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Tirupati is situated in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh State in India. Tirupati has the most famous temple of Lord Vishnu which is Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy Temple. Tirupati is also called as the spiritual capital of Andhra Pradesh.

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Pilgrims from all over the world come here to experience the divinity of this place. The Temple is dedicated to Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.

The temple is also known by other names like Tirumala Temple, Tirupati Temple, Tirupati Balaji Temple, Tirumala Dvasthanam. Venkateswara is known by many other names: Balaji, Govinda, and Srinivasa. Tirumala Hills are part of the Seshachalam Hills range.

The hills are 853 meters above sea level. The Hills comprises seven peaks, hence the temple is also referred to as “Temple of Seven Hills”. 

How To Reach Tirupati Balaji Tirumala?

By Air: The nearest airport is Tirupati International Airport, which is just 46 km from Tirupati Balaji. The other nearest airport from Tirupati is at Bangalore. From there, it is about 3 hours drive to Tirupati.

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By Train: The nearest railway station is in Tirupati, which is about 26 km from Tirumala. 

The other stations are at Renigunta and Gudur Railway Stations which make it easy for Pilgrims to reach Tirupati within 30 minutes and 1 hr 30 minutes of travel time respectively.

Pilgrims can travel by the free buses run by TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS or by APSRTC buses available from Tirupati Railway station and Bus stations to reach the foot of the hills namely ALIPIRI and SRIVARIMETTU.

  • To full fill pilgrim’s vows, they can also opt for reaching to Tirumala from Tirupati on foot.
  • 2 well-laid stone footpaths called SOPANAMARGAS are available to reach Tirumala on foot.
  • The footpath which starts from ALIPIRI is about 7.80 Kilometres and takes approximately 3 hours to reach Tirumala, and another footpath which starts at SRIVARIMETTU is about 2.10 kilometers and takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Tirupati Balaji Darshan

More than 60,000 to 80,000 pilgrims visit the Sri Venkateswara Temple (Tirupati Balaji) every day, TTD has initiated efficient systems of darshan for the sake of multitude of visiting pilgrims in Tirupati Balaji, Tirumala.

Free Darshan

Sarva Darshan is the free darshan where the pilgrims wait for their turn to catch the glimpse of Lord in the compartments of Vaikuntham Queue Complex II. Sarvadarsanam means ‘darshan for all’. The timings for Sarvadarsanam are different on different days of the week. Please refer to the weekly temple program for the timings.

On normal days, about 18 hours are allotted for Sarvadarsanam and on peak days, it is open for 20 hours.

The entrance for this darshan is through the Vaikuntam Queue Complex. The complex is a series of inter-connected halls that lead to the main temple. An efficient queue system ensures that pilgrims move in an orderly fashion through the Queue Complex, towards the main temple.

Special Darshan

There is a Special Entry Darshan(Seeghra Darshanam) which costs Rs.300 per pilgrim and its booking is open around the clock. It has to be done 3 hours before the slot available.

Tirupati darshan tickets are booked through Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam’s official online portal providing transparent and enriching services to the pilgrims.

Where To Stay in Tirupati?

While there are many hotels in Tirupati near Tirupati Balaji/Tirumala Temple, it is recommended that you book a guesthouse or Kalyana Mandapam located close to the main temple. Hotels like Fortune Select Grand Ridge, Ginger Tirupati, Sri Sai Residency and Bhimas Deluxe Hotel are hotels available at Rs. 500-3000 per night.

Ahobila Mutt Tirumala 

There might be busy days when Devotees visiting Tirumala may not find a room in any of the TTD accommodations due to heavy rush during weekends or Public Holidays or Festival season.

During this season, one can get a comfortable accommodation. Accommodation in Mutt can’t be booked online, one has to contact directly. Each Mutt will allow Devotees respective to their Communities.

Other Attractions in Tirupati

1.Tirupati Zoo

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Tirupati zoo is named as Shri Venkateshwara Zoological Park. The Park is named after the Lord Venkateswara of Seven Hills in Tirupati. It is closed on Tuesdays. It is 23.5 km from the temple.

Apart from this, India has a rich set of temples that demonstrates India’s inevitable history, magnificent architecture, and worship.

Zoo Open Timings:

Summer (March-August) – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Winters(September – February) – 9:00 AM – 5: 00 PM

Ticket Cost:

Adults: ₹50

Children: ₹10

Four-Wheeler: ₹500

Safari: For Adults: ₹50 and for Children: ₹30

2.Sri Kalahasti

Kalahasti is also a holy town in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh State. It is famous for its  Srikalahasteeswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva representing one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalams. It is 37.3  km far from Tirupati. Sri Kalahasti is one of the Pancha Bootha Sthalam and represents the Vayu Sthalam.

The temple is a great piece of art. Pillars built hundreds of years back are still as fresh as they were before. The inner temple was built around 5 th century and the outer temple was built around 12 th century.

3.Sri Sailam

Srisailam is a town 369.6 km far from Tirupati. The town is famous for Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple and is one of the holy pilgrimage sites. Srisailam is one of the most ancient kshetras in India. The river Krishna flows here through a deep narrow valley, approx. 100 meters wide and nearly at a depth of 1000 meters from the hill-top.

The river flows at a distance of 70 Km to the up of Srisailam and continues to flow in the same valley to the down till it reaches Nagarjunasagar. The narrow flow of the river at such deep valley is fine-looking and more pleasant near Srisailam where it is called as Pathalaganaga.

4.Golden Temple Vellore

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Golden Temple is a complex inside the Sripuram spiritual park is situated at the foot of a small range of green hills at Thirumalaikodi (or simply Malaikodi) Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India.

It is 120 km from Tirupati. Devotees from all religions and backgrounds are welcome to visit. This temple is gilded with 1,500 kg of pure gold, double the 750 kg gilding of the dome of the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

5.Chandragiri Palace & Fort

Chandragiri Palace & Fort is an 11th-century monument built by the Yadav Naidu Kings and is also associated with the Vijayanagara Kingdom.

The stunning structure is a perfect example of Vijayanagara architecture. Tourists are drawn by its rich history and heritage value. The attraction has fortnightly light and sound shows and the annual celebration of Madras Day. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Tirupati:

Q) How many steps are there from Tirupati to Tirumala?

A) The shortest path starts from Alipiri, most people use this and it will be open all the time, covers 11.km and a total of 3550 steps will be there in this route.

Q) Is there a bus service from Tirupati to Tirumala?

A) Pilgrims can travel by the free buses run by TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS or by APSRTC buses available from Tirupati Railway station and Bus stations to reach the foot of the hills namely ALIPIRI and SRIVARIMETTU.

Q) What is the price of VIP darshan?

A) The price of special darshan or VIP darshan is Rs.300 per person as decided by TTD. It can be booked online at TTD’s online portal.

Q) How to reach Tirupati by flight?

A) Tirupati has its own Tirupati international airport. Flights to Tirupati are available frequently.

Q) How to reach Tirupati by train?

A) Tirupati has its railway station and the majority of trains have their stopping here. The other nearest railway station is the reniguta railway station.

For Indians, the Tirupati Balaji temple is one of the must-visit temples in their lifetime. The Tirupati temple is amongst the richest temples in the world. You will see people giving away bags of gold and other valuables at the Sri Vari Hundi here. It is believed that up to a whopping Rs. 650 crores are collected in donations every year.

Apart from this, you should also visit the other temples in the state:

  • Srikalahasti
  • SriSailam
  • Golden temple, Vellore.

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