Shirdi - Nasik - Saptashrungi - Saputara  


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Number of days required : 2-3 days
 
This is Pilgrimage-cum-Family picnic where you visit Shri Saibaba shrine at Shirdi, 3 Ganesh Temples from Ashtavinayaka (Ranjangaon, Lenyadri & Ozar), Saptashrungi Devi at vani (also known as Vaishnodevi of the Maharashtra) and a quiet hill station on Gujrat-Maharashtra Border, Saputara (76 KM from Nasik).

Best Time to Visit – September (after the monsoon) or between Nov – Mar (Winter Season). You may visit all the places in early April as well before it gets hot. Shirdi can be visited anytime.

 

How to Reach?

  • Pune - Shirdi (200 Kms) : Pune - Nagar Road - Vagholi - Ranjangaon (Ganesh temple) - Shirur - Ahmadnagar - Rahuri - Shirdi.

  • Pune - Ahmadnagar (120 Kms), Pune - Shirur ir 4 lane toll road.  Ahmadnagar - Shirdi (85 Kms). It is on Ahmadnagar - Manmad State Highway # 10. Road is good. 

  • Shirdi - Saptashrungi - Saputara (140 Kms) : Shirdi - Vinchur / Yeola - Pimplegaon Basavant - Vani - Saptashrungi gad - Saputara

  • Shirdi - Saputara is 140 KMs via Vani. Shirdi - Saputara is 166 KMs via Nashik. Shirdi - Nashik is 90 KMs and Nasik Saputara is 76 KMs.

  • Saputara - Nashik - Pune (275 Kms) : Saputara - Nashik - Sinner - Sangamner - Narayangaon - Ozhar (Ganesh Temple) - Lenyadri (Ganesh Temple) - Manchar - Khed Rajgurunagar - Kasarwadi - Pune

  • Saputara - Nashik is 76 KMs. Nashik - Pune is around 200 KMs. Narayangaon - Pune is 100 Kms. Pune - Khed rajgurunagar is 4 lane toll road. Lenyadri and Ozhar is 5-10 KMs from Narayangaon on opposite sides. Pune - Nashik state highway SH50 is also good. 

     

Suggested Pit stops / rest areas

(With parking facility, open space, good food and clean toilets)
  • “Smile Stone” Food plaza on Pune-Ahmadnagar state highway just before entering Ahmadnagar on your left which can be your rest stop with clean toilets & good food, Children's Play Area, Parking lots.

  • 'Indraprastha' / Khavaiyyagiri by Chef Nilesh Limaye - Near Manchar on Pune-Nasik road. 

    Plenty of other Dhaba or Hotels enroute Pune - Nashik Highway. Nothing specific to mention. 



Shirdi

Amongst the places of deep belief and faith in India, falls Shirdi – the Shrine of Saint Sai Baba (Shirdi is 207 km from Pune, 85 Kms from Ahmadnagar & 112 KMs from Nasik).

The devotees and followers of Sai Baba are spread all over the world and hence the place has attained importance. A small village in Ahmedanagar district Shirdi ,has acquired a lot of fame & followers for Saint Shree Sai Baba. Sai Baba attained samadhi on Dassera day in 1918. Sai Baba preached at Shirdi all his life & renewned people's faith in God.Devotees from every faith throng here all year round to pay their respects to his memory. The place witnesses devotees lining up right from the wee hours in the morning to attain the blessings of Sai Baba. The darshan is available throughout the week, but Thursday is especially considered as holy for the Baba. Nearby is the Dwarkamani mosque, where the Baba is believed to have meditated and slept on alternate nights. Just next to the mosque is a long corridor. Here, the eternal flame burns day and night. Khandoba Mandir,Samadhi of Shree Sai Baba, Dwarkamai mosque, Mhasoba temple all these places are within a periphery of 1km & can be covered on foot.

For more information about the temple log onto: www.shrisaibabasansthan.org  

  • Samadhi Mandir : The Mandir is built with stones and Baba's Samadhi is built with white marble stones. A railing is built in marble around the Samadhi and is full of ornamental decorations. In front of the Samadhi are two silver pillars full of decorative designs. Just behind the Samadhi is Sai Baba's marvelous statue made of Italian marble, which shows him seated on a throne. 

  • Dwarkamai : Dwarkamai is situated on the right side of the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. 

  • Gurusthan : Sai Baba first came to Shidi in the form of Bal Yogi - a child ascetic. He was first spotted seated under a Neem tree. This place came to be known as Gurusthan. 

  • Lendi Baug : At some distance from Gurusthan there is the Lendi Baug. This Baug was made and watered daily by Baba himself.

 

Where to Stay in Shirdi? 

There are plenty of accommodation options available here, from budget accommodation in Old Bhaktaniwas  (200 Rooms), New Bhaktaniwas (500 rooms),  to 5 Star properties like Sun-n-Sand, other Private Hotels

MTDC Pilgrim's Inn Shirdi Hotel
At Post Shirdi,
Near Saibaba Shrine
Shirdi 423 109 - India

List of Shirdi Hotels -

http://www.shirdihotels.net/

http://www.nivalink.com/travel/religious.html

http://www.hotelsinshirdi.com/




Nasik
 

This town with its 200 temples and picturesque bathing ghats stands on the banks of the Godavari river. The sites here are associated with stories from the Epic Ramayana and is referred to as 'Rambhumi'. Once every 12 years, the historic 'Kumbh Mela' is held here. Although this city forms part of the Mumbai-Pune-Nasik industrial triangle, Nasik retains its status as one of Maharashtra's most holy and ancient cities. Nasik is known for best quality Grapes. Now it is one of India's fastest growing cities with beautiful surroundings and a cool and pleasant climate.

Places to visit -

  • Panchavati - Panchwati is situated in the northern part of Nashik. According to a legend Lord Shri Ram and Sita along with Lakshman (also spelt as Laxman) stayed at Panchavati for some time. Thus, it is a significant place. Panchavati derives its name from the five Banyan ('Vad') trees present here.

  • Sita Gumpha - The literal meaning of Gumpha is a cave, the Sita Gumpha is located near the five Banyan trees in Panchavati. It is one of the major attractions of Nasik. There is a narrow staircase used to enter the cave. In the cave one can see idols of Shree Ram, Laxman and Sita. It is believed that Ravan kidnapped Sita from the same place.

  • Sundarnarayan Temple - This temple is situated at the corner of Ahillyabai Holkar Bridge in Nasik. Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud built it in the year 1756. The worshiped deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu, who is also known as Sundarnarayan.

  • Modakeshwar Ganesh Temple - The Modakeshwar Ganesh Temple is another famous temple of Nasik. The idol in the temple is believed to be self emerged and is also known as 'Swaymbhu'. The temple derives its name from the 'Modak' a special Maharastrian dish made of coconut and jaggery. This dish is considered to be Lord Ganesh's favorite.

  • Ramkund - The Ramkund in the river Godavari, attracts innumerable pilgrims. Here devotees take a holy dip. The Ramkund is considered the 'Ganges of the south'. It is the spot from where the river Godavari turns to right at an angle of 90 degrees. It is said that Lord Rama took a bath here, during his stay at Nasik. Thus, it is a significant place.

  • Kalaram Temple - The Kalaram temple is one of the most important temples located in the Panchavati area of Nasik. This temple was built in 1794 by Gopikabai Peshwa. The architecture of this temple is outstanding with the motif similar to that of the Trimbakeshwar Temple. The unique feature of this temple is that it was built with black stones.

  • Pandavleni caves - The 2000-yr-old Pandavleni caves, built by the Jain kings, are located on a tableland atop the Trivashmi Hill. There are around 24 caves situated here that once formed abode to the Jain saints. The caves lodge idols of Buddha, Jain Teerthankara Vrishabhdeo, Veer Manibhadraji and Ambikadevi and the icons of Bodhisatva. The interiors of the caves were popular meeting places for the disciples, where sermons were concerned. There are attractive water tanks that are very skillfully chiseled into the rock.

  • Trimbakeshwar - Trimbakeshwar is situated in the heart of the village Trimbak, 36 kms from Nasik. It forms the source of the Godavari River. The Trimbakeshwar temple here is a very famous and is thronged by thousands who arrive to take the blessings of the Lord. Trimbakeshwar is one of the 12 jyotirlinga sites in India. It is believed that bathing in the waters of the Godavari is an easy way to attain salvation. The Mahashivaratri festival is celebrated every year

  • Saptashrungi at Vani - Saptashringi is the most visited place for pilgrims which is situated 60 kilometers from Nashik. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeetha.The devi is carved on a rock cliff on top of the mountain Saptashrungi at an altitude of 1230 meters above sea level. The carving is eight feet tall and is carved on a single rock face. Devi a weapon held in each of her eighteen arms. Sapta-Shrungi means Seven Beauties, these are a chain of Seven mountain peaks and thus the name Saptashrungi identifies with Durga Devi who resides here. In general Durga Devi likes to reside on top of the mountains therefore one of here names is Parvati (of the mountains). There is a road, which goes up to and altitude of 1150 meters (10 Kms of Ghat section with lots of zig-zag turns. Drive carefully. There are many accidents that has happened.), from here there is flight of 470 stairs, which goes right up to the shrine.

  • Vineyard, Winery Tour and Wine Testing - Tours and tastings are conducted at SULA Wines seven days a week throughout the year. The harvest and crush season runs from January to March. Winery tours and wine tastings take place daily between 11.30 am – 5.30 pm (one tour every hour). Tastings and tours cost Rs. 100 which includes five wines, and with a Rs. 50 supplement you also get to taste our premium red wine, Dindori Reserve Shiraz. Winery tour followed by wine tasting will take approximately 40 - 45 minutes. For more details, refer to -> http://www.sulawines.com/tastingroom/index.htm

     

     

 

Where to Stay?

Accommodation is available at many City Hotels including Taj Residensy and in the Sula Vineyard as well. There are couple of resorts on the outskirt of Nasik like Tiger Hill, Manas Lifestyle etc.
 
 

What to Shop?

 Kondaji Best Chivda (with Onion & Garlic), Best quality of Grapes, wines, Silverware or articles (from Takle & Sons), Devotional materials and Pooja articles

 

Saputara Hill Station

A small less known hillstation in Gujarat near Maharashtra border which is just 75 KMs from Nasik or 140 KMs from Shirdi. Click here for more details.



Additional Places you may visit enroute - 


Gargoti Museum at Sinner MIDC and Shirdi (coming soon)

This museum focuses mainly from the minerals of Deccan Plateau mostly Maharashtra, but we do have quite substantial collection of precious & semi-precious minerals around the world.
  
Conceived by Mr.K.C.Pandey – a passionate mineral collector and an enthusiast, This museum is the only museum in the country which houses such a vast collection of crystalline minerals & owned privately. 
Visting Hours:
Timings 10.00 -22.00 Hrs 
(for other timings  pre appointments required )
Last Admission 18.00 Hrs 
    
Working Days Open 24 hrs. 365 days 
No weekly off & holidays
Entry Fee - Rs. 100 (subject to change without notice) 

Lenyadri (Ashtavinayaka Ganesh Temple) - 

It is 96 kms away from Pune and around 15 KM from Junnar. Lenyadri is also known as Shri Girijatmaka. Shri Girijatmaka situated on a hill on the banks of Kukdi river at Lenyadri. There are 283 stairs to climb to reach the temple. The idol is believed to be "Swayambhu" as was found or not sculpted by human hands. All the caves of Lenyadri are being taken care of by the Archeological Department of Govt. of India.

 

Ozar (Ashtavinayaka Ganesh Temple) 

Shri Vighneshwar situated at Ozar near Junnar town. Ozar is around 102 kms from Pune and 10 kms. from Junnar.

The idol is believed to be "Swayambhu" as was found or not sculpted by human hands. The Shri Vighneshwar temple was built in 1833. The temple is famous for its Deepmala's and its Golden dome. It is situated near the lake. Boating facility is also available in the lake.