State : Maharashtra
A delightful town, usually bustling with fervent crowds, Nasik is
a classic mélange of the past and the present. It paves way
to many fascinating forts and royally graceful temples that possess
an aura of exuberance. This part of the terra firma is more than
a dream destination for zealous lovers of glorious travel. It plays
abode to m
of the industries located in Maharashtra, including the Security
Printing Press of the government, the nation's currency printer.
The core of commerce and trade, it was earlier the country's largest
Place to See
Nasik Kumbh Fair
Nasik, a prominent city in the north of Maharashtra, is situated
200 kms from Mumbai and Pune. The city has gained immense popularity
owing to its pleasant climatic conditions, beautiful architecture,
temples and caves. The famous temples of note are: Sundranarayan
temple, Kampaleshwar temple, Balaji temple, Kalaram Mandir, the
Goraram Mandir and the Rameshwar or Bell temple. Nasik has thus,
rightfully been called the Benares of South India and the Godavari,
the Ganges of the South.
The Site For The Kumbh Mela
Trimbakeshwar is a holy town that houses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas
in India. It also is the origin of the river Godavari and is situated
38 kms away from Nasik. The Sinhasta Kumbh Mela is held once in
12 years in Nashik and Trimbakeshwar.
According to historical records, Nasik is one of four places
where the elixir of immortality, the 'amrit', fell to earth from
a pitcher as gods and demons were engaged in the tussle to gain
the ownership of the jar full of 'amrit'. The Kumbh Mela rotates
among the four holy sites every three years.
The Kumbh Mela is marked by millions of devotees' plunge into
the river Godavari that is believed would cleanse their souls
leading to salvation. A ritual bath at a predetermined time and
place is the major event of the festival. The annual festival
of Shivratri is also celebrated with great pomp and show inviting
thousands of pilgrims.
This temple situated in Trimbak, 30 km West of Nasik, contains one
of the twelve Jyotirlingas (naturally occuring Lingas) in India.
The temple has beautiful carvings. There is a belief that anybody
who visits Trimbakeshwar attains salvation. It is considered to
be the holiest place to perform Shraddha ceremony as mentioned in
'Nirnaya Sindhu' - a religious book of Hindus. Non Hindus are not
allowed inside the temple but one can get a clear view from outside.
The river Godavari rises here from a hill called Brahmagiri. Nearby
there is the 'Gangasagar bathing tank' into which the Godavari river
dribbles in, from its source. A bath in these waters is supposed
to wash away sins.
Deolali Camp is an important Indian military center. Deolali camp
which is one of the oldest in India,
located 16 km away from Nasik. The center was set up by the British
in 1861. An officer of the rank of Major General holds the position
of the head of the Artillery school here. In the days of the British
Raj, soldiers who cracked up under the stresses and strains of life
in British India were invariably packed off to a military psychiatric
hospital here to recover. Its name became synonymous with nervous
breakdown; hence the English idiom "to go doolally", meaning
to become insane or eccentric. Deolali market is famous for shopping.
In the Temple Hill nearby, there is a famous temple of Lord Khandoba.
This simple, large temple was built in 1782 by Sardar Odhekar of
Peshwa. The idol of lord Ram here, is of black colour, hence the
name Kala Ram Mandir. The building stands in the middle of a walled
enclosure with 96 pillars and entered on the east through an arched
portal. The temple is made of black stones, and has a 25 m high
'Sikhara'. The stones were brought from Ramshej 200 years ago. There
are great processions and festivities during Ramnavami, Dushera
and Chaitra Padwa. Nearby is the Sita Gupha cave where Sita, wife
of Rama is said to have hidden from the Demon Ravana. There is a
grove of large Banyan trees near the cave.
How to Reach
Nearest airport from Nashik is at Mumbai , which is
185-km away from the city
Nashik is one the major stations on the Central Railway
and there are a number of convenient trains that connect Nashik
to other cities and towns. The fastest train to Mumbai is the Panchavati
Express, which does the trip in 4 ½ hours.
Nashik is 185-kms from Mumbai and is well connected
by road. Pune-Nashik highway is 220-kms away from the city. There
are also several private and state buses available between Mumbai/Thane