Situated about four hours away from Mumbai, Nashik is a place that is considered to be a sacred pilgrimage destination as well as it is one of the biggest wineries in India. The place is closely related to Lord Ram as it is said that Lord Ram along with his wife and brother stayed in Nashik during his 14 years of exile from Ayodhya. In fact, this place also gets its name from the incident when Lakshman cut off the nose of Ravan’s sister, Surupnakha.
Nasik is a beautiful and exciting destination with lots of history attached to it. Therefore, you should definitely visit the place once in your lifetime. However, if you are not sure what to do in the city, then we are here with a list of places that you should definitely visit when in Nashik.
Buddhism has an impact on the city with 24 rock-cut caves that date back to the 2nd century BC. Situated about 15 minutes southwest of Nashik, these caves are beautiful and laden with history. You should try to visit these caves early in the morning before it gets hot because it's a 30-minute uphill trek. Also, the caves face East and their carvings are illuminated by the morning sun. The entry fee for Indians is 20 rupees and the entry fee for foreigners is 250 rupees.
There are almost 50 wineries in and around the city and many of them offer accommodation for guests along with tasting rooms and restaurants. With this large number of wineries in Nashik, wine tourism is flourishing in the city. The wineries are spread out in the outer area of the city, therefore you will need to take a car or you can even enjoy a wine tour.
Located just a few minutes away from York Winery, this is Nashik’s first artisanal cheese company. You can get a variety of quality cheese at this place including mozzarella, feta, gouda, cheddar, and many more. Get some cheese from this place and enjoy it with your wine. You will be provided with cheese tastings at 200 rupees per person and you can also see the cheese-making process.
Situated about 40 minutes west of the city, this temple is popular with pilgrims. This is one of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva (Shiva Mantras) where he appeared as a pillar of light. Devotees from all over the country come to visit this place and worship the deity.
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Located just near the Trimbakeshwar temple, there is a hike up the trail to Brahmagiri hill (must visit hill stations) which will take you about two to three hours to reach the top. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy the beautiful view along with visiting a couple of temples.
Recently a boat club was launched by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) on the northern bank of Gangapur Dam that offers boating and other water sports. Boating is a part of the new Grape Park Resort situated alongside the dam. However, others can also enjoy the luxury.