Nashik or Nasik is a city, and also a district and division, in India's Maharashtra state. Nashik is in the northwest of Maharashtra, 200 km from Mumbai (Bombay) as well as Pune. The city, located in the Western Ghats, has become a center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and cool and pleasant climate. Nashik has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city, vibrant and active on the industrial, political, social and cultural fronts, has influenced the lives of many a great personalities. The Godavari River flows through the city from its source to the northwest of the city.
Historically the city has been a religious center - it is one of the four cities in India that hosts the massive Kumbh Mela. Temples and ghats on the banks of Godavari have made Nashik one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the world.
Nasik is also famous for its grapes.
Nashik got its name during the Ramayana period. Shurpanakha, the sister of the demon Ravana had proposed to marry Rama.Hearing this Rama ordered Laxmana to cut off shurpanakha's nose (Nasika).Thus Nasik got its name. Nasik is famous for the ghats around Panchavati, the area of 5 banyan trees. Sita was abducted by Ravana from this place.
Recent industrial growth has brought about modernization and development.
The city is home to an important thermal power plant and a National Treasury Printing Press.
There are 3 industrial Estates in Nashik, Satpur, Ambad and Sinnar.
The companies Mahindra and Mahindra, MICO (Bosch), VIP, Crompton Greaves, Glaxo, L&T
are located in Nashik.
Population (2001) 4,987,923
Nashik Division is one of the six divisions of Maharashtra. The historic Khandesh region covers the northern part of the division, in the valley of the Tapti River. Nashik Division is bound by Konkan Division and the state of Gujarat to the west, Madhya Pradesh state to the north, Amravati Division and Marathwada (Aurangabad Division) to the east, and Pune Division to the south.
By Air : Mumbai is the nearest airport from Nasik.
Nasik is 180 km far from Mumbai.
There are a number of buses plying from the Dadar station in Mumbai to Nasik.