We wanted to visit Tirupathi as a family.March being exams month, the crowd would be very less in temple.We wanted to make use of the oppurtunity.My dad was pushing me and my brother to take leave thus avoiding weekend rush.
We had only booked train tickets.We reached Tirupathi by Sapthagiri express at 9:30 am and were not able to get 50Rs Dharshan tickets.It was closed.We reached sudharshanam complex for accomodation.We did not get accomodation.This started to bother us no tickets and no accomodation.We decided to reach Tirumala, atop the hill.
We took tickets and boarded the bus to Tirumala from Tirupathi.It was burning hot and we were boiling inside bus under sun.Actually there are different routes for going up the hill and coming down.But due to repair work both were taking same road causing traffic.We reached Tirumala, comparitively cool place.
We went in search of accomodation.We finally got our accomodation in Sapthagiri Guest House.We checked in after some signatures.The room was pretty ordinary but clean.We cannot expect much for 150Rs.We went to shave our head in the same guest house.We had to pay just 10Rs for tonsuring and another 10Rs for the barber.
We got ready after bath and had meals.We took the Seegra Dharshan queue paying 300Rs/-.Sometimes few of them have stood even 6-8 Hrs in queue even after paying 300Rs/-.We had dharshan within one hour that too peacefully instead of crowd pushing us to and fro.
We actually did not expect such a quick Dharshan after we were left in dismay in the morning.We collected Ladoos.Nextday we vacated, came down to Tirupathi, visited Tiruchanoor Alamelu Mangapuram and Govindaraja Swamy temple.
We also visited Gajalakshmi Amuma who lives in Bairagi Patteda Colony.We took train and reached Chennai.
Climate was good atop hill and cleanliness is appreciable.
How to Reach Tirupathi:-
Frequent trains are there from Chennai.Tirupathi Aiport is there with very few flights coming.
Use the website to book accomodation,seva and Dharshan tickets.Buses ply from Tirupathi to Tirumala.