The holy town of Shirdi in Maharashtra has countless devotees visiting it every day to absorb the blessed energies of the place. Naturally, spending hours queuing up for darshan, and exploring other related sites would make a loud call for hunger in anyone’s stomach. So, if you are a newbie in Shirdi, welcome to this mini-guide that would give you all the basic information about where to eat in Shirdi.
A lot of restaurants are located in the vicinity of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple making it easier for the tourists to find a place to eat. Rajdhani Restaurant, Sai Naivedyam, Mukta Food Court, and Blue Coriander Restaurant are good options for a meal. Since, tourists from all corners of the country visit Shirdi, the restaurant specialise in Maharashtrian, Gujarati, North Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisine. Buffet breakfast and dinner meals are also available in some restaurants.
Shirdi’s Prasadalaya is a place where the visitors and devotees relish Baba’s Prasad or holy sacrament. A huge hall is filled with a score of seats, and thousands of devotees get served a free-of-cost meal comprising of local dishes. Because the vegetables are sourced from the local farmers, the outcome is a great-tasting meal. The Prasadalaya remains busy from dawn to dusk with a sea of hungry visitors – some seated inside and some waiting outside in a queue for their turn. All in all, you can never go wrong in your choice to dine at the Prasadalaya.
Maharashtra’s street-food is highly visible and available in Shirdi. So, tourists having mid-meal cravings can visit one of the road-side vendors to snack on vada-pav, pav-bhaji, chana masala, and chaat. Apart from local street food, Shirdi also caters to people with different food quirks; so be sure to find a plate full of pizza, noodles, sandwiches, and other popular junk food dishes.
Shirdi produces both guava and pomegranate in huge quantities which means that these fruits are sold at a much cheaper price than in other cities. Not only they are cheap, but they also taste well. So, enjoy spiced-up cut fruits or partake off tall glasses of guava and pomegranate juice, and even take some raw fruits home as a reward for the trip.
The prasad ladoo
Know your Shirdi trip to be incomplete unless you buy packets of Prasad ladoo that are sold by the Sai Baba Temple office in the temple premises. The ladoos are made from pure ghee, nuts, raisins, and gram flour boondi, and have numerous takers for their divine taste. The ladoo packets are available at a nominal price.
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