Shirdi is located approximately 296 Kilometres from Mumbai (Bombay) City in India. Shirdi is located approximately 296 km from Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra in India. It is called the Land of Sai. The closest and highly connected city from Shirdi is Ahmednagar city. Shirdi is famous temple of Shri Sai Baba. It was established in 1922 to carry out the services of Shri Sai Baba. Shri Saibaba of Shirdi lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. An Indian spiritual guru and a fakir, Shri Saibaba in Shirdi was regarded with great reverence by both Hindu and Muslim followers. Lord Sai lived in a mosque and after death his body was cremated in a temple.
Situated at an altitude of 3,000 feet above the sea level, Tringalwadi Fort at Igatpuri is an architectural marvel. Entire locale of Igatpuri is nested by the majestic Sahyadris and Tringalwadi Fort is also besieged by this stunning mountain ranges. Being in an elevated position, this massive fortress houses the picturesque scenery of the whole locality; especially the view of the peaks from this fort is incomparable. The small path, which leads to the fortress itself kindle one curiosity. It is amazing to notice that the surrounding area of this fort will be fully cultivated during the Monsoon season and one have to voyage kilometres to reach to the base of this colossal structure. A magnificent temple dedicated to lord Hanuman makes a marvellous setting to this stunning fort. A favourite tourist spot in the Igatpuri Region, Tringalwadi Fort also provides excellent opportunities of trekking.
Igatpuri is the abode of numerous lakes, and the prominent among them all is the Tringalwadi Lake, which is under the control of Igatpuri municipality. The lakeside is ideal destination to squander a quiet and comforting evening. Though small in size, this lake houses panoramic scenery of the massive fort and the majestic mountains. During monsoon the lakeside offers a haunting site to the tourists.
Founded by S.N.Goenka, Dhammagiri is a math which offers courses in Vipasana (insight meditation) a technique taught by the Buddha in India, 2,500 years ago. The large Golden Pagoda, the central theme of Dhammagiri serves as a landmark for Igatpuri. The math attracts lots of people from various parts of India as well as abroad.
An imposing spot in Igatpuri, Bhatsa River Valley is placed in the basin of the majestic Bhatsa River. A pictorial spot with lustrous foliage, and splendid knolls, Bhatsa River Valley is blessed with an exquisite charm. An intense wood cover created by the tributary on this valley is an enjoyable spectacle, and the unsullied atmosphere has the power to console the carcass and the mind.
Camel valley in Igatpuri is situated adjacent to the majestic Bhatsa River Valley. An impressive cataract created by the rainfall, it is the prime attraction of this pretty location. The enthralling scenery of a waterfall, which cascades from a height of 1000 feet, is really stunning. Monsoon in its natural vista is at its best in this region. Everything around will be wrapped under lush greenery and one will be enthralled by rejuvenating walk through the lakeside in a soothing atmosphere. More adventurous people can try the challenges of river crossing and rafting and others can enjoy the marvel of soaking in the cascading waterfall.
Situated in a pictorial environment, Vaitarna Dam in the Vaitarna River offers the stunning scenery of the undulating stony peaks of the Western Ghats. Constructed in the early 50â€™s, this dam site commenced an era of concrete dams in India .A lovely lagoon with a vast extend of black waters, flanked by deep woods, makes this dam site a delight for the tourists. Besides its panoramic beauty, the importance in the dam is that, it is the chief source of water and electricity to the Mumbaikars. Considering the increasing demand, a new dam is planned to be constructed on the Vaitarna River, which will be commissioned in 2011. This will be the second highest dam in the state and probably put an end to the on growing water scarcity in Mumbai.
Trimbakeshwar or Trambakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India, 28 km from the city of Nashik. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The Godavari River, which is considered sacred within Hinduism, originates from Bramhagiri Mountains and meets the sea near Rajahmudry. Kusavarta, a kund is considered the symbolic origin of the river Godavari, and revered by Hindus as a sacred bathing place. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (a.k.a Nanasaheb).
In the lap of the Sahyadri Hills, Bhandadra is famous for its high mountains, picturesque waterfalls and abundant greenery. Apart from its serenity and closeness to nature, Bhandadara other claims to fame are the Arthur Lake, one of the country largest lakes; Wilson Dam, one of the oldest dams in Asia (built in 1910) and the largest earthen dam in the country; Mount Kalsubai, the highest mountain peak in Maharashtra (1,646 metres) from where there is a grand view of the lake and the dam; and cascading waterfalls during the monsoons “ the renownedUmbrella falls and the Randha falls.
The pride of Bhandardara, it is the huge, placid and breathtakingly beautiful Arthur Lake, set like a huge jewel amidst the dense greenery. The lake is formed by the waters of the Pravara River.
The Wilson Dam also known as Bhandardara Dam is India is the largest earthen dam in the country and one of the oldest dams in Asia. It was built in 1910 on the Pravara River and boasts a height of 150m. At the base of the dam is a circular garden and a swimming pool. The cool placid waters of the river run by for miles.
Towering over Bhandardara like a watchful sentinel is Mt. Kalsubai, at 1,646 meters the highest peak in the Sahyadri range. During Maratha rule, this peak also served as a lookout point.
An 8-km boat ride on the Arthur Lake takes visitors to the historical Amriteshwar Temple, which houses the idol of Lord Shiva. It is famous for its intricate carvings, in the Hemadpanti style, which can be traced 1,200 years back in history.
This artificial waterfall is formed when one of the sluice gates from the Wilson Dam is opened (when water levels rise above acceptable limits during the monsoons or whenever water is needed for irrigation) It is vaguely umbrella-shaped as it fans out over the rocks. A pathway takes you from the park at the foot of the dam to within drenching distance of the falls.
Saptashrungi temple dedicated to goddess Mahishasurmardini. It is one of the four Shakti Piths in Maharashtra and 52 shakti piths in India. The Goddess had taken the form of Durga (the Mahalakshmi of Devi Mahatmaya) and slew the buffalo-demon Mahishasura, who troubled the universe near the village Abhona. After that the Goddess is believed to be settled here. As the Goddess took form here and resided at Saptashrungi, it is considered the original location of the Goddess. Saptashrungi gad is situated about 50 km from Nashik city in the Kalwan tehsil.
Panchavati has significant religious attributes for Hindus with a temple complex on the bend of the Godavari river, which includes Kalaram Temple. It is a pilgrimage site, with the Kumbh Mela, the largest peaceful gathering in the world – involving over 100 million people in 2013, taking place here once every twelve years in rotation with Haridwar, Allahabad, and Ujjain.
Planned as large dwelling cave for monks (bhikshus),but was unfinished.Carving on outer face of the veranda has a central rail design. About 26 Caves constructed years ago.
Nashik hosts one of the largest religious gatherings in the world known as Maha Kumbh. Kumbh mela (festival) is celebrated once in twelve years. The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years at four places in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. Previous kumbh mela was in year 2003. 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 nectar has been fallen are at the banks of river Godavari in Nashik, river Kshipra in Ujjain, river Ganges in Haridwar, at Sangam of Ganges, Yamuna and Sarswati in Allahabad.