The popular tourist attraction, Nashik, was formerly called Gulshanabad. This city, on the banks of the River Godavari has immense religious, mythological and cultural importance. It is believed that Lord Rama, while on exile, stayed in a forest near Nashik with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana. Lakshmana had cut off the ‘nose’ of Surpanakha when she had attempted to kill Sita, hence the name “Nashik.” This city is also famous for being one of the four places where the famous Kumbh Mela is celebrated. It is celebrated once in every twelve years. Pilgrims from all over the country and abroad come over and throng this city during the fair with the estimates coming up to approximately ten crores. It is the largest peaceful gathering in the whole world.
The best places to visit in Nashik will undoubtedly be the Panchavati, the part of the jungle where Lord Rama resided with his wife and brother.
It is the shrine where Kumbh Mela is celebrated. A separate area is demarcated as the Tapovan where Lakshmana had cut off the nose of Surpanakha. Other top sightseeing places around Nashik is the Ramkund. It is said that Lord Rama used to take a bath in this kund. Devotees take a dip in Ramkund to fulfil their wishes. Two of the other important tourism places in Nashik are the Muktidham and Trimbakeshwar temples. They are believed to be Jyotirlingas.
Other places to see in Nashik would include a visit to the Ramshej Fort, where Lord Rama used to rest, the Trigalwadi Fort which has a temple of Hanuman and the associated Trigalwadi Lake. The Coin Museum and the Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary, home of many migratory birds, are two other must see places in Nashik. A visit to the Sula wine yard falls under major things to do in Nashik.