At Wani, there is a temple of Sapatashrungi Mata situated on Saptashruga hill near the village Nanduri. It is about 52-Kms from Nasik City and is situated on top of a hill. This temple is the venue of a major fair held in the month of April every year.
This a major temple devoted to the Saptashringi goddess (Seven pinnacled goddess). She is one of the forms of Shakti. She is considered to be the destroyer of evil and is depicted with 18 hands.
Built with a noble intention of imparting Indian culture, Vedas and Puranas, Veda Mandir at Nasik accommodates students from all over India. Free training and education on Ved-Puranas is given to all students.
Ved Mandir is founded by a private trust and its premises house an elegant temple, which a classic example of modern architecture. The foyer to the temple is very large and ornamented with attractive with glasses and floodlights. The interiors of this pretty shrine are laid with Italian Marble. The temple contains the idols of Lord Ram, his consort Sita, and Laxman. Beside these idols, the temple also holds a beautiful idol of Guru Gangeshwaraji.
This is one of the 12 sacred jyotirlingas. This temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva was built in 1730 by Baji Rao Peshwa. It is said that the source of Godavari river lies few hundred feet above the temple. Although the Non-Hindu are not allowed inside but they can go up till the steps and take a look inside. one will see the combination of both Malwa and Meru style in its architecture. It is not difficult to reach this temple as there are regular bus service from Nasik to Trimbakeshwara Temple.
Once a part of the holy Dandakaranya forest, Tapovan is a pictorial spot and has a close association with the epic Ramayana. Tapovan literally means a place which is reserved for rumination and reparation. Besieged in the richness of lush greenery, Tapovan presents a tranquil ambience This place might be used by great sages for meditation.
It is believed that it was here that Laxmana - brother of Rama, cut the nose of Shurpanakha, the sister of Ravana. This sacred place has temples of Laxmana and Hanuman. This stunning locale enthralls the tourists mind with Godavari's noiselessly babbling stream, long stretch of green woods and proximity to jungle's flora and fauna.
Among the various grape producing areas of India, Nasik adorns a prominent position. The salubrious climate of this city is conducive for large-scale grape cultivation and one of the famous vineyards in Nasik is Sula Vineyards. From its formation in the year 1997, Sula has managed to complement itself with the reputation of India's best wineries. A synonym of Indian wines, Sula was the cover story of the famous wine Magazine - Wine Spectator, in its November 2002 issue.
Recent years have shown an amazing growth of these vineyards from the original 30-acre family estate to a vast spread of 1500 acres, which increases the winery's total capacity to 5 million liters. One among the significant feature of these wineries is the tasting room, which covers a total area of 2000 square feet. Besides offering the tasty wines, this room shows off a balcony from where one can get the panoramic view of the undulating vineyards bounded in a pretty abbience.
One among the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Mahadeva, the Someshwar temple is situated on the banks of the sacred river Godavari. Besides Shiva, the temple is also the abode of Lord Hanuman. The temple is surrounded by all around greenery, which provides an idyllic ambience to the serene environment of this pretty shrine. "Someshwar, the place, where the temple is placed tourists is a beautiful nature spot with a pleasant climate.
Someshwar temple is a delight not only for an ardent devotee, but also for a nature lover. The riverbeds here are very suitable for swimming and boating.
The 'Ganges' of the south, Ramkund in the sacred river Godavari, draws countless pilgrim every year. The popular belief is that Lord Ram had his bath here, at some stage of his exile. To commemorate that the devotees frequents here to have a holy dip.
In 1696, Chitrarao Khatarkar built a holy tank on the spot where it is believed that Rama and Sita took their bath. Devotees gather here to plunge their beloved's ashes on the strong belief that it will help the dead to get salvation. One among the alluring picnic spots, at Ramkund the river Godavari takes a 90 degree bend and that spot is considered as the most holy by the pilgrims.
About 8 Kms South of Nasik, is a group of 24 Hinayana Buddhist Caves dating from around the 1st century BC to the 2nd AD. The most important in this group are number 18 and 20. Except caves no. 18, the rest of the caves are Viharas or Monasteries. This group of caves is one of the most important and intriguing in western India. The oldest historical place in Nashik is Pandav caves which are also known as Trirashmi Leni. The famous Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak and Buddhasmarak are soon to be opened for public, which are known for their creativity and only of their kind.
Cave 3 is a large vihara with some interesting sculptures. Cave 10 is also a vihara and almost identical in design to cave 3, although it is much older and finer in its detail. It is thought to be nearly as old as the Karla Cave near Lonavala. Cave 18 is a chaitya believed to date from the same time as the Karla Cave and is well sculptured. Its elaborate facade is particularly noteworthy. The cave houses the idols of Buddha, Jain Teerthankara Vrishabhdeo, the icons of Bodhisatva, Veer Manibhadraji and Ambikadevi. The interiors of the caves were popular meeting places for the disciples, where sermons were conducted. There are attractive water tanks very skillfully chiselled into the rock. The 2000-yr-old Pandavleni caves, built by the Jain kings, are located on a tableland atop the Trivashmi Hill, close to the Mumbai Road.
All religious activities in Nasik are centered around the majestic Godavri River, especially on its Northern banks. Considered as the most holy spot, Panchavati is believed to be a shelter to Lord Ram, Lakshman, and Sita during their exile.
This sacred spot gets its name from the five banyan trees that stand by the riverside. Believed to be a part of the Dandakaranya Forest, Panchavadi is the right option to begin the tour. Since this place acquire a prominent place in the epic, people frequent here to take a holy dip so that they will be cleansed from their sins.
Navshya Ganpati Mandir, Nashik. The Templae was build in mid 17th century by Peshwas. It has a long history of more than 300 years. It is located on the banks on Godavari river. The temple is so holy and serene that just being in the visity of the temple brings you a great joy and clamness on mind. The temple is famous for being very 'Jagrut Devasthan' and devotees wishes are fulfilled and hence got the name as 'Navashya Ganapati'. The idol and temple is very beautiful.
One of the oldest temples in Nasik, the Kapaleshwar Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This fabulous shrine is located on the serene ambience of the sacred river Godavri. Absence of Nandi Idol in the temple premises is a mystery. Generally, all Shiva temples have an idol of Nandi Bull, which overlooks its master's sanctum.
An architectural marvel, this Shiva temple is a must see holy spot in Nasik. The temple displays an unparalleled tranquility and the unruffled atmosphere of this sacred shrine would be crowded with devotees on the festive occasions of Shivratri and Shravani Somvar.
Kalaram Temple is a temple built by Peshwas and is an important pilgrimage site. This temple is famous for the great procession that are held here during Ramnavami, Chitra Padwa ( New year day for Hindus) and Dasara. This temple is completely build of black stone and the tip is made up of 2 tons of gold. After a Satyagraha by Dr. B.R Ambedkar in 1930, Harijans were also allowed into the temple.
A huge newly built temple complex dedicated to Jain saints, Jain Mandir is located at Vilhouli, Nasik. This pretty three-storied shrine presents a different architectural grandeur than that of the other temples. Shree Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth, which is popularly called as Jain Mandir is constructed with white marble and pink sand.
The ground floor of these eloquent building houses a Pravachan Hall, where sermons and meditations take place "Choumukhji" is placed in the first floor and the third floor is reserved for "Ashtapadji". One among the deities of this Mandir is the 24th thirthankara of the Jains. This amazing deity weighs 12 ton and it is made up of Panchdhatu. Situated in a serene ambience, all the idols enshrined in this temple adorns a serious outlook.
The Dada Saheb Phalke is the legendary figure who was the progressive spirit behind the century old Indian Cinema. A memorial to this great visionary, Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak is committed towards edifying, devout and rational development. The building contains a place for meditation, a main conference hall and an exhibition center. The Samarak also displays with an eloquent version of the works of the Dadasaheb Phalke.
Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak spread across a vast extend of 29 acres, and it holds a pretty garden in its courtyard. Placed in the pretty surroundings of a majestic Pandava caves, Dada Saheb Phalke Smarak is one among the busiest attractions in Nasik.
Igatpuri is a city and a Hill Station municipal council in Nashik District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located in the Western Ghats. The station lies in Nashik District, between Mumbai and Nashik Road on the Central Railway. Igatpuri is known for its Buddhist Pagoda for Meditation called Vipassana and wada pavs.
Bhakti Dham, a place renowned for its numerous temples is situated near Dindori Naka, about a distance of 2.5 km from Central Bus Station. The entire area gives an impression of a singular shrine and among the various holy places of worships, Bakthidham temple takes the prominent position.
Bhaktidham is a rising pilgrimage centre for the devotees coming to Nashik. A hub of religious activities, this place is often thrived with frequent religious discussions, poojas and deliberations on Vedas. Bhakti Dham offers a wide range of religious books on sale and in recent years it has been possessed the privilege of an ideal place of Vedic studies and research.
An important pilgrim center, as the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, Ajneri is located on the Nasik-Trimbakeshwar road. Numerous Jain temples scattered on the landscape evidences that this lovely place was a Jain settlement earlier. A mountainous terrain amidst the lustrous greenery makes Anjneri a popular tourist location. Its rocky surroundings offer a perfect spot for rock climbing.
The serene ambience of the hilly area is renowned for the Institute of Numismatic Studies - a unique museum, which is considered to be one of its kind in Asia. It provides an authentic history of Indian numismatics through photographs, articles, line drawings, replicas and real coins. A famous locality with a glorious, Ajneri is all set to enthrall the visitors with its wide-ranging attractions.
Shree Swaminarayan Convention Center,
New Adgaon Naka, Mumbai - Agra Highway,
Panchavati, Nashik - 422 003.