The population of Nasik, or Nashik, is located northwest of Maharashtra, about 180 kilometers from Mumbai. It is a town that is denominated as the “Capital of the Wine of India” located in the Western Ghats, at about 600 meters above sea level and on the banks of the Godavari River whose source is in the southwestern part of the city. This town is famous for its picturesque surroundings and pleasant weather, although it is also the third most industrialized city of Maharashtra after Mumbai and Pune.
This place is widely used to visit Triambakeshwar, about 30 kilometers away, which houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Many devotees also go to Nasik, who go to the Shirdi residence of Sai Baba, about 90 kilometers away.
Although the official language in Nasik is Marathi, most people also speak Hindi and English.
Nasik is one of the most sacred Hindu places in the world. The famous Kumbhmela celebration takes place here every 12 years, along with four other cities in India.
Lord Rama along with Lakshmana and Sita spent 14 years of his exile in Tapovan, near Nasik. The city fell under the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century, and was renamed Gulshanabad.
Nasik is located on the western edge of the Deccan plateau, which is a volcanic formation. Here the soil is mostly black, which is very favorable for agriculture.
Known for its beautiful and picturesque surroundings, its flourishing valleys, Nasik is home to many vineyards and orchards. Today, Nasik is considered one of the fastest growing cities in all of India. The city saw a great development in 2002 with large shopping centers, infrastructures, educational institutions, etc. It is said that there is a high standard of living, green areas and a well-developed infrastructure.
History of Nasik
The Hindu religion says that Lord Rama, the king of Ayodhya, made Nasik his home during his 14-year exile. In this same place Lord Laxman, with the blessing of Mr. Rama, cut the nose of Shurpanakha and therefore this place was called “Nasik” (from the Sanskrit word “Nasika”). In some other references in the Ramayana era, Nasik can be found which includes the caves of Sita Gumpha, from where Sita, the wife of Lord Rama, was kidnapped by Ravana.
It is believed that Nasik was the largest market in the country in 150 BC
The city of Nasik received its current name in the year 1818 when Peshwas gained control of the city. However, the ruler of Peshwa did not last long since the British captured Nasik that same year. In the year 1840, one of the first modern libraries of Maharashtra was founded in Nasik.
Nasik is famous for its grapes, onions and tomatoes. Their grapes are particularly famous for a long time. In early 1925, the table grape revolution began in Ojhar, a small town near Nasik. Nowadays, grapes are being exported to Europe, the Middle East and other places in Asia. You can take a trip to Nasik in a luxurious way with Deccan Odyssey.