The place Shirdi is predominantly associated with Guru Sai Baba. It is said that Sai baba made this place his home for almost 50 years, where he preached the word of god and believed that there is only one god for all. This town is part of the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and is one of the many pilgrimage centers of India. It is, in fact, one of the richest temple organizations. Shirdi is commonly also referred to as the land of Sai. Apart from attracting religious tourists, it also happens to offer a good job market for unskilled labor, thereby drawing many people interested to explore the employment opportunities in the town.
A large number of visitors from across the globe, come to Shirdi looking for peace and tranquillity. This small town has a divine aura about itself, catering to the different needs of its many visitors. The followers of Sri Shirdi Sai baba, flock the town as they have a chance to look into the life of their guru. The Dixit Wada museum, which is a major tourist attraction in Shirdi, houses some of Sai baba’s personal belongings viz a viz photographs, all of which offer an insight into the Guru’s pious life. Some other tourist attractions are-
Gurusthan – This is where Baba stayed for most of the time that he was in Shirdi. A statue of Sai baba along with a Shivling adorns this area now.
Chavdi – This is the place where the guru breathed his last. It is now a shrine, which is open every day for visitors but sees special rituals on Thursdays.
Samadhi Mandir - This beautifully decorated marble structure is where the body of the deity rests. The first floor tells the life story of Baba through photographs.
There is no particular season to visit this place, it is in fact open to tourists, all through the year and also during daytime as well as nights. Pune(186kms), Nashik(90kms) and Mumbai(240kms) are the closest cities to this town. Many government and private buses ply from all these cities and much more, regularly. The stretch from Pune to Shirdi can be best covered on road by renting out a bike. The road conditions are pretty good and the ride is going to be a joyous one. It’s very easy to get a bike on hire here at Wheelstreet. All you would have to do is, choose a bike of your choice from our fleet, make your booking using your phone and the bike is at your service.