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Old 8th January 2017, 15:35   #16
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Just book on https://online.sai.org.in and get your darshan or aarti scheduled, you will be into the temple in 15..20 minutes if you arrive a bit earlier than the scheduled time slot that you get.

Don't know about group but there's no shortage of bus services and tourist cabs available in Pune that you can try.

You can book a basic accomodation on online.sai.org.in or can book a hotel that suits your budget (read the thread!!)

All you need to do / know is in that post I had made earlier http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post3590583 (One day trip to Shirdi from Pune: Need cab + additional info!)

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1) I would prefer leaving on Saturday and coming back on Sunday.
2) Since I would be traveling alone, it would be nice if there a group.
3) I would be staying overnight there in the Shirdi, so if somebody could let me know a decent accommodation there. If not included in the package.
4) I understand that there are online slots for 'VIP' darshan but how much time does it normally takes if ones goes by 'Aam Adami Approach'?
5) Any other pointers I need to take care of?
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Guys, a question. Is there any "Free" car parking in Shirdi. Have been then unmpteen times but havnt been able to spot one. So just taking a chance here if anyone has seen one
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Guys, a question. Is there any "Free" car parking in Shirdi. Have been then unmpteen times but havnt been able to spot one. So just taking a chance here if anyone has seen one
Take a hotel room and any decent hotel will give you free parking. Simple.
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Wont be staying there. Its a drive to Shirdi in the morning and drive back home in the afternoon. Hotel was an option which even I contemplated but then the paid parking would work out cheaper than a hotel room

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Paid parking is almost at shopping mall rates but not very much for a short visit

There is a decent one just across from the temple so you can leave your chappals in the car. Leave phones etc in the car at your own risk.
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Yeah. I generally use the same but they charge attrocious fares for a few hours.
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Did a solo Pune-Shirdi-Pune on Saturday. Took me dot 3 hours to reach Shirdi from Pune and around 3.5 on the way back, both without breaks. I took the route I generally take - Pune-Nagar-Shirdi route. Saw a couple of accidents on the way though there were no traffic snarls

Parked in a paid lot right in front of gate 1. Charges are 70, 20 up from the earlier 50 (visit almost 3 years back) and its an open parking. So you are lucky if you find any shade for your buddy.

Took breakfast after parking as was walking towards the darshan Q at around 10.15. Being Makar Sankranti, the crowd was just maddening and absolutely unmanageable. I was trying to find the end of the line leading to gate 1, but no matter how further I kept walking, the end was just not in sight. Finally reached the end and got in line. I did not take the VIP pass because it was me alone and I did not mind waiting a little longer for dashan. Adding to it, till the night before I wasnt sure of going. So did not want to spend on a trip which was not planned. Realized later, that VIP pass would have been of no use either because of the crowd and the line was equally big there too.

Waited in the queue for a good 20-25 mins and heard people telling that you need a "pass" for the darshan and I started thinking what is this new thing about. Recollected vividly about seeing boards for "Free biometric passes for dashan" while hunting for the end of the darshan line. Many people like me in the queue, were not aware of it and all made a mad dash for the "pass". I thought probably it might not be required since its a free darshan only to be proved wrong within the next few minutes.

Apparently now there is a new system even for free darshan. Adjacent to gate one is a lane while goes down the temple. The pass center is just to the left as soon as you enter the lane somewhere around here (see red circle in below image)

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Here you need to wait in a queue and you will be given a pass after your pic is taken via a cam. I guess there have fingerprints too (saw boards stating which finger is to be kept) but probably wasn't in force that day because of the rush. The pass will mention the time slot for your darshan along with the gate (1/2) you need to be at. Make to check this and be at the correct gate at the correct time else you might not be allowed inside and make sure to keep it safe till you atleast get into one of the darshan halls as they will be verified once.

After the darshan, came out by around 2, had lunch and took the return journey home.

EDIT - I am not sure if this pass thing is a regular affair or just that day owing to the rush but never the less make sure to check it once before standing in the darshan queue

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Hello Guys,

I need your help in planning Pune-Shirdi-Nashik trip that I intend to do with my folks. I would basically have 3 days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for this trip.

I was thinking to reach early on friday (at Shirdi for Kakkad Darshan) and then do Shani Darshan and rest for the entire day. Next day I can leave for Nashik and visit trimbkeshwar and for the eve we can visit some local market and may be try some famous local cuisines (In Nashik). Last day (Sunday) do some local sighseeing (in Nashik) and start in the after noon so that we can return in the evening in pune.

How does the trip looks like? my folks have already seen Pune but never got the chance to roam about pune so wanted to cover as much as I can in this trip.

All suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
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Kakad aarti is around 4.00 AM and if you want to reach Shirdi by then means you will have to leave by at least 12 in the night (say 3-3.5 hours of travel+ around 30 mins time to get in). Better to book the tickets online if you plan to attend the aarti.

Unless you are very keen on attending the aarti, I would suggest you take a leisure start of around 6 and reach by 10-10.30, take a darshan (since you are going on a weekday there wont be much of a crowd) and then head to Nashik. If you book the darshan passes online, the process will be faster. Just head to gate 3 and you will be in the darbar in around 10-15 mins max. After this you can head to Shani and take darshan there too. Rest you can keep as is.
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Hello BHP’ians and Suresh

I would be travelling/driving to Shirdi on the 30th of April with wifey and my 7 year old from Pune (Viman Nagar). Need some help in terms of the following:

- Eateries on the way
- Is taking the Ahmednagar bypass still not viable
- Also if I need to cross Ahmednagar, what will be the best time to cross i.e. going to Shirdi on Sunday and returning on Monday.
- Any map link to be followed for the correct route i.e. avoiding bypasses etc.

Can you also confirm how the highways are i.e. 4 laner/2 laner. Anything else I need to bear in mind, like dress code etc. We are booking the online darshan.

Thanks
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I just replied to your other post on a related thread - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post4188122 (One day trip to Shirdi from Pune: Need cab + additional info!)

Mods these two might be merged please?
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