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A set of two hills, Mangi Tungi sits pretty amidst the Sahyadri Hill range. While the peaks themselves are comprised of barren rock, they overlook a lush green valley, making for a stunning view on a clear day, the brown and green contrasted against the blue sky. If you love offbeat destinations, Mangi Tungi is the right mix of peaceful and quirky that will make your holiday special.
Perhaps the prettiest and the most photographed temple in all of Nashik, Muktidham is made from marble imported from Rajasthan. It is an architectural marvel that has a distinguished Indian aesthetic influenced by modern styles.
Considered to be a part of the holy Dandakaranya Forests, Tapovan is surrounded by thick jungles offering a serene environment. It lies at the confluence of Rivers Kapila and Godavari that meander through the forest, adding a melodious symphony to the peaceful ambience.
Bhakti Dham, located in Dindori Naka, is famous for its majority of temples and hence is a centre of religious activities. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his divine consort, Goddess Radha. In the main sanctum, you will find intricately carved sculptures of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, as well as the idol of Sant Jalaram Bappa, a Hindu saint from Gujarat.
Ved temple is dedicated to Guru Gangeshwaranandji Maharaj, who is considered to be the representative and ambassador of the Vedic arts in the present day. Built in Italian marble, Ved Mandir is an impressive architectural masterpiece, with glass walls and flood lights illuminating the interiors. Idols of Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmana and Goddess Sita, in addition to the idol of Guru Gangeshwaranandji Maharaj, can be found inside.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman, the temple is nestled in the suburbs of Nashik, and has a serene atmosphere, allowing visitors to find some peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the main city. The pleasant climate will instantly put you at ease, as you seek the lords blessings, and explore the temple in its entirety.
One of the most famous pilgrim centres of India, Shirdi is where Sai Baba, the saint known for his divine powers, lived and preached for over five decades. Samadhi Temple, where he lived, has a room that depicts articles and things used by Shri Sai during his lifetime, and is therefore quite significant for his disciples, who follow his teachings and rever him till date. The temple also houses his mortal remains.
Ramkund is perhaps the holiest spot in the city as it is believed that Lord Rama used to bathe here. It is located along the Godavari river. The locals believe that bathing in the waters of Ramkund purifies ones soul and allows him to start afresh, with a more positive and benevolent outlook.
Bhagur is a scenic town replete with lush, rolling hills and pleasant weather, all of which make it a great weekend getaway from Nashik. An hour-long drive promises splendid views of the hill range, as well as the verdant valleys laid out below. While you are in town, make some time for Bhagur Devi Temple, which attracts a large number of devotees. This small yet beautiful temple is a must-see for those who love offbeat attractions, and is a great way to get acquainted with warm locals and purohits of Bhagur. Seek blessings of the goddess as you explore the premises of the temple, or sit in the courtyard and grab a moment of peaceful meditation.
One of the most important Hindu shrines of the city, Kalaram Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. The idol of the lord is made in black stone and hence the name Kalarama, which means black Rama in Hindi. The temple is situated within the Panchvati area and it is believed that it has been constructed on the same spot where Lord Rama lived during his exile.
Lush greenery, cool climes and spiritual energy abound at Anjaneri, named after Anjana Devi, said to be the mother of Pavanputra Hanuman. Locals believe that the cave on top of the main hill is where Anjana Devi gave birth to Lord Hanuman. A temple, known as Anjana Mata, is where she prayed for a child, before Lord Shiva appeared to bless her with the gift of life, as legend has it.
Located on the outskirts of Nashik, the ancient Trimbakeshwar Temple was constructed by the third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (1740-1760) at the site of an even older temple. It sits at the foot of the Brahmagiri Hill and is flanked by the hills of Nilagiri and Kalagiri.
Situated on the left bank of the holy Godavari river, Panchvati is a spiritually significant site for travellers. The name 'Panchavati' comes from Hindi words 'panch' meaning five and 'vati' meaning a banyan tree. In mythology, Panchvati was the place where Lord Rama, Lord Lakshman and Goddess Sita spent a few years of their 14 years of exile.
Located around 60 km from Nashik, Shri Saptashrungi Gad is situated 4,659 ft above main sea level. The word 'Saptashringi' means seven horned mountain peaks, and the place is aptly named as it is located on a hill surrounded by seven peaks. One needs to climb 510 steps to reach the temple.