One of the holiest cities for Hindus, Nashik stands on the banks of Godavari River in Maharashtra. Believed to be the place where Lord Ram spent time during his exile, Nashik is one of the venues of the Kumbh Mela.
Third largest city in Maharashtra, Nashik has adapted well with the times but maintains a fine balance between old and new architecture. The city has an interesting mix of modern and historically important buildings like temples and forts.
At an elevation of almost 1,900 ft, Nashik enjoys pleasant weather for most part of the year. Surrounded by nine hills named Durga, Pandav, Chitraghanta, Mhasarul, Dinger Ali, Konkani, Jogwada, Ganesh and Pathanpura, the city of Nashik stands in the midst of lush green forests and valleys. The beauty of the city increases due to the presence of many lakes like the Samangaon Lake and the Chandshi Lake.
A very important pilgrimage for Hindus, Nashik even finds mention in Ramayan. It is also strongly believed that Surpanakha tried to seduce Lord Ram in the region which now forms the city of Nashik. About nine km from Nashik lies Trymabakeshwar, home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
Nashik is also known as the wine capital of India due to the numerous vineyards that dot the countryside surrounding the city. Many vineyards allow tours to tour and get first hand knowledge of grape cultivation. Some even offer short courses on identification of different wines and how to savour wines.
WHERE TO STAY
There is a big cluster of budget hotels in Vakilwadi that offer decent amenities. Mid-range hotels are aplenty on the Agra-Pune Highway that offer much better facilities and very close to the city.
There are a few luxury hotels on the Mumbai-Agra Highway and in Ambad that can cater to any need and have an array of facilities for you to avail.
WHERE TO EAT
There are many restaurants serving delicious and multi cuisine to the visitors. The restaurants offer a great variety in the foods from Maharashtrian to Italian and many more. Cafe joints and chinese joints like Mainland China are accessible in Nashik. The city is grimming multi-cuisines to meet the needs of visitors.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Nashik is as given below. The best time to visit Nashik is also specified.