Travel to Shirdi

Shirdi Tourism

Shirdi is a small town that falls under the jurisdiction of Shirdi Nagar Panchayat, located in Ahmednagar District in the state of Maharashtra. It is located on the Ahmednagar to Manmad State Highway Number 10. Shirdi is well-known as the popular pilgrimage destination as the shrine of the late 19th century guru Sai Baba is situated here.

How to reach Shirdi

Shirdi is a small town located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is a famous pilgrimage center of India and is the home of the renowned saint Sai Baba. The village is a big site for the devotees. Pilgrims from all over the world come to visit the Samadhi of Shirdi Sai Baba.

By Air

The nearest airports to Shirdi are in Aurangabad (113 km) and Mumbai (248 km). The Mumbai airport has both domestic and international flights to all major cities in the world. Daily taxi and bus services are available to reach Shirdi from the airport.

By Train

Sainagar Shirdi Railway Station is a newly constructed station in Shirdi and is currently operational with trains operating to selected cities in India. Other stations near Shirdi that are used for connecting to major cities in India are Manmad Junction (57 km) and Kopargaon railway station (17 km). From theses two stations regular bus and taxi services can be hired to reach Shirdi. Trains to Shirdi...

By Road

Shirdi is well connected to adjacent cities and districts by state owned buses, private deluxe and semi deluxe buses. Taxis, mini-vans and cabs can also be hired to reach here.

Distance to Shirdi
  • From Manmad 55 km
  • From Nasik 83 km
  • From Aurangabad 107 km
  • From Pune 185 km
  • From Mumbai 248 km

Shirdi Travel Tips

  • If you plan to visit during festival days make sure to book Hotels and travel in advance.
  • Do not miss the food provided by prasadalaya, its simple food served as Prasad of Baba.
  • Sri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi provides more services and facilities for the cost paid.
  • Beware of touts who will offer accommodation and temple tours.
  • Shirdi can be dusty at times, so people with allergies should carry a dust mask.
  • Explore the town on foot, since all interesting sights are located within walking distance.
  • Alternately, you can hire a car from your hotel to take you around town.

Shopping in Shirdi

Shirdi is visited by thousands of Sai Baba devotees every year. After finishing the Darshan the tourists and devotees desire to gather a few holy items which they can take with them as souvenirs from the shops at Shirdi.These items posses a positive feeling and a holy feel that connects them with Shirdi and Sai Baba.

Where to shop and what to buy in Shirdi

There are several attractive shops near the temple complex, which sell Sai Baba pictures, figurines and a lot more things which attract many customers and devotees. The book shops sell many books related to Sai Baba, along with the English and other language version of Sai Charitra. Sai Baba mementos are also available here.

The Shirdi Sansthan has many shops which sell clothes and other varied items which are offered by pilgrims at the Samadhi temple of Sai Baba. The items from these shops present a feeling of sacredness. While shopping in Shirdi, the tourists and devotees are attracted by a variety of pictures of Sai Baba. These pictures draw lots of attention from people as they posses a divine feel of the Sai Baba.

Prasad Laddus are sold by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. As Shirdi is a pilgrim place, it is totally vegetarian and no alcohol is served here. There are lots of hotels and restaurants which serve food at very reasonable price. The shops open early in the morning around 7 am and close late at night around 10:30 pm. These shops sell everything from huge rose garlands, flowers and idols to laminated photos, sweets, books, CDs and souvenirs related to Sai Baba. Every commercial activity in this town revolves around the huge temple complex.

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Last Updated on : 23/08/2013