The saga of Shri Sathya Sai Baba of Shirdi started in the
middle of the 19th Century when, as a boy of about 16 years of age, he first
appeared here under a neem tree absorbed in a hard penance. Fro the next about
60 years, he devoted his life for the upliftment of the poor and suffering.
His origin, religion and early life are shrouded in mystery and though he
is believed to be an incarnation of lord Shiva, his teachings transcended
all religions and beliefs. On Tuesday, the 15th of October, 1918, Shri sai
Baba entered his samadhi. Today, all places, persons and possessions connected
with him, too have become objects of veneration by millions of devotees who
journey to Shirdi every year from all parts of the world.
Shirdi, just off nashik-Pune national highway, is connected to all major centres
in the region with good roads. It is 90 km from Nashik, 260 km from Mumbai,
185 km from Pune, 125 km from aurangabad. Nearest Airport s ar Mumbai, Pune
Day 01 : Arrive Mumbai
of India. Depending upon the arrival time it may be necessary to hold the accommodation
from previous night as check in and check out time is 12 noon in most of the
hotels. Half day city tour of Mumbai if time permits visiting The Gateway of
INDIA and the chief entry port of India is a largest industrial centre and is
reputed to be the most cosmopolitan city in the east . With it's beautiful natural
horbour , studied with emrald islands and palm - fringed shore which rises gradually
to the mountain peaks . It is one of the finest waterfronts. Highlights of the
city sightseeing include the Gateway of India, Hanging gardens, Prince of Wales
Museum, The bustling Crawford Market, Flora Fountain and the Dhobi Ghats - a
vast outdoor laundry.
Day 02 : Mumbai/Aurangabad
Transfer to Mumbai airport in time to connect flight to Aurangabad, check
in to Hotel and afternoon sight seeing of Ellora Caves : About 18 miles away
from the city of Aurangabad - a group of rock temples - posess a
magnificient series of Buddhist, Brahmanical and Jain temples of the 9th
Century A.D. Kailash Temple, hewn out of a single rock, carved with life
size figures of gods and goddesses, is a wonder.
Day 03 : Aurangabad
After breakfast full day tour of Ajanta caves : Hewn out of rocks richly sculptured
and with walls, ceilings and pillars adomed with fresco paintings depict the
life of Buddha. These cave picture galleries are unique in the history of art
and date from the 22nd Century B.C. to the 7th Century A.D.
Day 04 : Aurangabad/Shirdi
After breakfast leave by surface for Shirdi (125 Kms/3 hrs) - en route
visit Daulatabad Fort, this hilltop fortress was built in 1187, Mohammad
Tughlak ( The mad Sultan of Delhi) who shifted his capital here. On arrival
into Shirdi check in to Hotel and overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 : Shirdi/Pune
Early morning Visit temple of Sai Baba ( there are very long queues for Sai
Baba Temple) and the temple of Shani (Temple devoted to Saturn). After Lunch
leave by surface for Pune ( 185 kms/ 4hrs) the cultural capital of
Maharashtra. Rest of the day free and overnight at your hotel.
06 : Pune
Full day city tour of Pune city visiting Kasturba Gandhi Smriti Mandir (
Aga Khan Palace) where Kasturba Gandhi wife of Mahatma Gandhi
breathed her last in internment, Pataleshwar Cave Temple , Shaniwar Wada a
palace built in 1736, which was destroyed in a fire in 1827, Osho Commune
At Koregao Park is Guru.
The immaculately run centre is eco-friendly, international, and a
pleasure to be in, even for a tourist. Open to visitors from 6-9 am and 4-7
pm in summer and from 6.30-9.30 am and 3.30-6.30 pm in winter. The commune
can be visited through guide tours daily at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm for 45
minutes. Those wishing to stay at the commune have to get in touch directly
with centre. Also worth visiting is the film & Television Institute of
India : a premier institute of its kind. Worth a visit for those with stars
in their eyes. Some of Indias best film directors, actors and
technicians have walked through the portals of this institute.
Day 07 : Pune/Delhi
After breakfast transfer to Pune airport in time to connect flight to
Delhi. On arrival check in to hotel and half day city tour of Delhi and New
Delhi visiting : Two and a half hours drive around Old Delhi visiting the
Red Fort - one of the magnificent palaces of the East with Diwan-e-Am, where
once stood the jeweled Peacock Throne - studded with diamonds and precious
stones, and the graceful Pearl Mosque, Jama Masjid which is considered the
biggest mosque in India, Chandni Chowk - a typical bazaar with narrow lanes
and traditional traders, Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi - the father of the
Nation was cremated and the Government Buildings.
NEW DELHI Two and a half hours drive of New Delhi visiting the Qutub Minar,
Humayun's tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir)
and Connaught Place.
Day 08 : Delhi/Home town
Leave in time for Delhi airport to connect flight back home.