Known as the 'Land of Sai', this tranquil town is widely known for being home to the Indian Spiritual guru and fakir - Sai Baba, who settled in Shirdi at the age of sixteen and remained here till his death. An ideal visit in any season of the year, it is one of the biggest pilgrimage centres in the nation attracting thousands and millions of devotees and tourists not just from the nation, but from all across the globe.
STD Code: 02423
Climate: October to March is the best time for a visit, although the tourist season extends throughout the year. It is warm from April to July, but the climate is pleasant during the rainy season, extending from August to October. The winter months, from November to March, are the coolest.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Shirdi
Road: The distance from Mumbai to Shirdi is 240 kms, Pune is 190 kms, Aurangabad is at a distance of 110 kms and Mahabaleshwar is 305 kms away. The distance from Kolhapur is approximately 410 kms and Nashik is just 90 kms away. Maharashtra State Transport busses are available from major cities like Nashik, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune and Kopargaon. Private air-conditioned busses also ply from various cities of Maharashtra to Shirdi.
Rail: Opened in the year 2009, the town now host its own railway station, the Sainagar Shirdi that connects the town to Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam via Secunderabad, Mysore and other prominent Indian cities. Nashik city, which is 119 km from Shirdi is also connected to all parts of India.
Air: Aurangabad airport is about 130 km from the city centre.
Tourist Attractions in Shirdi
The whole town’s formation is based on the main attraction of Shirdi, which is the temple of Sai Baba. Established in the year 1922 to carry out the services of Shri Sai Baba, Shri Sai Temple was built over the saint’s Samadhi. The feeling and experience that Baba is still alive and present pervades all the Sansthan facilities and activities of his devotees. As you move around Shirdi, one can see that this sentiment informs life, worship and pilgrimage here and contributes to the mystique and magic of what we call Shirdi.
Timings: The temple opens at 4:30 am with morning Kakad aarti and close down at 10:30 pm with Shej aarti. On the occasions of Gurupoornima, Dusshera and Ramnavami, the temple is kept open overnight. On Thursdays and the above mentioned festivals, a Palakhi (chariot) with Baba’s photo is taken out from the temple.