Ganeshpuri, Alandi, Shirdi, Varanasi

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Dear wonderful people,

I will be landing in Mumbai, taking a taxi to Ganeshpuri. I would like to get from Ganeshpuri to Alandi, and then to Shirdi. Questions: do I have to keep backtracking to Mumbai or is there a way to travel direct between these towns? Also, is there a flight from Pune to Varanasi?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Hari Om!
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Originally Posted by India Pilgrim View Post Dear wonderful people,

I will be landing in Mumbai, taking a taxi to Ganeshpuri. I would like to get from Ganeshpuri to Alandi, and then to Shirdi. Questions: do I have to keep backtracking to Mumbai or is there a way to travel direct between these towns? Also, is there a flight from Pune to Varanasi?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Hari Om!
By road from Ganeshpuri, get back on the Shirsad Ambadi road and go upto Ambadi fata. Then south until you hit NH3, from here go towards Thane, just before Thane is the new Mumbra bypass which cuts across to NH4 completely bypassing both Thane city and Mumbai. You can take NH4 to Pune or go upto Kalamboli and take the Mumbai Pune Expressway which will be a faster run. Get off at the expressway at the Dehu Rd exit and follow the signs or ask the way to Alandi.

From Pune to Shirdi and even Mumbai to Shirdi there are very frequent buses, from Mumbai there is also an express train to Shirdi.

For flights, check cleartrip.com makemytrip and other such sites.
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Thank you snonymous!

Thank you Snonymous! Extremely kind of you to show the route.
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Taxi Fare

Snonymous,

Just wondering if you know the fare I can expect to pay from Mumbai airport to Ganeshpuri, which I think is about a two hour drive? Thanks for any advice.
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It should be around Rs 1500 by private taxi for a drop off at Ganeshpuri. The distance is less than 100km from the airport, closer to 75 I think, but you would have to pay return mileage.

If you start the drive by 7am you will get there in about an hour. Later on, the traffic builds up uptil Bhayander. Beyond that is mostly a smooth run.
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Thanks!

Thanks again for the advice. I'm now thinking that I should drive back to Mumbai and then go from Mumbai to Shirdi by train. I think driving from Ganeshpuri to Shirdi may be to long and dangerous. I have visited the http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ website and find it very difficult to navigate and understand. Is there anything on IM or another website to help understand train schedules, the name of the train, etc????

Thanks as always for any advice.
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Try this:
http://indiarailinfo.com/train/2896
or book through any travel agent, try cleartrip.com
There are Volvo buses and share taxis throughout the day from Mumbai which may be faster and more convenient.

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