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A holy city of the Hindus, Nashik has many temples and ghats. Many fairs and festivals are held in Nashik, attracting a large number of tourists and visitors. Grapes of Nashik are world famous for their quality. June to November is the best season to travel Nashik. It is amongst the world’s holiest cities for Hindus. Once every 12 years, Kumbha Mela is held in one of four places, Nashik being one of them. Nashik is a convenient stop for pilgrims going to Shirdi and Trimbakeshwar, which houses one of the twelve jyotirlings of Shiva. Legend has it that drops of amrit fell into the Brahma-kund at Trimbakeshwar while being carried. Hence, it becomes an important religious place in India. For devotees of Sai Baba travelling to Shirdi, which is 90 kilometres away, Nashik makes an ideal stopover.


Being a city of temples, Nashik is a pilgrim centre. Places to visit are Panchavati, Trimbakeshwar, Vani, Shirdi, Pandavlena and others. Buses from Mumbai halt at Mahamarga Bus Stand, which is ten minute away from the city centre by rickshaw. The muddled City Bus Stand (CBS) is at a walking distance from many economical hotels and restaurants. Buses from Aurangabad stop here. The railway station is 8 kilometres to the southeast, which makes rail travel a bit inconvenient. Buses are available here but they are infrequent and crowded. But there are auto rickshaws and shared taxis. The city booking counter off MG Road is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. So, if you plan to leave Nashik by train on weekend, book your return tickets upon arrival at the railway station. Foreign visitors to the city are few.

 

The MTDC has an office on Old Agra Road near the golf course. It operates a daily tour of the city “Nashik Darshan”. It charms only those who like ferro-concrete temple architecture. Nashik lies in Western India in Maharashtra state. It is a very old city. There is evidence of early human settlement in Nashik. It is a pilgrimage city for Hindus. People visit Nashik to offer rituals for their departed ones; hence its importance. Nashik is one of the four places where Kumbha Mela is held.

 
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