Tirupati is a smart city in Andhra Pradesh, India. Tirupathi Balaji Temple is one of the richest temples in the world. On an average 80,000 to 1,00,000 pilgrims visits the Tirupati Balaji Temple at Tirumala every day. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam popularly called a “TTD” for the pilgrims convenient they made several arrangements.
Tirupathi Balaji Temple is at Tirumala is 22km from Tirupati either by Bus/jeep you can reach. Buses to Tirumala regularly for every 5 min available from Tirupati bus station. and from Tirupati Railway station every 15min buses are available to Tirumala.
Or if you have own personal vehicle then its fine.
And you can go by walk. If you are interested to walk then you have two options: Either by Alipiri or from Srivari Mettulu. The Alipiri route is the default choice because of Alipiri is Popular. Steps are quite steep. From Alipiri to Tirumala hills takes about 5-6 hrs. Through this route, you can visit Deer Park also.
From Tirupati, main Bus Station Srivari Mettulu is about 20 km. This route step contains beautiful greenery. And it takes time to reach Tirumala Hills about 3-4 hrs.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) runs Guest houses like Vishnu Nivasam, Srinivasan, Madhavaram Complex it is near to Tirupati bus station. Or you can book private hotels.
If you have a puja or seva, then better to take accommodation in Tirumala Ram Bagicha Guesthouse it is near to Balaji Temple.
In Tirumala and Tirupathi Many Private Hotels are there for Accommodation with reasonable prices which starts from Rs.800 to Rs.5000.
If you have arrived by walk then you have separate Q called Divya Darshanam.
you can book a Darsan Ticket by Online with Rs.300/-. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday times heavy rush at that time.
Senior Citizen Special Darshanam:-
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam providing special Darshanam for senior Citizen and Handy cap persons.
Timings: 10 AM and 3 PM on every day.
Reporting timing: At least 2hrs before the actual time.
Electric cars are also available for the Senior citizen to go Museum or from Ram Bagicha Accommodation.
In Tirumala Laddu(Prasadam) is very famous. If you need additional laddus, you can get 2 laddus with the cost of Rs.50/- in a laddu counter. It may take about 20-30 min to stand up in a queue to get a ticket.
Of course, you will get the free Prasadam after the Lord Venkateswara Dharsana.
In Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam provides Lunch and Dinner with free of cost to pilgrims.
Vengamamba Building it is near to Lord Venkateswara Temple you can get free meals from here.
Do you Know the reason for srivari hundi?
The Tirupati temple is the richest temples on the planet. You will see people individually giving away bags of gold and other valuables assets at the Sri Vari Hundi here. It is believed that up to an incredible Rs. 800 crores are gathered in donations every year.
The story behind the donations: Lord Srinivasa needed money for his marriage. He asks Kubera to give some money for his marriage with Padmavathi. Together, Srinivasa and Padmavathi lived forever while Goddess Lakshmi, understanding the responsibilities of Lord Vishnu, choose to live in his heart forever. In recognition of this, devotees go to Tirupati to donate money to Venkateswara’s hundi or Srivari Hundi(donation pot) so that he can pay it back to Lord Kubera. The hundi collections go as high as 20 million INR a day. Devotees offer gold as a token of their love for God.