I went to Shirdi, from Delhi with my 70+ parents and 2 kids, aged 13 and 7, thinki g that it is a safe destination to travel to, for ladies.
We had planned a 5 days trip, starting from Shirdi, to trimbakeshwar, then Nashik and then back to
The hotel - Marigold Regency was wonderful- neat, clean, staff helpful , free pick and drop service to the Sai Temple.
The only problem we faced in the whole trip was the taxi that had been arranged through a travel agent.
We arranged it before travelling to avoid last minute confusions but it did not turn out to be so.
The taxi driver was apathetic, had no desire to show us nearby attractions even on repeated requests.
Did not tie the luggage on the luggage carrier, so in effect we travelled in cramped seats despite it being a 7 seater.
He took us to specific shops in shani shignapur and shirdi and compelled us to buy stuff from there, and had no consideration for my elderly parents parking very far away- saving his petrol and creating difficulties for us, which were avoidable.
Even when requested to drive further he refused.
On the third day of the trip, he started harrassing us for extra money- refused to follow the earlier agreed upon itinery and created a lot of stress for me and my parents.
To the extent that eventually we had to change out taxi.
But this experience left a bad taste and made me to feel that even now, single females with/ without kids are not safe to travel.