I reached nashik from mumbai.The total distance from mumbai is approx173 Kms.Trains as well as buses are available.I caught the panchvati express from Mumbai CST and reached nashik railway station at 2130hrs.I started my journey the next day.For Shirdi, there are govt buses available and they charge approx 135 Rs.Otherwise one needs to go to a place named Mahamarg from where private luxury liners, mini buses and taxes are available for shirdi.The volvo luxury buses charge Rs.150 and are pretty decent.The total journey is very interesting and exciting as the road crosses the mountain ranges and the journey duration is about 2hrs.Make sure that the bus doesnt drop you far away from the temple as they do so.Dont get fooled by the bus drivers trying to lure you into hotels at shirdi. There is no requirement to take any taxi or vehicle from the drop point as the distance is hardly few hundred meters. There are total of four gates.I suggest one should take Gate No 1. There are stands available for keeping foot wear for a nominal fee of two to three rupees at the entrance. If you dont want to stand in long queues then there is a provision of VIP entry at the gate no 1 where in all that you require to do is pay Rs.100 as fee.But this would not be possible without an identity proof which you should carry such a pan card/voters id/driving licence. This would directly allow you to join the general crowd very near the samadhi area.The samadhi area is generally crowded. You wont be allowed to stand there for long.Beware of pickpocketers.After darshan you would be directed to the common area.Here you can buy prasad for prices ranging from rs 35 plus rs 5 for the bag.In case u wish to purchase laddus then there is a different venue wherein you can get is for Rs.10.Dont forget to visit the neem tree within the temple wherein Sai baba used to be around in the erstwhile times.Visit the book shop too.The place is filled with the spiritual auro and the positive thoughts of so many people who have visited the temple.get blessed and god bless.I enjoyed the spiritual aura of the place.
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