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My Pune-Shirdi Trip

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by niranjan_81, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. niranjan_81

    niranjan_81

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UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="31" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="32" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="33" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Book Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="37" Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:8.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:1.5in; line-height:120%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> My Pune-Shirdi Trip
    So it was decided that we need to have atleast one long drive of around 300-400 KM’s every month. Now, since the car was new we thought of doing some dev darshan and what better place to go to, then shirdi for long drive and god’s blessing.
    We last went to shirdi some 8 months back for my frnds wedding and I knew the route pretty well but I was not sure about the quality of roads after the rains. I checked on various forums and came to know that the road quality is not all that bad and it’s only 20-30 kms which is to be taken care of.
    Actual Date of Journey:
    We decided to go on 12[SUP]th[/SUP] November to shirdi. I did the pass booking online through https://online.sai.org.in/. They charge Rs. 100 per adult for darshan.
    Started at around 5:30 AM and the route we took was Pune-Nagar-Shirdi. The roads till Nagar are super smooth and I touched 130 KMPH for some time. The route even after Nagar is not bad except for some bad patches post rahata where work is going on. We have to just follow nagar route while going from pune. It is almost like 230 kms of long straight road with not many diversions and you reach right in front of Sai baba temple. There are proper signboards at all places so chances of taking a wrong turn etc are very minimal.

    Darshan:
    We reached Shirdi Temple premises at 9:15 AM and parked the car in one of many parking areas. There will be many agents who will direct you to parking space so no worry on that front. Just make sure that you leave the agent immdly once you find the car parking area. Do not entertain them at all. They will later force you to buy pooja thali etc. from one of their shops even though you do not want it.

    Do remember to keep your mobile phones in the car itself as mobile phones are not allowed inside temple. There is a separate window to deposit the mobile phone but there will be queue and you may lose your precious time in that queue just to deposit the mobile phone.

    Chappal Stand:
    There is govt authorized chappal stand near Gate no. 4. Do keep your chappals only there and do not fall prey to those agents who will try to tell you to keep chappals at their shops and ask you to buy pooja thali for Rs. 150-Rs.1500. (and I am not joking they charge anything they want)

    Since we had pass we were allowed the entry through Shani gate. The darshan was completed in less than 20 minutes with not much pushing-shoving etc.

    Little More in the next post.
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  2. niranjan_81

    niranjan_81

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    Pune
    Breakfast time:

    We did pune shirdi almost non stop with no stoppage even for tea. So after darshan we straight away went for breakfast. It was done in a hotel right opposite the temple. The dishes which we ordered were good with nothing much to complain.

    Journey Back home
    Journey back home was again pleasant. We went to one of my maternal sisters house in nagar for lunch and finally reached home after a leisure drive at 9:00 PM.

    Vital statistics:
    Total Distance Covered: 469 KMs
    Average: 20KMPL. (I expected it to be better but I am fine with this figure as well)

    Problems faced with the car:

    None :p . Happy drive all through.

    Well no photos. We forgot the camera at home. :shocked

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