Nashik | About Nashik | Nashik city | Nashik District | Maharashtra
Nashik is a city located in the state of Maharashtra, India. It ranks third in size in Maharashtra. Amongst the fastest growing cities, it rates fourth in India and sixteenth in the world. In Nashik, the Hindus offer rituals for their dead and hence it is an important place. Nashik is one of the four places where Kumbha Mela is held. For the Hindus of the world Nashik is one of the holiest cities. Once every 12 years, Kumbha Mela is held either in Nashik or in the other three places. In the 16th century the Mughals ruled it, naming it Gulshanabad. In 1818 it was ruled by the Peshwas. Some of India’s freedom fighters came from Nashik. Nashik is the birthplace of freedom fighters like Veer Savarkar and Anant Laxman Kanhere.
Although Marathi is the official language of the city, Nashik is cosmopolitan. Generally, Marathi is the most used language; but Hindi and English are also used. People of Nashik are liberal, no longer traditional or conservative. Nashik has a pleasant climate. It serves as the administrative headquarters of Nashik district and Nashik Division. Nashik is located on the banks of the Godavari River, on the western edge of the Deccan peninsula, in the Western Ghats. It is India’s Napa Valley or the Wine Capital of India.
One can see a fine mixture of modern lifestyle with rich traditions in Nashik District. Lush fertile fields produce fruits and vegetables. These and the beautiful vineyards add to the scenic beauty of the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. Nasik is the highest producer of grapes in India along with onions and strawberries. Education and industry are Nashik’s important activities. Nashik has the distinction of printing the nation’s currency as the security printing Press of the Government is located in Nashik. The city has a rich history, mythological legends and culture. People visit Nashik places for its holy temples, ghats along the Godavari River, museums, historical caves, wetlands and to offer sacred rituals.