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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India is a union of twenty-eight states and seven federally-governed union territories. New Delhi is the capital of India.
 
Nashik is a city in India's Maharashtra state. Nashik is in the northwest of Maharashtra, 185 kilometers from Mumbai and 220 kilometers from Pune. Nashik is the administrative headquarters of Nashik District and Nashik Division. The wine capital of India, or the Grape City, as it is popularly known, the city is located in the Western Ghats, on the western edge of the Deccan peninsula on the banks of the Godavari River. The city is known for its picturesque surroundings and pleasant climate. The Godavari River flows through Nashik from its source, which lies to the west-southwest of the city, in the holy place of Trimbakeshwar.
 
Nashik is also important mythologically, historically, socially and culturally. Known for the temples on the banks of the Godavari, it has historically been one of the holy sites of the Hindu religion. It is one of the four cities that hosts the massive Sinhastha Kumbh Mela once every twelve years. Elevation is 569 meters. Legend dictates that the name Nashik is derived from the Hindu epic Ramayana.  Traditionally Nashik was known as the Gulshanabad meaning the city of roses.
 
Places of interest are Trimbakeshwar, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, about 27 kilometers from the city and 38 kilometers from the Nashik Road railway station. Anjaneri, birthplace of Hanuman the Vanara, the greatest disciple of Rama, 20 kilometers by road from Nashik city.  Pandavaleni, 2000 year-old caves, within the city itself. Built by Jain Kings, they contain engravings believed to be of the Pandavas, and are therefore known as the Pandav Caves.
 
Kalaram Temple, a famous temple of Rama built in black rock.  Someshwar, a temple of the Hindu god Shiva on the banks of the Godavari. Dudhsagar waterfall, on the bank of River Godavari, near to Someshwar. Vedmandir, a temple containing Vedic scriptures. Ram Kunda, a holy reservoir, bathing in which during the Kumbh Mela is believed to purge one of one's sins.
 
Nashik is the kind of town you daydream about. It is a town with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.

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