Clockwise from top left: Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, Anjaneri waterfall, Pandavleni Caves, Kalaram Temple, Nashik city skyline, Nashik grapes, Sula Vineyards, Godavari Ghat
Nickname(s): Wine Capital of India
Location of Nashik in Maharashtra
Nashik (Maharashtra)
Coordinates: 20°00′N 73°47′E / 20.00°N 73.78°E / 20.00; 73.78Coordinates: 20°00′N 73°47′E / 20.00°N 73.78°E / 20.00; 73.78
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Nashik
  Type Mayor–Council
  Mayor Ranjana Bhansi (BJP)
  Municipal Commissioner Mr.Tukaram Mundhe
  Deputy Mayor Prathamesh Gite(BJP)
  Member Of Parliament Hemant Godse (Shivsena)
  Metropolis 2,681 km2 (1,035 sq mi)
Elevation 584 m (1,916 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Metropolis 1,486,053 (4th in Maharashtra)
  Metro[2] 1,561,809
  Metro rank 29th
Demonym(s) Nashikkar, Nashikites
  Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 422 0xx
Telephone code 91(253)
Vehicle registration MH15(Nasik City);MH51(Sinnar-Gonde);MH41(Malegaon)

Nashik (/ˈnʌʃɪk/ ( listen))[3] is an ancient holy city in the northwest region of Maharashtra in India. Situated on the banks of Godavari river Nashik is best known for being one of Hindu pilgrimage sites, that of Kumbh Mela which is held every 12 years.[4][5]

The city located about 190 km north of state capital Mumbai, is called the "Wine Capital of India" as half of India’s vineyards and wineries are located in Nashik.[6][7] Nashik is also called the "Spiritual capital of Maharashtra."


As per Ramayana, Nashik is the location on the banks of Godavari river where Laxman, by the wish of Lord Rama, cut the nose of Shurpanakha and thus this city was named as "Nashik".[5]



Nashik lies in the northern part of Maharashtra state at 584 m (1,916 ft)[8] from the mean sea level which gives it ideal temperature variation, particularly in winters.[6]

The river Godavari originates from the Brahmagiri Mountain, Trimbakeshwar about 24 km (15 mi) from Nashik and flows through the old residential settlement, now in the central part of the city. Due to high pollution created by factories in proximity of the city the river was dying at an alarming rate. It has since been successfully cleaned.[9] Other than Godavari, important rivers like Vaitarana, Bhima, Girana, Kashyapi and Darana flow across Nashik.[10]

Nashik lies on the western edge of the Deccan Plateau which is a volcanic formation.[11]

Trimbakeshwar is about 30 km (19 mi) from the city, it is where from river Godavari originates. The land area of the city is about 259.13 km2 (100.05 sq mi).[12] Anjaneri near Nashik is the birthplace of lord Hanuman.


The city's tropical location and high altitude combine to give it a relatively mild version of a tropical wet and dry climate. Temperatures rise slightly in October, but this is followed by the cool season from November to February. The cool season sees warm temperatures of around 28 °C during the day, but cool nights, with lows averaging 10 °C, and extremely dry air.

Climate data for Nashik
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35.5
Average high °C (°F) 28.3
Average low °C (°F) 12.5
Record low °C (°F) 0.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 0.0
Source: Climate data [13][14]

Civic administration

Nashik city is governed by the Nashik Municipal Corporation.[15]


The Nashik Court Building is built in black stone in British Regime and the new building was inaugurated on 18 September 2005. There are 73 courts including taluka court.[16][17]

Solid waste management

In the Nashik Municipal Corporation area about 225 MT of solid waste is generated per day. Unlike other Indian cities, this garbage is collected by vehicles titled 'Ghantagadi' (meaning the vehicle with a bell): a system which has resulted in a Smaller versions of the ghantagadi ply in the congested old city areas. A plant has been set by the Nashik Municipal Corporation near Pandav Leni (Pandavleni Caves) to process the garbage and convert into compost.[18]

Ram Kund in Nashik; the city is an important Hindu pilgrimage destination


Nashik is the fifth largest city in Maharashtra in terms of population after Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Thane. According to the Census of India, 2011, Nashik had a population of 1,486,053. Males constitute 782,517 of the population and females 703,536. Metropolitan Nashik population was 1,561,809 in which 821,921 were males and 739,888 were females. Nashik city had an average literacy rate of 89.85%: male literacy was 93.40%, and female literacy was 85.92%.[19]

The sex ratio is 894 per 1000 males for Nashik city. Child sex ratio is 865 girls per 1000 boys. In Nashik, 11.42% of the population is under 6 years of age.[20] In census year 2001 the Nashik Urban Agglomeration had a population of 11,52,326. Thus it was the fourth largest urban area of Maharashtra State after Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. The projected population of Nashik urban agglomeration (which includes abutting urban areas like Deolali) as on 11 November 2012 is 15,62,769.[21]

Religions in Nashik City[22]
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes not stated and others.

Art and culture

In February 2016, The Statue of Ahimsa, a 108 ft idol of first Jain tirthankara Rishabhdev carved in monolithic stone was consecrated at Mangi Tungi. It is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest Jain idol in the world.[23] It has become a major pilgrimage and tourist destination.

Pandavleni Caves

The Pandavleni Caves, or Nasik caves, are a group of 24 caves carved between the 1st century BCE and the 2nd century CE,[24] representing the Hinayana Buddhist caves and. Most of the caves are Viharas except for the 18th cave which is a Chaitya.[25] The location of the caves is a holy Buddhist site and is located about 8 km south of Nashik.


  • Gangapur Dam is on the river Godavari near Gangawadi village and it is earthen dam, Nashik.[26]
  • Chankapur dam which is on the Girna river is one of the big dams built by the British in the 19th century. It is 3 km from the village Abhona in Kalwan tehsil and 60 km from Nashik.
  • Kashypi Dam is on the Kashypi river near Rajapur, Nashik.
  • Girna Dam is an earthfill type of dam on river Girna near Nandgaon, Nashik District.
  • Darna Dam is a gravity dam on Darna river near Igatpuri, Nashik district.


Kumbh Mela

Nashik hosts one of the largest religious gatherings in the world known as Maha Kumbh. The Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad and Maha Kumbh takes place every twelve years at four places in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. According to the Puranas, it is believed that Kumbh derives its name from an immortal pot of nectar, which the devtas (Gods) and demons fought over. The four places where the nectar fell are at the banks of river Godavari in Nashik, river Kshipra in Ujjain, river Ganges in Haridwar and at Triveni Sangam of Ganga, Yamuna and invisible Saraswati River in Allahabad.[27][4]



In early 1925, the table grape revolution was started in Ojhar, a small town near Nashik, by Raosaheb Jairam Krishna Gaikwad. Today, table grapes are exported to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.[28]

The average Kharip crop area is 663,200 hectares while the average Rabbi crop area is 136500 hectares. The sown area is 658,763 hectares (99%) and the forest land is 340,000 hectares (21.75%). The uncultivable area is 23,000 hectares (1.48%).[29]

Rainwater harvesting

The Nashik Municipal Corporation has made it mandatory for new constructions in the city to install a rainwater harvesting system without which a completion certificate is not granted. This measure is expected to help recharge the aquifers and augment the groundwater level.[30]


The Igatpuri-Nashik-Sinnar investment region is an important node in the US$90 billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project.[31][32]

Nashik is a defense and aerospace manufacturing hub with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited aircraft manufacturing plant located at Ozar.[33] The Currency Note Press[34] and India Security Press are on Nashik Road, where Indian currency and government stamp papers are printed respectively.[35]

Existing industrial areas in Nashik district are Satpur, Ambad, Sinnar, Igatpuri, Dindori and Vinchur. The proposed additional areas are Sinnar, Malegaon and Rajur Bahula.[36]

Large-scale industries present in Nashik district are Atlas Copco, Robert Bosch GmbH, CEAT Limited, Crompton Greaves, Graphite India, Schneider Electric, ThyssenKrupp, Epcos, Everest Industries, Gabriel India, GlaxoSmithKline, Hindustan Coca-Cola, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Jindal Polyster, Jyoti Structures, Kirlosker Oil Engines, KSB Pumps, Larsen & Toubro, Mahindra and Mahindra, Mahindra Sona, United Spirits Limited, Perfect Circle Industries, Mahindra Ugine Steel, Samsonite, Shalimar Paints, Siemens, VIP Industries, Indian Oil Corporation, XLO India Limited and Jindal Saw.[37]

Apart from manufacturing, Nashik is an emerging investment destination for Information Technology companies. Tata Consultancy Services has invested in Nashik under the Government of India BPO promotion scheme (IBPS). Also WNS, ACRESS, Accenture, ICOMET technoloies[38] TCS has set up Digital Impact Square, or DISQ, which is a social innovation center.[39]

Nashik has a textile industry.[8] National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has selected Yeola Block for development of Paithani Cluster.[8] To facilitate exports, a container freight station was started at MIDC Ambad by the Central Government.[40]

Wine industry

Nashik has been described as "The Wine Capital of India" the Nashik region reportedly produced 10,000 tonnes of grapes per year.[41]

There are 45 wineries in Nashik, out of 78 wineries throughout India total.[42] The largest vineyard in Nashik is the Sula Vineyards.[6]

Nashik is home to several wine festivals, such as India Grape Harvest (IGH), SulaFest etc. In the harvest season.[43][44]


The city has two state-run universities, the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University and the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.

International relations

Twin towns and sister cities


  1. Roadways- Nashik is well connected to others cities in India by Road. Two Nationals viz.(Mumbai Nashik Expressway & Nashik pune national highway[NH50]).
  2. Railways- Nasik Road railway station is city railway station.
  3. Airways- Nashik has its airport located at Ozar. Nashik Airport is domestic Airport and well connected to other cities.
  4. Public Transport- In city people often mostly prefer auto rickshaw to travel through. City bus service is operated by MSRTC. The other options to travel are Ola and Uber. Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited has also planned metro rail network named as Greater Nashik Metro.

Notable people


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