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Old 9th January 2017, 23:16   #46
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Anyone driving from Pune to Shirdi should avoid the Ahmednagar bypass as its in a really pathetic state. Completely broken patch of around 20 kms and heavy truck traffic causing it to be full of dust. I was able to manage in my Safari Storme but it will be tough for low GC vehicles. Better to go through Ahmednagar till the bypass is fixed.
+1 completely agree. I was warned by more than 5 friends when I went to Aurangabad 2 weeks back. I just drove through the city ignoring all the "bypass" boards. Google maps sent me via the city so there was no confusion at all.
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And arrival 4-5ish in an overnight bus means you can't attend kakad Aarti - probably the next Aarti in line.

Here are the timings, note that you need to queue a good amount of time before, and less queue if you book online

http://shrisaibabasansthan.org.in/daily-schedule/
Thanks for sharing the link hserus. I remember having attended the kakad aarti when I used to take an over nighter but looks like the timings for the aarti have changed. Any idea on the same? If not then I sure was hallucinating when I checked the clock after getting down from the bus
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Hello BHP’ians Centaur and other frequent travelers to Shirdi

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.

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Old 24th April 2017, 18:31   #49
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Smile Stone near supe is roughly midway and has decent food. Vasudev Kamat joints also there.

The Ahmednagar bypass is very variable in quality but cuts quite a lot of time off your travel especially during the morning and evening rush hours. The highway is mostly four lane till the Ahmednagar bypass (not sure why people insist on shortening it to "nagar")

Definitely book a darshan or Aarti slot online.

Stay in a hotel like keys temple tree or marigold that provides a free shuttle to the mandir Shani gate that allows online booking entry (and keep a printout of the booking as well as ID proof that you mentioned in the booking with you). Leave your car parked at the hotel.

You can leave your phone and footwear at a small booth that's opposite the Shani gate.

As for dress - wear what you usually wear when you go to a temple, any decent dress will do, maybe not shorts. The temple authorities don't seem to object to any other clothing as well (e.g. western wear for women) and i see many dresses that way, but the majority wear trousers and shirts for men, sari / salwar suits for women as you can expect.
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Need some help in terms of the following:
Suresh has already replied to your queries, but some inputs from my side

- Eateries on the way
a) Vithal Kamat around 5 kms before Ranjangaon. In case you leave Pune early and want to have breakfast
b) Smile Stone mid way
c) Hotel Farhat Executive in Ahmednagar city

- Is taking the Ahmednagar bypass still not viable
I would still recommend avoiding bypass. Ahmednagar city is not as congested as Pune and additional time spent by passing through city might be 20 to 25 minutes extra but gives you peace of mind.

- 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.
If travelling through Ahmednagar city, go all the way till DSP/DAP Chowk and then take left (there are sufficient sign boards) and then right at Patrakar chowk.
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- 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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Of all the places I found smilestone to be a good place to eat if with family. I always take a stop only at smilestone as my daughter has some fun time playing in the park and looking at the ducks there. Ample parking for our cars too.

I would still avoid Ahmednagar bypass. It makes more sense to go via Ahmednagar town as there is not much rush there. I have been travelling via Ahmednagar town only always and irrespective of the time, never found very heavy traffic in the city. The traffic becomes a little dense at times but never a jam so far atleast.

Since you are going on Sunday, I would suggest leaving early in the morning as you can easily cut past the city traffic, esp. 2 wheelers. Adding to it, its summer. So leaving early might make the trip more pleasant than leaving later.

Also be careful while crossing small towns and villages on the way. Slow down to a comfortable speed where you can stop if someone jumps in front. Villagers care little for traffic rules as in those villages only their rules work. Since you are on a two day trip (not a single day as I usually do), you can take things leisurely in terms of speed and otherwise as well.

For the map, you can refer this post (Pune to Shirdi : Route Queries) of mine.

You are going on a long weekend. Even with the special darshan pass, be prepared for some crowd.
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Of all the places I found smilestone to be a good place to eat if with family. I always take a stop only at smilestone as my daughter has some fun time playing in the park and looking at the ducks there. Ample parking for our cars too.
Smile Stone is fairly decent for tiffin items (idli / dosa / poha etc). Unfortunately it isn't terribly ideal for lunch.

The lunch food isn't terribly good and there are quite a few flies in the area.

The other issue is that I believe (could be wrong, my mother in law went in there and told me all this) the place also serves meat dishes in the dining area so that people going to shirdi (so vegetarian for the duration at least), or those that are pure vegetarians by religion, might be uncomfortable with it.
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