The holy town of Shirdi in Maharashtra is associated with the 19th century saint ‘Sai Baba’. This small hamlet is located at a distance of 100 kilometers from Nashik. Today, it is a bustling pilgrimage center of India. It is said that Sai Baba entered this village at the age of 16 years. He was first seen under a Neem tree in a self-mortification state. During his stay in Shirdi, which is more than 50 years, he worked for the upliftment of poor and backward classes. He turned this small hamlet into a big pilgrimage site for devotees. Although the early life of Sai Baba was hidden under enigma, he is believed to be an embodiment of Lord Shiva. He died in the year 1918 and his Samadhi is visited by thousands of devotees throughout the year.
How to Reach Shirdi from Mumbai
The newly constructed railway station at Shirdi, which is located just 10 kilometers away from the temple, connects Shirdi to various other cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. The train also boasts of air-conditioned compartments and various other classes that suit every pocket.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai, which is 245 kilometers away from Shirdi, is the nearest airport. The airport offer services from Mumbai to all major cities in India and abroad. The nearest domestic airport is at Nashik. Taxi cabs play between Mumbai and Shirdi.
The National Highway number 3 connects Mumbai to Shirdi. The most convenient option for travelling Shirdi from Mumbai is via car. The journey will take approximately 4 hours from one side. Shirdi is well-connected to neighboring cities such as Nasik, Mumbai and Pune via government owned buses and deluxe buses.