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Nov 24 2022 (15:41)   MRK/Markapur Road (3 PFs)
NishantBamba~   1015 blog posts
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Alight here for Sri Sailam Devasthanam
I will try to cover all my experience from recent visit
1. If you are with your senior citizen family members who prefer travelling by train then only plan by this route otherwise take direct bus from BZA or SC.
2. AC Dormitory is available there for General Males.
If you make some efforts then you can book your taxi in advance which will pick up you from MRK, take care of your all local sightseeing as well and return to MRK. It will cost you around 6000 - 7000 excluding toll as I enquired from other parties available on station (majorly Force Toofan which is 12 seater jeep was there with South Indian families). As we are only 3 persons we went by bus.
4. 1st bus arrives at MRK at around 5:30 am and departed in 10-15 minutes. It costs around 105 per person. It took around 4 hours including around ½hr stoppage for chai nashta and there material loading tooks place for Srisailam. No idea about other buses after that.
5. MRK to MRK bus stand auto is at fix cost of 25 per person.
6. 1st bus from MRK bus stand is at 5 am. Normal bus at 100
Delux bus at 195
Ultra Delux at 250
7. Better to book your accomodation in advance from Devasthanam website or at any other place. There are so many other community based Dharamshalas and they also offer lunch & dinner.
8. For Darshan - Saturday, Sunday and Monday are crowdy days as suggested by others so I planned in weekdays from Wednesday to Friday.
9. 4 types of darshan are there
i) Free Darshan - it will take around 1½hr to 2hr depending upon the time you enter the line.
ii) Sheegra Darshan at 150 - No idea, as I observed you will only skip few halls and then merged with free Darshan queue.
iii) Ati Sheegra Darshan at 300 - No idea, as I observed you will only skip few more halls and then merged with free Darshan queue.
iv) Sparsha Darshan at 500 - My opinion either go for free Darshan or Sparsha Darshan.
For Senior Citizen Darshan, young person accompanying them will have to buy 300 ticket.
10. Devasthanam Annaprasadam is there for lunch time only from around 11 am.
11. For North Indians -
A. Roti = Maida Roti
B. Chapati = Maida Roti fried with oil on both sides.
C. Parantha = Lachcha Parantha fried with oil on both sides.
D. There is also jawar roti available as few places.
E. Dosa, Idli, Vada, Rice, Fried Rice and other South Indian dishes are available in bulk.
F. Taste of Tea available at local tea stalls at even 10 rupees is very good.

That's all my friends. Will update any other details if left. For any query you can get in touch.

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Nov 25 2018 (13:11)   SNSI/Sainagar Shirdi Terminus (3 PFs)
Rajesh~   2349 blog posts
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Shirdi temple is 3km away from railway station. Generally small auto will charge Rs.100 for 4-5 numbers. But big APE autos will charge upto 150 { for 8-9numbers }. If you are in group one can bargain for Rs.20 per head. Before boarding auto itself one should confirm about your dropping location in shirdi with this rent one can ask to drop at any hotel/location which you booked advance. Auto wala may misguide you regarding hotel location/prices. They will says that the hotel which you booked is not good/long from temple/price is high later they will take you to hotels where they will get commission.
If you want accomadation in Shirdi one can book advance through saibaba
sanstan webiste where you will get room starting from Rs.200 to 1200. Rooms in Dwaravati baktinivas will be good & hygiene{ Rates starting from 500 } I fyou didnt get book room online then you can go for private hotels/guesthouses in shirdi.
If you want room in low budget one can go to Kotegalli/Chavadi area there room rent starting from 300 this area is very near to temple but little long from main road. One should go by walk.
Else one can go to Kankuri road/ Pimpalwadi road/Hedgevar nagar for good budget hotels range starting from 500. Ill prefer to stay in Kankuri road / Pimpalwadi road. Even in highway many hotels are there but there will be lot noice & disturbance will be there.
Go to any hotel directly you will get best rate... In Shirdi touts / autowala will misguide you be carefull...

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May 09 (12:30)   03334/Subedarganj - Pt. DD Upadhyaya Jn. MEMU Special | DDU/Pt. DD Upadhyaya Junction (Mughalsarai) (8 PFs)
bsbssf01^   961 blog posts
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If you have to take connecting train from DDU by using this MEMU then NEVER EVER do this mistake..!!!!
This MEMU is denied entry by DDU Division at DDU before 4am.
Due to it's RSA Partner 03384 DDU-GAYA MEMU Departs at 4am.. so to avoid ECR to be parked at PF or somewhere, DDU receives this train around 4am so that after 10-15min halt it can depart as 03384 Gaya MEMU.
to reach DDU, take any express train and not this MEMU, it reaches DDU 4-5 hours late daily

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May 15 (07:06)   12138/Punjab Mail | TNA/Thane (10 PFs)
adilnomani~   347 blog posts
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12138 stops at Thane during arrival.In TT stoppage is not shown.
However 12137 does not stops at Thane
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May 13 (08:32)   13510/Gonda - Asansol Express
kirk781~   3610 blog posts
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The AC coaches were cleaned couple of times last I traveled but the same can't be said for SL coaches. They were in below average condition. Most of the crowd is from Ayodhya Jn. Orders for food are taken by vendors on the train but the quality isn't good. Sometimes, [ especially in Bengal side ], folks selling idli come onto the train which is much better.

Tickets are relatively easy to get in this train because of the comparatively smaller origin and terminal stations. Speed is pitiable both due to slack
and loco reversals but the latter offers a good option for railfanning.

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