Nashik is a vital city when it comes to drawing the map of all the holy places in India. Situated in the Northwest region of the state of Maharashtra, the city is popular for its beautiful vineyards, and plenty of ancient temples. The city is blessed with the favourable all-round weather. The name—Nashik or Nasik, is derived from an episode in Ramayana where Lakshman hacks off the nasik (nose) of Ravana’s sister. What makes Nashik an essential holy destination is the Kumbh Mela—one of the biggest religious gatherings in the world. Every 12 years, devotees flock this city from around the country in massive numbers, making it breathtaking sight to see.
Being a holy city, Nashik is home to many ancient temples and caves. The Pandav Leni are caves located about 8 km from the city. These 24 Buddhist caves have some intricately carved viharas and prayer halls where the monks resided and prayed. The Sita Gumpha (Cave) is another holy site known to have been a refuge for Sita while she was being assailed by Ravana. The Trimbakeshwar Temple holds one of the twelve sacred Jyotirlingas, and is considered to be one of the holiest temples in India. Apart from the holy sites, Nashik’s identity as the Wine Capital of India is evident in the many beautiful vineyards located in the city. The Sula Vineyard contributes to about 65% of the Indian wine market. It offers an impressive 45-minute tour of the beautiful facility that ends with a wine-tasting session, and connoisseurs can take home bottles of their favourite wines.
The Gateway Hotel Ambad, Nashik