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 the river have made Nasik one of the holiest places for Hindus.


A large part of the district is mountainous. This landscape has been appropriately taken advantage of by various rules over the period by building thirty-eight mountain forts. Vani and Chandwad hill ranges lie in the central part, while the Kalsubai hill range is to the South. In addition Salhel-Mulher, Ramshej Ankail-Tankai and Anjneri hills also lie in the district. In the hilly regions of the district, there are several peaks such as Hanuma, Salher, Mulher and Saptashringi. The Ghodap pass lies in the Chandwad hill range. Salher, also a hill station, is the second highest peak in the State.

Jalgaon and Aurangabad districts lie to the East of Nasik. To its South lies Ahmednagar, to its West Thane district and a part of Gujarat State and to its North is Dhule district and part of Gujarat State

  • Dhule district and a part of Gujarat state to the North.
  • Thane district to the West.
  • Ahmednagar district on the South.
  • Jalgaon and Aurangabad districts on the East.

Rivers and Dams

Godavari, the largest river in Southern India, originates near Tryambakeshwar and flows towards the East. Mosam, Girna, Panzra, Kadva, Banganga, Darna are some of the important rivers that flow in the district. Uniquely, most of the rivers flowing in Nashik also originate here. Gangapur dam on the River Godavari, Chankapur and Nandgaon dams on River Girna and Darna dam on River Darna are the major dams in the district. The Gangapur dam is the first earthen dam in the country.

Tourist Places

Tourism has been a traditional function of the city. Visitors come to the city on auspicious days in large numbers to take a dip in Godavari river. Tourists perform several religious rites on the banks of Godavari. People assemble in Nashik in great numbers every 12 years for the Kumbh mela. This relogous Kumbh mela is celebrated in four major pilgrim centers in the country viz. Ujjain, Allahabad, Nashik and Haridwar. It is generally acknowledged to be the most sacred of all the religious celebrations. Legend has it that the Gods stayed on Earth for a period of twelve days (equivalent to twelve Earth years) to protect the nectar from the demons. The festival is therefore celebrated every twelve years at those locations where 4 drops of the nectar fell. A dip in the Godavari River at Nashik has attained great importance as a result of the belief that it gets one rid of all sins.


This place is famous as the place of origin of the Godavari River and for the existence of one of the twelve Jyotirlings. The unique feature of the Shivling here is the imprint of the three deities – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva on it. Situated on the foothills of Brahmagiri mountain, this temple is well known for its architecture and intricate sculptures.


Considered to be half among the three and a half principal altars of the Goddess, this mountain cliff in the Sahyadri Mountains at Vani in Kalwan taluka has seven peaks. It got its name Sapta (seven) Shrungi (horn). The Goddess is also believed to be the manifestation of the Goddesses MahaKali, MahaLaxmi and MahaSaraswati. The cliff stands at a height of 1,416 m and has picturesque surroundings.

Pandav caves:

The caves also known as Trirashami Buddhist caves are the oldest caves in Maharashtra. The caves can be traced back to the 2nd century BC. Out of the twenty-four caves, two caves are a major attraction - the main cave which is the Chaitya (prayer hall) has a beautiful Stupa; the second one is cave no. 10 which is complete in all structural as well inscriptions. 

The ancient name of Amravati is "Udumbravati", prakrut form of this is "Umbravati" and "Amravati" is known for many centuries with this name.

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