We have been planning to go Tirumala since a year, at last we made it this time though it was a tentative plan till the day of journey. Last couple of times though we had train tickets, accommodation and darshan tickets, we couldn’t make it due to other commitments. We have booked our accommodation and darshan tickets at https://ttdsevaonline.com/
Hyderabad – Tirupati to and fro by train: Rayalaseema express
Accomodation: Srinivasam Complex at Tirupati(Annaprasadam available during lunch and
Sahasra deepalankarana Seva: Reporting time 4.30 PM
Dress code: Indian traditional wear(Women: saree/ half saree/chudhidhaar with dupatta; Men: Dhoti/kurta pyjama)
We were excited this time, we boarded train at 6.30 pm on Thursday, it is an overnight journey from Hyderabad to Tirupati which was very comfortable. We reached Tirupati in the morning at 6.30. Auto rickshaws and cabs are easily available near Tirupati railway station.
Though we planned our trip couple of months back, we couldn’t get accommodation at Tirumala hill, we ended up taking at Tirupati/down the hill. Our accommodation was at Srinivasam complex, just 2 kms away from railway station. Rooms are available at a nominal price of Rs. 200, Rs 400 and Rs 600. We have booked room for Rs. 400 which was an ordinary room with AC, however we did not switch on AC as the climate was cold. I feel we should have booked Rs. 200 ordinary room for half the price, however I am not sure though if it has a geyser. It was a spacious room with a double bed with white bedsheets and two rugs. Room has AC facility and attached washroom with geyser. Both the room and washroom were neat and tidy, if you are travelling with an elderly person and you have question about potty, yes it has western toilet.
Ordinary Room: Rs. 200
Ordinary Room with AC: Rs. 400
Spl. Dlx Room: Rs. 600
We checked in and got freshen up and had breakfast at Sarvana Bhavan just walkable distance from Srinivasam complex, and had lunch and dinner at Srinivasam complex. This time we were lucky to have anna prasadam, we usually don’t have due to time constraint. They provide anna prasadam(Bisibella bath and curd rice) in Srinivasam complex at first floor.
We took a power nap in the afternoon, took bath again. I wore a pattu saree and hubby and kid wore dhothi and we headed to Tirumala hill at around 3 or 3.30 pm. We left our footware and phones in the room itself. Our reporting time for Sahasra deepalankarana was at 4.30 PM.
Just opposite to Srinivasam complex was a bus stop, we boarded RTC bus, ticket was around Rs. 200 to Tirumala to and fro for two adults. We got off bus and took a jeep until madastreet. We reached mandapam by 4.40 pm, as we were late we didn’t get a good spot to view seva.
After the seva, piligrims are allowed for darshan of main diety through Supadham entrance. There will be a check point to check ticket and ID proof. It took around 2 to 2.5 hours for our darshan. This was very first time that we got darshan of few seconds and full glimpse of Lord, seems like we got 3 darshans at once, hubby and me were very happy. We took laddus and returned to room.
Next day i.e., on Saturday we had Padmavati amma darshan at Tirupati, returned to room and headed to station for our return journey by train.
Wow, this was our most economical trip, so happy for this as well, and my son was super happy as he got to travel in Train, bus and Jeep :).
How often do you visit Tirumala and do you feel any vibes while having darshan?