We chose morning flight from Chennai in jet airways to Pune 9. 45 am to Pune and reached pune a t11. 30 am overall the journey is good. On our return flight from Pune to Chennai being new year although we left Shirdi by 10. 30 am we could not reach the airport in time just because of the hectic traffic in Shirdi Pune road. And missed my flight, it is advisable if some one travel on Jan 1st on this route should start early, this has happened to me last year also.
The route from chennai to shirdi is really awesome. The national highway is good. Especially from chennai to bangalore and bangalore to hubli the road are really good. After entering in the Maharashtra the driving sense of the people is really poor. One who is traveling by car has to be very careful while driving in Maharashtra road because they don't follow the lane exclusively in national highway. So it will be good to drive slow and safe in Maharashtra national highways.
Travelled by flight to Pune. Took a cab from Pune to Shirdi. This was my second trip to Shirdi from Chennai. Previously in 2014 too I had travelled to Shirdi in likewise manner. From Chennai to Pune by flight and from there to Shirdi by cab. It was my first visit to Shirdi.
Train travel is always a good one especially if you are with friends. But the canteen provided in the train is very bad, so it is better to get food from some stations like Guntakal and Wadi. Toilets you cannot complain. It is bad as always. Expected, so no worries.
Shirdi is located at about 968 km from Chennai. It is famous for Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Maharashtra and is well-connected by rail, road and air. However, the best way to reach Shirdi from Chennai is by air. The nearest airports are at Nasik (75 km), Mumbai (250 km) and Pune (231 km). From any of the three airports, hire a cab to reach Shirdi. Chennai Airport's new domestic and international terminals aren't linked, and are situated a substantial distance apart from each other.Free battery operated golf carts are being used to transport passengers between the terminals in the interim.
Transport options from Chennai to Shirdi
Chennai to Shirdi By Flight: Take a direct flight from Chennai to Nasik, Mumbai or Pune airport. From airport, Shirdi can be reached by cab or bus. Buses and taxis take around 2 - 6 hours to cover the distance between Nasik and Shirdi, Mumbai and Shirdi and Pune and Shirdi. Ideal for families and senior citizens.