Tirupati Tourism
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Tirupati Tourism

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To get darshan of Lord Venkatachalapathi. Wonderful hill. Neat landscape though crowd is heavy. Senior citizen (age above 60) if given special entry, without any restriction one attendant should be permitted. The senior citizen age should be JUST verified by ID card & not given mental pressure not permitting ONE attendant for sure. PLEASE don't give senior citizen any special queue in case of not permitting ONE attendant.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food not available close by devasthan, but queue stands for hours together.
Age old senior citizen too need to wait for long time & attendant need to go FAR to get food / eatables/ drinks. Devasthan can provide eatables / prasadh like tamarind rice / lemon rice close by queue outside temple.

Activities & things to do: Don't carry plastic bags to hills as its good that non decomposable plastic bags are restricted. Only bottled soft drinks are available to drink in shops. So take care to carry cloth bags & water as required.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Be careful to return back from hills before 11.30pm if stay is made in foothills, as movement of vehicles restricted after 12 from hills. You will be put up on road till 3.30am. So PLEASE make your trip to foothills atleast before 11.45pm.
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 196 Reviews

"Famous religious place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Tirupati is one of the famous religious place in india. Travellers from all over india visit here for Tirupati darshana. It is one of the most crowded temples in India. This place needs maintenance; too crowded most of all the time. Best time....... More
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Gourav anand
  • Gourav anand
  • 9 Reviews

"Place of God" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The place is well known for famous Lord Balaji temple. The religious importance of this place is unmatched. One can feel the divine presence over here. The trip to temple is also an exciting journey through steep narrow roads. It was a nice 24....... More
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Milind navadikar
  • Milind navadikar
  • 26 Reviews

"Ultimate place of lord Vishnu" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We had been to Tirupati last year in October just after Bramhotsav was over. We started from Chennai in the evening and reached Tirupati in the night. Next day we had darshan of Padmavati Devi and then darshan of Lord Tirupati via shegra....... More
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Sachit Sarma
  • Sachit Sarma
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 15 Reviews

"Well worth it!!!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visit to Lord Balaji and many temples in and around Tirupati is a wonderful experience; keep at least two days for the visit so that you also see some of the surrounding temples like Kanipakam and Kalahasti. On day one you can book some hotel....... More
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M prasad
  • M prasad
  • 9 Reviews

"Tirupati Balaji Dharshan"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
Best Pilgrimage & most devoted place, famous for Balaji Dharshan. Balaji Temple, Varahaswamy Temple, Padmavathi Temple - tiruchanoor, Srikalahasthi Temple. Food was not much good, taste varies and its more spicy. Darshan will gives you....... More
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Tirupati Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 161 m
  • Pincode: 517001
  • District: Chittoor
  • Language: Telugu
  • STD code: 0877
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 43°C, Winter 15 to 35°C
Tirupati, situated at the Eastern Ghats’ foothills, is an important pilgrimage centre of the state of Andhra Pradesh. It lies close to the Tirupati Temple, which is located in the hills of Tirumala. The temple attracts millions of devotees every year and is one of the most visited pilgrimage centres of the world.

History of Tirupati

The source of the origin of the name is not very clear, but it is believed that the word Tirupati comes from the amalgamation of two words - Thiru and Pati. Thiru is a Tamil word which means ‘respectable’ while Pati translates to ‘husband’. Thus, the literal meaning of Tirupathi comes out to be ‘respectable husband’.

The hills of Tirumala, which lie close to the city centre, are the second oldest rock mountains in the world. There is no historical evidence to suggest who built the Tirupati Temple, but it has come to be controlled and upgraded by many rulers over the years since the 4th century AD. The temple of Tirupati, unlike the other temples of South India, was able to ward off the invasions by Muslim rulers in the 14th and the 15th century.

People & Culture of Tirupati

Apart from the temple, Tirupati is also known for its fairs and festivals. The Gangamma Jatra, to be held for a week from 8th-15th May, 2012 is one such event. It is held at the Tataiah Gunta Gangamma temple in Tirupati and is known for its unusual rituals.

Devotees disguise themselves and walk across the streets of the temple shouting foul words in the belief that it will drive evil forces away. Later on, they smear themselves with sandalwood paste, cover their heads with jasmine garlands and enter the temple.

The end of the jatra is marked by smashing the earthen idol of the goddess. People from the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka also come to Tirupati during this time to participate in the festival.

The biggest festival though is the Brahmotsavam, during which there is a huge rush. The Vijaynagar Festival, held at Chandragiri Fort and the Rayalseema Food and Dance Festival are some of the other attractions of the temple town.

Things to do in Tirupati

The Tirupati Temple is situated atop the Tirumala Hills which consists of seven peaks known as Sapthagiri. The seven peaks represent the seven hoods of Adishesha, the serpent on whom lies Lord Vishnu. The temple opens at 3:00 am and closes at midnight. According to practice, the Varahaswami Temple should be visited before visiting the temple of Sri Venkateswaraswami.

There is always a huge queue for darshan which can be done through the paid darshan or through the free darshan. Special ‘sevas’ or paid darshans require an additional charge and are a little faster than the free queue. The waiting time in the queue is typically 4-5 hours. Around 50,000 people are believed to visit the temple everyday.

Most of the revenue of Tirumala comes from the pilgrimage to the Tirupati Temple. It is believed that the Tirupati Temple is the richest holy place in the world after the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. Apart from the Tirupati Temple, Tirupati also has the Sri Venkateshwara Zoological Park, which houses birds and animals of various species. Other places of tourist interest in the region include the Padmavati Temple, the Govindaraja Temple, Srinivasa Mangapuram and Shilatoranam, which is a rock garden.

Food & Shopping in Tirupati

Food in Tirupati typically consists of the standard South Indian vegetarian fare of rice, sambhar, rasam, vegetables etc. Food is available at the temple too where it is served on banana leaves with sweet rice being the speciality. The other popular food item is the laddu which is a favourite of the Lord as well.

In Tirupati, visitors can shop for locally made unique handicrafts which include woodcarvings, whitewood toys, Tanjore gold leaf paintings and kalamkari art, among other things. Another speciality of the place is the Chandana Dolls which are black carved wooden idols of Lord Venkateshwara and his consort Padmavati.

Travelling to Tirupati

The city is well connected by rail, road and air. To reach Tirupati by air, Renigunta is the nearest airport (15 km away) which serves direct flights from Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai as well as Bangalore. It also has a well equipped railway station which connects it to all the major cities of India. Buses are another means to reach Tirupati. Services are available from Tirupati as well as the Tirumala Hills to the adjacent cities of Chennai, Vizag, Bangalore and Hyderabad.  Buses are operated by APSRTC, KSRTC and other operators.

Travelling within Tirupati

The easiest means to get around Tirupati is bus and car rental. Buses are the cheapest mode of transportation and are available at frequent intervals. Buses can be availed to go to the top of the temple and generally take around an hour. Car rentals are also available and typically charge around INR1500-INR2000 for a whole day with additional charges for fuel.

Travel Tips for Tirupati

Since Tirupati is a holy destination, there are certain rules which should be kept in mind. Wearing inappropriate clothing, covering the head with caps, hats, turbans etc. should be avoided. Also, flowers should not be worn as all flowers are for the Lord. Eating non-vegetarian food and consuming alcohol and chewing betel leaf are not encouraged. Cell phones, cameras and any type of gadgets are not allowed inside the temple premises.

Tirupati experiences extreme climate, with summer temperatures ranging from 40-43° Celsius while the winter temperatures hover around 15-18° Celsius.
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