Shirdi is a small town located in Maharashtra. It is approximately 4 hours from Pune by road. It is popular because of the Sai Baba Temple located here and the fact that Sai Baba spent most of his life here. Wherever you go in this town, you will see glimpses of respect and devotion for Sai Baba.
Shirdi is popular as a pilgrimage destination, but it has lots more to offer than just that. Most people are under the misconception that Shirdi is a town meant only for pilgrims and devotees of Sai Baba. This is not true completely. You can explore theme parks, shopping areas, museums and so much more. Don’t visit Shirdi for just the temples. Make it a longer break and explore all the other attractions it has to offer.
Here is a list of some of the things to do in and around Shirdi, apart from exploring the temples.
1. Lendi Baug:
Though this is also connected to Sai Baba, Lendi Baug is a beautiful garden which you can visit just to admire the beauty of this place. Sai Baba used to tend to the flowers and plants here and light a lamp here every day.
2. Dixit Wada Museum:
The Dixit Wada museum is a museum dedicated to Sai Baba. It is located close to the Sai Baba Temple and houses many photographs of Sai Baba with his devotees and followers. It also displays a lot of his personal effects, such as his robes, cooking utensils and other materials. It is an interesting place to visit to learn more about a revered saint.
3. Wet and Joy Waterpark:
For those who are accompanied by children, this is a must-visit place; even adults and grown-ups will enjoy the water rides at this theme park. It is located 5km away from Shirdi in Nighoj village and has a number of exciting rides and activities. It is a good way to spend some fun time with your friends and family, and also to escape the heat. It also has a wave pool and provision for rain dance. Lockers are easily available to allow you to store your belongings safely. You can easily spend one full day here enjoying all the rides. There are also many food options available at Wet and Joy Waterpark.
4. Sai Heritage Village:
The Sai Heritage Village is not a temple. It documents the major events of Sai Baba’s life and the life of the villagers as they come alive in front of you with life-size statues. It has a number of activities for children and adults with a monorail, ropeway, machans in trees and hammocks. It is ideal as a picnic spot too.
5. Sai Teerth Theme Park:
The Sai Teerth theme Park is a one-of-its-kind theme park. It is the only devotional theme park in India and combines devotion with technology and entertainment. It has 4 major attraction s which entertain you and at the same time acquaint you with the life of Sai Baba. It also acquaints you with all the major religious hubs of India. It has a ride which showcases the Lanka Dehen; it is truly an enthralling experience and one that is loved b adults and youngsters alike. It also has a giant theatre which features a film on the life and times of Sai Baba. The world-class animatronics and robotics will leave you breathless.
6. Shopping in Shirdi:
Temple Road is a famous and popular shopping area in Shirdi. You can buy trinkets and knick-knacks as souvenirs and for gifting. You will find books, pendants, diaries, idols, pictures, calendars related to Sai Baba here. You can purchase these for your home or for gifting to those who have not been able to come to Shirdi to seek Baba’s blessings. Rows of shops selling flowers to spread at Baba’s feet line the streets. You can also purchase some traditional sweets such as ladoos and pedas to take home. You can also shop at the Sai Complex Mall for clothes and other goods. It has a food court as well to satiate your hunger pangs.
Shirdi has all this and many more things to do in and around Shirdi. Apart from these popular sights there are many famous temples in and around Shirdi, you can visit Shani Shingnapur, the Trimbakeshwar Temple and many other places.
When planning a trip to Shirdi, don’t forget to book an accommodation of your choice from a wide range of hotels here. Cleartrip can help you book the hotel of your choice at excellent prices with some exclusive discount offers. There are a number of hotels in Shirdi listed on Cleartrip. Some of the popular ones are Pushpak Resort, Sun n Sand Hotel, Goradia Lords Inn, Hotel Jivanta and Hotel City Heart. There are many other excellent stay options available as well. Pack your bags, book your accommodation and get some blessings.