Nashik has something for everyone if you are a history buff then a trip to all the historical places of the city is a must and if you are religiously inclined then you can opt for temple tours or you can go for an informative trip to its various vineyards and orchards. Options for sightseeing in Nashik are galore and all you have to do is decide from where to start.
Scenic vineyards and orchards are the prominent attractions of this picturesque city of Nashik. Sula Wines, Sankalp Wines, ND Wines, Renaissance Wines, Vintage Wines, Chateau Indage, and Flamingo Wines are some of the popular wineries in the city. Located in and outside Nashik, each of these wineries offer a vineyard tour, wine tasting session and grape stomping exercise (only during the season).
Sula Wines, since their inception in 2000 has gained popularity as India’s best white wines and has sparked a wine revolution, which has seen the humble 30 acres vineyard grow into 1500 acres. Today Sula Wine is at the front position of the Indian Wine revolution and their wines are available in the best hotels and restaurants worldwide. Take a trip to Sula vineyard to know more about the type of grapes used for different wines, wine tasting sessions that they organise for their visitors and enjoy some cultural fun at their amphitheatre. In case you want to spend a night at the Sula vineyard then you can check into ‘Beyond’ – Sula’s new exclusive accommodation on the vineyards with a beautiful lake view.
Chateau Indage is another winery that you must include in your wine tour. Renowned as the pioneers of the wine industry in the country, Chateau Indage launched the sparkling wine Marquise de Pompadour in 1986, Riviera soon after, and Chantilli in 1989. They were also the first winery in India to make ‘Bottled in India’ wines, which have been discontinued now. Chateau Indage today offers informative vineyard tours, and wine tasting sessions. Season permitting they also allow the visitors to participate in the grape stomping exercise, bottling of wine.
If you are interested in history then a visit to 2000 years old Pandavleni Caves is must. Built by the Jain kings, the caves are situated on a tableland on top of Trivashmi Hill and are just 8kms from Nashik. There are 24 caves, which once were an abode to Jain saints. Today these caves house idols of Buddha, Jain tirathankars Vrishabhdeo, Veer Manibhadraji and Ambikadevi among others. There are attractive water tanks, which have been very skilfully chiselled into the rock.
Another interesting place is Sita Gupha or Sita Cave, which is located near the five Banyan Trees in Panchvati – a small village situated in the northern part of Nashik. The place is popular because Lord Rama had spent 14 years in exile here. It is also believed that Ravana had kidnapped Sita from this cave. Presently the cave houses various idol of Lord Rama, Laxmana and Sita.
Other than vineyards and caves the city also has some interesting museums like Coin Museum and Gargoti Museum, which is a world renowned museum 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, which measures 2.2 x 2 feet and is very precious. This rare museum is a worth visiting place of the state.
This apart there are various temples like Naroshankar Temple and Godavari Temple among others, which are situated on the banks of sacred River Godavari and are popular for their unique architecture.