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“basic information for tirupati darshan” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tirumala Temple

Tirumala Temple
Ranked #1 of 41 things to do in Tirupati
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“basic information for tirupati darshan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2010

Tirupati darshan..
On 28th may 2010, we went for tirupati darshan. On arrival to Tirupati railway station, we first reduced the luggage by keeping the excess bags in cloak room. Though they said that the cloak room is open for 24 hrs, but we found it closed after 1.00am.. Charge is just Rs 15/bag/24hrs. One can reach to tirumala (the temple of lord balaji ), 22 km from tirupati either by bus/jeep/prepaid taxi. To reach central bus stand (1 km from railway station), one can hire a auto for 20 Rs. After every 15 min, there are buses for tirumala, fare 30Rs & takes around 1 hr. Jeep services are available, outside the station, takes 10 passengers at a time, fare Rs 50/person. U can also hire a prepaid taxi(Non-AC Ambassador) for Rs 350. There is SBI Atm just outside the station. One the way to tirumala, there is check post, where every individual person/ their luggage/vehicle is scanned, takes 20-30 min.
One can hire a room down in tirupati or in tirumala, up the hill(>3000 feet) near to temple. No private rooms are available uphill. One can have room via internet booking through www.ttdsevaonline.com atleast 45 days before. Very cheap and good quality rooms are available, from Rs 100 to 500(non ac) & 750 to 2000Rs (ac). The room are strictly for 24 hrs only and not alloted for a single person. On reaching uphill, one have to move to internet counter, where on showing the receipt of e-accomodation and paying refundable deposit money, the rooms are alloted in their guest houses (such as Kaustab where we stayed), within 1 km. So, don’t leave your taxi until u finally reach ur room. Also during internet booking, one have to download his/her photo of less than 10 KB(normally, our photo from digicam are of 2-3MB), for which u better take help of some software from google search. It is always advisable to book room in tirumala so that one can fresh himself before going for darshan(as journey from tirupati to tirumala is 22km). Within tirumala, jeep service is available to reach from guest house to temple for Rs 50. Free bus service is also available to see different temples & sites (but very rush present). One can have food at very subsidised rates(eg. dosa Rs5) from TTD prasadalam, near to CRO office/ return bus stand. Open air restaurant are available adjacent to bus stand where one can enjoy tasty veg biryani/ chinese at 30-40Rs/plate. Great bargaining occurs at shops for gift articles of lord balaji statues, around 200-300%.
For darshan, available tkts are free tickets(10-12hrs), 50Rs tkt sudarshan(6-8hrs), 300 Rs tkt shegra darshan(3-4hrs), 500Rs tkt (1-2hrs)e. Little advertisement/hoardings is done for 500 Rs tkt, so best option, less rush. Also specific hours are allotted, during a day, different for different days a week, for having sheegra darshan. Don’t forget to go through the timings to avoid unnessessary delay. Different queue are for parents with children<1yr and for old age devotees. After a point, all queues mix up, thousands of devotees are there, minimal security guards, everybody tries to push ahead, no discipline is maintained. Take care of ur childrens, as it is very difficult to find someone if lost in such a huge crowd. Language problem is another big problem, as majority peoples don’t understand Hindi/ English. They say but actually no sitting arrangement are made alongside queues(as in shirdi), so one have to stand throughout. No foods are available inside the queues, only few outside vendors sell frooti, water at high rates from outside the windows. One can carry own food articles inside the temple premises or while in queues. No electronic items are allowed, such as camera, mobile phones. Better to leave them in guest house only. Leather good, purse is allowed. During final darshan of lord balaji, one gets 10-15 seconds, so concentrate on the lord’s statue, as suddenly everyone enters in darkness inside the main temple from outside, also, security personal & devotees keeps on continuously pushing u forward. There is Shri hari hundi, where u can give your offerings. Prasad in the form of Ladoo is available outside the temple premise, 2 free ladoo (very tasty, of ghee and dry fruits) are given per sheegra darshan tkt. Each extra ladoo cost Rs 25. Carry bag is available for Rs 3. there is free food service(high calorie thali) also, but we were so tired that we couldnot had it. Lots of rush, pushing ahead peoples, makes the darshan tiresome, but, after having glimpse of the lord balaji’s statue,one achieves an internal fulfilment. Everyone should try to have darshan of Lord balaji.

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“Very Nice Pilgrimage of Hindus”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2010

Tirupati is a very nice pilgrimage of Hindu devotees. I went there in September 2008. The weather was little hot that time. We reached tirupati at midnight. You have to take a bus to go to tirupati temple as it is located on Tirumala hills. It is one hour drive from Tirupati Rly. Station or bus stand.
The scenic natural beauty of tirupati is simply Awesome and wonderful.
There are free services on Tirumala for staying and for transportation. The temple of Lord Govinda is world's 2nd richest temple and it is really BIG. There is huge crowd throghout the year i.e.24x365 hrs. I have one personal experience which I can't share over here but the moral of that experience is here for all devotees :

If you really believe in Lord from deep inside your heart, then no one can stop you from having the Darshan of Lord Tirupati. Not even the long waiting hrs. of 48-50hrs.

65 Thank cooolsamarth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Govinda Govinda”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2010

Tirupathi a very devotional place to see. I come from Warangal, Andhra Pradesh. If you are from andhra pradesh, then its very easy to reach tirupathi. If you are from other states like karnataka, mumbai calcutta, then i recommend you to come by Plane. Its very cheap and very time saving. Once reaching tirupathi, reach the tirumala about 30 to 40 kms from tirupathi. There are number of buses running every five minutes round the clock. It is very save to travel by bus, because the drivers are very trained and very experienced. The road is a ghat road. On the way to tirumala where Lord Balaji resides, you will see cloud moving around you...ahhh its a very pleasant atmosphere all the way to tirumala. After reaching tirumala to see the lord and the temple you have many options like free darshan, 30, 40 and above darshans. Dont go for easy darshan, go for easy(Dharma Darshan) where you get to see people from different countries, regions and relegions. After entering into the temple, you will hear relegious chantings(Manthras) and they will give you a very divine feeling. There are many hotels for the piligrims who visit. For the food, i recommend you to either eat in Hotel Bliss or in the free food organized by TTD. There are many other small temples around tirumala hill. Alltogether it is a very divine place to visit.

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“Tirupati balaji temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2010

Recently visited the tirupati Balaji Temple in andhra pradesh. It was an awesome experience. An experience of a lifetime to cherish always.The visit to temple was just amazing a life enriching experience it is an 8 hour journey from mysore. the route to tirupati is good. try visiting the temple at around 5am as the temple is less crowded at that time and you can easily visit it or you can go in for a special darshan of rs 300 as compared to a normal darshan of rs 50

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“a paradise for pilgrims”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2010

Tirupati the fourth largest city of Andhra Pradesh is a sacred town and is visited by pilgrims from all over the world. Although the town is famous for the shrine of Lord Venkateshwara but it also possesses several other places to be seen, out of which some are noted below. There are several temples, waterfalls and several other places worth seeing.

Sri Padmavati Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanoor
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple
Sri Kapileshwaraswami Temple
Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple

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