Nasik Travel Guide

 

 

Transportation

Nashik has been a major transport node given its road and rail connectivity and geographic location.


Roads

Nashik is one of the major road junctions of India. The Mumbai-Agra national highway(NH3) runs through Nashik. Nashik is also connected to Pune with NH-50. Nashik is a major road junction of major state highways. It is well connected to Surat, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Dhule and many other cities. It has been seeing reasonable grown in terms of road infrastructure in the past few years or so. Map of Nashik Taluka

A privately built and tolled expressway is nearing completion between Mumbai and Nashik.[21] The National Highway Number 3 (NH3) is being converted into a multi-lane tolled road. The stretch from Mumbai to Bhiwandi is already a four-lane road. Work is in progress for the four-laning of the stretch between Bhiwandi and Gonde. This stretch passes through the Kasara Ghat Section (known as Thalghat traditionally). It is understood that the stretch between Gonde and Pimpalgaon Baswant (near Ozar Airport), which actually passes though Nashik city, is proposed to be a six-laned highway with multiple flyovers at key intersections. The work of the road beyond the one described above (Pimpalgaon Baswant to Dhule) is nearing completion. The NH50 to Pune is a traditional two-laned road up to Rajgurunagar (Pune District) and four laned further till Pune.
[edit] Intercity travel
Mahamarg Bus Stand



bus services

Buses are run by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation to various cities, towns and villages around Nashik. They operate services from multiple bus terminals (New and old Central Bus Stand or CBS, Mela Sthanak, Mahamarg Bus Stand and Nimani Bus Stand) primarily based on geographic locations of the destinations. The new CBS (also known as Thakkar Bazaar) is the principal bus terminal from where one can get to travel to Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, the Konkan Region, Aurangabad and so on. Semi-luxury buses are available to some of the important locations.

Private bus operators run services buses to large cities around like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Indore, Kolhapur etc.
Taxi services

Popularly knows as cool cabs (blue and silver colored), taxi services are available to Mumbai, Thane, Shirdi, Pune and a few other locations.
[edit] Railways
Nashik Road Railway Station, Early morning crowd waiting for the Panchvati Express to Mumbai.

Nashik Road Railway Station is an important railway station on the Mumbai-Kalyan-Manmad-Bhusaval (and further to Delhi or Kolkata) sector of the Central Railway Division of Indian Railways which was the first ever electrified section in India. The railway station is about 11 km away from the city center (and hence called Nashik Road instead of Nashik). Most of the trains halt at Nashik Road station although generally for a short duration (2 to 5 minutes).

Deolali is another station (about 10 minutes train travel towards Mumbai) which serves the population residing in the Deolali Cantonment Area and the adjoining towns like Bhagur etc. Interestingly, a horse-drawn tram used to ply between Nashik Road Station and the Nashik City between 1889 and 1933.[22]
More than 50 trains pass through this station daily and it is thus connected to Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nanded, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Agra, Delhi, Nagpur, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jammu, Madgaon, Mangalore and so on.

Although the station connects to most northern and eastern parts of the country, major passenger traffic is between Mumbai and Nashik. Fast-moving intercity trains like the Panchvati express and the Godavari Express connect this station to Mumbai. These trains originate from Manmad and principally cater the large number of business travelers from Manmad and Nashik to Mumbai and suburban area.
irways

Kingfisher Airlines runs only one daily flight in the evening at 18:50 hrs to Mumbai from Nashik's Ozar Airport located at some 24 km from the city center. Deccan Airways also used to operate a flight to Mumbai from Ozar airport a couple of years ago which was later taken off due to lack of passengers. Nashik has another airport at Gandhinagar with a shorter runway and hence unfit for modern-day passenger aircraft. The government run Vayudoot used a operate a service to Mumbai from this Gandhinagar Airport during the 1980s.
[edit] Intra-city travel
City Bus, run by MSRTC.

Nashik's bus-based intra-city transport system which is operated by state-run MSRTC. The principal operating hub is at Panchavati. Other key city bus nodes are Nashik Road (Railway Station), Satpur, Central Bus Stand and Shalimar.

Taxis are available for point-to-point (unmetered) travel to destinations within the city and to nearby locations.

Architecture

* Rock-cut architecture
Rock-cut caves called Pandavleni Caves relating to Hinayana Buddhism are located near Ambad, about 10 km from the city center. The caves are believed to be carved out between 1st century BC and 3rd century AD. There are 22 caves which comprise chaitya and vihara with varying levels of carving and detail.
Chambharleni is another location of Jain rock-cut caves near Mhasrul, about 8 km from the city center.
* Temples of Nashik
The city is home to hundreds of temples and shrines notably at the Ghats near Ramkund (which is the stretch of the river considered holy as it changes its course from westward to southward). The Kalaram Temple, The Naroshankar Temple and the Sundernarayan Temple are most significant architecturally, all built in black basalt stone. Trimbakeshwar temple is 30 km from Nashik.
* Traditional Wada structures of old Nashik
The old city's housing quarters primarily comprise of the wada design. These are built-to-edge courtyard houses with rooms built around a central (multi-activity) courtyard opening onto the street. This design is a fine example of climate control and resulted in the peculiar urban form of narrow shaded streets and public courtyards.
* Contemporary Residential Architecture
The urban form of outer Nashik used to be dominated by (generally) well-designed two story independent houses. As land costs soared these have been replaced by either row houses (houses with common side walls) or multistory apartments. The last decade has witnessed a trend of clusters of multiple buildings with a mix of typologies served by common amenities like a club and a swimming pool.
* Contemporary Institutional and Public Architecture
There are a few architecturally notable public buildings in Nashik like The Nashik Municipal Corporation Administrative Headquarter, The Kusumagraj Smarak and The Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial at the foothills of Pandavleni Caves. Some of the recent projects comprising educational campuses and corporate buildings have demonstrated reasonable architectural flair at par with national and international architectural trends.



 

 

 

 

History


Hindu religion has it that Lord Rama, the King of Ayodhya, made Nashik his home during his 14 years in exile. At the same place Lord Laxman, by the blessing of Lord Rama, cut off the nose of Shurpnakha and thus this place was named as "Nasik"(From Sanskrit word 'Nasika'). Several other references to the Ramayan era can be found in Nashik, which includes the Sita Gumpha caves, from where Sita, Lord Rama's wife, was abducted by Ravana. Nashik in 150 BC was believed to be the country's largest marketplace.

From 1636, the city was under Mughal rule and was known as Gulshanabad (City of Gardens).

The city got its present name in 1818 when the Peshwas got control of the city.[7] The Peshwa rule however, did not last long and the British captured Nashik in the very same year. In 1840, one of the first modern libraries of Maharashtra (then, the Presidency of Bombay) was founded at Nashik.

Some of the major events in history of Nashik in the 1860s are-

* 1862 : Nashik Road railway station was built.
* 1864 : Nashik Municipality formed
* 1869 : Nashik district formed.

Nashik also participated in the freedom struggle of India. On December 21, 1909, 17-year-old Anant Kanhere shot the Collector of Nashik, Jackson in a theatre named Vijayanand theatre, where he had gone to see a play Sharada. He died on the spot. The people involved in the incident, Anant Kanhere, Krishnaji Karve and Vinayak Ramchandra Deshpande were sentenced to death by hanging and were hanged soon after.

In 1914, Karmveer Ravsaheb Thorat, Bhausaheb Hire, Annasaheb Murkute, founded the Nashik District Maratha Vidya Prasarak Samaj (NDMVP), prominent educational institute in Nashik. The founders name was later give to K.T.H.M. college. The K.R.T. Arts, B.H. Commerce & A.M. Science College, Nashik (Popularly known as KTHM College) was established in 1969. The College is situated on magnificent campus on the bank of river Godavari.

In 1930, the Nashik Satyagraha was launched under the leadership of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar for the entry of Dalits in Kala Ram temple. In 1931, a meeting of the Bombay Province Charmkar Parishad was organised at Nashik to work out the Chambhars' position with regard to the Second Round Table Conference in which Babasaheb was going to participate. In 1932, Babasaheb organized his temple entry movement for the abolition of untouchability in Nashik.

During the Partition of India in 1947, many Sindhi families migrated to Nashik.

On October 31, 1955, the Government of India inaugurated a press at Nashik for printing government stationery.

From long time due to large production of grapes, Nashik is known as Grape City. Now with large number of wine factories,it becomes Wine Capital of India.









 

 

 

Tourism


Nashik has been on the tourist map of India especially Hindu religious tourism because of the legend that Lord Rama lived here during his exile. Gangapur Road, College Road and Trimbak Road form the lifelines of the suburbs. For many, Nashik is just a pit-stop en route to Shirdi or Trimbakeshwar. If one decides to stop and look around the city and its outskirts, there's plenty to see. The Gangapur Dam is a beautiful site. The Dudhsagar Fall near the village of Gangapur is worth a look in the rains. A few kilometers away from Gangapur village is a Stone Age site. On the road to Trimbakeshwar is the state's only Museum of Numismatics. Anjaneri Parvat near Trimbakeshwar is well known for waterfalls during monsoon season. Pandav Caves, the 4th Century BC caves of Buddhist origin, a Bird Sanctuary "Nandur-Madhyameshwar" popularly know as "Bharatpur of Maharashtra", which was started in 1950s, is a little ways from the city and is a mesmerizing place for nature and bird lovers.