The crime rate against tourists in Nashik is relatively low, but it is advised to not step out after 12 pm as the roads are almost deserted, with negligible people around.
Do not carry a large amount of hard cash with you and do not wear any expensive jewelry, as it might be a clear invitation to thefts and attacks of streets.
Carry your driving license and stay aware of the local traffic rules and speed limits if you are driving by self.
If you book a cab, hire a tour guide or book a day sight-seeing or excursion, make sure that you do it through an authorized travel agency so that you do not fall prey to any scams.
Do not speak to strangers, and do not accept if they offer you any kind of lift or other help.
Carry a city map and make sure that your GPS devices are charged, so that you can keep a track on your movement. Also, save the location of your hotel so that you can get back easily in case you are lost.
Learn a few words from the local language (Marathi), so that you are able to have a basic level conversation with the locals.
Try to commute by an authorized prepaid taxi and if you do not find it, decide the fare before you take the cab/auto-rickshaw as most of the local drivers do not agree to switch on the tariff meter and you definitely don’t want to get into a brawl when on a vacation.
The legal age to consume alcohol in Nashik is 25 years, as per the legal drinking age for the state of Maharashtra.
This place is a significant destination for the Hindus because according to legends, Panchavati was a part of the huge forest of Dandakvan, where Lord Rama and Lakshmana spent a significant time of their exile. It is a calm place to enjoy a day in the serene and calm environment.
Mythological legends claim that this was the place where Lord Rama used to take a bath during his exile stay in Panchavati. Hence, this is a sacred and holy place for Hindus and a bath here is considered as auspicious.
Another place of religious importance, Trimbakeshwar is a place which hosts the Shahi Snan(Royal Bath) for the devotees which gather during ‘Kumbh Mela’. Hundreds of devotees from all over Maharashtra come and visit this pilgrimage spot every year.
Nasik is not only a holy city, but also has destinations for rejuvenation. Sula Vineyards, a nationally famous winery is a place which attracts a lot of crowd every year, especially during the Sula Wine fest, normally conducted during February. You can visit here and sip on some fine wine, amid the long stretching lush-green grape vines.
Dedicated to Sri Radha Madangopal, ISKCON Temple is where you can indulge in and experience the true essence of worship.
Dadasaheb Phalke Smarak
A memorial of legendary filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke, this is a garden which had got beautifully constructed landscape, along with a swimming pool and fun-water slides. So, be it with family or friends, this place will surely allow you to unwind yourself.
Despite Nashik being a developing city with a significant amount of vehicles present, there is minimum chaos and noise pollution and hence, it is an ideal place if you want to visit a city and still experience peace and serenity.
Nashik is a city which is rooted to its culture and traditions and is yet on the path of progress in terms of infrastructure and other facilities. The culture in Nashik is a blend of Maharashtrian, Gujarati and Marwari ethos, as it houses people of these three major communities equally.
Extensive Grape Vines
The convenient climatic conditions of Kerala make for the ideal conditions for the growing of the spices. Spices have played a pivotal role in Kerala’s history. Kerala today is one of the leading spice producing states of India. As a tourist, you must definitely visit the spice plantations in Alleppey to check out spices like black pepper and cloves growing.
Different dishes like Misal Pav, Khandeshi Food and Chicken Masala are famous in Nashik. Dairy Don ice cream, which is a local ice cream brand is definitely worth trying. Well, the food in Nashik is comparatively spicy and hence, you should specifically mention if you want the food to be non-spicy.
Nashik has a lot of places for street shopping, one of it being ‘Shalimar’, and area in the heart of the city where you will get everything, right from usual household items to junk jewelry and clothing in your own budget. You will also find some of the best wedding collection outfits in Nashik. Main Road is another area where you can find amazing stuff to buy just while having a stroll.
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Nasik is a beautiful place to enjoy and tour.
Winter: The best season to visit Nashik is the winter season during the months of October, November, December, February and March. The temperature remains comfortable and is most suited.
Rains: The city receives good amount of rainfall between June to September, making it a treat for the visitors, especially for monsoon lovers. The rains bring freshness and rejuvenating greenery to the place.
Nasik is easily accessible which is only 171 km from Mumbai and 210 km from Pune. On reaching either of the places, you can take a cab or a train to reach Nasik.
- Nearest airport: The nearest Airport is Mumbai or Pune with a distance of 175 km.
- Railway Station: Nashik Railway Station is one of the major stations of the Central Railway. There are a number of trains that connect Nashik to other cities and towns. Nashik is 185 km from Mumbai and can be reached through NH-3 via Thane-Kasara-Igatpuri.
Nasik is known for its picturesque heritage, forts and various temples. Here are some of the best things to do and places to visit in Nasik.
- Silverware: Nashik is known for its silverware, and you will find a number of shops at Saraf Bazar selling intricately designed silver ornaments. You can go silverware hunting with your loved ones.
- Wine: Nasik is also known for the wine connoisseurs. A bottle of Sula wine makes for a great gift. A wine tasting tour at the Sula Vineyard is the most enjoyed activity of tourists and locals alike. Sip on some fine wine, better still with a meal at one of the restaurants on the premises.
- Other activities: You can also take part in various activities that Nasik provides like fishing, swimming, and boating.
- Tours: Many tour organizers will take you on a tour around the city explaining the various heritage wonders keeping your mind both hooked and boggled.
Nasik has a lot of options for commuting. Being translator friendly, you can easy travel in and around Nashik.
- Taxi: Anyday, anytime you can pick a cab and tour all over the city. Cabs are available all round the city which is available at pocket friendly prices.
- Bus: Nasik Corporation has introduced many buses especially for tourists to go and explore the various heritage sites of the city that hold cultural value.
Nasik is more a place of cultural importance. Even though it is a tourist spot, you can do a lot of shopping. Some of the important shopping centers at Nasik area:
- College Road - This area is famous for branded stores where the cheap but real good quality clothes are available.
- Tibetan Market - This market located in the outskirts of the city is best for woolen
- Ganga Ghat - Famous for exclusive souvenirs that you can take back home for your loved ones.
- Saraf Bazaar - This bazaar is known for its jewelry, be it gold or silver.
Local cuisines include speciality sweets and savories. You will also find a lot of modified traditional dishes. These are some of the best places to experience cuisines
- Soleil by La Plage: First-of-its-kind, this farm table restaurant offers exclusive organic French cuisine for its customers.
- Puffs ‘n’ Rolls: The biggest cake shop in Nasik, they offer exquisite savouries and desserts.
- Enter the Dragon: Relish a sumptuous chimes meal with a typical Chinese ambience at Nasik.
- Barbeque Ville: Popular for it finger licking grilled and barbecued foods, this restaurant can be enjoyed by the whole family.
- Talk of the Town: An exclusive restaurant that provides North Indian, chinese and continental cuisine for a family dining experience.
Nasik is known for its Vineyards and tours. The best times to visit the vineyard are the harvesting months of January to March. The best Vineyards that provide a spellbound experience in Nashik are:
- Sula Vineyards: Located in the Nashik region of western India, and about 180 km northeast of Mumbai lies Sula Vineyards which offers the best wines.
- York Winery and Tasting Room: It is a family-run winery that provides tours. It also has a tasting room and a lovely restaurant with scenic vineyard and lake views.
- Vallonne Vineyards: In Nasik, this vineyard offers exclusive tours and wine tasting for its visitors.
- Soma Vine Village: They offer the best wine tasting and manufacturing experience the city has to give.
- Grover Zampa Vineyards Nashik: Oldest Vineyards are known for their wine manufacturing process and tours. Being here, you are promised an enriching experience.
Nasik is home to many wildlife sanctuaries. Being here, you must definitely visit these sanctuaries and go a trek to have an astounding experience.
- Bhimashankar Wildlife: Bhimashankar, about 275 km from Mumbai by road is a weekend getaway. Treks and tours of this sanctuary will give you an insight into the wonder of this place.
- Radhanagari: Noted as the first declared wildlife sanctuary of Maharashtra, is popularly known as the Bison Sanctuary. You will spot a wide range of species of in this area.
- Sagareshwar Wildlife: It is a very protected area that host a variety of wildlife and offers amazing tours and treks.
- Nagzira Wildlife: Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is located between Bhandara district and Gondia district of Maharashtra and it is home to a family of Tigers.
- Tadoba Andhari Tiger: Tadoba Andhari Reserve is a tiger reserve. Located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra offers adventurous treks and safaris.
Being a Hindu religious city, it houses many beautiful temples which ooze out the cultural and heritage importance.
- Mhasoba Temple: Mhasoba is a horned buffalo deity of pastoral tribes in Western and Southern India. In Nasik, people worship the deity of Shiva and his wife Durga.
- Naroshankar Temple: It is situated in Panchavati area, on the bank of river Godavari. It is also fondly called Anga by the locals. This is built by Naroshankar Rajebahadur in 1747 is a cultural treasure of Nasik.
- Panchavati: Panchavati is a famous pilgrimage place located in Maharashtra which is quite famous in the locality and visited by most locals.
- Muktidham Temple: A famous tourist destination is a marble temple complex honouring various Hindu gods.
Nasik is a place that promises adrenaline pumping and exciting adventurous experiences. Many destinations in Nasik will give you the thrill and excitement needed on your trip. A few such locations include:
- Tringalwadi Fort: It is located at a height of 3,000 ft above sea level among the Sahyadri hill range. From here you can also visit Kulang mountain ranges and Kalsubai getting all your senses excited.
- Ankai & Tankai Mountains: Present 961 m above sea level overlooking the Godavari region these hills have steep vertical walls with steps making it an adventurous destination.
- Igatpuri Lake: located near the Igatpuri Railway station, this lake is an attractive adventurous destination in Nasik that is a must visit for tourists.
- Hadbi chi Shendi: Another major adventurous destination, this peak of 150m tall looks like a thumbs up sign which can be reached by an adventurous trekking.
Like most places in India, Nasik is also surrounded by beautiful lush hill stations. With beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful sightseeing locations you will definitely enjoy your holiday.
- Mahabaleshwar: About 340 kms from Nasik, is a hill station in India's forested Western Ghats range which features several elevated viewing points, such as Arthur’s Seat promising you a splendid time.
- Lonavala and Khandala: Quiet close from Nasik, Lonavala and Khandala are tourist places which has many sightseeing attractions amidst beautiful climate.
- Panchgani: Panchgani is also called as Panchgani. It is a famous hill station in Satara district in Maharashtra. It is well known for its premier locations and amazing climate making it an ideal tourist place.
- Matheran: This hill station is all about its scenic views. Easily accessible from Mumbai via train, this quiet hill station in the Sahyadri Hills is blissfully free of pollution and commotion promising a peaceful trip.