Nashik is an ancient city situated on the banks of the Godayari River in the Western Ghats. It is a holy temple city and serves as a gateway to the important pilgrim destinations of Trimbak and Shirdi. Nashik is the place where Lord Rama spent 14 years of his exile. It is a popular pilgrimage destination and one of the four locations of the Kumbha Mela festival (Hindu pilgrimage gathering). The town is also known for its vineyards and production of wine. Nashik is often referred to as the Wine Capital of India. During harvest season (January to March), some wineries organise grape crushing.
Major tourist sites in and around Nashik: Muktidham Temple, Kalaram Mandir, Anjneri, Gangapur Dam, Tapovan, Ramkund, Someshwar Temple, Ved Temple, Coin Museum, Gargoti Museum, etc.
When to visit: best time to visit is November to March.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Nashik Road railway station is about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the city. Direct trains connect Nashik to Mumbai, Pune.
Nearest airport: Nashik Airport (IATA: ISK, ICAO: VAOZ) is located at Ozar, about 20 km (12 mi) from Nashik.
Buses: Maharastra State transport buses (MSRTC) and private buses ply regularly to Mumbai and other cities in the state.
By road: The distance from Mumbai to Nashik is about 166 km (103 mi) via NH160. It takes around 3 hours.
The distance from Pune to Nashik is about 210 km (130 mi) via NH60. It takes around 5 hours.
The distance from Aurangabad to Nashik is about 183 km (114 mi) via Maharashtra State Highway 30 and Nagpur - Aurangabad - Mumbai Hwy. It takes around 4 hours.
The distance from Ellora Caves to Nashik is about 175 km (109 mi) via Maharashtra State Highway 30. It takes around 3-4 hours.
The distance from Ajanta Caves to Nashik is about 261 km (162 mi) via NH60 and MH SH 19. It takes around 6 hours.
The distance from Shirdi to Nashik is about 88 km (55 mi) via Nashik - Shirdi Rd. It takes around 1-2 hours.
The distance from Trimbak to Nashik is about 29 km (18 mi) via NH848. It takes around 1 hour.
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