Situated about 200 kms. from Mumbai, Nashik stands on the banks of the holy river Godavari. It has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. It is also the site for the triennial Kumbh Mela, held every 12 years. It is known for best quality Grapes. Temples and ghats on the banks of Godavari have made Nashik one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the World.
The village Trimbak, 36 kms from Nashik, is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple. It enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered to be the main jyotirlinga. It s famous for the major Poojas Narayan Nagbali, Tripindi and Kalsarpa done only at Trimbakeshwar in India.
About 8 kms. south of Nasik, is a group of 24 Hinayana Buddhist Caves dating from around the 1st century BC to the 2nd AD. The most important in this group are number 18 and 20. Except caves no. 18, the rest of the caves are Viharas or Monasteries. This group caves is one of the most important and intriguing in western India.
Kala Ram Mandir
The largest and simplest of the temples is Kalaram Mandir, built in 1790 by Sardar Odhekar of Peshwa. It houses a black stone image of Rama, hence the name. The temple is made by complete black stones, which has four doors facing East, West, South and North and the apex made up of 32 tons of gold. In 1930, Dr. Ambedkar performed Satyagraha, to allow the entry of Harijans into the temple.
AIR: Nearest airport from Nashik is at Mumbai, 185-km away from the city.
RAIL: Nasik Road is one of the major stations on Central Railway. Nashik is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Varanasi and Aurangabad.
BUS: Nashik is well connected by road. There are also several private and state buses available between Mumbai/Thane and Nashik.