City of Gurdwaras
Nanded is termed as the ‘City of Gurudwaras and this beautiful city in the Marathawada region of Maharashtra has both religious and historic importance. The ancient town of Nanded is home to several ancient Sufi Shrines and Gurudwaras. This popular tourist attraction is also known for its remarkable street food. Thus, Nanded is worth a visit for a different kind of experience.
According to Hindu mythology, some fascinating stories are surrounding Nanded. They say that the name is derived from Nandi, who was the vehicle of consciousness for Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva performed penance at this very location beside the river Godavari which flows by Nanded. Due to the fertile land of this region, it was a crucial part of the Nizam Empire and later the British Empire.
Things to Do and Major Attractions:
While planning to trip to Nanded, firstly you must visit the Sachkand Gurudwara. Since the holy book of the Sikhs, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is preserved here, the place has a special significance for the people of the Sikh community. Tourists can also pay a visit to the Lord Siddheshwar Temple and seek blessings.
The Nanded Fort is another well-known destination among the tourists and this place is known for its scenic location with the River Godavari covering three sides. There are some fine specimens of the Ahmednagar architecture and work of art which can be seen through the Kandhar Fort. While you are in Nanded, you can also check out the Renuka Devi Temple which is located in Shaktipur.
People and Culture:
While Marathi is easily the most spoken language around here, the people also speak the Urdu Language that influences the Deccan region. The majority of the population is Hindu and the Muslim and Sikh population is also significant. The people in Nanded are warm and welcoming to the tourist and you can be certain to stay clear of any kind of untowardly incident.
Local Food and Popular Shopping Items:
The food here is a delicious synthesis between the Maharashtrian style and the Hyderabadi style and this reflects in the taste. The Tehri and Biryani must be tried when you are in Nanded. There are plenty of restaurants in this region and you will also find authentic and delicious Maharashtrian food. Besides such amazing street-food options, Nanded has a lot to offer for those who love shopping. The handicraft items from this region are known for their design and quality and you can also pick some fresh vegetables before you leave Nanded.
Best Time to Visit:
Although the winters in Nanded are cold, it is advisable to visit between November to February. The summer season is extremely hot here and thus, it is only during the winters that you can roam around comfortably in your winter clothing and explore the place.
Availability of Accommodation Type:
The living options in Nanded are plentiful and you can live in luxury residences such as Hotel City Pride. If you are a little low on budget, there are some cheaper yet beautiful hotels such as Godavari Lodge and Shivtara.