Nashik District Tourist Guide with Map
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Nashik District, formed in 1869, spans over 15,530 sq. kms and is a district of Maharashtra state. Nashik District is famous for its several old forts and several locations of religious importance to Hindus. It shares its boundaries with 6 districts of Maharashtra and 2 of Gujarat. The Godavari river originates here at Trimbakeshwar, and finally ends into the Bay of Bengal.
The city of Nashik is the administrative headquarters of the district. Nashik city, the "Wine Capital of India", is 180 Kms from Mumbai and 220 kms from Pune. Often known for its nassak diamonds, nashik is also famous with tourists for its picturesque surroundings and pleasant climate.
Weather & Climate Conditions
Nashik weather has pleasant climate through out the year, except in the months of March to mid-June. June to September is the South West Monsoon Season, while October is particularly hot and dry. Winter is between November and February.
The maximum Nashik temperature ever recorded was 44.8 °C (108.3 °F) on 12 May 1960 and the lowest temperature recorded was 0.6 °C (33.1 °F) on 7 January 1945.
Travel Options in the District
* Nashik is famous for its temples. Some of the famous temples are Kalaram Temple, Naroshankar Temple and Sundernarayan Temple, all of which have been built with black basalt stone.
* Ghats near Ramkund are considered holy as the river changes its course here from westward to southward.
* Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India and the Godavari river originates here.
* The Sinhastha Kumbhamela, a religious festival which occurs every 12 years, is held at Trimbakeshwar. Kumbh mela is considered one of the most sacred festivals, and happens at 4 locations across India: Nashik, Haridwar, Prayag and Ujjain.
* Saptshrungi Gad, Vani is one of the most visited and religious places for pilgrims, situated near the Markandeya Rishi's hill. Hindu Mythology says that Hanuman carried the Sanjivini buti for wounded Laxman from this hill.
Holiday Spots and other Tourist spots:
* Pandavleni Caves, located near Ambad, are Buddhism rock-caves supposedly carved out between 1st century BC and 3rd century AD. A Total of 22 caves can be seen here. Jain rock cut-caves can be seen at Chambharleni and Mhasrul, 8 Kms from Nashik city.
* Sita Gumpha Caves is said to be the place from which Lord Rama's wife, Sita was abducted by Ravana. It is said that the Shiv lings she worshipped is still there.
* Nandur Madhmeshwar is a sanctuary created at the confluence of rivers Godavari and Kadwa. Spread over 10000 hectares, it houses more than 220 species of birds, 400 species of vegetation, 24 species of fishes and several smaller mammals.
* Vipashyana International Academy, or Dhammagiri is a world famous meditation center located at Igatpuri, 40 kms away from Nashik city on Bombay-Agra road.
* Nature's magic can be seen at the Saputara hills, Bhandardara & Kalsubai peeks. Randha cascading falls, deep valley, Great lake and some beautiful carvings at Amruteshwar temple make this place a tourist's paradise. Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra, stands tall near here at 1646 mtrs.
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