Places to Visit in Nashik
Places to Visit in Nashik
Ramkund is a sacred tank, built in 1696. Chitrarao Khatarkar got it constructed 27mts. by 12 mts. The aborigines state that Lord Rama and his consort Sita used this tank for bathing during the years of exile. Hence, it is also very holy. There is a common belief that if the ashes are immersed in the holy waters of this kund, salvation or moksha is easily achieved.
The Muktidham Temple is located near the station, around 7 kms from the city. The temple has been built with pure white makrana marble tiles making it a unique piece of architecture. The distinctive feature found here is that, eighteen chapters of the Bhagwad Geeta are written on the walls of the temple.
The Kalaram Temple, built in 1794 by Gopikabai Peshwa, is another architectural grandeur, with the motif, pretty much analogous to that of the Trimbakeshwar Temple. This 70 feet high structure has been built with black stone extracted from the mine of Ramsej Hill. The copper peak of the temple is gold-plated and looks ravishing by day and night as well. The idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are sandy black decked with ornaments. Gyrating this temple, are various small temples dedicated to Lord Vithala, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman.
Shirdi lies at a distance of 122 kms approximately from this place and is dedicated to Sai Baba. The place witnesses devotees lining up right from the wee hours in the morning to attain the blessings of Sai Baba. The darshan is available throughout the week, but Thursday is especially considered as holy for the Baba. Nearby is the Dwarkamani mosque, where the Baba is believed to have meditated and slept on alternate nights. Just next to the mosque is a long corridor. Here, the eternal flame burns day and night.
The temple of goddess Saptashringi resides 55 kms from Nashik at Wani. As you approach the temple a large rocky hill greets you. This is Saptashringi Hill. The goddess is known to have possessed 18 weapons in 18 hands and is positioned ready to fight the demons. The journey to the temple also has some interesting sights to offer. On the way, you can stop at the Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI) or at Sitakund at Mhasrul village. This is the site where Sita the wife of Rama used to bathe. This destination is filled with stories and legends connected to the Ramayana.
The Coin Museum is positioned against the backdrop of the enthralling Ajneri Hill. The Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies was established in 1980 and is the only of its kind in Asia. The museum houses a fine collection of researched and well-documented history of Indian currency. Also included in the collections are photographs, articles, line drawings, replica, real coins and also a detailed analysis of the various currency systems that existed in the India from centuries together. The Institute has now begun workshops to encourage the hobby of coin collection in the Indians.
The 2000-yr-old Pandavleni caves, built by the Jain kings, are located on a tableland atop the Trivashmi Hill. There are around 24 caves situated here that once formed abode to the Jain saints. The caves lodge idols of Buddha, Jain Teerthankara Vrishabhdeo, Veer Manibhadraji and Ambikadevi and the icons of Bodhisatva. The interiors of the caves were popular meeting places for the disciples, where sermons were concerned. There are attractive water tanks that are very skillfully chiseled into the rock.
Dudhsagar Waterfalls is the favourite spot of the youngsters and the teens, who come here often to liven up their spirits. Situated at Someshwar, the waterfalls are 10 metres long and the water is milky white. The rock has steps chiseled on it for easy access and the place is a major attraction especially just after the rains. The Kumbh Mela is held at twelve different places and one of them is Nasik too.
Ajneri was the gateway to enter into Trimbakeshwar in the earlier times. It is now, a very beautiful tourist destination. The Saptashringi Devi Temple is 55 kms from Nasik, located at 'Wani and is dedicated to Goddess Saptashringi. One can take a quick look at the huge rocky hill that stands out gloriously. The Goddess Saptashirngi is supposed to be self-manifested. Also known as the Goddess possessing eighteen weapons in eighteen hands, she is positioned as if ready to fight the demons. A path leads to the Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI), which is towards the left. Even further is the Seetakund at Mhasrul village.
Situated 60 kms from Nashik is a bird-lover's paradise. Aptly called Maharashtra's Bharatpur, a wonderful bird sanctuary has been developed here since 1950. Today, Nandurmadhmeshwar is haven to thousands of beautiful migratory birds. The ideal season to bird watch is from October to March.