Shirdi- a nondescript small town in Maharashtra is the hometown of the legendary 19th century fakir Sai Baba, and is a very popular pilgrimage. Read on to find out more about the town and also some good hotels in Shirdi.
Shirdi is arguably the most famous pilgrimage in Maharashtra. This bustling pilgrimage center is the home town and Samadhi of the nineteenth century saint Sri Sai Baba. Sai Baba’s beautiful temple in the center of the town attracts devotees from all parts of the country and even from abroad and is the primary Shirdi tourist attractions. One of the few saints in India who is above the petty Hindu-Muslim divide, Baba’s temple is a must visit and one must spend a day here to experience its uplifting environment. The temple is beautifully decorated and is filled with the life and teachings of Sai Baba in the form of pictures. But you should expect long queues while taking Baba’s Darshan and the line could be quite long on special occasions like Ram Navami, Diwali, etc. The Dwarkamayi Mosque is situated near the temple and here Baba used to stay and had renamed the mosque to a Hindu sounding name. You will find Baba’s Dhuni, or eternal flame in a corridor that is said to been burning for years and is a living example of His miracles. The famous Shani-Shinganapur temple is situated around 70kms from Shirdi and is unique for the fact that the temple including all the houses in the village has no doors. This is due to a belief that the presiding deity protects the homes and thieves attempting to steal would be struck blind.
Some other nearby Shirdi tourist attractions includes Ellora Caves, Khandala and Lonavala, Kanyakumari Ashram, etc.
Some of the best Shirdi hotels include:
Hotel Sai Leela is among the finest hotels in Shirdi that are situated just a few minutes away from the main Temple. It enjoys a customer recommendation of nearly 86% which implies it is the preferred destination for 9 out of 10 travelers. The hotel has also garnered positive reviews for its location and superior standard of service. It provides fully air conditioned rooms that are equipped with all major facilities. Hotel facilities include a multi cuisine restaurant, swimming pool, indoor gaming facilities and a cricketing ground. The room rates start from Rs.1850.
Hotel Sharan is another fine deluxe hotel near the main temple in Shirdi. With a customer recommendation of nearly 87% which means 9 out of 10 would like to have a second visit, the hotel is among the popular ones. The hotel enjoys wide popularity for its services and its service that has left many customers satisfied. The hotel offers beautifully furnished rooms equipped with all major facilities including attached bath, hot/cold water and cable TV. The hotel also provides a pure vegetarian restaurant, a coffee shop and travel desk. The room rates start from Rs.1900.
Hotel Sai Sahavas is a fine 3 star hotel that gives easy access to the main temple. The hotel enjoys a 78% customer recommendation which means 8 out of 10 would love a second visit. The hotel is known for its service and food quality. The hotel provides well furnished rooms equipped with all major amenities. The room rates start from Rs. 1957.
Shirdi is well connected by roads and railways. It is located on the Manmad highway and the nearest railway station is in Manmad. The nearest airport is in Nashik.