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Shirdi Travel Guide


  • Sai Baba of Shirdi
Shirdi At a Glance
  • Average Climate:23°C to 31°C
  • Best Time to Visit:October to February
  • STD Code:832

Introduction

A childless Muslim Faqir and his wife adopted a Hindu Brahman-born infant left in the wood abandoned. Although its a matter of study if he is a Hindu or Muslim, his teaching elements were a cluster of Hinduism and Islam. That is why he was revered by both religious people. The birth year and birthplace of Sai Baba is still unknown, but most accounts mention he died in Shirdi on 15 October 1918. It is believed Sai Baba arrived in Shirdi in 1858 and remained there until his death.

Since then, when he was alive, the Sai Baba is worshiped by all devotees irrespective of ethnicities and religions. He proposed the famed saying “Sabka Maalik Ek” (One God for all). Sai Baba is considered the most revered Saints of India, and residents of Shirdi town believe he is the greatest Saint ever known to mankind, and so do his followers worldwide. It is believed that the Spiritual Guru had spent almost 50 years of his life in Shirdi town and condemned distinction based on caste and religion.

Shirdi Town Introduction

Shirdi is a famous pilgrimage site in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and is known for its divinity because of Sai Baba. He is one of the most enigmatic spiritual figures and got the legendary iconic status of a national guru by millions of devotees. When Sai Baba was alive, the Indian spiritual master advocated religious tolerance by practicing sleeping alternatively in Hindu Temples and mosques in Shirdi. After his pious soul rested in peace in 1918, Shirdi locals encountered many miracles; they strongly believe the Sai Baba is still alive and shower his blessing to the devotees. That is why his temple complex in Shirdi draws an average of 60,000 (approx.) pilgrims in a day.

There is more to know about Shirdi other than paying homage to the Sufi Saint - Sai Baba. From attractions to things to do and places to visit nearby, famous restaurants to eat, and where to stay, this is your quick travel guide to Shirdi. Keep scrolling!

Top Sights in Shirdi

The air in Shirdi carries chants lingering with spirituality. You will be spellbound with the grand spiritual vibes of Shirdi. A trip to Shirdi is all about a deep spiritual journey of cleansing. The birthplace of 19th-century spiritual leader Sai Baba has plenty of top sights in Shirdi which demand exploration if you want to attain spiritual enlightenment. But that is not the only reason to visit Shirdi. Several tourists or devotees, especially living in and around Mumbai, Nasik, Nagpur, and Pune, flock to Shirdi on weekends. With cultural heritage sites, amusement parks, shopping malls, and much more, the attractions in Shirdi will surely captivate you!

Let’s dig deep into the famous tourist places to visit in Shirdi.

  • Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is the crowning place for tourism in Shirdi and is often visited by tourists irrespective of their religion. Inside the temple, prayer songs are sung all day long! Here you can view the Samadhi of Sai Baba. It is suggested to visit during the Aarti ceremony. Attend the Aarti ceremony that takes place in three shifts. Devotees can get VIP Darshan and skip the long queues by booking the ticket from Temple’s online portal.

Visiting hours: 4 AM - 10:30 PM throughout the week

Aarti timings

  • Kakad Aarti: 4:30 AM - 5 AM: 600 INR (approx.)
  • Madhyan Aarti (Mid-day Aarti): 12 Noon - 12:30 PM: 400 INR (approx.)
  • Dhoop Aarti (Sunset): 400 INR (approx.)
  • Shej Aarti: 10:30 AM: 400 INR (approx.)

Note: In the rise of COVID-19 cases, the Temple Association, per the Maharashtra Government, has changed the Darshan timings. Make sure to verify from the official website of Shirdi.

  • Sai Teerth Devotional Theme Park

This is India's first spiritual theme park, named after the birthplace of 19th century Spiritual Guru, Sai Baba. It is a fully air-conditioned park and features 4 different show types, including a 5D show and movie space. Sai Teerth Devotional Theme Park's objective is to educate pilgrims about the life incident of Sai Baba appealingly and entertainingly. Did we mention you can satiate your cravings inside this spiritual theme park because it has an onsite restaurant?

Visiting hours: 10 AM - 6 PM throughout the week
Entry fee: 390 INR (approx.) for children, and 470 INR (approx.) for adults

  • Hanuman Mandir

Hanuman Mandir is one of the best tourist places in Shirdi and also amongst the oldest shrines in the city. The temple is often known as Maruti Mandir, and legends state that Hanuman Mandir is the same place where Sadu used to rest where Sai Baba used to visit occasionally during his years in Shirdi. On special occasions, the Palki of Sai Baba is taken out and stopped at Maruti Mandir. You must visit this temple to seek spiritual awakening from Lord Hanuman and Sai Baba.

Visiting hours: 7 AM - 6 PM throughout the week
Entry fee: Free of cost

  • Gurusthan

This is yet another place for devotees who believe in the miraculous power of Sai Baba. Gurusthan, which translates to “Seat of God,” is where Sai Baba was first seen to the world when he was merely 16 years old. The place was a Neem Tree during his time, but now a shrine is built, and still, the Neem tree branches could be visible making their way out! Pilgrims can see the marble statue of Sai Baba with Nandi Bull and Shivling. Also, pictures of 12 Jyotirlingas could be spotted within the same shrine. When in Shirdi, don’t forget to light up the incense sticks to unlock blessings.

Visiting hours: 5 AM - 10 PM throughout the week
Entry fee: Free of cost

  • Sai Heritage Village

Located at a proximate distance of 3 kilometers (approx.) from Sai Baba Temple, Sai Heritage Village is located. A visit to this village will give you enough options to know about the lives of villagers and Sai Baba life's past. It is a newly must-visit place in Shirdi as it was established in 2014 July.

Visiting hours: 9 AM - 11 PM
Entry fee: 150 INR (approx.) for adults and free of cost for the children below 5 years

  • Dixit Wada Museum

Dixit Wada Museum is one of the most celebrated museums in Shirdi. Inside the museum, you will find Sai Baba’s clothing, including Kafni, Padukas (Sleepers), along with photos of Sai Baba with his followers. Dixit Wada Museum is located inside the Sansthan Temple. Kakasaheb Dixit built this museum in 1911 after Sai Baba allowed him. If you want to transport yourself back to the 1900s, pay a visit to Dixit Wada Museum.

Visiting hours: 10 AM - 6 PM
Entry fee: Free of cost

  • Wet N Joy Water Park

If you visit Shirdi with your kids, give them the holidays they deserve at Wet N Joy Water Park. It is an amusement park that sprawls across 10 acres and features mega wave pools, rain dance, and exhilarating rides. Plus, onsite restaurants are present to satiate your hunger. Ladies can also shop the souvenirs inside the theme park.

Visiting hours: 10 AM - 6 PM Throughout the week
Entry fee: 450 INR (approx.) for children on weekends, 400 INR (approx) from Monday-Friday

For adults: 700 INR (approx.) for adults on weekends, 650 INR (approx.) from Monday-Friday

  • Dwarkamai

Dwarkamai should deserve special attention in your Shirdi itinerary. It is a mosque that houses a temple within its premises. That is why people of different faiths and religions visit Dwarkamai. This is the same place where Sai Baba spent his last days along with crucial days of his life. Inside the Dwarkamai, Sai Baba used to sit and cure people’s problems by giving them solutions. Upon your visit, you will see the oil painting of Sai Baba.

Visiting hours: 5:30 AM - 9:45 PM
Entry fee: Free of cost

Things to do in Shirdi

Other than its sacredness, the holy town of Shirdi has plenty of other adventures to do other than visiting the temples. Here we bring to you the best things to do in Shirdi.

Take Stroll at Lendi Baug

When you visit Dwarkamai, don’t forget to take a stroll at Lendi Baug, situated adjacent. It is an eternal garden where you can photograph the colorful flora and hear the chirping of birds. Unlock heavenly calm and inhale serenity. Learn about Lendi Baug's history on a guided tour because Sai Baba used to water plants here when he was alive.

Visiting hours: 5 AM - 10 PM throughout the week
Entry fee: Free of cost

Note: Timing may vary on special occasions, so confirm before you visit.

Revitalize Your Mind On the Banks of River Godavari

Spending some time on the Godavari River banks is one of the best things to do in Shirdi. This town setting is amazing as it is located on the banks of the River Godavari.

Visiting hours: 24*7 but it is best to visit between 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry fee: Free of cost

Meet the Locals to Spend Quality Time

The vibes of Shirdi are spiritual, and the locals are warm and hospitable. Legends associated with Shirdi states that devotees welcome Sai Baba with open hands whenever he embarked on his Bhiksha routine. Meeting the locals and spending some quality time with them is another best thing to do in Shirdi. If you too are warm and hospitable with the locals, they may invite you to the scrumptious local food at their home.

Relish Divine Prasad at Prasadalaya

Visit Shirdi Mandir, where Prasadalaya is situated. This place is visited by the devotees to relish the divine Prasad. Prasadalaya is located in the temple complex and is operated by the Sai Baba Sansthan. You will find a big hall that serves 150 devotees (approx.) at a time. You can devor sacred Prasad for just 10 INR (approx.). Also, a food donation is available for those who want to contribute to the noble cause.

Visiting hours: 9 AM - 9 PM
Entry fee: free of cost

Places to Visit Near Shirdi

If you are overwhelmed with the famous attractions in Shirdi, make sure you explore the nearby tourist attractions as well. The best places to visit Near Shirdi have an exquisite architecture that dates back from the 9th century A.D. Take at least 4-5 days extra to explore the nearby tourist attractions in Shirdi because nearby places boast scenic viewpoints.

Unravel the few top places to visit near Shirdi to get overwhelmed completely.

Amruteshwar Temple

It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva by the Shilahara Dynasty during the 9th century A.D. The architecture of Amruteshwar Temple is inspired by Hemadpanthi architectural style. Amrutehwar Temple looks amazing because it is made from red and black stones. You will find temple walls are carved amazingly. Offer prayers at Amruteshwar Temple. The place is well connected with a bus ride or private/shared cab ride from Shirdi city center.

Distance from Shirdi: (113 km/4 hours) approx.
Visiting hours: Anytime during the morning, afternoon, and evening
Entry fee: Free of cost

Tiger Valley, Khandala

Give your budget a little shift, and head to Tiger Valley in Khandala for a day trip from Shirdi. If you are a tree lover, you will be amazed by the beauty of lush greenery here. Tiger Valley is one of the prominent romantic places to visit near Shirdi. Witness the glorious sunset at Tiger Valley on the day off from Shirdi.

Distance from Shirdi to Tiger Valley Khandal: (215 km/5 hours) approx.
Visiting hours: Anytime during the morning, afternoon, and evening
Entry fee: Free of cost

Famous Restaurants in Shirdi

You will find mostly veg restaurants in Shirdi in order to protect the religious sentiments of the devotees in the majority. A few bunches of luxury hotels in and around Shirdi serve non-veg food in their in-house restaurant. You could relish non-veg food on Shirdi Manmad Highway on an open rooftop eatery. A few of the famous veg restaurants in Shirdi are as follows:

  • Mathura Restaurant

Cuisine type: North Indian
Cost for two: 550 INR (approx.)

  • Hotel Saikrupa Shirdi

Cuisine type: Indian
Cost for two: 600 INR (approx.)

  • Nandi Restaurant

Cuisine type: North Indian
Cost for two: 700 INR (approx.)

  • The Tulip

Cuisine type: North Indian, South Indian, and Chinese
Cost for two: 500 INR (approx.)

Where to Stay in Shirdi

The best places to stay in Shirdi are located in the heart of the city. Equipped with classically furnished premier rooms, a swimming pool, spa services, and air-conditioned rooms, there is no dearth of luxurious and budget resorts in Shirdi. If you ask us to name a few of them, here we go:

  • Sun-N-Sand Shirdi resort

Distance from Shirdi City Center: 0.7 kilometers (approx.)
Amenities: Soft mini bar in bedrooms, pool table, wellness therapies

  • Renest Resort

Distance from Shirdi City Center: 2.5 kilometers (approx.)
Amenities: Outdoor pool, dry cleaning services, lush green area for strolling

  • Nisarga Cottage Resort

Distance from Shirdi City Center: 2.5 kilometers (approx.)
Amenities: Pet-friendly, deluxe triple bedrooms, onsite green trees

  • Sterling Resort

Distance from Shirdi City Center: 2 kilometers (approx.)
Amenities: On-call doctor, currency exchange, laundry

  • Daiwik Hotel

Distance from Shirdi City Center: 0.3 kilometers (approx.)
Amenities: Spa, modern security system, Banquet





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