A holy city in Maharashtra, Nasik has managed to put itself on the global map. Anybody travelling within India considers going to this place at least once in their lifetime. And that is mainly because of the growing viticulture in the city. Nashik is home to some of the biggest vineyards and wineries in the country – Sula Vineyards, Fratelli, Grova Zampa, Soma Vine Village, York Winery and Chandon which is the newest addition.Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown Update: Govt Eases Covid Curbs in 11 Districts Including Pune and Sangli | Check Full List Here

They have their own charm: sprawling acres of vineyards with rolling hills in the backdrop, fancy glasses clinking with reds and whites, wine-tastings with the biggest pioneers, learning about wine-making and wine storage, a day in one of these vineyards in nothing short of spectacular. Then of course, there are restaurants like Little Italy that only take the luxurious experience a notch higher. Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown Big Update: Shops To Remain Open Till 8 PM in THESE Districts | Malls, Gyms, Spas Allowed

But here are things that you must also give a shot to when in Nasik. After all, it’s always a great idea to experience the best of both worlds. Also Read - Maharashtra Reports First Case Of Zika Virus After Woman in Pune Tests Positive For Infection

Authentic, local Maharashtrian thali

If you’re one for trying local flavours and have tolerance for real spicy stuff, you must head straight to Divtya Budhlya Wada. This place serves food that will attack your sensory glands like never before. The ambiance is truly local: under a  lantern-lit bamboo canopy, locals and travellers devour the special mutton thali or rustic à la carte countryside dishes that are all grease, fat and taste. The local restaurants outside the temples too offer some authentic flavours.

Fabulous homestays

As opposed to living in a posh, luxurious property at Sula, one could explore a little beyond to only be surprised at the beauty of relatively smaller, quainter home-stays. One such is The Parekh Farmhouse, where a family has extended their living premises to construct a guesthouse. The gorgeous earthy rooms, simple interiors and ever-smiling hosts will make it a stay to remember.

Ghats in Nashik

Ramkund, a bathing ghat in the heart of the city’s old quarter sees hundreds of Hindu pilgrims daily who go there to bathe, pray and to immerse the ashes of departed friends and family (because they say the waters provide moksha to the soul). There’s an adjacent market where one can sit and watch people go by and perhaps, capture the local scene on a camera.

Ancient temples

Be it the very famous Trimbakeshwar Temple, Kala Rama Temple or Sita Gumpha, or caves like the Pandav Leni – they’re all replete with religious stories and history, especially those from the Ramayana, as it is believed that Sita hid from the evil Ravana in one of the caves in Nasik.