Shirdi, a small village in Kopargam Taluk, in Ahmadnagar, Maharashtra
is regarded to be an important pilgrimage place in India as sage Sai
Baba lived here till his death. It is about 285 km, which is 6 hours
drive from Mumbai. After his death, Sai Baba's fame has spread far and
wide. Sai Baba believed and respected all religions. Samadhi Temple was
started during the lifetime of Sai Baba, with a view to having a temple
of Sri Krishna. But later, Sai Baba himself decided to live there. So,
after Sai Baba attained Nirvana (eternal peace), His mortal remains were
buried at the place. The articles and valuables, which were used by the
Baba, are exhibited in a room here.
This place is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple and as the source of
the Godavari River. Trimbakeshwar is about 38 km away from Nashik.
Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva
and this one is considered to be the main jyotirlinga.
Dudhsagar waterfall, situated at Someshwar is a favourite destination
for youngsters where they come often to liven up their spirits. This is
one of the best picturesque spots in Nashik. The waterfalls are 10m long
and the water is milky white, so it is called Dudhsagar waterfall.
Saptashringi Devi Temple
The temple is at Wani, which is 55 km from Nashik. This temple is at
Saptashringi Hill. The presiding goddess Saptashringi Devi has 18
weapons in 18 hands and is positioned ready to fight the demons.
Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI) or at Sitakund at
Mhasrul village is on the way. Sita the wife of Rama used to bathe at
this is the site.
Nandurmadhmeshwar is at a distance of 60 km from Nashik. There is a
bird sanctuary here. This place is known as bird-lover's paradise. This
place is also known as the Maharashtra's Bharatpur. This bird sanctuary
has been developed here since 1950. Nandurmadhmeshwar is home to
thousands of migratory birds. October to March is the ideal season to
Bhandardara is located at a distance of 70 km from Nashik. It is a
small and peaceful area. This hill station is popular for fun loving and
picnic lovers. Radha Falls, a deep valley, a clean and large Arthur
Lake, a historical Ratangadh Fort, an ancient temple - Amritheshwar
Temple, a peaceful Agasti Rishi Ashram, Wilson Dam also known as
Bhandardara Dam, and Viewpoints are the important destinations at
Bhandarda. It also has a trekking destination - Mount Kalusubai. The
largest earthen dam in the country and one of the oldest dams in Asia,
Wilson Dam or Bhandardara Dam is at Bhandardara. The height of the dam
is nearly 150 m. The overflowing water makes the Umbrella Falls, which
is a picturesque sight during the monsoon season.
Jawhar hill station is in Thane district of Maharashtra. Gifted with
exotic valleys, thick rich forests and pleasant climate, Jawhar offers
dofferent type of enjoyment comparing to other hill stations of
Maharashtra. Jawhar is popular for its lively Warli paintings. This hill
station is one of the few tribal kingdoms in Maharashtra. Tourists can
visit Jai Vilas, the Palace of the tribal lords that offers a unique
opportunity to expose and enlighten with the tribal way of life.
Bhupatgad relics are also worth a visit. Nashik is at a distance of 80
km from here.
Nandur Madhameshwar Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary has 220 species of birds, 400 species of vegetation, 24
species of fish and several smaller mammals. The sanctuary spreads over
the protected area of 10000 hectares, lies the core area of 1765
hectares. It is now counted as one of the important waterfowl habitats
in the region by the International Union of Conservation of Nature.