Situated on the banks of Godavari River in the north-west realm of Maharashtra, Nashik is a city reflecting India’s rich religious and spiritual heritage. As mythology has it, Lord Rama, the noble emperor of Ayodhya, made Nashik his karmbhoomi while serving 14 years in exile. It’s also interesting how the city got its name. Here, lord Lakshmana, by the order of his brother Lord Rama, cut off nose of Ravana’s sister Surpanakha, hence Nashik.
Once the largest market place of ancient India, Nashik is today known for its pilgrimage status and scenic milieu. Magnificent forts and divine temples scattered across the city amidst rising number of contemporary architecture, make for a sight to behold. Every twelve years, Nashik hosts Purna Kumbh Mela, which is considered the holiest religious congregation and also the largest on earth. There are many sacred destinations to visit in Nashik, like Ganga Godavri Temple, Shree Kalaram Mandir, Khandoba Temple, Kushavart Tirtha, Balaji Temple, Tapovan, Panchvati, Pandav Caves and more.
Also known as wine capital of India, Nashik accounts for a major share of India’s grape exports and houses many picturesque vineyards in and around.