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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Shirdi Temple Update - Speedy Darshan

I have been fortunate to have been able to visit Shirdi plenty of times. You can read about my experiences at

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/09/quick-trip-to-shirdi-and-shani.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2008/03/quick-trip-to-shirdi-and-shani.html

http://anushankarn.blogspot.com/2007/12/trip-on-diwali-from-shirdi-to-bordi.html

I will therefore not waste more words talking about the temple and my experiences.

This post is meant to be an update on the speedy darshan facility recently started at Shirdi during crowded weekends.

The temple authorities have opened a paid darshan facility during the weekends, to cope with the huge crowds at that time. To avail of these passes, one has to approach the guards at Gate No.1. They will direct you to the person issuing the passes. a limited number of passes are available each day, starting at 7AM, and the rates are as follows:


Only darshan : Rs. 100 per person
All aartis except kakad aarti: Rs. 200 per person
Kakad Aarti: Rs. 300 per person.
The passes for the Kakad aarti have to be collected the previous night.


Passes are issued only in person, and can not be collected for others. Some proof of ID is required, such as PAN card, Election ID, Driving license, etc. 

Ours was, as usual, a hurried trip, and we attended the Kakad aarti standing in the queue, since we had no time to enquire about these passes. However, I was able to find out the required information for my father-in-law, who was able to buy a pass and had darshan in just a few minutes! So, please do use this information and have a wonderful darshan at Shirdi!

Comments

  1. Thanks for the kind information. It will be very useful to pilgrims who visit the holy place for the first time

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  2. Thanks for sharing the info Anu. I will pass it on to my relatives who visit there and will be useful for me too

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  3. Thanks for the info.this is one temple i would like to visit.

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  4. Thanks for the info.this is one temple i would like to visit.

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  5. hi,this is ajay,

    i read your blog and i like it very much..
    thanks for posrting such a wonderful aarati...

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  6. I am planning to visit shirdi temple for darshan of shree sai baba. For this I have booked shirdi tour package. Thanks

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  7. You can book Room, Darshan, Aarathi via internet. This can be done even two days before. I had done recently. Dec 13. You have to registere your self with them

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