Shirdi is that spiritual supernatural town near the holy city of Nasik, close to Mumbai. This blessed town exudes such intense dedication, that even the casual visitor is bound to be charged with commitment. Shirdi was the abode of the saint Sai Baba, who lived here for eighty years - and died here over eighty years ago. It is said that Sai Baba himself calls his devotees to Shirdi and that his blessings can cure even the deepest abrasion. The town is tiny - just 2 square km of Main Street and a jumble of by-lanes - but packs in much passion.
Pilgrims throng for a brief "darshan" at Samadhi Mandir, the shrine of Sai Baba where his corporeal remains were interred.
Shirdi is on the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway, 250 km from Mumbai and 75 km from Nashik. You can fly into Nashik and then take a bus, taxi or train to Shirdi. Shirdi is accessible on the Central Railway line; get off at Manmad (65 km from Shirdi) or at Kopergaon (18 km). MTDC runs buses from all major destinations.