A lot of detailed information regarding travel to Shirdi

Mumbai to Shirdi - Airport/Taxi/Bus/Trains and other important details:: Devotees going to Shirdi by Air from Mumbai: The distance between Mumbai to shirdi is approx 260 kms. Mumbai airport is also the closest international airport to reach shirdi. So Sai devotees who wish to come to india especially for shirdi darshan can come to mumbai and then take a Bus ,taxi ,train or a flight to shirdi.The nearest airport to shirdi used to be, Aurangabad ( 126 kms ) but very recently major steps have been taken to have the airport close to the Samadhi mandir .The airport is scheduled to come up at Kakadi village, around 15 kilometres from Shirdi in Ahmednagar district. But As for now ,most devotees who travel from abroad have to reach the Mumbai airport first . A few months ago Jagson airlines used to travel from Mumbai to shirdi but it seems like they do not have that service anymore.I am not quite sure about what is going on with the present situation but I am just leaving the link here.I don’t think that they r operating service between Mumbai and Shirdi by air anymore but u never know if they would restart it so I am leaving this link on this page http://www.jagsonairline.com/schedule.htm Devotees going to Shirdi by bus from Mumbai :: The easiest way to get to Shirdi is by bus. It takes up to 7 hrs. If you fly into the Mumbai airport, hire a taxi (the ones that are in lines at the very front of the airport) to take you to the Dadar Bus Stand. The cost is about Rs.-150 to Rs.-200 (make sure they turn the meter on). There are also people who will try to redirect you to their own "private" taxis. These "private" taxis charge between Rs. 400 to Rs. 600 just to take you to the Dadar Bus Stand. At the Dadar Bus Stand, there are long lines of small ticket counters that sell bus tickets to Shirdi. Preferably, try to get an A/C direct bus ( around Rs.-300 -however, the prices keep changing with time so....this is just a rough estimate). If you are not able to get an A/C direct bus, get

a non-A/C direct bus (Rs.-150).[Prices may vary a little] Buses leave almost every 3 hours from Mumbai to Shirdi. So your wait will not be long. The buses make about 2 stops for food. The restaurants are nonvegetarian. So make sure you pack some snacks and bottled water for the trip. Keep an eye on your luggage! Some buses goes to Nasik and then to shirdi others take a short cut avoiding nasik.Bus route Mumbai- Nashik- Niphad- Yeola - Shirdi. Distance between Pune to shirdi - 190 KmsBus route - PuneKalamba- sangmner- Talegaon- shirdiDistance between Aurangabad to Shirdi 126 kms.Bus route Aurangabad- Vaijapur Yeola- Kopargaon-Shirdi. Try to get a bus that departs before 11am so you will not arrive too late at Shirdi. There are buses to shirdi which starts even at 11 pm but if you are travelling alone -Plz be aware that it is not safe specially for female Sai devotees .Ofcourse everyone says Saibaba is there to protect. But still You also need to plan your trip safely.If your flight arrives late night to Mumbai airport or too early in the morning, better stay in a friends house or in a hotel in mumbai . There are few near the airport. I really don’t have any idea about the budget of the Hotels in mumbai. But they can be quite expensive. If your flight arrives early morning 2 am to 4 am , wait in airport for 2 hours and then take taxi to Dadar to take Bus to Shirdi.Theres a cabin inside airport campus itself to book taxi or you can check http://www.merucabs.com/ . For Private Bus (Volvos) Related queries ie - Bookings,Fares,Route,Pick-up/Drop Point http://www.redbus.in/ For State Transport Buses - http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/main_English/shirdi/how_to_reach.asp Mumbai To Shirdi Route Map http://www.shirdihotelsonline.com/mumbai-shirdi-india-map/ Also check out the below link http://www.travel.bixee.com/cheap/bus-tickets/from/Mumbai/to/Shirdi/20090428/None/1/0/0/#busMumbai-Shirdi-20090428--1-0-0-1 http://www.onlinebustickets.in/bus-from/shirdi-to-mumbai/ Devotees going to Shirdi by taxi/cab from Mumbai:: Hiring a car can take you shirdi with in 5 to 6 hours.Cabs from Mumbai to Shirdi cost abt Rs 3500 to 6000 INR for one way. ( approx 90 $ to 150 $ ) .. Must be within 12,000 R.s for two way if you return within a day...I found these websites while browsing online- I have never used any of them for my travel nor do I know anything much abt them but here r some links for you to check out http://www.travelcool.co.in/MumbaiShirdiMumbai.aspx http://classifieds.karnataka.com/bangalore/travels/travel-agentstour-operator/aurangabad-mumbai-shirdinasik-pune.html http://www.shirditaxi.info/ http://lucknow.quikr.com/c-Cars-Bikes-Rent-A-Car-Taxi-Services-MUMBAI-PUNE-SHIRDI-MUMBAI-TAXICAB-09867306024-W0QQAdIdZ63353459 http://www.ecabs.in/SHIRDI/tabid/378/language/en-US/Default.aspx Devotees going to Shirdi by Train from Mumbai:: Sai Nagar Shirdi Railway station :A new Railway station has been build in shirdi called Sai Nagar. Its just 3-4 kms from the Main saibaba temple in shirdi. Go to this link to find the fares and seat information for trains going to Shirdi.On the upper left hand corner, choose from the from and to station options and press search trains. For example if u r in Mumbai, type that and for shirdi -type , -Sainagar http://indiarailinfo.com/train/2896 also www.indianrail.gov.in/index.html & http://www.trainenquiry.com/ to check for train seat bookings or availability. For booking train tickets online http://www.irctc.co.in/ You can also go to http://www.irctc.com/ http://www.yatra.com/ http://www.cleartrip.com/

Driving directions from Mumbai to Shirdi::

http://www.oktatabyebye.com/travel-directions/driving-directions-from-Mumbai-to-Shirdi.html

Travel to Shirdi from Chenna via Pune / via Aurangabad/ vis Mumbai/ via Delhi Chennai to Shirdi by Air Via Pune There are Daily flights between Chennai and Pune - 1hour 40minutes Non stop or Via stopovers at Mumbai / onward aircraft depending upon the Airline. The price range for Delhi-Pune flights can range from Rs.2,900/- to Rs.11,000/- one way journey / per person & mostly all major Frills/No-frills Airlines fly this route. Domestic airport in Pune is about 231kms from Shirdi.
Distance: 189 kms. | Approx. Time: 4 Hrs.

Bengaluru / Hyderabad or Delhi which can take between a couple of hours to almost 10hours with a change of the

Road Directions - Take NH 4 out of Pune city for Chinchwad , At Chinchwad, Turn Right on NH 50 for
Raghurajnagar(Khed) , Continue straight on NH 50 for Naraingaon via Manchar ,

Keep going north on NH 50 for Sangamner , At Sangamner, Take right on the State Highway for Shirdi (50 km)

Via Aurangabad ( IXU - Chikkalthana Airport ) Aurangabad is at a distance of 150kms, which is connected by all the major towns of India. There are daily flights of Kingfisher, Indian & Jet Airways between Chennai and Aurangabad but none are direct, all go Via stopover at Mumbai / Hyderabad / Bengaluru / Delhi / Cochin or Vishakhapatnam, depending upon the Airline, which can take between a 5hours to almost 12hours with a change of the onward aircraft. The price range for Chennai-Aurangabad flights can range from Rs.5,500/- to Rs.11,000/- one way journey / per person .
From Aurangabad to Shirdi Distance: 130 kms. | Approx. Time: 4 Hrs.

Road Directions - Start From Aurangabad and Take SH 60, Continue on Pune Road SH 60 cross Pandharpur
Total 58 Km, Take SH 10 via Shrirampur Total 112 Km ,

Turn Right Take SH 2 Go 19 Km, Continue on SH 2 via Rahta Pimplas Total 130 Km to Shirdi

Via Mumbai From Mumbai travel down to 296kms to reach Shirdi. Mumbai has both international and domestic airports that grant connectivity to the world. An article was posted earlier about the details of Air/Road/Train travel from Mumbai to Shirdi trip....can refer to that.

Via Delhi -

Delhi has both international and domestic airports that grant connectivity to the world. An article was posted earlier about the details of Air/Road/Train travel from Delhi to Shirdi trip....can refer to that.

Chennai to Shirdi Train Routes
Author: shirdi

hotels online - C.Venkat Raman

• Saturday, March 28th, 2009

http://www.shirdihotelsonline.com/category/shirdi-map-chennai-shirdi-india/

Chennai to Shirdi Distance - 1200 Kms ( approx ) Chennai to Pune by train and from Pune to shirdi by bus The best way is take any train which goes to Mumbai via Pune. Get down in Pune railway station, ask for Shivaji Nagar bus stand. From here there are various Bus to Shirdi. If you dont get shirdi bus, please go to Ahmadnagar and from there to shirdi. This is the safe way for women , children and old people. Short Cut - if you feel secured , Try to get down in Daund station and travel to Ahmadnagar by bus : You can get down in a station called Daund which comes a couple of hours before Pune station, This is a small train junction. Once you get down in daund , walk out of the railway station, there will be few autos…ask them to take you to the junction where 3 roads meet. This is where Ahmadnagar and shirdi bus comes. The auto takes just 10 minutes to reach this point where three roads meet. You have to wait in the corner and look for Nagar bus ( Ahmadnagar ) which takes you to Ahmadnagar bus stand. From Ahmadnagar there are frequent Bus to Manmad which stops in shirdi or direct Shirdi Bus.
Shirdi Map - It shows Bus route from chennai to Shirdi.

For Map route of Chennai to Shirdi - http://www.shirdihotelsonline.com/category/shirdi-map-chennaishirdi-india/

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Below are Four options also posted by Mr.Venkat Raman on 15 :12: 2007 ( http://www.starsai.com/chennai-shirdi-train-travel/) to reach Shirdi from Chennai ( timings might change any time,do not take our information as the last word as its only approximate ).

You can reach shirdi by taking first train to Bangalore or Solapur and from there take the second train to Kopergoan . OR travel by train to pune or get down in a station before pune called Daund , from there travel by Bus to Shirdi. Kopergoan is the nearest station to shirdi situated 17 kms from shirdi. If you reach kopergoan station, you can take a share auto to shirdi from there. 1. Train Number : 1042 - Mumbai express - 11.45 Morning departure in chennai - Reaches Solapur nextday at early morning at 5.30 AM wait in Solapur railway station for few hours...then take next train as below

Train Number 2627 ( Karnataka Express ) starts at At 7.25 A.M in Solapur and reaches
Kopergoan at 1.40 A.M.( afternoon 13.40 ) Take a auto from Kopergoan and reach shirdi within 20 minutes.

_________________________Option 2 to travel to shirdi by train__________________

2. Train Number : 2164 - Chennai express - 7.00 Morning departure in chennai
- Reaches Pune early morning ( Night ) at 2.30 AM wait in Pune railway station for few hours...then take next train as below

Train Number 2779 ( Goa Express ) starts at At 4.15 A.M in pune and reaches Kopergoan at
9.15 A.M. Take a auto from Kopergoan and reach shirdi within 20 minutes. You can also travel from Pune to shirdi by Bus around 160 Kms 5-6 hours journey or get down in a station before pune called Daund, go to a 3 road junction by auto from daud station, from there take bus to reach Hanumanthnagar and from there travel to shirdi by bus. _________________________Option 3 to travel to shirdi by train__________________

3.Train number 2639 - Brindavan express - Departure from chennai early morning and
reaches Bangalore at 1.30 Afternoon. ( 13.30 ) wait in Bangalore railway station for few hours...then take next train as below

Train number - 2627 - Karnataka express - 19.20 evening departure from Bangalore reaches
Kopargoan the next day afternoon at 13.40 Take a auto from Kopergoan and reach shirdi within 20 minutes. _________________________Option 4 to travel to shirdi by train__________________

4.ONLY ON SUNDAY :

Train number - 2007 - Shatabdi Express departure from chennai at 6..00 A.M , reaches
Bangalore at 11.A.M wait in Bangalore railway station for few hours...then take next train as below ( Only sunday train )

Train Number 6502 - SBC - ADI express - Starts at 13.30 ( Afternoon ) reaches Kopergoan
on Monday morning at 10.50 Take a auto from Kopergoan and reach shirdi within 20 minutes. **********************************************

Return Journey - Three ways to return from Shirdi to chennai Shirdi to Chennai : Trains returning back from shirdi Bus from Shirdi to Pune :
You always have option to return from Shirdi by bus to Pune ( 6 hour journey ) and catch your train from pune to chennai , bangalore ,hyderabad or any destination as per your needs. There are also frequent Bus to Mumbai ( 8 hour journey ) incase you wish to return by Air or have booked a return train from Mumbai. Its always good to take return journey from Pune as its nearest destination. Similarly you can also reach pune by train from any place and take bus to shirdi. There are also bus to Bangalore and Hyderabad but this is long distance and not at all advicable for few people.

Be clear about this info : There are very good Bus frequency from Shirdi to Pune and also Shirdi to Mumbai. The charges will be around 200 to 400 rupees . Do not think you must only go by train to pune to catch the return train. If you plan to stay in shirdi for more than a day, as soon as you reach shirdi, get bus tickets from any travels in shirdi back to pune for your day of return. Its a 6 hour journey from shirdi to pune. So to catch night train you can start from shirdi around 2 or 3 in the afternoon and reach pune by night 10 - 11 o clock. Have your dinner in any hotels opposite to railway station and wait for your train.
In any case we have provided the option to travel by train itself to pune also.

1. Train Number : 1334 - Shirdi fast passenger - Departure at evening 17: 20 from
Kopergoan , reaches Pune at 23 :00 night. wait in Pune railway station for few minutes.....to take next train

Train Number 2163 ( Chennai Express ) starts at At 00..10 ( 12.10 mid night ) from Pune
and reaches Chennai at 19.30 ( Next day evening ) Important : be very careful when you book tickets in above trains : If you book for shirdi to pune for example on date 1st of the month, then you must book ticket for train number 2163 dated 2nd of that month because it starts after 12 o clock at night , so it becomes next day ) _________________________Option 2 for return journey to chennai__________________

2.Train number 2780 - Goa express - departure at 11.20 from Kopergoan - reaches Pune at
16.30 . Wait for few hours in pune railways station.......

Train number 1041 - CSTM Chennai express - departue at 18.10 from Pune - Reaches
chennai at 16.45 Next day evening.

_________________________Option 3 for return journey to chennai__________________

3. Only on Wednesday train : Train number 6501 ADI - SBC Express - Departure at 8.25 from Kopergoan and reaches
Bangalore at 4.45 A.M early morning of next day. Wait in Bangalore railway station for few minutes to take next train

Train number - 2608 - Lal Bagh express - Departure at 6.30 in the morning and reaches
chennai at 12.10 in the afternoon.

Its your responsibility to check with train timings and numbers.
See www.irctc.com , www.yatra.com, www.Cleartrip.com also www.indianrail.gov.in/i ndex.html & www.trainenquiry.com to check for train seat bookings or availability. For Private Bus (Volvos) Related queries ie - Bookings,Fares,Route,Pick-up/Drop Point - http://www.redbus.in/ For State Transport Buses - http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/main_English/shirdi/how_to_reach.asp For Cab Bookings - www.merucabs.com

Ps- Air or Rail Fare / Timings / Routes / Time-table mentioned above is always subject to change.
Delhi to Shirdi By Air
Via Nashik -

(ISK) - Gandhinagar Airport, Nashik is the nearest to Shirdi. At present, Kingfisher Airlines is the only airline which flys daily to Nashik via stopovers at Mumbai / Ahmedabad / Hyderabad / Bengaluru / Kolkata or Indore,
with Fares ranging from INR Rs.6.000/- to Rs.11,000/- one way journey / per person but has long stopovers.
From Nashik to Shirdi Distance: 120 kms. | Approx. Time taken: 3.5 Hrs by road.

Road Directions - Start From Nashik, Take Pune Road NH 50 , Continue on NH 50 towards Sangamner 67 Km ,
Take SH 10 Towards Shirdi 53 Km

Via Aurangabad ( IXU - Chikkalthana Airport ) Aurangabad is at a distance of 150kms, which is connected by all the major towns of India. There are Daily flights between Delhi and Aurangabad - Non stop 1 Hr 50 Min or Via stopover at Mumbai / Jaipur or Hyderabad which can take between a couple of hours to almost 12hours with a change of the onward aircraft , could be ATR too. The price range for Delhi-Aurangabad flights can range from Rs.4,800/- to Rs.10,000/- one way journey / per person & mostly all major Frills/No-frills Airlines fly this route.
From Aurangabad to Shirdi Distance: 130 kms. | Approx. Time: 4 Hrs.

Road Directions - Start From Aurangabad and Take SH 60, Continue on Pune Road SH 60 cross Pandharpur
Total 58 Km, Take SH 10 via Shrirampur Total 112 Km ,

Turn Right Take SH 2 Go 19 Km, Continue on SH 2 via Rahta Pimplas Total 130 Km to Shirdi

Via Pune There are Daily flights between Delhi and Pune - 2 Hours Non stop or Via stopovers at Mumbai / Nagpur / Indore /

Bengaluru / Hyderabad or Chennai which can take between a couple of hours to almost 10hours with a change of
the onward aircraft , could be ATR too. The price range for Delhi-Pune flights can range from Rs.5,000/- to Rs.11,000/- one way journey / per person & mostly all major Frills/No-frills Airlines fly this route. Domestic airport in Pune is about 231kms from Shirdi.
Distance: 189 kms. | Approx. Time: 4 Hrs.

Road Directions - Take NH 4 out of Pune city for Chinchwad , At Chinchwad, Turn Right on NH 50 for
Raghurajnagar(Khed) , Continue straight on NH 50 for Naraingaon via Manchar ,

Keep going north on NH 50 for Sangamner , At Sangamner, Take right on the State Highway for Shirdi (50 km)

Via Mumbai From Mumbai travel down to 296kms to reach Shirdi. Mumbai has both international and domestic airports that grant connectivity to the world. An article was posted earlier about the details of Air/Road/Train travel from Mumbai to Shirdi trip....can refer to that.

Delhi to Shirdi By Road
Shirdi can be reached by taking a Bus from almost all major cities of Maharashtra. Shirdi is on the AhmednagarManmad Highway, 250 km from Mumbai and 75 km from Nashik. MTDC runs buses from all major destinations.

Road Directions from Mumbai to Shirdi Continue on Eastern Express Highway (NH-3) - towards Shahapur (73 Km), Continue on NH 3 – towards
Igatpuri (52 Km) over Kasara Ghat ,

Continue on NH 3 – towards Nashik (47 Km) , At Nashik, take NH 50 – towards Sangamner (67 Km) , At
Sangamner, take SH 10 – towards Shirdi (53 Km)

OR Go Straight along Eastern.Express Highway towards Thane and NH3 connecting Nashik. After Kasara Ghat and Igatpuri on NH3, Turn Right to Ghoti. Go via Ghoti village[approx.15-20 mins].. Cross the railway tracks. There will be roughly 25 mins of rough driving, after which the road smoothens out onto another smaller highway leading to Sinnar. Turn Right from Sinnar to go straight to Shirdi. Try and avoid going all the way to Nashik on NH3 as that route will take an hour more.

New Delhi to Shirdi by Trains.
Author: shirdi hotels online
• Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Sai Ram friends,

This Approx Distance from New Delhi to Shirdi is 1200 Kms, I have included very few trains which goes from New Delhi to Shirdi. You can search for trains which goes to following stations near shirdi. 1.Kopergoan - 15 kms 2.Mammad - 40 kms Register in www.irctc.com /

www.indianrail.gov.in/index.html or www.yatra.com and www.Cleartrip.com
check for trains which goes from New Delhi to Goa,Bangalore etc. This way the trains will cross Manmad or Kopergoan stations.

List of few trains from New Delhi to Kopergoan
1. Train number - 2628 - karnataka express New Delhi to Bangalore will Half few minutes at Kopergoan . The Map below shows the approx route of this Train journey from Delhi to shirdi. Most train takes the following route from New Delhi New Delhi - Mathura - Agra - Gwalior - Jhansi - Bhopal - Bhurhanpur - Jalgoan - Manmad Kopergoan 2. Train Number 2680 - Goa express from Nizamuddin Goa express also comes from Delhi via Kopergoan. ***********

Return journey - Shirdi To Delhi trains
1. Same train goes back to Delhi from Kopergoan station. Karnataka express - Train No 2627 2. Goa express - 2779 - Kopergoan to Delhi

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Friends , At present am able to list only above 2 important trains. You can check in Indian railway reservation for other options.

1. Delhi to Nasik trains Two hour journey From Nasik many buses are there to shirdi apart from trains but mostly these trains are always full as it comes from Punjab via delhi. Try this train which comes to Manmad station Train No. 2618 Mangla LKDSP Express From Nizamuddin ( NZM ) to ernakulam . It halts at Manmad and also Nasik. Get down at Manmad and take bus just an hour journey to Shirdi. 2. Delhi to Pune trains - from Pune go to Shivaji nagar bus stand and get Shirdi Bus ( 5 hour journey ) 3. Delhi to Mumbai trains - From mumbai buses can be got from dadar, borivali,andheri etc to shirdi ( 7 to 8 hours )

Shirdi Map - Delhi to Shirdi : http://www.shirdihotelsonline.com/category/shirdi-map-delhi-shirditrains/ Google Map shows Bus route . I have tried to make it approx for New Delhi to Shirdi train route based on Karnataka express. New Delhi - Mathura - Agra - Gwalior - Jhansi - Bhopal - Bhurhanpur - Jalgoan - Manmad - Kopergoan For Air/Train/Bus Bookings, Seat Availability, Route - www.yatra.com

Ps- Many Travel/Tour Operators do provide Delhi-Shirdi Bus/Taxi/Air Packages but plan your trip with them after due Diligence as I have never used any such services nor can comment anything about them. Also, the Fares / Timings mentioned above are always subject to change..

For detailed travel from Chennai egmore to Shirdi and return …

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SPECIAL WEEKLY TRAINS WITH NEW ROUTES : Chennai EgmoreSHIRDI-Chennai Egmore
CHENNAI: Taking into account the increased number of rail passengers, the Southern Railway is exploring new inter-zonal routes to run summer specials. Contrary to the approach of operating specials trains to destinations falling under the zone, the Southern Railways is exploring the option of successfully operating special trains from Chennai to places like Jaipur (North), Bilaspur (South-East-Central) and Shirdi (Central), which fall under the other zones of Indian railways.

While the Chennai Central-Jaipur-Chennai Central and Tirunelveli-Bilaspur-Tirunelveli is operating as weekly specials, it is exploring another weekly special, the Chennai Egmore-Shirdi-Chennai Egmore.

The Central Railway will run Special Trains between Chennai Egmore and Sainagar Shirdi to clear the extra rush of passengers. The halts will be at Perambur, Arakkonam, Renigunta, Koduru, Razampeta, Nandalur, Cuddappah, Kamalapuram, Yerraguntla, Muddanaru, Kondapuram, Tadipatri, Gooty, Guntakal, Adoni, Mantralayam Road, Raichur, Krishna, Yadgir, Wadi, Gulbarga, Solapur, Kurduwadi, Daund, Ahmednagar, Belapur, Puntamba stations.

The 0677 Special Departs Chennai Egmore on every Tuesday at 15.00 hours from 21.4.2009 to 23.6.2009 (10 trips) ( ie April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16 and 23 ) & Arrives Sainagar Shirdi at 16.45 hours next day.

The 0678 Special -

Departs Sainagar Shirdi on every Thursday at 08.00 hrs from 23..4.2009 to 25.6.2009 (10 trips) ( ie April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 11, 18, 25 ) & Arrives Chennai Egmore at 11.45 hrs next day.

Composition : 1 AC 2-tier, 2 AC 3-tier, 13 Sleeper Class, 3 General Second Class & 2 Luggage–cum–brake van Coaches.

Advance reservation for the above trains will commence on 15.4.2009.

Train Time Table - 27 halts between Chennai Egmore and Sainagar Shirdi

Make sure to visit the official site and double-check the timetable.

Chennai Shirdi Special/0677 - Avg Speed: 51 km/hr 25 hrs 45 min - 1209 km - 27 halts - Climbs: 501m Departs @ 03:00PM/Tue - Chennai Egmore/MS Arrives @ 04:45PM +1 night/Wed - Sainagar Shirdi/SNSI

Station

Arrives
03:22PM 04:25PM 05:45PM 06:43PM 07:10PM 07:25PM 08:10PM 08:35PM 08:51PM

Departs

Halt
3 min 5 min 2 min 2 min 2 min 5 min 2 min 2 min

Day# Distance
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 12 75 147 188 221 232 272 296 311

Speed Elev
33 63 58 65 79 51 56 72 64 8m 7m 91m 113m 215m 144m 143m 146m 141m 171m

Chennai Egmore/MS
Perambur/PER Arakkonam/AJJ Renigunta Junction/RU Koduru/KOU Razampeta/RJP Nandalur/NRE Cuddapah/HX Kamalapuram/KKM Yerraguntla/YA

03:00PM
03:25PM 04:30PM 06:05PM 06:45PM 07:12PM 07:27PM 08:15PM 08:37PM 08:53PM

20 min 1

Muddanuru/MOO Kondapuram/KDP Tadipatri/TU Gooty/GY Guntakal Junction/GTL Adoni/AD Manthralayam Road/MALM Raichur/RC Krishna/KSN Yadgir/YG Wadi/WADI Gulbarga/GR Solapur Junction/SUR Kurduvadi/KWV Daund Junction/DD Ahmadnagar/ANG Belapur/BAP Puntamba/PB

09:05PM 09:35PM 10:05PM 11:15PM 11:45PM 12:30AM 01:30AM 02:10AM 02:40AM 03:30AM 05:30AM 06:15AM 08:30AM 09:40AM 12:00PM 01:42PM 03:00PM 03:45PM

09:07PM 09:37PM 10:07PM 11:17PM 11:50PM 12:32AM 01:40AM 02:15AM 02:42AM 03:32AM 05:40AM 06:18AM 08:40AM 09:42AM 12:10PM 01:45PM 03:03PM 04:00PM

2 min 2 min 2 min 2 min 5 min 2 min 5 min 2 min 2 min 3 min 2 min 3 min 3 min

1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

327 351 379 427 455 507 548 576 601 645 684 720 833 912 1021 1105 1172 1192 1209

80 51 60 42 60 78 42 56 60 55 20 62 51 79 47 55 54 29 23

194m 214m 243m 370m 453m 420m 334m 404m 357m 369m 431m 458m 463m 516m 522m 650m 541m 501m 509m

10 min 2

10 min 2 10 min 2 10 min 2

15 min 2

Sainagar Shirdi/SNSI

04:45PM

For Chennai-Shirdi Rail Route Map - http://indiarailinfo.com/train/map/2293/779/6721

Karnataka to Shirdi - Garib Rath Special Trains
The Hindu - Karnataka Friday, May 15, 2009 Staff Correspondent HUBLI: The railways have decided to run a Weekly Garib Rath Special from Yeshwanthpur (Karnataka) to Shirdi to clear the extra rush during summer, a press release said. Route : Train No.0685 will leave Yeshwanthpur at 7.30 a.m. on Tuesdays, commencing from May 19 and arrive at Shirdi station at 8 a.m. the next day. The last weekly Garib Rath special from Yeshwanthpur will be on June 30. Return Direction In the return direction, train No.0686 Shirdi-Yeshwanthpur Garib Rath weekly special will leave Shirdi at 6.20 p.m. on Wednesdays, commencing from May 20 and arrive at Yeshwanthpur at 8 p.m. the next day.

The last special from Shirdi will be on July 1. Halts The train will halt at Doddaballapur, Hindupur, Dharmavaram, Anantapur, Guntakal, Bellary, Toranagal, Hospet, Gadag, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Solapur, Daund, Ahmednagar, Belapur and Pantumba, the release added. The train will have 18 coaches, comprising 16 3-tier A.C. high capacity coaches and two generator cars, the press release stated further.

Special Trains between Shirdi and Visakhapatnam
Sainagar Shirdi - Visakhapatnam Bi-weekly specials number - 0868 will be run. Booking opens for 0868 from 18.5.2009.

CR TO RUN VISAKHAPATNAM-SAINAGAR SHIRDI BI-WEEKLY SPECIAL TRAINS
Central Railway will run Bi-Weekly Special Trains between Visakhapatnam and Sainagar Shirdi to clear the extra rush of passengers. The details of these special trains are as under: Route to Shirdi - 0867 Special will leave Visakhapatnam on every Wednesday & Saturday at 05.30 hrs from 20.5..2009 to 27.6.2009 (12 trips) and arrive Sainagar Shirdi at 11.00 hrs next day. Return from Shirdi - 0868 Special will leave Sainagar Shirdi on every Thursday & Sunday at 18.20 hrs from 21.5.2009 to 28.6.2009 (12 trips) and arrive Visakhapatnam at 22.45 hrs next day. Halts: Duvvada, Rajhmundry, Vijayawada, Secunderabad, Bolarum, Kamareddi, Nizamabad, Basar, Nanded, Purna, Parbhani, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nagarsol, Manmad, Kopargaon, Puntamba. Booking opens for 0868 from 18.5.2009. Composition: One AC-2 Tier, One AC-3 Tier, 8 Sleeper Class, 6 General Second Class and 2 General Second Class cum brake vans.

"Meanwhile, the 0117-0118 Mumbai CST-Shirdi Weekend Special train

which reaches Shirdi in just 7hrs from Mumbai has been extended for another six trips from April 24 to May 29, with bookings beginning from April 14."

Things to know during your travel to Shirdi:

A majority of the people do not speak English inside or outside of the Temple Complex at Shirdi. Most of the people who speak English are the ones who run the larger hotels. Purchase anti-diarrheal medications before you leave to Shirdi. The Temple Complex has two main places for you to keep your shoes (cost is 1 rupee). If you are wearing chappals or sandals, you have to store them at a separate shoe counter. This is perhaps the most confusing part of the ashram. I would suggest you buy some cheap sandals, mark you name on them and find a place to put them in case you get confused about the shoe counters. Just remember where you put your sandals, because when you come out of from the Darshan area, you are on the opposite side of the Temple Complex. I was not able to find any sort of public internet facilities when I was at Shirdi. Shirdi does have telephone services for local, state and international calls. When booking a return bus ticket to Bombay, make sure you get the earliest bus (it takes 7 hours to get to Bombay) and make sure the bus is A/C (costs around Rs.-300-400). Try to sit on the left hand side of the bus so you can keep an eye on your luggage, which is stored in a compartment below the bus. The boys who sell flowers, pictures and statues can be very stubborn and will literally follow your for hours. If you would like to help them out (most are very poor), make your purchases a few hours prior to leaving Shirdi. Otherwise, you will attract large groups of sellers. A small bundle of roses (about 3-4 roses tied together) costs Rs.-3, if you would like to offer flowers in the temple.

Inside The Temple::

Once you go inside the Temple for Darshan, you can expect long lines if it is a Holy Day or a thursday or a weekend. Otherwise, you will not have to wait long at all. Avoid Holy Days (the lines are extremely long and the wait can easily exceed 5 hours). You can expect police officers and Temple workers to be screaming loudly at people to hurry up and move forward. I would suggest you get in the furthest left-hand side line. In that line, you can touch Sai Baba's actual samadhi and the silver chappals that are located there. You can offer flowers and there are places where you can offer money. As soon as you offer your flowers and touch his samadhi, kindly leave the area. Winters are the best season to visit Shirdi. The months from September to April being the ideal period. The daytime temperature is pleasant during this period, making the days excellent for visiting the tourist attractions of the town. The summers can get very hot (May-August). Make sure you drink bottled water.

Map of temple complex can be found at :

http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/main_English/shirdi/map.asp The temple premises of Shri Saibaba is spread in approximately 200 sq. mtrs.It is situated in the heart of Shirdi village and is a major center of pilgrimagefrom all over the world.On an average, daily 20,000 devotees visit Shirdi village, to have the Darshan of Shri Saibaba. In the festival season, more than 1,00,000 devotees visit the Temple everyday.The Temple premises is renovated in the year 1998-99 and now is equipped with all necessary facilities like, Darshan Lane, Prasada (Lunch and Dinner), Donation Counters, Prasad Counters, Canteen, Railway Reservation Counter, Book Stall etc. The Accommodation Facilities are also provided by the Sansthan. http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/main_English/shirdi/accommodation.asp

Places To Visit In Shirdi::

Sai Baba's place Shirdi (Maharashtra State) is a very sacred, powerful and important place of pilgrimage in India. Khandoba Mandir: This place is near Shirsainath Hospital. Baba stepped here in Shirdi at the foot of banyan tree near Khandoba Temple along with Chand Patil's wife's nephew's marriage party. The then Pujari Mhalsapati welcome Him by calling "Ya Sai". Gurusthan Mandir: This is the place where Baba first appeared to the world as a boy of 16 years & this place is supposed to be Baba's Gurusthan. the famous Margosa (Neem) tree is here. it has a reference in Shri Sai Sat-charita. Devotees claim that their ailments are cured by burning incense here on Thursday & Friday. So dont forget to burn incense there even if it is not a thursday or friday. Sai Baba's Samadhi Mandir: This is the place where Sacred Body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. The articles handled by Baba are preserved & displayed here in a special showroom. All rituals consisting of Pooja. Abhishek & daily four Aratis are performed here. The Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was actually owned by a millionaire from Nagpur and a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao, also known as 'Butti Wada'. He wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar there. However, according to the legends, Sai Baba manifested himself as Murlidhar and the temple became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba. The Samadhi of Baba is built with white marble stones. The railings around it are full of ornamental decorations. The idol of Baba is a marvelous statue made up of Italian marble built by Late Balaji Vasant in 1954. The temple has an assembly hall for about 600 devotees. The first floor of the temple has the pictures depicting the life of the saint. The temple opens on 5 AM with morning prayers and close down at 10 PM with night prayers. Dwarkamai (Masjid): Baba stayed at this place continuously for 60 years. Innumerable devotees got blessing of Baba here. The Shila (Stone) on which Baba used to sit is located nearby. Also Sacred Fire (Dhuni) lit by Baba is ever burning here. Baba used to give Sacred Udi (Ash) to the devotees to solve their problems in life. Udi distributed to the devotees now is only from this Dhuni. Baba used to cook food here for distribution to devotees. Main attraction of the site is the oil paintings of the sage. If possible, try to read Shri Sai Satcharitra over here. You will find a lot of peace with in you after you do that. Chawdi Mandir: On every alternate day Baba used to proceed in procession from Dwarkamai to this place at night & halt & sleep here. Now also on every Thursday Palanquin procession of Baba's Photo. Holy Padukas & Satka is taken to this place between 9.15 p.m. & 10.00 p.m. The Chavadi is divided into two parts. One part of the Chavadi has a large portrait of Baba along with a wooden bed and a white chair belonging to him. Lendi Baug: At some distance from Gurusthan, there is the Lendi Baug. This garden was made and watered daily by Baba himself. It got its name from a nullah (a drain), which used to flow there. Baba used to come here every morning and afternoon and take rest under a neem tree. Baba dug a pit, 2 feet deep, under the neem tree and kept a deep (a lighting object) lit in that pit. An octagonal deepgriha (lighthouse) called Nanda Deep has been built in marble stone in memory of this place. It constantly burns in a glass box. On one side of the deepgriha is a pipal tree and on the other side is a neem tree. There is also Datta Mandir in this garden & Shri Sai Baba's deloyed Horse 'Shamkarna'(Shamsunder) is taking Eternal Rest here. There is also a well here called as 'Baba's Shivdi'. Other Places: The Samadhis of Shri Tatya Patil Kote, Shri Bhau Maharaj Kumbhar, Shri V.Padmanabha Iyer, Shri Nanawali & Shri Abdul Baba who were ardent Bhaktas closely associated with Shri Sai Baba during His life time are located in Sansthan premises near lendhi Baug. In addition 3 other Temples are in Temples premises complex : 1) Shri Ganesh Temple, 2) Shri Shani Temple & 3) Shri Mahadev Temple Nearby Sites: Situated around 5 km from Shirdi is Sakori. The place is home to the Upasini Maharaj. Shanisinghnapur is 70 km from Shirdi. A temple devoted to Shani is located there.

Staying in Shirdi :

Shirdi has a lot of good hotels as per one’s requirements. 5 Star accommodation : Sun-n-Sand hotel (http://www.sunnsandhotel.com/) Mid-range luxury hotel : Sai Leela Hotel (http://www.hotelsaileela.com/) MTDC Hotels : Pilgrims Inn Shirdi (http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/) Hotel Utsav in Shirdi for short stays (http://www.hotelutsavshirdi.com/)

Shirdi Sai Sansthan’s Cheaper Accomodation : Shirdi Sai Sansthan provides cheaper accommodation. For more details please visit the site (http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/main_English/shirdi/shirdi/accommodation.asp) For more hotels with their price details ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 4000: http://www.holidayiq.com/Shirdi-Hotels-Resorts-Reviews-Rating-Tariff-550-20-yes-destination.html

Useful tips for travellers from foreign countries:

Special VIP Pass : For overseas devotees, the Shirdi Sai Sansthan provides special passes, which can be obtained from the PRO office, near to the Nanda-Deep.Foreigners can show their passports to get the VIP pass. Ipods, Mp3 players,Cameras & Mobile Phones : Photography/video shooting is not permitted in the temple premises, and the temple staff is quite strict about this rule.Cameras and mobile phones are not allowed inside the temple. But there are locker facilities available, for depositing the camera and mobile phones, within the temple complex. But if I were you, I would just leave it in my hotel room or in my car.And specially your ipods and mp3 players, I got stuck once for that so make sure all those hi tech stuff is taken care of before you decide to go to samadhi mandir.

For more information about the temple log onto: http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/ Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, (Shirdi) PO: Shirdi Tal. Rahata Dist. Ahmednagar Pin-423109 Tel No:+ 91-2423-258500 Fax: office 91-2423-258870 & P.R.O, Office 91-2423- 258770. E-mail: saibaba@sai.org.in URL : http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/ http://www.sai.org.in/ Daily program schedule in Shirdi:: http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/main_English/shirdi/dailyprograms.asp Important festivals in Shirdi with dates:: http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/main_English/shirdi/festivals.asp Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devoh Maheshwar; Gurur Shakshat Parambramha Tashmai Shri Gurur Veh Namah" May the Merciful Sri Sai Baba always shower His grace on us and our families and remove our problems and anxieties by giving us all - strength , goodluck, success and happiness with peace of mind. Sai bhakt, Deepa H Blog dedicated to Shri Shirdi Saibaba : http://debu7366.blogspot.com/ Listen to Radio Shirdi Sai : http://sairadio.blogspot.com/ For free Sai Satcharitra books: http://www.saiseva.omsrisai.net/store/index.php Saibaba temple directory: http://www.omsrisai.net/saitemples.php