Day 15 of twists and turns and disppointments

Nashik to Shirdi

Getting a good sleep only in the morning for few hours, they left from Nashik at around 9 am. But the day 15 involved a no. of twists and turns in their journey. Initially they had planned to make a stop- over at Ahmednagar, at a distance of 156 kms. from Nashik  on NH- 50, but due to no suitable accommodation, they were advised to stop for the night at Shirdi instead, which is barely 80kms from Nashik on the same highway and a  visit to the famous Sai temple was an added temptation.

However, no sooner did they leave from the hotel in Nashik, they had a flat tyre for the 5th time in 15 days. They found a shop nearby..

. .. the tyre-vaala fluked them off Rs.600 for ‘many- many’ punctures needed to be repaired!

They reached Shirdi only by 12 noon. After staying at hotels of all kinds- budget and others, defense guest house, college guest houses, tourist resorts.. finally it was time to check into a Dharamshala- Bhakt nivas Sai ashram!

and the stay here was incomplete without relishing the thaali at the langar which was free for all.

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clicking selfie while eating… it ain’t easy!

The dharamshala boasts of being the largest in the vicinity with one thousand rooms, and the charges are a mere Rs.500/- per room accounted for sanitation and cleanliness and no other charge.  A Rs. 50/- note as a tip made the attendant quite happy and satisfied. The ladies had a nice nap in the afternoon and headed for the temple in the evening.

To their disappointment, since it was a Thursday, they could not manage to brave through the huge crowds to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. They were advised to go for the “senior- citizens” queue but there too it was a 4-5 hrs. long wait and returned to the ashram hoping to make a visit some other time in the distant future…

For now, they just relaxed, gobbled some left-over paranthas they saved from the breakfast in Nashik and prepared for the long drive for next day…

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