Pandav Caves (Pandav Lani)
Pandav Lani is situated at a distance of 9kms from the Central Bus Stand. These are three mountain peaks of Anjinagiri mountain ranges .These caves were built by the Jain Kings and are 2000 years old. The engravings inside the gumpha are believed to be of the Pandavas of Mahabharat, written sometime in the 17th Century and thus these caves are named as "Pandav Caves". These historical caves created between B.C.100 to 110, are located on a tableland on the Trivashmi Hill. Together, there are 29 caves.
These caves may have been a training centre for Buddha worshippers as well. Icons of Bhagwan Gautam Buddha and Bodhisatva are wonderfully crafted on these caves. During Jain regime B.C. 1000 to 1100 these were home to Jain saints. Inside the caves one can see idols of Lord Buddha, Bodhisatva, Jain Tirthankar Vrishabhdeo, Veer Kapibhadra and Ambikadevi. The cave complex contains large caves which were the meeting places of the disciples, where sermons were preached. The caves were well designed with several water tanks chiselled into the rock.
Behind the Pandav Caves, is the biggest Artillery Centre in Asia. This artillery centre was shifted from Pakistan in 1947, and is now completing its 50th year. The Indian army's officers and soldiers are trained here. Training for 'Bofors Gun' is given here. The area is under the control of the military and is restricted for civilians.
The Vipassana International Academy is located at Igatpuri. It was established in 1976 with the aim of conducting Vipassana Courses for those in search of peace of mind and harmony. Known as Dhammagiri, it is located 40 kms away from Nashik city, on Mumbai-Agra road. This world famous meditation centre offers techniques which relieve mental stress and promote inner peace. It is turning the wheel of time conversion from Kalchakra to Dharmachakra under the able guidance of Guruji Satyanarayan Goenka. A 10 day residential course at the centre, which is free of charge, ends with Bhavatu Saba Mangalam meaning 'May all beings be happy.'
Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial (Smarak):
Doyen and founder of Indian Cinema and Film Industry, Dadasaheb Phalke was born at Nashik on 30th April 1870 in 1913. He produced the first Indian film 'Raja Harishchandra' and in the span of 19 years produced 95 films and 26 documentaries in a studio setup at Nahsik till 1932. This memorial is a tribute to the legendary Shri. Dadasaheb Phalke. This is an ideal place for relaxation and fun, replete with a park, water sports and entertainment.
Veer Savarkar Smarak
Bhagur is the birth place of the freedom fighter, Swatanrya Veer Savarkar and hence it has gained historical importance. There is also a beautiful temple of "Bhagur Devi" located here. Bhagur is situated 3 km away from Deolali Camp and 17 km from Nashik road.
The Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies established in 1980 and located in the scenic surroundings of Anjneri Hill is one of its kinds in Asia. An extensive archive of Indian currency, photographs, articles, line drawings, replicas and a well-documented researched history of Indian currency that existed in India down the centuries makes Coin Museum a place well worth visiting. It has become the global destination for tourists interested in study and research. The Institute undertakes workshops to promote coin collections in India. K.J.Maheshwari Art Gallery has national and international award winning rare photographs taken by Mr. K .J. Maheshwari.
Thus discussed are the various places offered by the district of Nashik to the tourists who are looking for some rest and relaxation coupled with a bit of enjoyment.
(Last Updated on : 20-10-2014)
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