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adi.....you should have given it to me few days back when i was in bombay .........buddy.........i was planning to go to shirdi i searched it alot on net and found that shirdi is about 300 kms from mumbai............anyways it will help me in coming months........am planning to go to shirdi.................smiley17.gifvibhor2008-07-10 11:12:42

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I have been to shirdi many times atleast once/twice in a year but route from Surat is Different .....but i think the route u have chosen is right but still as i go always from surat i cant tell u perfectly....the Bombay Localite might help u...

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I have been to shirdi many times atleast once/twice in a year but route from Surat is Different .....but i think the route u have chosen is right but still as i go always from surat i cant tell u perfectly....the Bombay Localite might help u...

From Surat its via Dhule to Nashik and Manmad, bluesapphire. I had been to Shirdi from Dhule about ten years ago, on the Mahindra MM540 soft top. A Maruti 800 would have had some axle breaking problem on this stretch from Manmad to Shirdi. You have to reach Dhule then Nashik (National Highway) and then take the state highway from Nashik to Manmad and then to Shirdi. The road from Manmad to Shirdi was horrible. How is the road now?

Have also been to Surat from Dhule then . The road was OK.

anjan_c20072008-07-10 15:11:24

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can you tell me if i have to go directly from delhi to shirdi then what i have to do??b'coz i am going there for the first time...........

Thanks....

Buy a TTK or some other reputed road map of India first. You will have to reach Dhule and then Nashik by the Delhi- Mumbai National Highway (is it NH 2). The Delhi - Mumbai and the Kolkata - Mumbai National Highways(NH 2 and 6) meet at Dhule and the two become one. From Dhule you have to proceed to Nashik by the National Highway and then to  Manmad (state highway) and therefrom to Shirdi.

anjan_c20072008-07-10 15:09:30

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Vibhor 1st reach till Surat but take the by pass from here and touch the Surat Mumbai highway,then you will come through CHIKHLi then ask somebody for saputara(a Hill station and border of Gujarat and Maharashtra) then after reaching saputara just ask for Nashik, u can even take a by-pass from Nashik but i will prefer by crossing the Nashik city as route by there is better then just ask for shirdi and u will come across Sinner......If u dont want to go to saputara there is another way...

Just after crossing chikhli ask for Dharampur or Valsad and after that PETH Gaav(village) and then directly to nashik and after that same to shirdi via sinner...But most of people goes via saputara but that road is ZigZag as its a Hillstation while route via Valsad is straight compare to that...So choice is yours...I would recommend u via saputara so that u can have a few hours stay at Saputara but i personally would prefer Valsad route coz my mother feels uneasy on hills and we are bored of going to Saputara .....@ Anjan nowadays routes are not that bad though single lane but roads are OK before it were very bad but now not like that...and Route Via Nashik is better though may be little time consuming but better.....

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I have been to shiridi once on the train but know that the roads there aren't safe in the rainy season due to car skidding and landslides also don't give lift to any one on the road they are thief and kidnappers many cases have been lodged for this kind of mishaps.

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Reached back at 12 last night. Will right a whole report soon.

Yes the road was real bad, single all the way but it was fun. And in between there was so much smog that I couldn't even see my cars bonnet.

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Hey nice to hear that you're now Shirdi Return. Waiting for your comments with the pictures of course. But am sad to learn about the road condition. The approach via Pune and Ahmednagar is much better as I saw during 2001. One only has to detour a bit into bad roads. But the direct approach from Mumbai via Nashik Manmad  still remains bad as per your report. Wonder how so many VIP's and celebrities go regularly to Shirdi but never talk about the bad road?  smiley3.gif

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Well Ok here is a brief:-

Left bombay 5'o clock 10-july.

reached shridi at 1am

started back at 12 pm, went to another mandir (one of the shiv 12 mandir, don't remeber the name properly)

 

SCOOP:-

Saw a long innova type vehicle camouflaged, with scropio headlights and mahindra logo clearly seen in front and round 3 tail lights. No pic as the car was on the other side and going fast.

 

Reached back mumbai home at 11pm 11-july. With only 1 hour left to cut my cake as 11 july was my birthday. 

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This was my second trip to shridi, but no one in the family remembered the route as that time dad was not with us and no one else in family really care about the route. And last time I didn't drive much compared to this one where I was almost drove all the way to shridi and drove half the time when coming back.

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SCOOP:-

Saw a long innova type vehicle camouflaged, with scropio headlights and mahindra logo clearly seen in front and round 3 tail lights. No pic as the car was on the other side and going fast.
The car you are describing about.... i think it can be a M&M Ingenio...............smiley1.gif 

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Ok so here it goes, I am giving a choice for my birthday whether I want to drive to goa or shridi. I choose shridi and all is packed and we set of on thursday evening. I got hold of the driving seat and went to WE expressway from malad and from there on to thane.

 

After that once on the highway we stop over to have dinner. We found a normal dhaba and stop over.

It was raining since morning only and now started raining heavily. So obviously all the bikers well stoping for the rains to slow down. One such guy got in that place. He bought a cigratte from a pan shop near by and sat at a table near us and started smoking. Now everyone in my family is a non smoker as this annoyed us.

We told our waiter to tell the guy to move some place else. When the waiter told the guy too he started abusing him and said no. Now even that guy got angry got his few other waiters along and the guy was escorted outside in the rain and told not to enter the place. On his way out I saw him on a real bad condition motorcycle. And then I thought probably this is the reason my family owns cars and he doesn't, cause we respect each other, ourselves and outsiders too. Which on the other hand didn't fit for that guy. Plus it seemed like the guy wasted most of his income on cigrattes and drinks and other such life poisions and seemed to have cutting his own life tree.

 

Out of my own dreams our dinner was served and quickly having it we were all ready to go. Again I took the driving seat and we were off. After that we stopped again for petrol filled for 2,000 bucks and off.

 

Than we hit the mountain roads.......

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Ok, so now on the mountain road there was so much smog that I was barely able to see anything. Then I caught a tavera which doing decent speed and followed its tail lights (and even that was tough). After a while we got out of that and out of mountain road too.

 

Then left the tavera behind and moved on. Then I hit the gas and start having a little fun, but as it was single road it was not all fun. Now everyone dozed off and I thought lets me drive all the way through.

 

Though I was driving real fast (fast in respect to the road) but because of that I missed a turn. I had to turn right from sinnsar but went forward instead ending up doing an extra 20kms.

Back on the track everyone was wide awaken, specially after knowing that we had came the wrong way. Back on the track the clock struck 12:00 and everyone jumped on me to wish me happy birthday, I was barely able to see in front hopefully at night there was no other car. With all the hugging done anouther 45min. and we were at shridi.

We first checked at the officier guest house but it was full so we had to take a private hotel. Though we struck a good deal and found a nice hotel (started a month back so real clean). And at some 5 star stuff to like you had to insert your room key to switch on the lights.

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After that dad and my two sis slept off while mom and me went on a walk.

It was 3 hours till the mandir opened, so for the rest of the three hours we chilled as we couldn't sleep.

So 3:30am everyone starts to get ready and we are in car by 4. We drove to the mandir which was just 1km and parked near the gate. Got down and went inside the temple. We went through the VIP gate and I saw this huge line we passed. With people going through different entries.

 

I saw a very mixed expression, some with hope in there eyes, some sad, some angry, some happy. But some were actually mad, they would say "jai sai baba" very loudly and in wierd accents. This is suppose to be a place for peace why all the shouting? This is one thing I have seen in almost all major Hindu temples. Even though there are signs put up not to shout jai jai loudly and pray in your heart still no one cares and think shouting will some how please the god. Ignoring the fact that they are actually disturbing others. The same think is totally missing in muslims and christians, no one says a word there. Well atleast thats my experience of ajmer shariff and our bandra church. Even gurdwaras don't have much of this either.

 

Moving on, we attend the first morning prayer. And as from the wordings of it, it seemed like the are trying to awaken sai baba. After completing it we offered are flowers, said are prayers and came out.

 

After that had breakfast and went back to the hotel and it was decided that we would rest till 12 before starting back. But again mom and me were not feeling sleepy and spent the time sitting in the garden having milk and tea.

 

At 12:00 everyone is back in the car and now we have to decide either to go to the shani mandir or the shiv mandir. It was decided that we would go the shiv mandir which as I told earlier is one of the 12 mandirs where lord shiv actually came.

 

From nashik to pangvati and then to the mandir, it was a real big black shiv mandir with a golden trishul at the top. Well first we were stopped around 1km from the temple and told to park in a ground, there we found guides coming up asking anywhere between 100-500 per person to take us directly inside and get darshan in 15minutes.

 

Realising this we went back to the police chap to had stoped us and send us and went inside the city, and from very narrow roads we came in front of the mandir main gate. We took the exit gate for getting in (there was a 4 hour line from the entry one) went straight inside and back out soon.

 

And ya while nearing the place I saw these huge mountains of shiv ling shape. Majestic!

 

Out of the mandir we gave green leaves to the cows (which was real fun). 

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Interesting reading Aditya. Its news that the Ghat section near Nashik has smog these days. One must take the utmost precautions hence. Once, I had to face a claustrophobic traffic jam ( about 2 hours of wait and slow movement) due to a truck-bus collision on this Ghat section.

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Back on the road we head towards nashik (these is when I saw the new mahindra vehicle). At nashik we took the turn for mumbai after a while we stopped over for some snacks and after that for the first time since the start of the journey I left the steering wheel and went in the passenger one.

 

A guy selling magzines came to me on the read light asking me to buy a magzine, he kept standing for three minutes (the traffic was not moving either) so I asked him the price (he was showing me auto bild) he said fourty, I told him I was olny carrying 20 change, so he agreed for 20 bucks only.

 

So now the mag was lying in the car. Seeing the car train shootout on the cover page and turn to the page number and read on. They treid to race a merc c class and bmw 3 series with the rajdhani and FAILED. it took them 22.5hours.... haaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

They couldn't make it in a c and a 3 series, and I did it with a octavia and it took me 16 hours, what kind of drivers were they? I told my dad about and we both start laughing as 19-20hours was the time we took normally when we drove real easy.

 

Content that even after stealing my idea they couldn't complete the task. I kept it aside and start taking some snaps of the scenery around.

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Closing on to mumbai we stoped over a little before thane to have dinner. We stoped at a place called Vatika gardens. The place was good with a really really big projection TV with 9x playing on it. After dinner I again to the driving seat and at full speed reached bombay andheri at 10:30pm. Was driving fast cause I wanted to see hancock, though we were on time it was full house. So got a cake drove around a little and went home.

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Before anyone gets too exicted its not a ferrari car but a ferrari watch real cool. It has original ferrari F1 tyres strap (though real hard and thus hard to put on). It has got transparrent back with a semi circle roatatinf freelly with the ferrari logo and the clock mechanism seen behind it doing tick tock.

The front has three small dials plus the main time dial and one place for showing the date. Though I am not so sure what does these three dials do.

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