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Nashik formerly spelt as ‘Nasik’ forms a northwestern part of Maharashtra. It is situated at the bank of Godavari river, 565m above sea level and just 185 km away from Mumbai. It is a most popular holy center which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. This place is blessed with the devotion of Godavari river, and the legend of lord Rama who was the hero of Ramayana epic. He lived at Nashik with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana during the period of his Vanvasa. Some of the prime attractions at this holy places are explained below.

A field on the way to Trimbakshwar from Nashik

Panchvati:

The northern sector of Nashik is Panchvati, where Godavari river flows. It is said that lord Ram along with Sita and Lakshmana stayed at Panchvati. Due to this residence, Panchvati has gained lot of importance. It has five Banyan (vad) trees which indicated Panchvati i.e. Panch means five and Vati meand Banyan trees.

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Naroshankar Temple:

This temple is situated in the same Panchvati area, at the bank of Godavari river. This temple is also called as Anga by the residents of Nashik. It was built by Naroshankar Rajebahaddur in 1747, with the architecture of ‘Maya’ style. At the four corners of this temple there are umbrellas also known as ‘Barasati’ or ‘Meghadambari’, whereas on the front side of this temple there is ‘Bell House’ which is known as ‘Naroshankar Bell’.

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Sita Gumpha:

It is a cave located near five banyan trees at Panchvati. It is also one of the tourist attraction in Nashik. Here a narrow staircase is provided to enter into the cave. It has the idol of lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman. In this cave Ram kept his wife safely, while he went to bring a Deer for Sita, but at the same time Rawan came here and kidnapped her.

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Kapaleshwar Temple:

It is the oldest temple situated in Nashik, at the bank of Godavari river near Ramkund. Every temple of Mahadev strictly has a Nandi, but the peculiar feature of this temple is that it does not have Nandi.

Wani:

It serves the temple of Sapatashrungi Mata, at Sapatashrungi hills near Nanduri villege. It is just 52 km away from Nashik. This temple is situated at the top of hill, which has around 450 steps to climb high. A big fair is held at this temple in the month of April.

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Bhandardara:

It is a small and undisturbed spot specially for the people who need a break from their tedious life. It is situated just 70 km away from Nashik. It hosts an exquisite holiday resort and a gateway for fun loving picnickers and trekkers. It serves Radha Falls, a clean and big Arthur Lake, a deep valley, historical Ratangadh fort, Agasti Rishi Ashram, Amritheshwar Temple, and Wilson Dam are the few viewpoints at Bhandardara.

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Along with all this Nashik has many other tourist destinations like:

  • Sndarnarayan Temple
  • Modakeshwar Ganesh Temple
  • Gondeshwar Temple
  • Guru Gangeshwar Ved Mandir
  • Muktidam Temple
  • Kalaram Temple
  • Coin Museum
  • Pandavleni Caves
  • Shirdi
  • Trimbakeshwar

All these tourist places in one city, attracts lot number of travellers, due to which Nashik Hotel Booking sites are always busy, because every traveller is willing for a best and comfortable hotel for residence and also to enjoy the visit.

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About Shirdi

Shirdi is a home town of Shir Sadguru Sainath Maharaj. He is popularly known as Shir Sai Baba. It is situated in the Rahata Taluka of Ahmednagar District at Maharashtra state.  It is a small town with a population of around 26,169 as per the rocords of 2001 census. It sees lot of floating population as many devotees come to Shirdi every year. Due to so many devotees, visitor, travellers it has well developed hospitality industry. This city has all the best facilities to make your stay comfortable. So for Shirdi hotels booking the sites are always busy.

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History:

One of the famous Indian saint popularly known as Shri Saibaba, has come to Shirdi at the age of 16 and started staying in the city till his death. When he was alive he stayed in the mosque and after his death he was cremated in the temple. Till now nobody knows his real name, date of birth or birth place. He has great admiration for both Hindu and Muslim community. He has given many Indian Spiritual names like guru, fakir, baba, Saibaba and many more. This small town is visited by lot of devotees form all over the world.

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Culture:

In India, Shirdi is the only city which is purely dedicated to Shir Sai Baba.  The mosque in which Shir Sai Baba have lived, has a life size portrait of him by Shama Roa Javkar, who is an artist from Mumbai. Numerous other monuments and statues are also depicting Sai Baba. In India it is common to find Sai Baba temple at any city. Every big and small city or town has at least one temple, which is totally devoted to Sai Baba. There are also many temples located outside India, in countries like United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Kenya, Netherlands, Cuba and many more.

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Festivals:

There are three main festivals which are celebrated in a grand way at Shirdi. These are Ramnavami, Gurupurima & Vijayadashmi. During these festival large numbers of devotees visit this city.

Vijayadashmi: Vijayadashmi is a biggest festival in Shirdi, which is celebrated on the day when Shir Sai Baba left his body for a life of immortality. It is also known as Shir Sai Punyathithi, which attracts people to visit this city from many different places. Many different religious activities are organized and during this festival a grand “Brahman Bhojan “is arranged. You can also give Dakashina (Donation to Guru) or to the common people. This festival comes during the month of October.

Ramnavami: Ramnavami is one of the most important festival celebrated in the month of March/April with lot of excitement. It is said that, in the year 1897 Gopla Rao Gund determined to hold in a Urus in the name of Shir Sai Baba as gratitude towards the blessing of becoming father after so many childless years. This festival shows the communal unity, which wipes all differences of different faiths.

Gurupurnima: Gurupurnima or Full Moon is a great time to visit Shirdi. It is a time to honour the Guru and had a special blessing. For this festival devotees from all over the world gather in Shirdi to seek the blessing of Shir Sai Baba. A Vyasa Puja is also held, in the honour of Ved Vyasa who wrote the famous epic Mahabharata.

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So visit Shirdi during these months, with your whole family, to make your visit more spiritual and memorable.

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About Kumbh Mela:

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious gathering in world. It is an event where people from different countries, of different caste, different religion and color, gather at one place. In this year  Maha Kumbh Mela is organized at Allahabad which is located at the convergence of three divine rivers: The Ganga, The Yamuna and The Saraswati. Due to this convergence, it known as ‘The Sangam’. As per Hindu Mythology this is the only right place and time where we can dislodge our offense to actualize ‘Moksha’ by taking dive in the blessed water of ‘The Ganga’ during Kumbh Mela. Kumbh Mela is organized alternately at Nashik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar in every three years. Among them the one which is celebrated at Holy Sangam in Allahabad is most holiest and largest.

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The Meaning Of Kumbh:

The real meaning of Kumbh is container, but its elemental meaning is somewhat different. In the form of container, Kumbh is related with holy activities, as in our daily life ‘Kalash’ is used as a symbol of Hindu Culture. According to holy scriptures, the mouth or opening of Kumbh denotes the presence of Vishnu, neck that of Rudra, and its base represents the presence of Brahama.

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Kumbh Mela 2013:

Kumbh Mela 2013 has been started from 14 January, which was Makar Sankranti. This Maha Kumbh Mela has total 9 bathing dates, amongst which most important are:

  • Makar Sankranti
  • Basant Panchmi
  • Mauni Amavasya
  • Paush Purnima
  • Maghi Purnima and
  • Maha Shivratri

In the past three times 1983, 1989 and 2001 Maha Kumbh Mela was organized at Allahabad, and in the year 2001 more than 60 million people attended this event, and this time it is expected to break all previous record.

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Types Of Kumbh Mela:

Kumbh Mela is categorized into five distinct types which are explained below:

  1. Maha Kumbh – celebrated after 12 Purn Kumbh Mela i.e after (12*12) 144 years. It is organised only at Allahabad, which is a holy place of ‘The Sangam’.
  2. Purna Kumbh – celebrated in every 12 years. Last Purn Kumbh was organised in 2001 at Prayag.
  3. Ardh Kumbh – celebrated after six years at Allahabad and Haridwar. Ardh means half, and the name is given due to its gap of six years (half of Purn Kumbh) between two kumbh. It indicated the middle of Purn Kumbh.
  4. Kumbh Mela – celebrated 4 times in every 12 years, alternatively at four crusade places.
  5. Magh Mela – celebrated every year, excepting the years of Ardh and Purn Kumbh Mela. It is also named as Annual Mini Kumbh Mela.

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To enjoy such a scenic beauty and also to experience the importance of Kumbh Mela, you must visit Allahabad this year. Different Kumbh Mela 2013 Packages are available, as per your comfort and schedule. You can select any of them, and enjoy your visit to Maha Kumbh Mela.

Whenever any group of friends or say group of families planning for spending their valuable time with their family or friends and going to be planned some tourist place or any tour package, then if somebody ask me where you want to go, then I suggest you to see “Wildlife”.

“Wildlife” is always more than a momentary pleasure to every individual. Seeking wildlife is very interesting journey for everyone, because, it brings you a refreshment of body and mind.

There are many wildlife sanctuaries, national park and Tiger reserves in India. You have a lot of options to choose which one to visit. It includes Pench National Park, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Jim Corbett National Park these are the few major National Parks in India. Each and every park has its own specialty to explore. India has numerous types of flora and fauna to explore for the tourist travelers from all over the world. Jungle safaris in India are a treat for the travelers who like more adventure and love to explore wildlife.

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National Parks In India

If you are looking specific for Tiger safari, then, Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgarh and Jim Corbett National Park is perfect for you. Now, let us know about the most visited and lovely “National Parks In India” which gives us an life time experience of Tiger Safari. Here is the list of famous National Parks In ndia.

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is a wonderful experience for those who like to explore in the nature and wildlife. It is located in north-west of Jabalpur city. It is one of the best Tiger reservoirs of India. It is popularly known as the land of Tigers. It has around 22 species of mammals. Some of them are Sambar, Black Buck, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Spotted Deer or Chital and many more.

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Pench National Park

Pench is a wonderful National park situated near Seoni. The name Pench is given after Pench River. It is easily reachable from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It is mostly visited for Tiger safari. This National park is also home to many different species like Flying squirrels, Black buck, Gaur, Wild Boar, Hyenas and many more.

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Bandhavgarh National park

Bandhavgarh is not much big, but, it is a wonderful National Park situated in Madhya Pradesh. It is located at 197 km away from north-east of Jabalpur. It has the highest population of tigers in India. It is more popular for White Tigers. According to latest census, there are around 64 tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park.

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Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest Nation Park in India, located in Uttarakhand Nainital District. It is the India’s first National park, which consists of 520 km2 area of hills and riverine belts, grass lands and large lake. This Park act as a protected area for the endangered bengal tigers in India.

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Tiger holiday in India is a very thrilling experience  Go and enjoy your holidays in India. You will get a never forgetting experience here. There are various packages available for enjoying your holidays.