Located on the banks of Godavari River, Nashik is an ancient holy city, dotted with temples and places of worship, all related to some historic tale a few centuries back. Here are the most popular places to explore in and around Nashik.
This bathing ghat in the heart of Nashik’s old quarter sees hundreds of Hindu pilgrims arriving daily to bathe, pray and- because the waters are said to provide moksha- to immerse the ashes of departed friends and family. There’s an adjacent market that adds to the alluring and fascinating scene.
Dating from the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD, the 24 early Buddhist caves of Pandav Leni are located about 8km south of Nasik along the Mumbai road. There’s a steep, 20-minute hike separating the caves from the highway. The caves have interesting carvings, some bearing animal figures and dice boards once engraved into the stone floors by resident monks.
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Sita is said to have hidden in this cave-like temple while being assailed by the evil Ravana. You’ll have to stoop and shuffle your way into the cave as the entrance is very narrow- claustrophobics should keep on walking.
Sula Vineyards, located 15 km west of Nasik, commands around 65% of the Indian wine market. It offers a slick, professional tour (around 45 minutes) of its impressive estate and high-tech facilities. This is rounded off with a wine-tasting session that features its best drops, including at least one from its top-end Rasa line.
Indian wine pioneers first produced juice with imported French vines at their Karnataka estate in 1982. Today it’s easily India’s most lauded winery. Tours and tastings at its Nasik estate, 53km southwest of the city, take place in an atmospheric cave. The Soireé Brut Rosé and top-end Chêne Grand Réserve Tempranillo-Shiraz are fantastic, the latter sure to hold its own in blind tastings among far more heralded wine areas.