Travel guide for the first timer in Shirdi
Shirdi is a small town just 250 kilometers from Mumbai. Shirdi is famous for Saibaba, the holy saint worshipped by people worldwide, irrespective of their religion.
Shirdi has thousands of devotees visiting the holy Saibaba Temple every day and the number of devotees rise many a fold during weekends and on Thursdays. This is because Saibaba miraculously treated sick people and always helped the poor.
Everyone in our country wants to visit a religious place at least once in their lifetime. There are many things you should know, like weather, hotels for stay, good food, ways to reach, etc., if you are the first timer.
In this article, we look into the few tips you should follow while visiting Shirdi.
How to reach Shirdi?
Shirdi is well connected by rail, air and road to the rest of the world. For example, Mumbai airport is just 250 km from Shirdi, Pune airport is 200 km, and Aurangabad airport is just 140 km from Shirdi.
Shirdi is well connected by rail throughout the country. Sainagar railway station is just 2 km from the Sai temple. Manmad, Nasik, and Kopergaon are the three railway stations not far from Shirdi.
You can even reach Shirdi by road if it is convenient for you. In addition, many private and state buses connect Shirdi with the rest of India.
What is the most suitable time to visit Shirdi?
Shirdi’s summers are sweltering and if you plan to visit from April to June, you should be ready to face the heat. On the other hand, the perfect time to visit Shirdi is from October to March. You can witness heavy crowds during special occasions like Guru Poornima, Ramnavmi, New Year’sYear’s Eve, and Vijayadashmi.
Thursdays are usually very crowded, known as Saibaba’s day but you can visit the holy place in August and September if you are looking for the less crowded days.
Always book a hotel in advance.
Shirdi is a well-known pilgrimage worldwide and many devotees visit Shirdi annually. Therefore, Shirdi has lot of hotels and you can select them as per your requirement and budget.
A budget hotel can cost around Rs700 and the price will increase with more amenities. The prices are high during the peak season and it’s always recommended to book the hotel in advance and avail special offers.
The location is not an issue with the hotels as they are all in very close proximity to the temple. Even Saibaba Trust offers rooms to the pilgrims with basic amenities like attached washrooms.
Many online travel websites offer discount on rooms; even if you have not booked before the visit, you will find many tourist guides around who will help you get a decent stay.
General and safety tips for the visitors.
There is a chance that you may be robbed of your valuables if you are not careful in and around the temple premises. Therefore, take care of all your valuables when in Shirdi.
Keep your children with you as they keep running around and it can be a difficult task to trace them in the heavy crowd.
Mobile phones, cameras and all the gadgets are not allowed inside the temple, and it’s better to leave them in your hotel room before leaving for the temple.
Shani Shignapur and Ajanta Ellora caves are not very far from Shirdi. Shani Shignapur is a famous pilgrimage place, and Ajanta and Ellora caves have excellent art value.
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