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Old 10th November 2015, 11:38   #61
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Visited Shirdi yesterday from Mumbai.
The driver of the cab we had hired was very familiar with the route and mentioned that the Ghoti-Sinnar bypass was best avoided so onward we took Nh3 to Nashik and then took the Nashik-pune road from where we took the shirdi bypass road. Excellent all the way and I would recommend this for now. We left Juhu at 4.55am and were at Shirdi by 8.50am with just a 10 minute break for tea on the way.
Very sedate driving, car was a Tavera and he never exceeded 90kmph anywhere.
We had breakfast at Sai Amrut right opposite the temple entrance. Peaceful parking at Rs.70 for 12 hours.
Crossed the road to enter the temple at 9.40am since I'd taken the online Darshan ticket for 9.30-11am slot turned out to be a great decision. We walked straight inside the temple complex and proceeded to the Shani Gate for VIP entrace. No crowd in this line and walked straight up to main entrance near the Prasad counter where the regular queue merges. From here it took about 30 minutes to get agood Darshan and we were back at the car park by 10.30am after visits to the smaller temples inside the complex and some quick souvenir shopping.
We decided to skip the visit to Shani Shignapur as we would get back very late in the evening, so left Shirdi around 11, took the Sinnar-ghoti bypass road.
The driver said we would get stuck in truck traffic inside Nasik so this would avoid that but a large section of the road would be bad, I guess he wanted to prove his point
And yes the last 15-18 km (out of 50 total) turned out to be a mixed bag of average, very bad and bad roads
I wouldn't recommend hatch back and low GC sedans to take this route. We managed as it was a Tavera.
More details on distances, our lunch break stop etc later.

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Old 22nd December 2015, 00:00   #62
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Hi Guys, I'll be doing Indore - Matheran road trip over the weekend and need your inputs on the road conditions from Shahpur to Matheran. I understand that Indore to Shahpur is NH 3 and the road condition is brilliant, but I am totally unaware of the conditions there after.
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Bumping an old thread.

I am planning a quick run to Shirdi tomorrow and wanted to know the road conditions of the Ghoti-Sinnar bypass. Would it be wise to go via Nashik or use the bypass road. I am assuming the NH3 would be in a good condition.
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Old 12th August 2016, 09:33   #64
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Just been to Shirdi ten days back. The Ghoti Sinnar road is in excellent condition except for few potholes . Take this route! Om Sai Ram
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Just been to Shirdi ten days back. The Ghoti Sinnar road is in excellent condition except for few potholes . Take this route! Om Sai Ram
Can you or anyone please confirm if the below one is the best route

https://www.google.co.in/maps/dir/Go...19.7668633!3e0

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Yes that's the route! Should take about 4-4.5hrs with breaks
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Just been to Shirdi ten days back. The Ghoti Sinnar road is in excellent condition except for few potholes . Take this route! Om Sai Ram
Just arrived from a trip to Shirdi on 01-12-2016. We took the route as; Thane - Bhiwandi - Asangaon - Kasara - Ghoti - Sinnar - Shirdi.

The Mumbai Agra highway (old NH-3) is as good as ever. The Ghoti to Sinnar stretch is extremely mixed bag with near non-existent, worst, bad, average and some good stretches. The last stretch of 50 odd Kms from Sinnar towards Shirdi is in very good condition.

The entry into the Ghoti Sinnar bypass road is horrendous with a very rough surface; the surface on the railway bridge is very gruesome with no tarmac and only a pitted concrete surface. There are several unmarked speed breakers (in clusters of 3 or 5 nos) all along which pop up suddenly giving nasty surprises especially during night. Some potholes are too deep for a sedan to handle.

If you are planning to travel in a low slung sedan, loaded with well fed people and luggage, my sincere advice is to avoid this route completely.
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The Mumbai Agra highway (old NH-3) is as good as ever. The Ghoti to Sinnar stretch is extremely mixed bag with near non-existent, worst, bad, average and some good stretches.
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If you are planning to travel in a low slung sedan, loaded with well fed people and luggage, my sincere advice is to avoid this route completely.
Your description of the ghoti-sinnar road condition is very similar to what I experienced back in November 2015 (see my earlier post), so not much change in the past year then, and yes it's best avoided in darkness - in addition to the bad stretches there are absolutely no facilities and very desolate in many stretches.
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Folks,
Its our time to visit shirdi. Planning for the second weekend of Feb. we have our 3.5 years old son tagging along this time.
Have kind of decided to go via Mumbai, so that we can visit our folks in Mumbai too.
Plan is to take on Friday morning (around 7AM or 8AM) flight to Mumbai. reach Mumbai by 10/11.
Take a cab Direct to Shirdi from the airport. (need help on the route and safe places to stop with family for any breaks).
Arrive at Shirdi by 4 PM, take a decent accommodation and take rest for couple of hours.
Planning for the Night Kshej aarti and come back to the Hotel (any suggestions for 2/3 Star stay would be helpful).
Start Next day morning by 7 by the same cab and reach Mumbai by 12.
spend time with our folks in Mumbai and start back late on saturday Night or Sunday morning.

Pointers on this would be really appreciated.
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Take a cab Direct to Shirdi from the airport. (need help on the route and safe places to stop with family for any breaks).
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Pointers on this would be really appreciated.
Route - take the straighforward Mumbai-Nashik-Shirdi route, roads are in very good condition.

Hotel Marigold Regency is probably 0.5-1Km behind the Temple, located well (away from crowds) at the same time nearby and place is neat, food is good.
I think they have a mini bus that shuttles to and fro the temple frequently.

Hotel Vrindavan near Kasara ghat was good and we stopped there on our way back. However, I'm not sure if it can be reached easily without a major detour while going from Mumbai (the ghat has separate one way roads for onward and return directions).

I'm sure there are other dhabhas/hotels in the Mumbai-Nashik direction as well that have been recommended on TBHP threads, do look them up.

Nearer to Shirdi and in Shirdi there are several restaurants, like Vittal Kamat, etc.

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