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Welcome to Nashik


 Nashik is one of the most important cities of Northern Maharashtra.  Nashik, in Maharashtra, is situated at a distance of 200 km from Mumbai (Bombay) as  well as Pune. The city has become the center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and cool and pleasant climate. Nashik has a personality of its own due to  its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance.  The city, vibrant and  active  on the industrial, political, social and cultural fronts, has influenced the lives of many a great   personalities. The river Godavari flows through the city. Temples and ghats on the banks of  Godavari have made Nashik one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the World.  To share the activities of such a dynamic place with the people of the world.

History of Nashik


Nashik has a personality of its own, due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city is situated on the banks of the Godavari River, making it one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the world. Nashik has a rich historical past, as the mythology has it that Lord Rama, the King of Ayodhya, made Nashik his adobe during his 14 years in exile. At the same place Lord Laxman, by the wish of Lord Rama, cut the nose of "Shurpnakha" and thus this city was named as "Nashik".

In Kritayuga, Nashik was 'Trikantak', 'Janasthana' in Dwaparyuga and later in Kuliyuga it became 'Navashikh' or 'Nashik'. Renowed poets like Valmiki, Kalidas and Bhavabhooti have paid rich tributes here. Nashik in 150 BC.was beleived to be the country's largets market place. From 1487 A.D, this province came under the rule of Mughals and was known as 'Gulchanabad'. It was also home of emperor Akbar and he has written at lenght about Nashik in 'Ein-e-Akbari'. It was also known as the 'Land of the brave' during the regime of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Ramayana Period 

 
No one knows when the city of Nashik came into existence. It is stated to have been present even in the stone age. Lord Ramchandra along with wife Sita and brother Laxman settled down in Nashik for the major time of their "Vanwasa". According to the mythology, Laxman cut the nose ("Nasika" in Sanskrita) of "Shurpanakha" and hence the city got the name 'Nashik'. Long ago, Brahmadeva had meditated in "Padmasana" here, so the city was also called "Padma-Aasana" for some time. It is also believed that, Lord Vishnu had defeated the three demons and thus city also had the name "Tri-Kantak" (Tri = Three).
 

How to Reach Nashik ?


BY AIR

Nashik city does not have an airport of its own. The airport that falls nearest from its periphery is the Chhatrapati Shivaji international Airport of Mumbai. It is approximately 180 km from the Nashik city and is serviced by almost all the national as well as international airlines. The next nearest airport is that of Pune, a domestic one.
 

BY RAIL

The railway station at Nashik is calculated between the major stations on the Central Railway. It is serviced by almost all the express and fast trains that go through the region. Reaching Nasik by rail is not at all difficult, since the railway station is connect with all the key cities of Maharashtra as well as India, through direct trains. Nashik is one of the major stations in Central Railway. Many trains are available that combine the town with other parts of the state. The fastest train from Nashik to Mumbai is the Panchavati Express which takes only 4 hours to reach the town.
 

BY ROAD

Nashik is located at a distance of approximately 180 km from Mumbai and 220 km from Pune and is easily accessible by road from both of the cities. You can easily find State Transport as well as private buses for all the cities in Maharashtra and the neighboring states from here. Taxis are also easily available.
 

Distance From Major Cities

Andheri to Nasik                 169 km
Mumbai to Nasik                171 km
Pune to Nasik                     212 km 
Indore to Nasik                   417 km
Ahmedabad to Nasik        473 km

Geological Information


Latitude: 190-33' and 200-53' North 
Longitude: 730-16' and 750-6' East
Area:259.13 Sq. Km (Second largest in Maharashtra after Mumbai)
Rivers:Godavari, Kashyapi, Darana, Nasardi (Nandini)
Population:6,48,000 (1991 census)
STD:0253
Length of roads:650 Km 
National Highway passing  through the city:Mumbai-Agra National Highway No. 3 (1000 Km) Nashik-Pune National Highway No. 50 (210 Km) 
 
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