Nasik is a large town located in the northern region of Maharashtra state. Many religious festivals are celebrated here and Kumbh Mela is one of the popular events organized in every twelve years. It is surrounded by river Godavari, which is considered sacred. This ancient city is known for its Sita Guffa caves because Lord Rama and Goddess Sita worshipped here. This city is also popular because many shopping centres and shops on bumper lottery are located here. It is a prime shopping centre for statues of brass, ancient copper remains, silver items, handicrafts, etc. In the sixteenth century, the Mughals ruled here, and in 1818, it was reigned by Marathas. The visitors can explore some of the finest destinations here.
It is located 1 km away from the main city. Sapthashrungi is a part of Sahyadri ranges and a beautiful hill that comprises 108 water bodies. Visitors adore the green lush forests that surround the beautiful high hills. The forests are filled with trees that yield medicinal value. According to mythology, Lord Rama picked the ‘sanjivani leaf’ from the trees of the forest to feed Lord Lakshmana with the leaf when he lay down unconscious.
- Doodhsagar waterfall
It is one of the interesting places to visit in Nasik. It is located on the Mandavi River and is a four-layered waterfall that falls from the height. It is located 8 kms away from the west Nasik and one of the most beautiful spots in Nasik. It is known as ‘Doodhsagar’ because the colour of water is pure white which appears like Milk. Located near Someshwar Temple, is one of the most beautiful spots. It is 10 meters long and most to visit during monsoon season because layers of water fall from the height at a great speed. The best way to reach this place is by private buses.
The northern region of Nasik that is surrounded by Godavari River is known as ‘panchvait’. It is a beautiful place with historical significance. Lord Rama and Goddess Sita lived in this place for some time. It is a holy place that comprises five Banyan trees and hence this place is known as Panchvati. The people can explore many interesting places from this place namely Sita Ghumpa, Tapovan, Ramkhund Memorial, Kalaram Mandir, Sundar Narayan Temple, and Naroshankar Temple. Lord Rama and Sita lived here in the fiery forests of Dandakaranya to decide about some family matters. This place can be visited throughout the year. It is a place of historical significance because Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshmana lived in these forests for 14 years as they were exiled.
- Pandavleni Caves
The caves are located on the Trivashmi Hills are known for the rock-cut structures. These caves were constructed in the 3rd century BC and 2nd century AD, form a cluster of 24 caves and are dedicated to Hinayana. It is one of the recommended places to visit in Nasik because of the wonderful carving on the walls, pillars, shrines, and monasteries. The other attractions found here are the food outlets, museums, and the musical fountains.
- Anjaneri Hills
Anjana is the name of Hanuman’s mother and it is a birthplace of Lord Hanuman. These mountains are located in the ranges of Trimbakeshwara Nasik and this place is well-known for the Anjaneri Fort. It is a serene place that is located 10 km away from Trimbakeshwara and a perfect place for devotees. Most of the visitors visit the cave that is located on top of the hill and spend some time meditating. Some people even begin trekking here for five kilometred and reach the Anjaneri Hills.
It is a holy temple dedicated to Lord Shiva comprising 12 Jyotirlingas that are known as renowned pilgrim centers and located on the foot of Brahmagiri Hills. This temple was built in the eighteenth century by Nana Sahev, the Peshwa and is constructed in ancient architectural style. The kund or Kusavtra is the holy water that is the tributary of River Godavari. It features Jyotirling that features three faces symbolizing Lord Rudra. The three faces represent three Gods of the universe namely Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. Outside the temples, people can find some local vendors who sell some crispy popcorn. It is located 28 km away from the main city and the best time to visit this place is between 5.30 in the morning to 9 at night.
- Sita Gufa
It is a place with historical significance and is located near Panchvati. The demon Ravana kidnapped Sita and kept her in this place for many years. This cave comprises narrow staircase that leads to the caves and people can view the statues of Sita inside the caves. This temple also features a Shivling that was worshipped by Goddess Sita when she was kidnapped by Ravana. It is located 1 km away from the main city and people can visit this place during daytime or even night.
- Coin Museum
The Nasik tourists visit this place during weekends and they visit many places that are located nearby. This coin museum was established in 1980 and is a part of Indian Institute of Research in Nimismatic Studies. It features different types of coins that were used in different periods in India. The visitors can also know about the changes of currency system in India. The visitors can visit this place during 9.30 in the morning to 1.00 p.m.
- Harihar Fort
It is located 40 kms away from Nasik City and is famous for rock-cut steps. This fort was built during the Pankaj panchariya period and captured by Captian Briggs. Today, the ruins of this place are seen and people can only view the storage house here with the small entrance. Two base villages are located here and are located 13 kms from Trimbhakeshwara. They climb from Harshewadi and are a safe trekking path that begins from the hillocks. This fort passes through the scrub forests and reaches an open ridge and is connected to the fort.
- Jain Temple
It is one of the beautiful temples that are constructed in an elaborate structure style. This temple contains three spacious storeys. This temple contains while coloured marble floorings and pink coloured sand and is housed with 24 deities. Jains from all over the world visit this place.
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