Nashik

India

Overview

Nashik is a city in western India in the state of Maharashtra, 171 km from Mumbai and 210 km from Pune. It is located on the banks of the River Godavari which originates in the south-west of the city at Trimbakeshwar. As per Hindu mythology, Nashik was the abode of Lord Rama during his 14 years in exile.  It is one of the four places in the world where the Kumbh Mela is held making it one of the holiest Hindu cities. Nashik is the site for more than 100 ancient temples including the Kalaram Temple and Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple. In recent times, with the emergence of Sula, which has its vineyards here, as India’s premier winery, Nashik has become a tourist destination for wine aficionados from across the world. 

Things to do in Nashik!

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Guide

Neighborhood


Some of Nashik’s major neighborhoods are: 

 

Panchavati:

  • Panchavati has significant religious significance for Hindus with a temple complex on the bend of the River Godavari, which includes Kalaram Temple.
  • It is a pilgrimage site, with the Kumbh Mela, the largest peaceful gathering in the world – involving over 100 million people in 2013, taking place here once every twelve years in rotation with Hardwar, Allahabad, and Ujjain.
  • In Hindu theology, as outlined in the epic Ramayana, Panchavati was the place in the forest of Dandakaranya (Danda Kingdom), where Rama built his home along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman during their period of exile in the wilderness. Sita Gupha (Sita’s cave) can be found here.
  • Ram Kund - Ram Kund, the holy bathing tank is the focus of pilgrims visiting Nashik. Ghats and the riverside market surround it.

 

Pandavleni Caves:

  • Pandu Leni (also known as Trirashmi Caves and other variations), are a group of 24 caves carved between the 3rd century BC and the 2nd century AD, representing the Hinayana Buddhist caves.
  • Pandavleni Caves were built by Buddhist kings in the periods betweenthe 4th Century BC and the 12 century CE. The site is renowned for its water management system, and Buddhist carvings and idols which adorn the caves.
  • The location of the caves is a holy Buddhist site and is located about 8 Km south of Nashik.

 

Saptashrungi (Nashik District):

  • Saptashrungi is a site of Hindu pilgrimage situated 60 Km from Nashik.
  • According to Hindu traditions, the goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini dwells within the seven mountain peaks (Sapta means seven and shrung means peaks).

 

Trimbak (Nashik District):

  • Trimbakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, 28 km from the city of Nashik.

 

Igatpuri (Nashik District):

  • Dhammagiri, the world famous Vipassana meditation centre, is located at Igatpuri.

Getting around


General info

  • The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai is the nearest airport to Nashik.
    • The Airport consists of two terminals; Domestic & International. Both terminals are 4 Km apart and are connected by a shuttle bus.
      • Terminal 1: Domestic Terminal
        • Terminal 1A
        • Terminal 1B
      • Terminal 2: International Terminal
    • From the airport you can consider the following transport options to get to Nashik.
      • Taxi:
        • There are two types of taxis; the normal metered taxi and prepaid taxis.
        • Prepaid taxis are highly recommended, especially during peak hours, as once you receive your receipt you do not have to pay anything extra later. The service is available at the airport after you exit customs.
        • Taxis to Nashik can be booked at the airport.
        • If travelling from Mumbai to Nashik by bus or train, take a pre-paid taxi to your transfer destination.
      • Train:       
        • From the airport, travel to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) for trains to Nashik.
        • Trains between Nashik and Mumbai from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)
          • Tapovan Express:
            • Mumbai CST 6:10 am —>Nashik 9:48 am
            • Nashik 6:00 pm —>Mumbai CST 10:05 pm
          • Jan Shatabdi Express:
            • Mumbai CST 1:50 pm —>Nashik 05:08 pm
            • Nashik 08:55 am —>Mumbai CST 12:45 pm
          • Pushpak Express:
            • Mumbai CST 8:20 am —>Nashik 11:48 am
        • Refer here for details.
        • Refer here for Nashik railway schedules.
      • Car Hire:
        • You can also rent a car from the airport.
        • Check Mumbai airport car rental page for all the available options:
          • Terminal 1: Domestic Terminal
            • Terminal 1A:
              • Mauli Enterprises - +91 22-60606030
            • Terminal 1B:
              • Rohan Travels - +91 22-65555290
              • Shree Sai - +91 22-60501777/ +919820151777
          • Terminal 2: International Terminal
            • Akbar Tours & Travels - +91 22-29357015
      • Bus:
        • Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) provides bus services from Mumbai to Nashik. Tickets can be booked online for registered users.
        • Buses to Nashik from Mumbai  can be also booked on the RedBus website.
        • On average, Nasik to Mumbai travel time is 2 hrs 55 min and can go up to 6 hrs depending on the type of bus, operator and traffic conditions.

Bus

  • Buses are available in and around Nashik. As of January 2015, bus fares in the city ranged from INR 5.00 to INR 30.00, depending on the distance covered.
  • There is also a Nashik Darshan bus every day which shows you around the important tourist attractions in Nashik. Get the ticket for Nashik Darshan bus a day in advance to avoid inconvenience.
  • You could also consider using the regional public transport service in Nashik.
  • For information about inter-city bus services, refer here.

Taxi

  • Taxi in Nashik can be booked online –
  • Shared metered taxis are available at the Nashik Road station.
  • As of January 2015, taxis charged around INR 13.00 per Km.
  • You can refer here for taxi fares in the city.

Tipping


  • Restaurants: You can tip 5-10% but this is not mandatory and if your bill includes service charge you do not need to give any tip.
  • Bars: Tipping at bars is unusual but if you give INR 50.00 to INR 100.00 to the bartender on your first drink you can enjoy trouble free service.
  • Taxis: Visitors are not expected to tip the taxi drivers in India.
  • Hotel Porters/Concierge: The Hotel Porters/ Concierge should be tipped INR 20.00 per bag.

Suggested itinerary


Nashik in 2 Days (Source: Trodly/BlackGrapeHolidays)

 

Day 1

 

Day 2

Staying connected


  • India mainly uses GSM 900 and 1800 frequency bands. The phone must be unlocked to accept the country’s SIM card.
  • You can buy the SIM card at airport, markets, etc. Due to security reasons you may have to provide additional information for buying a SIM card.
  • You can recharge the SIM card online, markets, etc.
  • The following are the service providers in India for Prepaid SIM cards and Other Pay As You Go Options:

Eat / Drink


Local

  • Food in Nashik possesses the real taste of Maharashtrian cuisine which has a similar flavor to Gujarati, Khandeshi and Rajasthani delicacies.
  • Nashik is growing into a metropolis and you can easily get North Indian and international cuisine in the city.
  • Some of the popular dishes that you should try in Nashik are:
    • Puran Poli: Puran Poli is a traditional sweet flavored dish and is prepared from channa dal, jaggery or sugar, cardamom powder, plain flour, nutmeg powder, Desi Ghee (clarified butter) and warm water. This is a typical Marathi dish and one of the main items during festive occasions.
    • Ukadiche Modak: Ukadiche Modak is a dumpling with a mixture of fresh grated coconut, and jaggery filled inside. It is made of rice flour, edible oil, chocolate syrup, grated chocolate, desiccated coconut and salt. Ukadiche Modak is an important item used in the worship of Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi with the ritual starting with the offering 12 pieces of Ukadiche Modak.
    • Bonda – Bonda, made from potato and gram flour mixture, is the most famous snack in Nashik. It can be prepared in two flavors, sweet or spicy. Spicy Bonda is known as Batata vada.
    • Varhadi Rassa (Saoji Curry) - Varhadi Rassa is gravy particularly used for preparation of meat dishes. 
  • Some notable restaurants serving the local specialties include:
    • Vada Pav at Krushnai, Ashok Stambh
    • Ambica Missal, Panchavati
    • Konkani Darbar, Dudhbajar

Gourmet

  • Khyber
    • Cuisine: Indian, Continental, Chinese

 

 

Vegetarian

 

 

Drink

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