Lily Sarovar Portico, Nashik
Nashik is a city in Maharashtra, India, located in the northwest of Maharashtra, 180 km from Mumbai and 202 km from Pune. It is referred to as the "Wine Capital of India", is located in the Western Ghats, on the western edge of the Deccan peninsula on the banks of the Godavari. Nashik is one of the world's holiest Hindu cities. Kumbh Mela is held here once in 12 years along with four other cities in India.
Pandavleni caves: The 2000-yr-old Pandavleni caves, built by the Jain kings, are located on a tableland atop the Trivashmi Hill. There are around 24 caves situated here that once were the abode of Jain saints. The caves lodge idols of Buddha, Jain Teerthankara Vrishabhdeo, Veer Manibhadraji and Ambikadevi and the icons of Bodhisatva. There are attractive water tanks that are very skilfully chiselled into the rock. It is situated 8 km south of Nashik.
Sita Gumpha: This cave is located near the five Banyan Trees in Panchavati. Panchavati is a small village situated in the northern part of Nashik. The place is famous as Lord Rama had spent 14 years in exile here. There exists a narrow staircase to enter the cave. It is believed that Ravana had kidnapped Sita from this place. You can also see the idols of Lord Rama, Laxamna and Sita inside the cave.
Coin Museum: The Coin Museum is positioned against the backdrop of the enthralling Anjaneri Hill. The Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies was established in 1980 and is the only of its kind in Asia. The museum houses a fine collection of researched and well-documented history of Indian currency. Also included in the collections are photographs, articles, line drawings, replica, real coins and also a detailed analysis of the various currency systems that existed in the India from centuries together.
Gargoti Museum: Nashik boasts of one of the world's famous museums for zeolites. A zeolite is an ethereal creation of breathtaking colour and fragile structure formed as the result of a process in which a group of silicate minerals expel water when heated. The most prized piece in Gargoti is a rock of apophyllite, stilbite and calcite measuring 2.2 x 2 feet and worth about $100,000. This rare museum is a worth visiting place of the state.
Trimbakeshwar Temple: Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple is located at a distance of about 30km from Nasik in Maharashtra near the mountain named Brahmagiri from which the river Godavari flows. Trimbakeshwar Temple is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva and as the source of the river Godavari. Just as Ganga is known as Bhagirathi and is one of the most important rivers in North India, in the same way, Godavari is also known as Gautami Ganga and is the most sacred river in South India.
Nearest airport from Nashik is at Ozar, which is 24-km from Nashik. Alternatively, Mumbai airport is 185-km from the city.
Nashik is one the major stations on the Central Railway and there are a number of trains that connect Nashik to other cities and towns.
Nashik is 185 kms from Mumbai and is well connected by road. Pune-Nashik highway is 220 kms away from the city.
Important landmarksand their distance:
Railway Station: 14kms (8.75 miles)
Nearest Airport: Mumbai Airport 180 kms (112.5 miles)
Pandavleni Caves: 05 kms ( 3.12 miles)
Trimbakeshwar Temple: 30 kms (18.75 miles)
Sula Vineyards: 30 kms (18.75 miles)
Crompton/ Kirloskar/Glaxo/IBP: 04 kms (2.5 miles)
WNS: 05 kms (3.12 miles)
Mahindra/ABB/Bosch: 08 kms (5 miles)