Shirdi

Shirdi is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is one of the most important and immensely blessed religious destinations in India. Though a small town, it attracts millions of tourists throughout the year who throng the place to pay their tributes in the famous Sai Mandir which is the main attraction of Shirdi tourism.

This town is full of warmth, love and affection of the large number of devotees. Shirdi encircles some eminent tourist destinations of Maharashtra – heritage sites like Ajanta, Ellora and Aurangabad, hill stations like Mahabaleshwar, Khandala and Lonavala and clamoring cities like Pune and Mumbai.

Weather

One of the renowned holy town nestled amidst the hues of Western Ghats, Shirdi is mostly frequented by Hindu devotees. The best time to visit the place is undoubtedly during the winters when the town is packed with both tourists and devotees. Nonetheless the city acquits a temperate climate throughout the year. But during the winters the climate is mild and pleasant that draws in tourists as well.

The climate in Shirdi during the summer months of April and May rises and ranges between 40 degree and 20 degree. It is during this time when people avoid visiting this destination.

During the monsoon the temperature dips to 30 degree and dwells at 35 degree. June to August offer scanty rainfalls and may be opted for sightseeing. The temperature in October and November ranges in between 15 degree and 22 degree whereas it drops to 10 degree in December and to 8 degree in the month of January. The maximum temperature during the months of December and January nestles at an average of 15 degree thus making Shirdi Climate pleasant and mild.

How to Reach

Shirdi is one of the major pilgrimage centers in India that is nestled in the Indian state of Maharashtra and thus it is well knitted by roadways and railways. The town also encircles some of the eminent tourist destinations of Maharashtra.

The city is well connected to major cities of Maharashtra and South India by train. This town has its own railway station, the Sainagar Shirdi that connects the town to Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam via Secunderabad, Mysore and other cities. Other nearby railway stations are Ahmednagar railway station which is 83 km from the heart of Shirdi, Kopargaon station is 15 km and Nashik city is 90 km from Shirdi.

One planning to reach Shirdi by air has got two options; The Mumbai International Airport and Pune Airport is the closest airport that connects the town to other major cities and international hubs.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Shirdi is a distinguished pilgrimage attraction in Maharashtra, India, where the shrine of Sri Sai Baba is one of the popular Shirdi attractions. People from different parts of India and abroad unite here to lay down prayers to holy Sai Ram. The place remains crowded by tourists and pilgrims throughout the year and throughout day and night. The sound of temple bells and holy chants and sight of lightened lamps and devotees offering prayers take everyone out from the state of worry and confusion and transfer to a world of eternal solace and bliss.

Apart from Sai Baba temple, other major tourist place to visit in Shirdi is Shani Shingnapur. Located at a distance of 65 km from Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district, the Shani Shingnapur Temple is dedicated to Lord Shaneshwar or Lord Shanidev. The entire village around the Shani Shingnapur Temple has no doors at their residences. The people residing by the temple have a deep belief in the almighty Lord Shanidev and regard him as their sole protector. The village has not even been reported for theft or robbery till date. The idol of Lord Shanidev is placed inside the Shani Shingnapur Temple and is made up of large black stone.

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