Travel Guide

Shirdi is located approximately 296 km from Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra in India. Helicopter services are available to Shirdi. The helipad is owned by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust. One has to take the permission of the trust to land here. Shirdi now has a new railway station called “Sainagar Shirdi”, which became operational in March 2009.The new railway station is located just 2 km from Baba’s Temple in Shirdi. The Shirdi Sansthan also provides bus transportation from the train station to their guest houses for those devotees that have chosen to reserve a room and stay at the newly constructed Sansthan guest houses (for most updated information pertaining to this, please visit the Shirdi Sai Sansthan website).

As of 2010, there are trains from Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Vishakhapatnam via Secunderabad (Andhra Pradesh) and other cities/states that have Shirdi railway station as their terminal stop. This means that devotees can get off the train at the Shirdi railway station and reach Baba’s Mandir in less than 10 minutes (unlike in earlier years when one had to take a taxi or bus from Manmad and it took over an hour to reach Shirdi). Most trains arriving at Shirdi now have air-conditioned class, first class, second class and third class compartments, thus providing different levels of comfort and convenience according to the needs and affordability of the devotees. Trains also run from Manmad station which is 58 km from the heart of Shirdi, alternatively from Kopargaon station which is 15 km from Shirdi, or Nashik city, which is 119 km from Shirdi or Nagarsol. Daund railway station is 200 km from Shirdi. Buses and taxis ply from these railway stations and locations to and from Shirdi. Shirdi can be reached by bus from any of the following cities in Maharashtra State (India): Mumbai, Pune, Vashi, Panvel, Thane, Nashik, Akluj, Dhule, Nagpur and Aurangabad. Currently, four-laning of State highway Nagar-Manmad highway is in progress on BOT basis and should be completed by Mid-2010. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has been assigned to execute the works of internal roads in Shirdi. Soon, Shirdi will have its own airport by 2012. It is to be located at Kakdi, some 14 km towards south-east of Shirdi. Construction work for airport has commenced this year.

The Sansthan  has a Railway Reservation Counter at the Samadhi Mandir Premise. Devotees can book or check Railway Reservation here.

State Transport Corporation and private operators run coaches to Shirdi from Mumbai. The easiest way to get to Shirdi is by bus. If you fly into the Mumbai airport, hire a taxi (the ones that are in lines at the very front of the airport) to take you to the Dadar Bus Stand. The cost is about Rs.-150 to Rs.-175 (make sure they turn the meter on). There are also people who will try to redirect you to their own “private” taxis. These “private” taxis charge between Rs. 400 to Rs. 600 to take you to the Dadar Bus Stand. At the Dadar Bus Stand, there are long lines of small ticket counters that sell bus tickets to Shirdi. Preferably, try to get an A/C direct bus (Rs.-300). If you are not able to get an A/C direct bus, get a non-A/C direct bus (Rs.-150). Buses leave almost every 3 hours from Mumbai to Shirdi. So your wait will not be long. The buses make about 2 stops for food. The restaurants are non-vegetarian. So make sure you pack some snacks and bottled water for the trip. Keep an eye on your luggage! Try to get a bus that departs before 11am so you will not arrive too late at Shirdi.

Also Buses from Hyderabad run regularly to Shirdi. Recently,on Aug 30 , The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah inaugurated an information centre of the Sri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust in the city. The centre was set up at the YMCA Complex on Sardar Patel Road in Secunderabad. Substantial number of devotees visiting Shirdi every year are from Andhra Pradesh and the information centre would serve them, officials of the Trust said. Secunderabad-based Radhaswami foundation has provided an area of 3,200 sq ft for the purpose of setting up the office and the Sansthan Trust has installed required furniture worth Rs 25 lakh. Sansthan’s publications, including the holy book Shri Satcharitra, Aarti CDs, will be available in the centre, the Trust officials added. Andhra Pradesh is the first state to have Saibaba information centre through which devotees can have information about darshan and accommodation details available at Shirdi.

Shri Saibaba Sansthan, Shirdi has decided to open five more Saibaba information centres soon in the country to facilitate devotees, a Trust official stated.