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The interesting town with its 200 temples and picturesque bathing ghats stands on the Godavari River, one of the holiest rivers of the Deccan. Nasik is one of the four sites for the triennial Kumbh Mela, a huge Hindu gathering which take place here every 12 years. The town is about 8 kms north-west of the Nasik Road railway station, which is of 187 km from Mumbai.
Places To see :
On the way to Gangapur dam, tourists are fascinated by the beautiful nature spot called "Someshwar". There is a temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman on the banks of the river Godavari. The area is covered with greenery all over, with a pleasant climate. Tourists can take pleasure of swimming and boating in the river.Someshwar has been a favourite location for many a filmshootings. On the way to Someshwar, there is a village named Anandwalli. It is so named because Peshwas - Anandibai and Raghobadada, lived there for some time. The temple - Navasha Ganpati was built by them.
Deolali Camp is an important Indian military center. Deolali camp which is one of the oldest center in India, is located 16 km away from Nashik. The center was set up by the British in 1861. The area surrounded with gardens, playgrounds and wide roads proves its uniqueness. An officer of the rank of Major General holds the position of the head of the Artillery school here.Beyond Military centre Deolali market is famous for shoppings.Also Temple Hill nearby is worth visiting.On the hill there is a famous temple of lord Khandoba, hence the hill is popularly known as Khandobachi Tekadi.
In the days of the British Raj, soldiers who cracked up under the stresses and strains of life in British India were invariably packed off to a military psychiatric hospital in the small Maharashtrian cantonment town of Deolali, near Nashik, to recover. Its name became synonymous with nervous breakdown; hence the English idiom "to go doolally", meaning to become insane or eccentric.
Behind the Pandav Caves, is the biggest Artillery Center in Asia. This artillery center was shifted from Pakistan in 1947, and is now completing its 50th year. The Indian army's officers and soldiers are trained here. Training for 'Bofors Gun' is given here. The area is under military and is restricted for civilians.
Bhagur is the birth place of the freedom fighter, Swatantrya Veer Savarkar and hence it has gainedhistorical importance. There is also a beautiful temple of "Bhagur Devi". Bhagur is situated 3 km away from Deolali Camp.
Takli is the place of saint Samarth Ramdas. He was the Guru (teacher) of Chatrapati Shivaji. Ramdas was a bramhachari (bachelor) all through his life. He promoted the Hindu religion and told people the importance of simple living and high thinking. Ramdas ran away from his marriage procession and settled down at Takli. He meditated here for 12 years. He was devotee of lord Ram and meditated with the words Shriram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram for 13 crores times. After such a long devotion, he left. Ramdas Swami's ashram is preserved in his memory at Takli. There is also a beautiful Hanuman temple surrounded with greenery on the bank of river Nandini or Nasardi.
About eight km south of Nasik, close to the Mumbai road, is a group of 24 Hinayana Buddhist caves dating from around the Ist century BC to the 2nd AD. 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 Lonavla. Cave 18 is a chaitya believed to date from the same time as the Karla Cave; it is well sculptured and its elaborate facade is particularly noteworthy.
From a sprIng high on a steep hill above Trimbak, 33km west of Nasik, the source of the Godavari River dribbles into the Ganga-sagar bathing tank whose waters are reputed to wash away sins. From this tiny start the Godavari eventually flows down to the Bay of Bengal, clear across India.
Also in Trimbak is the Trimbakeshwar Temple, one of India's most sacred, containing one of 12 jyotilingas (naturally occurring lingams) of Siva. Although the temple is open to Hindus only, it is possible (and pennitted) to see into the temple courtyard to the shrine from a convenient vantage point.