Religious and Holy Nashik, famous for its Shirdi pilgrimage center, is a bustling city integrating ancient with modern. It is best known as the pilgrimage site for the Panchvati Kumbh Mela marked by millions of devotees plunging into the river Godavari (believed to cleanse their souls and lead to salvation). Considered to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world, an estimated 100 million people visited during the Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013, which is held every 3rd year rotating at 1 of 4 places – Nashik, Ujjain, Haridwar and Allahabad. Several forts and temples dot Nashik – the 2,000-year old Pandu Lena Caves, the 4ft high Sita Gufaa surrounded by five Vad trees (where, according to Indian mythology, Ravana kidnapped Sita), and the old Lord Rama Hindu shrine Kala Ram Mandir.
Spread across 11-acres on a landscaped hillside on the Mumbai-Agra highway near Ambad MIDC, The Gateway Hotel Ambad is close to religious landmarks and bustling city life, a mere 5min drive from Pandav Caves and 2kms from Blue Lagoon Water Park.
Especially for wine lovers, take a refreshingly different tour..escape to the picturesque vineyards and orchards lying in the valleys surrounding Nashik..about 4hrs drive from Mumbai (start by 0830hrs). With nearly 50 active wineries, enjoy walking the rows of vines; see how the oldest, most unadulterated spirit is made; sample varieties of freshly pressed wines straight off the winepress..select from robust reds to sparkling whites; purchase some bottles too. First visit Valle de Vin/Grover Zampa Vineyards Pvt. Ltd. (Zampa)..take a Hill Top Vineyard Tour and Tasting; reach the hotel, freshen up, and post lunch, take the Sula Vineyards Winery Tour and Tasting (1hr)..perhaps India’s most popular winery; visit ‘Sula Beyond’ Vineyard Resort; about 1730hrs, take the York Winery Pvt. Ltd. Tour and Tasting..a friendly family-run winery, aimed at producing fruity and dry, rather than sweet wines..also boasting a gold medal Reserve Shiraz, aged in oak.
City Highlights of Nashik
Explore religious Nashik, with the famous Shirdi pilgrimage centre. This bustling city is a blend of the ancient and the modern, dotted with numerous forts and temples. Visit the 2000-yr old Pandu Lena (Caves), dating between the 1st century BC and 2nd century AD; visit the famous pilgrimage site of the annual Panchvati Kumbha Mela..which takes place beside the Godavari river; see the Sita Gufaa-4ft high..(where Sita was kidnapped by Ravana), notice the 5 Vad trees around the gufaa; Visit Kala Ram Mandir..an old Hindu shrine dedicated to lord Rama..the largest and simplest of the temples; the Coin Museum..housing a fine collection of well-documented history of Indian currencies; Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple..an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak.