Manmad is one of the towns in Nasik district in the state of Maharashtra state in India. It is the third largest city in Nasik district, with a population of approximately 80,000. Geographically it lies within Nandgaon Tehsil in Nashik District. Though it is bigger in the area as well as in population compared to most of the Tehsils in the district, it does not have a Tehsil office.
Manmad houses the largest grain storage warehouses of Asia which are administered by Food Corporation of India, and also the offices of petroleum companies like Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum and Indian Oil. This is predominantly Railway town. All development in the city took place around railway activity. The city also has a popular Sikh Gurudwara. Manmad is one of the largest markets for onion producing farmers after Lasalgaon; many farmers from nearby villages sell their farm produce in Manmad to wholesale traders, who in turn sell it in Mumbai. The Central Railway Engineering workshop at Manmad, which constructs and maintains railway bridges for central railways, marked 100 years of operation in December 2005. The Centralized Engineering Workshop is under the direct control of Chief Engineer, Central Railway, Mumbai. This workshop undertakes fabrication of steel structural items, including bridge girders (the longest span built so far is 400 ft or 122m – KRCL); approximately 1160 employees work in the Engineering Workshop.
Manmad’s climate is a local steppe climate. During the year, there is little rainfall in Manmad. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is BSh. The average temperature in Manmad is 25.2 °C. Precipitation here averages 522 mm.
Originally the Manmad town lies on Malegaon – Manmad – Ahmadnagar – Pune Road. It was an important link for Holkars to deal with Peshwas at Pune. It was an important link for Peshwas for entering Northern India and especially Delhi. Other roads link with [Chandwad] and Nandgaon. The city has a huge traffic of agricultural produce, transport of petroleum, food grain & cement from Manmad Station. Traditionally (before the 1960s), Nashik district faced an acute shortage of food grains. Food grains from Marathwada region were transported through this town, destined to Nashik district.