Nanded is located in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. The city lies on the banks of the river Godavari and is among the oldest cities of the region. Although it is a Marathi region, it is a highly sacred place for the Sikh community as well. Nanded was under the reign of Nanda dynasty during the 4th and 5th centuries. It also formed a portion of mighty Mauryan Empire under “Ashoka the Great" and so the city boasts of rich historical background. Tourists on a Nanded tour must visit the various ancient monuments in the city apart from numerous Gurudwaras.
Among the popular tourist places in Nanded, the Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib holds a vital place. It is the main Sikh shrine in the city and one among the five High Seats of Authority (a Sikh belief). This magnificent white marble Gurudwara was laid down by the brave 19th century ruler of Punjab province, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It was built in reverence to Sikh saint Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji and houses the mortal remains of the saint.
Other shrines such as the Kaleshwar Temple and Hazrat Nawab Sarfaraz Khan Sahid Masjid are among other popular Nanded tourist places. Located on the periphery of Nanded, the Kaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. As it lies on the banks of Godavari River, tourists can also get to enjoy boating here. The masjid was built more than three centuries ago by Sarfaraz Khan, a chieftain of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb and is the most popular Muslim shrine in the region.
Today, the town is growing with a swift pace in all fields, be it industries, agriculture, commerce or entertainment. It houses various industries such as textiles, sugar, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals whereas its soil favours the growth of crops like cotton and banana. Various shopping malls have also come up in the city recently.