Nashik more popularly known as the “Wine Capital of India”, or the “Grape City” is also known for its culture and tradition for it is a major Hindu pilgrimage center.Nashik is a city of tumult from stirring or excitement is a mixture of the ancient and the modern culture.This is one of the holy paces of the Hindu for Lord Rama, hero of the epic Ramayana, spent the major part of his exile here and also the city is housed with numerous forts and majestic temples.Nashik is not only a pilgrimage attraction but also accommodates a number of industries. It is here where the Security Printing Press of the government, which prints the nation’s currency, is located. Another major feature of Nashik which draws a huge crowd is the Kumbh Mela which occurs once every twelve years.
ORIENTATION : Nashik is situated in the northwest of Maharashtra which is about 185 km from Mumbai. The city present at an altitude of 565 m above the sea level is located in the Western Ghats, on the western edge of the Deccan peninsula on the banks of the Godavari River.Nashik is encircled by nine hills- Durga, Ganesh, chitraghanta, Pandav, Dinger Ali Mhasarul, Jogwanda, Pathanpura, and Konkani.
HISTORY : History says that it is in Nashik where the hero of Ramayana Lord Rama, along with wife Sita and brother Laxmana stayed here for a while during their 14 year exile during which Ravana abducted Sita.Nashik got its name from the event of Lord Laxman, brother of Rama cut off the nak (nose) of Ravana’s sister Surpanakha.Nasik was the capital of the powerful Satavahana (also spelt as Satvahans) dynasty. It was an important trading port to the west. The city of Nasik was called as “Gulshanabad” during Mughal period. Later, it was again given its old name when Peshwas took over in 1751, but they lost Nasik to the British in 1818.Nashik was formed into a district in 1864 divided into 13 talukas.