Planning to visit Shirdi? Well, we have shortlisted 15 best things you can do in your Shirdi Trip. Apart from religious visits, there are several things you can do in Shirdi.
1. Visit the Sai Baba Mandir
Thousands of devotees visit Shirdi every year to get blessings from the Sai Baba temple. It is the main attraction in Shirdi. The temple is located in the middle of the town. It has the Samadhi of the Saint himself, which is his burial site. You don’t need to pay any entry charges to enter the mandir. It is usually always crowds so you might not be able to see the samadhi for a long time, just for a few minutes maybe.
2. Visit Dwarkamai
It is a beautiful mosque where it is believed Sai Baba had lived. It is a very sacred place for the devotees of Sai Baba and also believes that Sai Baba has lived over here for almost 60 years. He is believed to have taken samadhi in the year 1918. Here you can find many oil paintings of Sai Baba. It is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:45 pm.
3. Take a stroll in the small village of Shani Shingnapur
It is small village in Ahmednagar. Here you will find the famous Shani Mandir. Lord Shani is the presiding deity. People from all over the world come to visit this temple. It is not designed in the form of a temple. On the contrary the black stone is just keep on an ordinary platform. It is located at a distance of 65 kilometers from Shirdi. It is open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.
4. Adul Baba cottage
It is a popular place among the devotees of Adul Baba. He is said to have resided over here. It is known all over the world for its religious importance. This place is also known for its rich history. In small cottage houses you will find Sai Baba and Adul Baba idols exhibited beautifully. This cottage is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday. It is located in Manmad State Highway No. 10 in Ahmednagar.
Gurusthan is also a great place of religious importance. Here Sai Baba was first seen to be seat under the Neem tree. Sai Baba believes to be just 16 years of age at that time. Devotees visiting this place burn incense sticks. It is believes by the devotees that burning the incense sticks will cure them of all the ailments and illnesses and it opens daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. It is also located in Manmad State Highway No. 10.
6. Lendi Bagh
Lendi Bagh is a beautiful dense forest. It is here where Sai Baba used to spend his time meditating. It is said that he surrounds by his followers who listens to him intently and wants to learn from him and it is also located in Manmad State Highway No. 10 in Ahmednagar. It is open all the time. It is also a religious spot in Shirdi.
7. Visit the Wet and Joy Park
After visiting the religious spots, you can even have some enjoyment in Shirdi. Wet and Joy Park is a great spot where you can enjoy with your kids and family members. It is located in Rahata in Ahmednagar. There are many water rides suitable for kids. There is also a restaurant which serves great delicious dishes. The rides are thrilling and fun at the same time.
Shirdi does not have exact shopping centres. There are many shops which sells different items related to Sai Baba. You can buy a number of momentos and tokens which will be really a great choice to gift your relatives and the near and dear ones. You will get photos, statues, frames, key rings and many other items.
9. Visit the Dixit Wada Museum
It is an amazing place which is located under the area of the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust. Here you can see many pictures of Sai Baba along with his followers. You can even find the padukas worn by Sai Baba. His long robes and his smoking pipe is also kept in this museum. His cooking utensils and other articles are also found here. You can even find some gramophone records too.
10. Shirdi Water Park
If you are thinking to add some fun to your religious trip, you need to visit this fabulous water park. There are many rides for the kids as well as for the adults. It is open till the evening and it is a great way to relieve yourself from the heat over here. You can just relax and chill as you wish.
11. Visit the Heritage Village
It is located on the Maharashtra State Highway and in Taluk Rahata in Maharashtra. This is commonly visit from the Shirdi bus station. It is a theme park and it is both a religious spot as well as a picnic spot. Here you can find many statues of Sai Baba. The famous Palki scene of Sai Baba also depicts here. It was started in July 2014. Food serves to the devotees here. Many poor and needy are also help here.
12. Visit the Arjun Adventure Park
It is both an adventure as well as an amusement park. It is a great place for kids as there are many interesting activities over here. The restaurant here is also very popular among the tourists. Arjun Adventure Park is a very popular spot among the tourists. It is a favorite activity place.
13. Try different foods in Shirdi
Shirdi is a great place where you can try various type of food. It is a great place for various vegetarian cuisines. All the rich Indian vegetarian cuisines can be tries over here. The pilgrims visiting here tries the sweets and savories.
14. Take part in the Palki procession
The Palki procession takes place every Thursday. It starts from the Dwarkamai masjid. When Sai Baba uses to live in Chavadi, he was took there on a Palki and so this Palki procession takes place even today. Many devotees all over world come to take part in this procession.
15. Visit the Upasani Maharaj ashram
Upasani Maharaj was a saint who lived during the 20th He was a great devotee and follower of Sai Baba. It is located in Shirdi Ahmednagar state highway. It also has the samadhi of the Maharaja himself and even contains the samadhi of one of his disciples.