When deciding a place for your next trip, you would usually consider your mood. Do I want the thrill of adventures or a serene place to relax? Scrumptious food or discovering your spiritual side? Well, what if we told you that you can find all of this at the same place?
Around 160 km away from the fast life of Mumbai, Nashik is one of the most underrated travel destinations in India. On exploring, you will find two different worlds in the same city. Nashik is known as the wine capital of the country, with wine lovers paying their visits to taste the best wine of India. On the other hand, Nashik holds major religious importance and is a popular destination for devotees.[Also read: Popular workations near Mumbai]
Let us explore these sides of Nashik in detail and understand why it should be on your travel list.
Part 1: Dive into spirituality at the serene temples
You will find many temples whose origins can be traced back to the times of Ramayana. Nashik is home to Tapovan, a forest where Lord Rama and Sita were believed to have stayed during their exile. You will also find many significant temples located by the banks of Godavari. Here are some of the places that you can visit on your next trip –
Ram Kund – Visit the holy Ram Kund by the Godavari River. Believed to be the bathing spot of Lord Rama and Sita once, this place was built around 1969 by Chitrarao Khatarkar. Ram Kund is considered the holiest spot in the city. This place is also said to contain the bone dissolving Asthivilaya Tirth. Spend some time with your spiritual self while immersing yourself in the remembrance of the deity.
Balaji Temple – A replica of Tirupati Balaji, this is one of the cleanest temples of Nashik. You can also visit the Dudsagar falls by the Godavari river when you are here. You can visit the Ardha Mantapa and Garbha Griham located in the temple.
Trimbakeshwar Temple – Watch the origin of the longest river of peninsula India. The majestic Trimbakeshwar Temple is one of the twelve jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place is also said to be the origin of river Godavari. Built in the 18th century by Maratha ruler, Peshwa Nana Saheb, this temple is close to a hundred feet high. Located between three hills namely Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri, the temple has three lingams representing Shiv, Vishnu and Brahma.
Muktidham – Located near Nashik railway station, this temple is built with white marbles. You will be astounded to find the writings of the 18 chapters of Gita on these walls. Popular among tourists, it is considered to be one the holy dhams.
Part 2: Satiate your heart that seeks adventures
Nashik has more surprises than you think. From white water rafting to spending a day at the vineyards tasting wine, you will find all that your adventurous heart seeks. Let’s take a look at what your day at Nashik can seem like.
Sula Vineyards – No blog about Nashik can be completed without mentioning this place. One of the most popular vineyards of the country, Sula Vineyard gives a chance to try the different varieties of wine. Visit them during their annual Sula Fest held in February.
White water rafting – This spot can be found in the Adventure Camp Zone on the Vaitarna River. The experience of facing the turbulent water with friends is something that you must consider trying once! They provide the best-in-class services to ensure your safety and to enrich your experience.
Trekking the Brahmagiri Hills – One of the best trekking spots of Nashik, you will find the ruins of a once majestic fort at the top of the hill. The trek difficulty is medium so make sure you carry your water bottles and be hydrated!
Pandavleni Caves – Also known as Pandu caves or Nasik Caves, it was built around the 3rd century. If you are a history lover then this is the place to be! Located in the foothills of Trivashmi Hills, the caves are a linked group of 24 caves that represent Hinayana Buddhism.
How to reach Nashik
Nashik is around 171 km from Mumbai and 210 km from Pune. Mumbai International Airport is the nearest airport. Nashik can be reached by road from Mumbai via NH 3. For your road journey, you can just book a Savaari to Nashik.
Adventure or soul-seeking spirituality – you can find the best of both worlds at Nashik. You can simply book a Savaari to this place and get ready to surprise yourself! Plan your next trip to this city and take back stories and memories of a lifetime.
Have you visited Nashik and were amazed by what all it has to offer? Let us know in the comments!