Why travel from Mumbai to Shirdi?

Planning a road trip from Mumbai to Shirdi? Here’s Savaari’s guide for an epic road trip experience. Read on!

Shirdi is considered to be one of the most revered and is, therefore, the most visited Hindu pilgrimage sites in Maharashtra. It attracts devotees from all over the country, irrespective of caste, religions and so on. Tucked in the heart of Maharashtra, the town is the sacred sanctum of the legendary holy saint, Sai Baba. It has remained historic for over a hundred years now and will continue to for many more to come.

However, the charm of Shirdi also goes beyond the temples and the holy sites. It extends to its raw as well as its rustic landscape, which is quite inviting for those who love the countryside. Whether you are going to Shirdi for a pilgrimage or for a regular touristy affair, you can make it interesting. Moreover, as they say, a divine destination is best accomplished when then the journey is equally divine.

For such a trip, you can start your journey from Mumbai (whether you are from Mumbai or traveling to Mumbai to reach Shirdi). Book a cab with Savaaari and you can easily customize the entire trip as you wish, making stopovers on the way, so your journey becomes more experiential. 

Traveling from Mumbai to Shirdi by car

You can make your travel interesting with our Mumbai to Shirdi trip packages. Take a Shirdi trip from Mumbai by car, and enjoy the ride through the hills and valleys of Western Ghats before you reach the hinterlands of Maharashtra and head into the sleepy villages.

On your Shirdi trip from Pune, you will clearly witness the transitioning landscape and get to see some popular nature locales of this part of the state and also experience the shifting culture. Let us help you with the best route plan so you can make the most of your Mumbai to Shirdi trip by road.

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Thus, experience the joy of being on the road by booking a cab from Savaari.

Best time to take a road trip by car

Shirdi is centrally located within Maharashtra and therefore is not surrounded by any prominent water body or hills. As a result, the region is very arid. Summers are very harsh with hot and dry weather and temperatures that can go up to even 42 degrees (C).

Winters, however, are cooler and the weather is much more conducive to explore the town. But if you also want to experience the natural environment of Shirdi, the best time to visit is during the rainy season, between July and September, when the monsoon turns the otherwise muted landscape into a rich, velvety shade of green. 

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Route 1: Mumbai to Shirdi via Ghoti-Shirdi Road and NH 160 

This is the shortest, fastest, and most convenient route. As a result of which, most travelers and pilgrims opt for this route. The traffic here is also much lighter on this highway and makes it more comfortable to drive.

The distance between Mumbai and Shirdi via this route is 240 KM and takes about four and a half hours. However, before you travel, always make sure to check for live traffic updates and use real-time maps for better assessment of Mumbai to Shirdi road condition.

Here’s a basic Mumbai to Shirdi road map for this route:

Mumbai — Thane– Dombivali — Asangaon — Vihigaon — Igatpuri — Sinnar — Pangdi — Pathare — Shirdi

Route Mapper

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Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality

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Popular places along the way:

  • Vihi Falls, Vihigaon – The sparkling waterfall is the highlight of this village-town and has evolved to become a popular spot for activities such as trekking, water sports, camping, and picnic. For the best experience, visit the waterfalls during monsoon, when the water flow is higher, resulting in more torrential cascades and greener surroundings.
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  • Vipassana Center, Igatpuri – The largest meditation center of Asia is right here inside Maharashtra. The huge premise houses a spiritual learning centre as well as a retreat for visitors.
  • Kanvai Fort, Igatpuri – The ancient fort sitting on a hill, is another interesting attraction of Igatpuri. Particularly in the rainy season, the dark stone structure surrounded by lush foliage makes it a sight to savor and explore. You can easily stop here on your way to Shirdi and do a short trek for a couple of hours. 
  • Deolali Camp, Deolali – This is indeed an iconic camping site in this part of Maharashtra. Deolali attracts outdoor lovers after the rains who come to enjoy the transformed natural surroundings. 

Places to eat along this route:

  • Food Hub Restaurant, Asangaon – Typical highway side eatery serving fast food, breakfast, as well as small meals. Good for quick grub.
  • Anand Mangal Pure Veg Garden Restaurant, Igatpuri – Local restaurant serving pure vegetarian fare, with outdoor seating, good for families and big groups. 
  • Kamat Restaurant, Sinnar – Popular statewide restaurant chain serving Maharashtrian and South Indian breakfast, snacks, along with quick meals as well.

Route 2: Mumbai to Shirdi via NH 61

This is, however, an alternative route to cover the Mumbai to Shirdi distance. This highway takes only an hour longer than the previous route but experiences heavier traffic.

Via this route, the distance between Mumbai and Shirdi is 266 KM. Before you travel, always check for live traffic updates and make sure you use real-time maps to get the best assessment of Mumbai to Shirdi road conditions.

Here’s a basic Mumbai to Shirdi road map for this route:

Mumbai — Thane– Dombivali — Asangaon — Vihigaon — Igatpuri — Nashik — Pangdi — Pathare — Shirdi

Route Mapper

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Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality

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Popular places along this route:

Nashik– The fast-growing city of Maharashtra, Nashik is a popular tourist destination, majorly owing to vineyards. On your way, you can even take a detour to the wine country and stay overnight and explore the vineyards. 

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Places to eat along this route:

  • Food Hub Restaurant, Asangaon – Typical highway side eatery serving fast food, breakfast, and small meals. Good for quick grub.
  • Anand Mangal Pure Veg Garden Restaurant, Igatpuri – Local restaurant serving pure vegetarian fare, with outdoor seating, good for families as well as big groups. 
  • Divtya Budhlya Wada, Nashik – Locally popular restaurant, serving Maharashtrian cuisine.

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Other means of traveling from Mumbai to Shirdi 

By Train

You can also cover Mumbai to Shirdi distance by train. There are a total of three trains that run between Mumbai and Shirdi, of which one runs daily.

The fastest train between Mumbai and Shirdi is DADAR SAINAGAR SHIRDI SUPERFAST EXPRESS (22147), which takes only six hours to reach. Therefore, for Mumbai to Shirdi train bookings, you can visit the Indian Railways website or check any online travel portal for the best deals.

It however takes 6 to 10 hours, depending upon the train you take or the season of travel. For the most updated Mumbai to Shirdi train timings, always check the latest timetables of IRCTC, before booking.

By Flight

You can also reach Shirdi from Mumbai by flight.  The nearest airport is Shirdi Airport (SAG).The average Mumbai to Shirdi flight duration is one to 6 hours, depending on the airline and flight route.

Therefore, for your Mumbai to Shirdi flight booking, you can visit any airline website or online travel portals for the best deals. The Mumbai to Shirdi flight ticket can cost you INR 2500 to 10,000, depending on your booking window, the airline, available deals, as well as the travel season.  

Explore Shirdi Like a Local: A Handy Guide

Shirdi is revered for the holy shrine and temple of Sai Baba, the native saint of Maharashtra. If you want to absorb the place in its true essence, do take a tour of the town and also stay for a few days.

With its divine vibes coupled with a rustic charm, the town of Shirdi and its surroundings are sure to fascinate you. Shirdi tourism goes beyond the temples and religious sites and extends to the nearby nature locales. With our tips and suggestions, you can make your Shirdi trip memorable and make the most of the place. 

Attractions in Shirdi for Sightseeing

For an ultimate Shirdi tour, you must visit these holy sites- Sai Baba Sansthan Temple, Dwarkamai, Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir, Lendi Baug, and Chavadi. Each of these sites have their own significance as well as have stories associated with Sai Baba.

You can also visit the Dixit Wada Museum and Sai Heritage Village. Turn your Shirdi sightseeing into a holistic pilgrimage by also visiting Shani Shignapur. 

With our tips and suggestions, you can take a tour of Shirdi in a unique way and make the most of your travel.

Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Shirdi 

As a result of being a pilgrim town, Shirdi’s food culture is predominantly vegetarian. However, you might find a few places serving meat or fish dishes. But whatever the food is, the local cuisine is quintessentially Maharashtrian, albeit with a rustic touch. Pithla Bhakri, Pohe, Bharli Vangi, sabudana khichdi, aamti (lentils), and rassa (curries) are some of the ethnic dishes that you will surely find in Shirdi, along with local fast food.

To fulfill your hunger pangs or simply to try traditional cuisines, head to these places in Shirdi-

  • Ahaan Restaurant, Daiwik Hotels, Behind B.S.N.L.
  • Sai Sagar Food Court, Pimpalwadi Road.
  • The Tulip, Shiv Road.
  • Blue Coriander, Off Pimpalwadi Road.
  • Trail Restaurant, Opp Hotel Shanti Kamal, Manmad Road.
  • Madhuvan Saattvic, near The Tulip.
  • Woodlands, off MH SH 10, Sai Nagar

Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Shirdi

Hotel Name Address
Sun-n-Sand Plot No. 109/P – 124/P, Village Nighoj, Taluka Kopergaon, Shirdi 423 109. PH: 02423 257 164
Daiwik Hotels New Pimpalwadi Road, Behind B.S.N.L. Bldg., Tal – Rahata, Dist. Ahmednagar, Shirdi, Maharashtra 423109 PH: 095525 55222
St. Laurn The Spiritual Resort S. No. 5, 19, Rui Shiv Rd, Shirdi, Maharashtra 423109 PH: NA
Shraddha Inn Pimpalwadi Road, Shirdi, Maharashtra 423 109 PH: 096191 76522
Sai Neem Tree Hotel Rui Shiv Rd, Shirdi, Maharashtra 423109 PH: 073011 10111