- District: Nashik
- Nickname(s): Wine Capital of India,Grapes City
- Coordinates: 20.00°N 73.78°E
- Elevation: 584 m (1,916 ft)
- Area: 267 km2 (103 sq mi)
- Area code: +91 (253)
- Official Language(s): Marathi
Nashik, in Maharashtra, is situated at a distance of 200 km from Mumbai (Bombay) as well as Pune. The city has become the center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and cool and pleasant climate. Nashik is one of the most important cities of Northern Maharashtra. Nashik has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city, vibrant and active on the industrial, political, social and cultural fronts, has influenced the lives of many a great personality. The river Godavari flows through the city. Temples and ghats on the banks of Godavari have made Nashik one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the World. It’s known for its links to the “Ramayana” epic poem. On the Godavari River is Panchavati, a temple complex. Nearby, Lord Rama was thought to have bathed at Ram Kund water tank, today attended by Hindu devotees. Shri Kalaram Sansthan Mandir is an ancient shrine to Rama, while Rama and Sita are said to have worshipped at Sita Gufaa caves.
Recognized as one of the destinations for the famous Kumbh Mela, Nashik is a must-visit in the state of Maharashtra. Its religious importance doesn't end there. It also plays host to the thousands of tourists visiting Shirdi and Trimbakeshwar. An ancient city that has even found mention in the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, Nashik has so many aspects to show to its visitors apart from its religious one. The city is also known for its lush vineyards that have a unique experience to impart. It also makes for a perfect wine tasting destination. Nashik is rich in history, scenic landscape as well as architecture, all of which contribute to make it a holiday destination for everyone.
Apart from its temples, Nashik also has forts, waterfalls and vineyards to look out for. With multiple vineyards present in Nashik, the most popular being Sula, the wine-tourism industry is mushrooming in this part of Maharashtra. Nashik gives you the chance to experience a fabulous cocktail of extremes - from temples to vineyards, hills to waterfalls, this place offers a lot to see.