SHIRDI: The blessed trip

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 Hello everyone.. our guest blogger for this issue is Mrs.Rupa Krishna sharing her unique experience of Shirdi with us.
 
 
 
 Hi friends this is my first attempt at the travel blog. This would not have happened if not for my good friend Sanchita, who egged me to write. Well, I want to share my experiences of travel to ‘SHIRADI’.It was actually a family trip comprising of brothers family & cousins and the occasion was our 29th
  • Wedding Anniversary.
    29
    We left Bengaluru at 5:30 am flight, leaving our car in the parking lot. Reached Pune at 6:50 am. A
    beautiful customised Swaraj Mazda with huge glass windows, which gives a 360
    a view which was waiting for us.
    mazda
    Snacks were provided, the staple fruit juices, choco bar, cookies so the tummy was quietened for a while.
    As it was monsoon season, the view was awesome. The SAHYADRI RANGE with bush greenery was
    rejuvenating.
    choccookies
    Our destination was Ouzar GANAPATI, the VIGNASHARA GANESH, one among the
    Our destination was Ouzar GANAPATI, the VIGNASHARA GANESH, one among the
    ASTHA VINAYAKA which were on Pune, Nasik highway about 2 hours from Pune. The GhatRoad was
    good, dotted with eateries. If you want to taste authentic Maharashtrian cuisine then stop at Vittal Kamath
    or the Purohit. We stopped at Purohit & had a sumptuous breakfast of KhedaPoha, Masala Pav and the
    ever favourite vada pav and gulped it down with hot Ginger Tea which was so apt for the rainy weather. The
    eateries also have shops selling the local Masala Powders & the famous Lonavala Chikkies. Try the Orange
    Chikkies it is yummy.
    chikki

    The temple of Ouzar Ganapathi is very beautiful. We witnessed the Aarthi which was so serene. From these,

    our next stop was Lenyandri Ganapathi about 25 km the location is very scenic. The temple is actually a
    Cave in the Hillock. The climb is very steep, comprising of 350 steps but the climb is worth every step.
    gan
    From there our journey was towards SHIRADI about 4 hours drive and had to stop at a Garden Dhaba
    which are plenty on the Highway. They serve freshly cooked food & the must eat includes the super soft
    panner dishes & the crispy Roties.
    paneer
    We checked in at St. Laurens, a beautiful Hotel Spa and were welcomed with AamParma drink which was
    refreshing. After freshing up, we took a walk towards the Temple which is just 10 minutes away. The Hotel
    also provides drops and pick up to the Temple for our Darshan. The Seeja Aarthi was at 10.30 pm.
    We had
    plenty of time, so strolled in the Temple street, buying kicknacks, eating the crunchy Guavas, Juicy
    Pomegranates and the Malai doodh. Came back to hotel for dinner. The spread was huge manchow soup
    noodles, roties, paneer curry, mix veg kadai, dal, jeera rice, curdrice, ice-cream, halwa.
    The surprise element was the tasty black forest cake which the hotel provided for our anniversary,
    accompanied by soothing songs played line on piano. Wow it was so nice.
    Seeja Aarthi at Sai’s Darbar, oh the experience was so surreal 10:30 pm to 11.00 pm the Aarthi
    accompanied by Bhajan, it was divine had a blessed day“ SAI RAM”
  • Hotels to stay: TEMPLE VIEW Hotel, SAI SAHVAS, SUJAL HERITAGE. All good , reasonable and comfortable.
  • Places to visit in shirdi: Sai temple, Dwarkamai, Gurusthan, wet n joy water park etc.
  • Places to eat: Tulip, Rajdhani, Madhuban, Ahimsa. These restaurants are vegetarian , classy and very good among  the equals and is nearby the temple.
  • How to reach shirdi : By air to aurangabad 130 km from shirdi, by train ,by bus from Mumbai, Pune ,Nasik, AAurangabad.by car from Pune, Nasik , Mumbai.roads are good.
    sai
     
     
     
    ‘SAI RAM
     
    Thanks for reading.
    Do share your views about it.
    To be our guest blogger /photographer /TRADE ENQUIRY contact us at
    rumibhatt@yahoo.com.
    picture courtesy c.commons
     
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