Wada: street facade of the traditional courtyard house in old Nashik
The older quarters of the city are peculiar to many similar cities of Maharashtra such as Pune, Satara and Kolhapur. It is characterized by the wadas (a housing typology, wada would mean a courtyard house), narrow, shaded, winding streets, peculiar projections onto the street, streets swelling into a chowk (public courtyard) and the vibrant and active bazaar (market) streets leading towards the river (in many cases). Streets are identified by the goods they sell and still attract large number of buyers from the city and more so from adjoining towns and villages.
The planned areas of CIDCO :
About 396 Ha of land area of the city has been planned and developed by City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). This area (originally a part of Morwadi and Untwadi villages) abuts the two industrial areas of the city viz. Satpur and Ambad and is home to a large number of residents who work in the industries. Since the area is planned as a single exercise it has a peculiar visual character and a unique community mix.
New development: Sprawling single residences and apartments :
Areas like College Road, Mahatmanagar, Savarkar Nagar, Kathe Galli, Jail Road, Jaibhavani Road, Indira Nagar, Pipeline Road could loosely be categorized as the newly developed outer areas of Nashik. Quite a few prominent educational institutions are located in these areas and so are the modern day restaurants, coffee shops and hangouts of the young. Most of the construction in this zone has happened in the past 3 to 4 decades and comprises individual houses and multistory apartments. Almost all retail malls and multiplexes in the city are located in this zone.
Rock-cut caves called Pandavleni Caves relating to Hinayana Buddhism are located near Ambad, about 10 km from the city center. The caves are believed to be carved out between 1st century BC and 3rd century AD. There are 22 caves which comprise of chaitya and vihara with varying levels of carving and detail.
Temples of Nashik
The city is home to hundreds of temples and shrines notably at the Ghats near Ramkund (which is the stretch of the river considered holy as it changes its course from westward to southward). The Kalaram Temple, The Naroshankar Temple and the Sundernarayan Temple are most significant architecturally, all built in black basalt stone. Trimbakeshwar temple is 30 kms from Nashik.
Traditional Wada typology of old Nashik :
The old city's hosing quarters primarily comprise of the wada typology. These are built-to-edge courtyard houses with rooms built a central (multi-activity) courtyard opening onto a street. This typology is a fine example of climate control and resulted into the peculiar urban form of narrow shaded streets and public courtyards.
Contemporary Residential Architecture : The urban form of outer Nashik used to be dominated by (generally) well-designed two story independent houses. As land costs soared these have been replaced by either row houses (houses with common side walls) or multistory apartments. The last decade has witnessed a trend of clusters of multiple buildings with a mix of typologies served by common amenities like a club and a swimming pool.
Contemporary Institutional and Public Architecture : There are a few architecturally notable public buildings in Nashik like The Nashik Municipal Corporation Administrative Headquarter, The Kusumagraj Smarak and The Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial at the foothills of Pandavleni Caves. Some of the recent projects comprising educational campuses and corporate buildings have demonstrated reasonable architectural flair at par with national and international architectural trends.
Sarkarwada: The administrative headquarters during the Peshwa Rule
Parks and Public Spaces :
Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial
Shagun Water park (Largest water park in Nasik)
Jawaharlal Nehru Udyan
Various Neighborhood Parks developed and run by the Nashik Municipal Corporation
Various Jogging Parks developed and run by the Nashik Municipal Corporation
Nashik, located in Northern part of the state is considered as one of vastly developing city in Maharashtra. Temples & holy places situated on the banks of river Godavari brings mythological & historical importance to well connected via roads with
cities like Pune & Mumbai it has resulted an increasing growth
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