The famous temple of Trimbakeshwar is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed by the Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao and houses a dozen Jyotirlingas. The sacred pond or the Kund, Kusavarta that is in the premises of the temple is said to be the symbolic source of River Godavari. The temple has a darker tinge because of its construction with the black stand stone. The temple is also rich in its architecture and is a sculpted marvel.
Sprawling in an area of about 160 acres, Sula Vineyards is the first commercial vineyard in the valley. Sula Winery produces wine from the grapes that are grown in the local Nashik district and Dindori. This Vineyard has a tasting room that holds samples of the in-house wines and also has a resort for the wine lovers to spend a day or two here and enjoy the grapiness of the place.
Saptashrungi or the seven peaks is famous for its temple of Saptashrungi Nivasini. The place is said to be sacred because it is believed that while carrying the body of Sati (Lord Shiva’s Wife), her limbs fell down at this particular place. Saptashurngi Mountains also find a place in Ramayana as it is believed that Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman used to come here to seek the blessings of the goddess during their exile.
The holy waters of Ramkund are considered to be sacred for Lord Rama bathing in the waters during his exile. The pond’s water is of high importance and draws a large number of pilgrims to dip in the holy water of Ramkund. It is believed that Sitaji also bathe in the same pond. Apart from the religious belief the change in the course of river Godavari, taking a sharp ninety degree happens at this very pond.
Kalaram Mandir, a prime pilgrimage destination for the Hindus lies in the Panchvati area of Nashik. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and the statue of the lord inside the temple is black in colour therefore the temple is called Kalaram Mandir. With Lord Ram at the centre there are statues of Sita and Laxman on the sides. Built over a course of twelve long years the structure is constructed with black stones and was also a part of the Satyagrah Movement.
This congregation of twenty-four caves that date back to 2nd century BC is intricately carved caves that unveil the Buddhist Hinayana architecture. Pandavleni caves were carved from 3rd century BC till the 2nd century AD. The cave showcases a vihara style of architecture except the eighteenth cave which is from the Chaitya. These caves speak a lot about Buddhist teachings which are clear from the inscriptions on the walls. These caves face eastwards and are a stunner.
This white marbled temple was built in 1971 with the marble from Makrana, Rajasthan. The temple has a distinctive architecture. The Muktidham Temple houses all the twelve Jyotirlings which makes the temple holy. The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that its walls are inscribed with the verses of the entire Bhagwad Geeta.