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About Shirdi:- A town that emanates pure religious and spiritual fervour all year long, Shirdi is an important pilgrimage centre for devotees and inductees from all over the world, abode of the famous guru, Sai Baba. Home to the Sai Baba Temple, his burial site, his place of abode for over 60 years, and places of interest related to his life; it is no wonder that Shirdi is such a major place of worship.
Places to See:- There is not much to see in Shirdi apart from the renowned Sai Baba Temple, where Sai Baba's samadhi (tomb) is also located. It is said that those who visit his tomb, shall be blessed, and receive the guidance they are in need of. Also to be visited, is the former dwelling place of Sai Baba, the now restored mosque within the temple campus in which he stayed, called Dwarakamayi, where the sacred fire dhuni is still lit. Chavadi is the third place of importance, and it is where Baba used to sleep on alternate days. All three of these sites are located closed to each other. Entry is free, but the queues are usually over an hour long.
While Chavadi opens at 4:40 am, the temple opens 5:00 am. The mid-day arti takes place at 12:00 pm, while the Pothi or the devotional reading takes place at 4:00 pm. At 9:00 pm, the Chavadi and the Gurusthan close. At 9:45 pm, the Dwarkamai closes and at 10:00 p.m, the evening arti takes place. Finally, at 10:45, the Samashi mandir closes after the night arti. Thursday is considered a holy day and it is when a special prayer service is held in the temple, and in the nights, Sai Baba's footprints are taken in a ceremonial procession from Dwarakamayi to Chavadi.
Places to Eat:- There are numerous restaurants in Shirdi, serving everything from Gujarati, Maharashtrian, South Indian, Continental, and Chinese food, though for the most part, only vegetarian food is available. Alcohol is also forbidden here.
Most of the hotels in Shirdi have restaurants, which are open to public. Besides this, small food and tea stalls are scattered all over the town. The Sai Baba Sansthan serves breakfast (puri bhaji and sweets between 7 am and 11 am) at the Sai Prasad and New Bhakta Niwas complexes. Similarly, the trust serves meals at the Bhojan Griha (lunch house) at Sai Prasad No. 1 at a nominal cost of Rs 5 between 10 am and 10 pm.
Things to Do:- Thursday is considered a holy day and it is when a special prayer service is held in the temple, and in the nights, Sai Baba's footprints are taken in a ceremonial procession from Dwarakamayi to Chavadi. Sai Baba's death anniversary is commemorated in the month of October, the exact date depending on the Hindu calendar. Many Hindu festivals also draw a large crowd of pilgrims.
There are a few places around Shirdi that are worth a visit. These include Triyambakeshwar, the holder of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas' and a must-visit for the devotional as well as the leisure traveller; Panchvati, home to many famous temples worth a visit; Ajanta and Ellora Caves, ancient Buddhist caves and UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back a millennia; and Aurangabad, the City of Gates named after the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. You can also visit Nasik, a holy city located on the banks of the sacred Godavari River. Funny as it may seem, Nasik is also known as the Wine Capital of India.
Shopping:- There is not much to buy in Shirdi apart from memorabilia of Sai Baba, which come in the form of trinkets and souvenirs such as magnets, stickers, statues, books, and photos of Sai Baba.
Day 1 : Aurangabad - Shirdi (via Shani Shingnapur Temple, 160kms/3hrs)
On arrival at Aurangabad airport, you will be transferred to Shirdi. On the way to Shirdi, visit Shani Shingnapur Temple which is about 80 kms and takes 1.5 hrs. Then, continue driving to Shirdi which is another 80 kms and takes 1.5 hours to reach. On arrival check-in at the hotel and then visit the famous Sai Baba Temple. Return to hotel in the evening for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 2 : Aurangabad (via Ellora Caves, 110kms/2hrs)
After breakfast, leave from Shirdi and transfer to the hotel in Aurangabad hotel via the famous Ellora Caves.
A World Heritage site, Ellora Caves represent the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 caves are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri Hills. Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain rock-cut temples and Viharas and Mathas were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1 - 12), 17 Hindu (caves 13 - 29) and 5 Jain (caves 30 - 34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during that period of Indian history. Later, arrive in Aurangabad and check-in at the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 : Departure from Aurangabad
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport. Your tour concludes here.
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