A Traveller’s Guide To Shirdi

About Shirdi

Shirdi, a town of great religious significance, is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Known for being the home of the late 19th century saint Sri Sai Baba, this place is situated at a distance of 82 km from Ahmednagar and 258 km from Mumbai. Every year, lakhs of devotees flock here, to pay their respect and homage to the great saint.

Why go there: Rich Historical Heritage | Culture | Religious Centre
Ideal for: Everyone
Trivia: As per Vishwanath Khaire (Indologist), the name ‘Shirdi’ is derived from a Tamil word Seeradi = Seer + Adi, which means ‘The Foot of Prosperity’.
Things to bring back:  Trinkets and other Souvenirs like Statues, Magnets, Stickers, Books and Photos of Sai Baba.

To reach Shirdi via bus, you can use the RedBus online booking app and get amazing RedBus offers. Use the RedBus offer codes to get cashbacks, discounts and more on the purchase of bus tickets to Shirdi.


Places To Visit In Shirdi

6. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

A prime temple of Shirdi and one of the most famous shrines in India, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple’s complex stretches approximately 200 sq metres. First on the list of the richest temples in India, and third richest temple in the world, is said to be constructed under the sponsorship by a millionaire from Nagour who was an ardent follower and devotee of Shri Sai Baba. Small shrines of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh and Lord Shani are also located in the premises.

Distance from the City: 2 km
Time required: 4 – 6 hours
Ideal for: Religious People
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


5. Shani Shingnapur

Also known as Sonai, Shani Shingnapur is a village located in Nevasa Taluka of Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district. A home to the popular Shani Mahadev Temple, this temple is believed to be a jagrut devsthan (the deity still resides in the temple). One amazing fact about this village is that nobody living in the village has any doors in their houses. The locals believe that if any one tries to attempt theft, Lord Shani will punish them.

Distance from the City: 72 km
Time required: 4 – 5 hours
Ideal for: Religious People
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


4. Sai Heritage Village

A beautiful park operating since 2014, Sai Heritage Village is one of the first pilgrimage cum picnic spot for tourists flocking to Shirdi. There are many depictions of the life led by Sai Baba, his devotees and the villagers. A well-maintained theme park, Sai Heritage Village also has a rope way, toy train and a small eatery that attract the tourists to this place.

Distance from the City: 3 km
Time required: 5 – 6 hours
Ideal for: Culture Enthusiasts
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


3. Khandoba Mandir

Located on the Kopergaon Road in Ahmednagar district of Shirdi, this temple is dedicated to Khandoba (a form of Lord Shiva), the presiding deity of this town. With a well maintained premises, Khandoba temple has a calm and peaceful environment where a person is able to connect spiritually.

Distance from the City: 0.3 km
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Ideal for: Religious People
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


2. Hanuman Mandir

Popularly known as Maruti Mandir, Hanuman Mandir is one of the oldest temples situated in Shirdi. The temple has two idols of Lord Hanuman, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, kept side by side in this temple, while some dumbbells and weights are kept in a corner.

Distance from the City: 0.6 km
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Ideal for: Religious People
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


1. Bhandardara

A small hill station located in Ahmednagar, this place overlooks spectacular natural views and is situated on the banks of the river Pravara. A peaceful amalgam of natural beauty, waterfalls, greenery, refreshing environment, this place is said to be the meditating place of Sage Agastya. Tourists also get to trek upto Ratnagad Fort or enjoy other small treks and hikes.

Distance from the City: 104 km
Time required: 1-2 Days
Ideal for: Adventure Lovers | Nature Lovers
Best time to visit: September to February


Things To Do In Shirdi

7. Shopping

Shop for books, trinkets or souvenirs at the Temple Road, Kopargaon. With shops on either side of the road selling colourful goods, grab some accessories or clothes, all related to Sai Baba, that can be found here.


6. Enjoy your day at Wet n Joy Water Park

Want a day filled with fun and frolic? Visit Wet n Joy Water Park. The first of its kind in Shirdi, this water park has a giant colourful water slide with crystal clear waters and pool fountains for you to enjoy your time to the fullest.


5. Attend the Palki Procession

A weekly procession that is held every Thursday, this Palki Procession commemorates Sri Sai’s journey. Starting from the Samadhi Mandir, this procession stops at Dwarkamai Masjid and continues to Chawri with people offering their homage at every place of its halt. After the procession returns to its starting point, prayers are offered and a serene atmosphere prevails in.


4. Visit St Laurn’s

For all those who seek relaxation and rejuvenation after a peaceful rendezvous with the spiritual city of Shirdi, Laurn’s spa provides you wonderful experience like that of a luxurious retreat along with some time off at the pool or enjoying a bright day. Offering you Ayurvedic Treatments to increase your energy level, this spa lets you take some time off from your hasty schedule.


3. Walk along the Lendi Baug

Lendi Baug or the Lendi Gardens are a beautiful green patch said to have been frequented by Sai Baba and his devotees. Said to have been made and watered by Baba himself, with the change in season, these gardens bloom with colourful blossoms and serves as a famous picnic spot for the local sand tourists alike


2. Experience the 3 main festivals Celebrated in Shirdi

Pay a visit to this pious place during the months of March/April, July and September when the three main festivals of Ram Navmi, Guru Purnima and Vijaydashmi are celebrated in Shirdi respectively. The level of serenity and piousness during those times is at its highest and you will experience peace and calmness prevailing all over.


1. Have some delectable food at one of India’s Mega Kitchens

Comprising of three mega kitchen halls and being one of the largest solar kitchens in India, the Prasadalaya of Shirdi can prepare around 40,000 meals (around 80,000 during festivals) along with breakfast packets every day. The Prasadalaya opens from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM every day.


How To Reach Shirdi? 

Flight | Bus

Nearest Airport: Aurangabad Airport

Book Your Flights Using: Goomo Coupon CodeYatra Promo Code

 Nearest Bus Stop:  Shirdi Bus Depot

Book Your Bus Tickets Using: Travelyaari | Mobikwik Bus

Book buses to Shirdi through RedBus online booking app and get great RedBus offers and discounts!


Where To Stay In Shirdi:

Goradia’s Lords Inn | The Temple View Hotel | Marigold Regency

Avail Discounts on Hotel Bookings Using: Homeaway Promo CodeTravelocity Coupon CodeOyo Coupon Code

To enjoy a hassle free stay, you can also book through Thomas Cook Holidays.


Rent A Car:

If you do not wish to take your car, you can rent one from: ZoomcarGetmecab

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