It is well known for the water dams,rugged mountain ranges with large number of forts. Nashik district has 15582 sq. kms geographical area with fifteen talukas as sub administration units, two municipal corporations viz Nashik and Malegaon , One cantonment Board- Deolali. Nashik which is its district Head Quarter is one of the oldest and deeply religious cities of India. Origin of the word Nashik has two interesting features. As one of the story goes in Ramayana, this is the place where Lakshman is said to have cut-off the nose (nasika) of Shurpanakha- sister of Ravana. The other relates to the geographical feature of the town, which is situated on the nine hills of navashikhara (Durga, Ganesh, Chitraghanta, Pandav, DingerAli, Mhasarul, Jogwada, Pathanpura and Konkani).
Nashik was known as ‘Trikantak’ in Kritayuga, as ‘Janasthana’ in Dwaparyuga and later in Kaliyuga it became ‘Navashikh’ or ‘Nashik’. Renowned poets like Valmiki, Kalidas and Bhavabhooti have paid rich tributes to Nashik through their literature. Nashik is believed to be one of the country’s largest market place in 150 B.C. From 1487 A.D., this province came under the rule of Mughals and was then known as ‘Gulshanabad’. It was also home of Emperor Akbar for some period and he has written at length about Nashik in ‘Ein-e-Akbari’.
It is believed that Lord Rama along with Sita and Laxmana spent 14 years of exile at Tapovan in Nashik. After Mughal, Nashik came ujder Peshwas followed by British rule. In 1862 Nashik Road railway station was built and two years later Nashik Municipality was formed. The territory of Nashik district was formed in 1869, with areas drawn partly from Khandesh district and partly from Ahmadnagar district.
Nashik district endowed with beautiful landscape is located 19° 35’ and 20° 52’ north latitude and 73° 16’ and 74° 56’ east longitude in the northwestern part of Maharashtra state.
How To Reach
Nashik is on the intersection of two National Highways: the Mumbai–Agra Highway NH-3 and the Nashik–Pune Highway NH-50. Apart from these, other major cities like Aurangabad (200 km) are connected via a state highway which is also 4 lane highway. Nashik is easily accessible by road from Gujarat state in western India. There are other numerous State Highways which offer very good road connectivity to Nashik. Nashik is well connected to Mumbai(190 km) through Mumbai Nashik Expressway which is a part of Mumbai-Agra Highway (NH3)connects Dhule and Indore to the city on the other side of the highway. Pune (200 km) is connected through NH 50 which is to be upgraded into a four lane road soon. City offers best and modern Road infrastructure.
Nashik is on the Central Railway network. Manmad a railway junction within district is about 95 kms from Nashik.
Civilian flights are likely start from Ozar airport in few days.