Nashik is often referred as India's very own Napa Valley. Under an azure blue sky and surrounded by picturesque Western Ghat mountains, Nashik is the home of some of the finest Indian wines. Warmer days and cooler nights, gentle slope, fertile landscape - all these make a perfect setting of a great wine country. Nashik is India's wine capital. Lavish vineyards and well-developed winery infrastructure make Nashik the perfect wine tour destination. If you want to experience firsthand the Indian wine growth story and taste some of the finest Indian labels, your quest would certainly bring you to Nashik. Whether you are a true wine enthusiast or a common nature loving tourist, Nashik would fascinate you for sure. The Wine Guru would help you unravel the mysteries surrounding wine and wine making. They would take you through the vineyards and will give you interesting inputs about wine tasting and you could see for yourself the intricate process of winemaking.
Day 01: Mumbai – Nashik (Approx Distance 180kms / approx time 0500 hrs)
Have you ever wondered how the wine in your glass was made and got its taste?? You are just going to explore the origin, making and then tasting of the wine. Morning you will be driven to Nashik – one of the holiest city of India, where Kumbh Mela is organized every 12 years. You will discover the historical site of Jainism by visiting Pandav Leni Caves. Dating back to 01st and 02nd century, These Jain Caves are cut from Single Solid Rock and served as the accommodation for Jain Bhikshus (ascetics) and have beautiful sculpture of Jain Thirthankaras and Lord Buddha. You will not be able to stop yourself from wondering about the sheer labor which would have gone into building these expansive caves by cutting the hard rock without use of any machinery. You will also be amazed to see the excellent water management system here.
You will continue to drive to reach SULA Vineyards – the origin of the famed Sula Wines. Arrive and check in at Beyond – India’s First vineyard resort. Afternoon will be at leisure to explore the resort or just relax. Stay will be at Vineyards. (D)
Day 02: Nashik – Wine Tour (understanding wines)
Today you will start on the journey of exploring the making of wines. You will first see the vineyards where the grapes of different varieties are grown which goes into the making of the wines of different aroma and tastes. While you are mesmerized by the sight of beautiful green valleys of the vineyards where grapes in neatly lined rows are grown, the local guide will uncover the mystery of the journey of wine from grapes to the bottle. Visit the winery where the grapes are crushed, processed and converted into the fine tasting wines. You will then proceed to The Tasting Room, India’s first atop the vineyard providing a perfect ambience to appreciate and know more about wines. Wine appreciation/evaluation is done by understanding a wine through its colour, aroma, flavour, texture and body. The Wine tasting session will help you broaden your horizons on wine by demonstrating how to differentiate and characterize a wine. It will also help you know how to pair food and wine, how to serve wines or how to know which wine is perfect for gifting. You also get a chance to buy some of the memorabilia including tea shirts, stemware, ice buckets and also the best of Sula Wines. Stay will be at Vineyards. (B, D)
Day 03: Nashik – Mumbai Approx Distance 180kms / approx time 0500 hrs)
Morning will be at leisure. You will have an option of visiting Triambakeshwar temple – one out of the 12 jyotirlingas located some 30 kms away. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra.
River Godavari is believed to be the Ganges which has been brought to this place by Rishi Gautam by performing Worship of Lord Shiva so as he can wash his sins by bathing into it. Pleased with his prayers Lord Shiva granted him his wish and thus River Ganges originated as River Godavari at Brahmagiri Mountain, where Trimbakeshwar temple is located.
You will check out in the afternoon enriched with experiences and knowledge to leave back to Mumbai. (B)
- 02 nights resort accommodation with private facility
- Travel, transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditions car with driver as per itinerary
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
- Entrance fee & Monument charges.
- Tour of Vineyard and Wine tasting.
- Local English speaking tour guide during sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
- All current taxes