Shirdi is a town in Shirdi Nagar Panchayat, located in Rahata Tehasil in Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra. Shirdi is accessible via the Ahmednagar - Manmad State Highway No.10, approximately 83 km from Ahmednagar and 15 km from Kopargaon. Shirdi is located 185 km east of the Western Seashore line (the Ahmednagar - Manmad road), which is a very busy route. Shirdi is best known as the late 19th century home of the popular guru Shirdi Sai Baba. It is one of the richest temple organisations.
Bangalore to Shirdi Package Tour by train, ksrtc, flight/air packages are available from Bangalore. There are numerous bus services from Bangalore which connects to Shirdi. The closest station to Shirdi is Kopargaon. Karnataka Express and Ahmedabad Express ply from Bangalore to Kopargaon. From Kopargoan, Shirdi is 20 Kms and you can take the shared rickshaw. The other option is Train to Shirdi from Bangalore via PuneTake Chalukya Express from Yeshwantpur to Pune . Chalukya express reaches Pune at 2 AM. From Pune, take Shirdi Passenger (Train number 1333), which starts from Pune at 4 AM.
|Train Num||Train Name||Bangalore Dep.||Kopargaon Arr.||Days|
|2627||Karnataka Exp||7:20 PM||1:40 PM||All Days|
|6502||Ahmadabad Exp||1:30 PM||11:00 AM||Sun|
|06539||Yesvantpur - Shiridi Exp.||7:30 AM||8:00 AM||Only Tuesdays|
Telangana Tourism TSTDC conducts Daily Shirdi Tour Packages
Telangana Tourism TSTDC conducts various Tour Packages to Bhadrachalam, City Sightseeing Tour, Hyderabad, Warangal, Thirumala, Thirupathi, Chilkur Balaji Temple, Shirdi and Srisailam. Details of Shirdi Tour Packages are as follows:
3 Days Tour (via Ameerpet, KHPB) Dep. 5pm. 6.30am
By A/c Sleeper Coach Adult Rs.2530 Child Rs.2060
By Volvo Coach Adult Rs.2010 Child Rs.1640
By A/c Hi-Tech Adult Rs.1700 Child Rs.1360
By Non A/c Coach(via Kanchanbagh(DRDL) Malkajgiri) Dep 4pm Arr.6.30 am
Adult Rs.1540 Child Rs. 1270(with Non A/c Accom)
How to Reach Shirdi
By Air: Shirdi is located approximately 296 km from Mumbai, Maharashtra. Shirdi is called the Land of Sai. 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 project was to be completed in 2001, but was actually completed only in 2009 due to various reasons. 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.
By Train: As of 2010, there are trains from Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam via Secunderabad and other cities 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. 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.
By Bus or Taxis: 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: 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 (Kopargaon Tahasil), some 14 km towards south-east of Shirdi. Construction work for airport has commenced this year.
Distance between Shirdi to Kashid Beach is 319 km. Travel Time by road is 4 hrs. Distance from Hospet KSRTC Bus Stand, College Road, Hosapete to Shirdi, Maharashtra is 607 km and travel time is around 10 h 44 min via NH13 and Solapur - Dhule National Highway. Distance from Birur to Shirdi, Maharashtra is 870.4 km and takes around 14 h 4 min via NH4.