, it is akin to a hill station.

Between Pimpalgaon Baswant and Malegaon lies the city of Chandwad on National Highway 3, also known as Mumbai-Agra Road. Rangmahal fort, built by Ahilyadevi Holkar and a nearby well are places of interest. Subways from her palace to Renuka temple and a well near Vinchur were built by Ahilyadevi. Under enemy attack, these subways served as safe passages. On one of the mountains is a taksal or mint. It is also a place of importance and interest. Jain Religion Society has established famous education societies in Chandwad.

Nastanpur Shani Temple


Coin Museum


The Coin Museum of Nashik has a collection of research and well-documented history of Indian currencies.

The Coin Museum in Nashik is a research Institute on numismatic studies.

They have trained researchers who have specialized on different numismatic periods, such as ancient, early medieval, medieval and late medieval.

Address: INHCRF Campus, Nashik - Trimbak Road, Near Anjaneri Village, Maharashtra 422213

Phone: 080077 76623

Hours Open: 10AM - 4PM

Khandobachi Tekadi, Deolali


Khandobacho Tekdi is famous place and popular tourist attraction in Deolali near Nashik. The fascination “Temple Hill” is dedicated to Khandoba Maharaj (Incarnation of Lord Shiva). This place is about 500 years old. Many people visits this place to enjoy beauty of Sunrise and Sunset. The beautiful garden developed around Khandoabchi Tekdi consist waterfall, jogging track making it perfect place for families to enjoy in the evening.

As temple is situated in cantonment area with lesser construction around; one can have excellent view of Nashik city from the top. Moreover, places like Eklahra Thermal Power plant and Windmills on Sinnar-Ghoti road are visible.

History of Temple Hill:

During the incarnation of Lord Shiva as “Lord Khandoba”; he fought fierce battle with two demons Mani and Malla. These demons were giving lot of trouble common innocent people by using wicker magical powers. At the end of their fight, Lord Khandoba killed both demons and while he was returning to heaven took rest at this specific hill.

Deolali is also famous for its wholesale market, camp area and restaurants. Deolali is about 20km from Nashik City and one can reach there by using route Nashik-Nashik Road – Deolali or Nashik – Pathardi – Deolali.

Deolali Gliding Club


Deolali Gliding Club, was founded in 1962 by group of serving Defense officers and Prominent residents of Nashik with an object to inculcate adventure aero sport.

Apart from government gliding centre Pune this is the only private /Gliding club proactively pursuing the objective the dynamic managing committee stands committed to make available this extremely exciting ,challenging yet safe and adventurous sport for the visitors,members and all Indian Nationals.

Pilots are trained here by able technical team,chief Gliding Instructor,Assistant Gliding Instructor,Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

Vice President Mr Suresh B Kapadia and Additional Secretary Mr Feroze Masani are steering the activities and are making the existence sustainable,and are supported by Jt sec Dr Ganorkar, Treasurer Mr Khadilkar ,Mr Mihir Bhagwati who is also President of Mumbai Flying club,and Mr Manish Gupta.

An air experience is offered to the visiting enthusiast at a fee,the rider cherishes joyous feeling of different,virgin form of flying.

Any medically fit 16 yrs or older person can apply for the membership and become a flier,Occasional visitor/joyrider is not required to become member.

Vaitarna Dam


Vaitarna Dam, also called Modaksagar Dam, is a gravity dam on Vaitarna river which supplies water to Palghar,Mumbai, but located in Palghar & Nashik district in the state of Maharashtra in India. It was opened in 1957.

Height: 82 m

Surface area: 8.39 km²

Impound: Vaitarna