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The Mystic Land of Gods - Nashik, Maharashtra

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Nashik or Nasik is the third largest city in the state of Maharashtra and one of the fastest growing cities in India. However, it also has culture and history that date back to the days of Lord Rama himself! Located on river Godavari's banks, the city is said to have been the abode of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman during their 14 years of exile. The historic city has seen various reigns; Peshwa, Mughal, Maratha and British.

The city of Nashik is important for Hindu pilgrims from the world over. The mass congregation of Kumbh Mela happens in turns at four cities, namely; Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik. Here are some of the important places to visit in Nashik that hold religious significance.

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Panchvati: The name translates to mean 'Home of the Five Banyan Trees' and this is where Lord Rama along with his wife and brother are said to have stayed briefly. It is also the place where Ravana is said to have abducted Sita. You can also visit the nearby Naroshankar temple that belongs to the 18th century.

Sita Gufa: The set of caves referred to as Sita Gufa, has a Shiva temple that is believed to have been worshipped by Lord Rama himself. The ancient Shivalinga attracts pilgrims from all over the country.

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Kalaram Temple: The temple dedicated to Lord Rama is one of the key places to visit in Nashik. It is also said to be the oldest temple in the city.

Sundar Narayan Temple: Among the beautiful places to visit in Nashik is the spiritual abode of Sundar Narayan Temple that attracts tourists for its lovely architecture.

Other places to visit of religious significance are the Ekmukhi Datta Mandir, Ved Mandir, Iskcon temple, Navshya Ganapati temple, Bhaktidham, Muktidham, Chambar Leni and Someshwar.

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In the city of Nashik, you will find places to visit that satisfy interests beyond spirituality. You can choose among these tourist attractions, depending on if you want to simply relax or go on a knowledge gaining visit. Here are some of the important places to visit in Nashik city.

Coin Museum: Founded in the year 1980, the coin Museum showcases the interesting history of Indian currency. Various coins, moulds, notes, photographs and notes are on display here.

Godha Park: A place that offers amusement for the entire family is the Godha Park, it has jogging tracks and other recreational activities located by the riverside.

Pandav Leni Caves: Located at a distance of 8 km, this is one of the places to visit near Nashik. The set of caves that are estimated to be over 1200 years old were built by the Buddhists as monastic caves.

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Phalke Smarak: An interesting place to visit in the city of Nashik is the Phalke Smarak. Step into the past, as you enjoy the many works of Dadasaheb Phalke that are on display here. You can also enjoy the musical fountain and the gardens.

Dugarwadi Waterfalls: Situated 30 km from the city, the Dugarwadi waterfalls is among the most scenic spots in Nashik. A small trek from the main road takes you to the falls, since it is isolated, travelling alone is not advisable.

Vineyards of Nashik: Nashik is called the 'Wine Capital' of India. The widespread vineyards and popular brands such as Sula attract tourists from all over the country to get a taste of wine tourism here. Book yourself a wine tour and depending on the season get to see everything from the plantation to the wine-making process and bottling plants.

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Best Time to Visit: You can visit Nashik all through the year. However, summers are best avoided due to the soaring temperatures.

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How to Reach Nashik

By Road: Nashik is well-connected by roadway such as NH-3 to major destinations. You can avail both state and private buses as well as taxis for commute.

By Rail: The Nashik Railway Station is a key railhead in central India and has regular as well as direct trains to many destinations in the country.

By Air: The nearest airport is Mumbai, at a distance of 175 km from Nashik. It has both domestic and international flights.

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