The Hidden Gems of Nashik

A quaint, sacred city in Maharashtra, Nashik is perched on the banks of River Godavari. It is a Hindu pilgrimage site, which has also landed the title of “Wine Capital of India”. Beyond its charming vineyards and temples, there are plenty of hidden places in Nashik that deserve a visit from tourists from across the globe. Some of these hidden gems include Anjaneri Fort, Muktidham Temple, Gangapur Dam, Coin Museum, Someshwar Waterfall and Sita Gumpha.

Anjaneri Fort

Known as the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, Anjaneri Fort can be reached via a trek. The trek is one of the most famous in the Nashik-Triambakeshwar mountain range of Maharashtra. It exposes travellers to various attractions, like a foot-shaped lake, dainty Jain temples, and the only temple built in the name of Anjani Maata, the mother of Lord Hanuman. The trek is a beautiful way to embrace green meadows embedded with flowers - a delightful journey that leads to the fort.

a panoramic view of the green valleys
incense sticks burning at a temple

Muktidham Temple

Muktidham Temple is a white-marbled temple complex built in 1971 by Late Sri JayramBhai Bytco. Inside the complex resides a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, which flaunts paintings depicting the deity’s life and scenes from Mahabharata. The complex is also unique in housing the 12 Jyotirlingas, the authentic replicas of the temples. The walls are also adorned with writings from the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. Apart from Krishna, other deities worshipped here are Lord Laxmana, Rama, Sita, Durga, Vishnu, and Ganesha.

Gangapur Dam

Gangapur Dam is one of the most offbeat places in Nashik that steals a spot in our list. An earth-fill dam on River Godavari, it is a charming location encompassed by serenity, which was developed in 1954. There is a garden by the river that many locals and tourists prefer to visit, due to the peaceful surroundings. Each and every corner is a photogenic point, where you can click as many pictures as you want, owing to the paradisiacal location of the dam. Several migratory birds can also be spotted here.

water gushing from a dam
stack of coins kept on top of another on a bed of currency notes

Coin Museum

Established in the year 1980, Coin Museum preserves a library of the well-documented history of Indian currencies. It is a great way to expand the knowledge of the common man regarding Indian coinage. It showcases the evolution of coins from the past to modern times. The museum houses coins, dyes, photographs, moulds, replicas and brief write-ups. It also exhibits coin manufacturing techniques and methods. The museum is located against the backdrop of Ajneri Hill, offering picturesque vistas from the museum.

Someshwar Waterfall

If you are a nature lover, then do not miss out on a trip to Someshwar Waterfall! One of the most enchanting locations in the state, the waterfall is also known as Dudhsagar Falls due to its milky white colour. Monsoons are considered the best time to visit the cascade as the downpour further beautifies the spot. It is surrounded by emerald fields, offering picturesque viewpoints. You can also visit the Balaji Temple, which stands close to the waterfall.

a waterfall falling down a hill
a diya lit in the darkness

Sita Gumpha

Sita Gumpha is a Hindu cave temple that is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the state. It is believed that during their exile, Goddess Sita used to worship Lord Shiva at this very landmark. Inside the cave, guests can come across paintings of Lord Rama, Lord Laxmana, and Goddess Sita. The cave also protects an ancient Shivalinga that many come to pay respects. As you come outside the cave, you are also treated to the graves of 5 banyan trees, believed to have been present during the exile of Lord Rama.

As you visit these unexplored places in Nashik, make sure to reserve a comfortable stay at the prime spot in the city. Kamfotel Hotel is located only 6.2 km from the Nashik Road Railway Station. It is in close proximity to most of these hidden gems, making travel seamless - 18 km from Gangapur Dam, 12 km from Someshwar Waterfall, 3.8 km from Sita Gumpha, and 21.8 km from Coin Museum. It is a budget hotel that offers two executive room categories, each facing the city and the hotel’s garden respectively, an open-air restaurant, and banqueting facilities.