Nasik - The Symbol of Utmost Divinity
Nasik city is located in India's state of Maharashtra . The city is
in the north west of Maharashtra some 185 km from Mumbai and 202 km
from Pune. This city popularly known as the 'wine capital of India' or
the 'Grape city' is located in the Western Ghats, on the western edge
of the Deccan Peninsula. Nasik is the administrative headquarters of
both Nasik district and Nasik division. This city is famous for its
picturesque surrounding and the pleasant climataure.
Nasik is also developed as a tourism destination as it is called a religious center of India and has become one of the four most holiest places in India where the drops of nectar fell when demigods and demons fought over it. It is located on the banks of river Godavari encircled by nine hills- Durga, Ganesh, chitraghanta, Pandav, Dinger Ali Mhasarul, Jogwanda, Pathanpura, and Konkani. Nasik is one city which rose to name in the mythological era and has carried its aura to the present age withstanding the test of time. The greatest of all shows on the land of India, the world renowned Maha Kumbhmela also happens in this city. It happens every 12 years and attracts tourists from all over the world. The important aspect of Kumbh mela is the astonishing unity amidst diversity that occurs in this sacred occasion.
As the legend has it, one of the greatest hero of Indian epics, Lord Rama, along with wife Sita and brother Laxmana stayed here for a while during their 14 year exile. It is from here Ravana abducted Sita and took her to his palace on the island of Lanka, now known as Sri Lanka. It was here Laxman cut off the nak (nose) of Ravana's sister Surpanakha, thus was the the name Nasik arrived on. The temples, the ghats on the Godavari river have made Nasik the holiest place for Hindus. The holy events like the Namavali, Rath Yatra, Nagbali add many folds to the already large number of pilgrims visiting the Sacred land of Nasik. Nasik is a very lively city in industrial and social arena as well. This city has become a major attraction also due to the clean and green surroundings and the ever so pleasant climate.
The Pilgrimage Tourism Sites - Abodes Of Our Gods
Nasik is literally the land of temples in India. It has been a home to many of the most famous and visited temples of India. Few are the most important temples that are not to be missed.
This is one of the 12 sacred jyotirlingas. This temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva was built in 1730 by Baji Rao Peshwa. It is said that the source of Godavari river lies few hundred feet above the temple. Although the Non-Hindu are not allowed inside but they can go up till the steps and take a look inside. one will see the combination of both Malwa and Meru style in its architecture. It is not difficult to reach this temple as there are regular bus service from Nasik to Trimbakeshwara Temple.
Saptashringi Devi Temple
This a major temple devoted to the Saptashringi goddess (Seven pinnacled goddess). She is one of the forms of Shakti. She is considered to be the destroyer of evil and is depicted with 18 hands.
Kalaram temple is a temple built by Peshwas and is an important pilgrimage site. This temple is famous for the great procession that are held here during Ramnavami, Chitra Padwa ( New year day for Hindus) and Dasara. This temple is completely build of black stone and the tip is made up of 2 tons of gold. After a Satyagraha by Dr. B.R Ambedkar in 1930, Harijans were also allowed into the temple.
Sundernarayan temple is a marvel built in 1756 by Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud. There are two mandaps which have enchanting works of architecture and the round dome is made of beautiful little ornamental cordon. You will find very precise work of carvings as well. When you move towards Godavri, on the way you will find a lake named Badarika Sangam pond which also finds a mention in the holy book of Dhyanasheri. But the most remarkable thing about this temple is the angle at which it is built. On every march 21st, rays of rising sun first fall directly on the Idols and to witness this extra-ordinary event many devotees throng to this temple on that day.
Marvels of the Divine Land
The northern part of Godavari is called Panchavati. tThe city is prime tourism destination, it is called so because of the the five Banyan trees that are there. The importance of this place is that Ram along with Sita and Laxmana stayed here for a while making it a holy place.
This is the place from where Ravana abducted Sita and took her to the island of Lanka. This is a small cave where you have to crawl into the cave to see the deities of Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita. The grove of large banyan trees near the cave is a major attraction for the tourists.
It is here Lakshmana cut off the nose of Ravana's sister Surpanakha. This was once a part of the sacred Dandakaranya forest. It is quite close to the Sita Gupha.
Located around 8 km to the west of Nasik near Someshwar Temple, Dudhsagar Waterfalls is a very popular tourism attraction and is flocked by locals as well as tourist using the surrounding as a picnic spot. The best time to visit the place is just after the monsoon season as there is ample water in the falls.
Pandav Leni Caves
Located on a wedge up in Trivashmi hill, it is around 8 km down the city on Mumbai-Agra highway. It is a group of 24 Buddhist Caves which were dig out around 1 AD. The walls of the caves are full of exquisite carvings.
The Maha Kumbhmela Information
The Maha Kumbhmela is The most awaited and the most outstanding
event India witnesses. Kumbhmela is a religious festival which is a
world known event and is celebrated every 12 years. This spectacular
event is celebrated in four famous pilgrim sites, Allahabad, Haridwar,
ujjain, and Nasik. Nasik is the biggest of them all with over three
and a half million devotees attending it to take a holy dip in the
sacred Gangothri. It is said that, to save the nectar from Demons the
Gods had to stay on earth for 12 heavenly days which are equal to 12
earthly years, that is why this grand Kumbhmela is celebrated every 12
years. The exact time of the celebration are decided according to the
position of stars and planets. Nasik tourism take all measures for the success of Maha Kumbh Mela and organise special tents, camps and facilites for the pilgrimages during the festival time.
Kumbha mela is not just a ritual that is followed blindly, it is a very scientific and thought through tradition of the Hindu culture. In the month of Kumbh mela, residents of Nasik are in a festive mood and they put all there daily chores aside to enjoy the color and brightness of the city.
The Industrial Tranformation
Nasik started its industrial journey being a major producer of agricultural products. Surely Nasik has captured the title of Industrial hub of India for itself. Apart from grapes, raisins, onions, Nasik is now a major exporter of industrial produces as well. with over 1500 units of industries, both large and small, Nasik is now called the heart of modern India and rightly so. The major transformation of Nasik took place during the last fifteen years. The MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) took over many areas like Satpura and Ambad and converted them into world known industrial hubs. Nasik made its way into world industrial and defense map of India when MIG Air-Craft Unit of the famous Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was started at Ozar in 1964. Now the city has the unique distinction of producing everything from a pin to a plane. It has now become a place which offers something for all, be it tourists looking for a purifying experience, a pilgrim or a business traveler who now will find all opportunities to expand his investment in this city of temples.
Where to Put-Up
Nasik tourism provides ample options for a soothing and relaxing stay. There
are hotels which are suited to serve all kind of travelers at any time
of the year. Below is the information on hotels that you can look upon for a pleasant
stay and mouth watering delicacies.
The Hotel Panchavati - located in the central portion of the city This hotel provides all modern facilities which a tourist likes to have and is aptly priced. It's a 41 room accommodation with facilities like 24-hr room service, doctor on call, cable TV and laundry.
Suman Resort - located on highway, the resort is easily accessible. The rooms provide a scenic view of the city. It also has a restaurant, swimming pool, health club,steam sauna and facilities for indoor games like table tennis, carom, billiards, chess and many more.
Emerald Park- Located in the heart of town it's a modern place which provides you with a lot of options to choose from. Facilities like 24-hr coffee shop, laundry, room service, cable tv, travel desk are the few of them.
Getting There Information
The nearest commercial airport is in Mumbai around 182 kilometers away. It takes around 5 hrs. by road from Mumbai to reach Nasik.
Nasik road railway station is an important link in the central railway network. The station is around 8 km northeast from the main center. From the station, you have to rely on the local transport.
Nasik is well connected to all major adjoining cities by road. The city is around 187 km from Mumbai, 202 km from Pune. State transport buses from other major states like Mumbai, Gujarat and Karnataka operate to Nasik with appreciable frequency. This eliminates any threats of delays while traveling. The central bus stand is located at downtown road. Many private commercial transportations also ply on the routes to Nasik from adjoining cities.
In Nasik, auto rickshaws are the prominent player in local transportation. Although they are metered, but they are generally not put in use, so the fares have to be negotiated. Though you will find metered taxis, but they are used mostly for long trips. There are also number of tourist buses for city sightseeing and excursion tours.
Nasik Tourism Guide - The divine destination of Maha Kumbh mela is also known for its famous Trimbakeshwara, Kapileshwara and Muktidham temples. Major tourist destinations like Panchvati, Sita Gupha and Tapovan are worth exploring. Set foot on this land of Maha Kumbhmela, the industrial hub of modern India and explore the abundance of purity and opportunity.