The former home of spiritual leader Sai Baba, Shirdi is a small Maharashtra town that’s become a major pilgrimage site. In addition to the burial tomb of Sai Baba and a museum dedicated to his life, it features the mosque where he resided for many years.
Things to do in Shirdi
Mingle with local devotees as you pay your respects at the burial site of Sai Baba, which is situated in the heart of Shirdi. Admire the ornate marble statue of Sai Baba that stands alongside his tomb, then visit the tree where he was first seen meditating.
If you want to learn more about Sai Baba, his life and work, visit the Dixit Wada Museum. It’s located inside the burial temple complex and houses a number of his personal belongings and old photographs, together with informative panels detailing his importance to both Muslims and Hindus.
Another major pilgrimage site in Shirdi is the Dwarkamai, a mosque where Sai Baba resided for 60 years until reaching samādhi, a state of meditative consciousness. The dhuni fire he lit over 100 years ago still burns to this day, with his grinding stone and seat also on display.
Travelling with kids? Let them cool off at the Wet N Joy Water Park. Relax in one of the swimming pools or enjoy the thrill of the water slides and themed rides, before grabbing a meal at the on-site restaurant.
Getting around Shirdi
Shirdi Airport is a 30-minute drive from the town centre and has flights from Mumbai. There are regular trains from Sainagar Shirdi Railway Station connecting Shirdi to destinations across India. Most of Shirdi’s sights are within walking distance of one another, but rickshaws are available for longer trips.