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Tirupathi To Tirumala By Foot [Sep. 15th, 2005|10:47 am]
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[chirag]
I wanted to climb up-hill by foot to Tirumala from Tirupathi.

Most of the package tours operating to Tirupathi from Bangalore (including ITDC) have nice packages but do not accommodate the climbing time.

If anyone has climbed to Tirumala by foot can you please give me some advise on how to go about it? For e.g.: Best way to reach Tirupathi from Bangalore. From where to get the darshan token. Coming back etc.

Also is it possible to get the darshan token from Bangalore? If yes, where can I get it?

Thank you.

Update: 10-oct-2005
Reserved my darshan time from Chowdaiah Memorial hall near Shankey Tank. The counter at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall is open from 10 AM to 1 PM and then from 2 PM to 4 PM. I was surprised to see a long queue and it took 45 minutes for me to reach the counter. Also everyone wanting a darshan needs to be finger printed and photographed in person.

I have booked Archanananthara Darshanam (AAD) darshan that happens at 5:30 AM on all days except Friday and costs 200 Rs.

My darshan is on 29th Oct (Sat) so, I am planning to book KSRTC bus on 28th Oct (Fri) that starts at 9 AM from Bangalore and reaches Tirupathy at around 2-3 PM. Then start climbing at around 4-5 PM to reach the top by 9 PM. Sleep in a mutt and report at 5 AM for the darshan. For coming back to Bangalore I can get a KSRTC bus only at 12:30 PM that will get me to Bangalore by 6 PM on 29th Saturday. (KSRTC booking opens 10 days in advance from the date of travel so I am yet to book these tickets)

Unfortunately the train timings are not suitable. Most trains to Tirupathy start from Bangalore at night and the only morning train starts from Yeshwantpur at 7:45 AM. Also there are no morning trains from Tirupathy to Bangalore.


Update: 31-oct-2005
I am back from my Tirupathi trip and it went very well. I would like to thank everyone who responded to this post as I learnt little bit from each of the posts.

Though the distance between Tirupathi is 250 KMS, which should be covered in 5 hours, it takes 6 hours as it takes the bus more than an hour to get out of Bangalore. Road is also pretty good ... once you get out of Bangalore city limits.

I reached Tirupathi at around 5 PM and took an auto to Alliperi which cost me around 25 Rs. Started climbing at 5:30 PM and reached the top at 8:15 PM.
Tips for climbing:
- First one hour is pretty steep. It helps if one climbs very slowly - 1 step per second. If one climbs slowly then one does not need to take frequent rest and that helps. After the first hour things are pretty easy, more or less of a walk. (Till the last 500 odd steep steps.)
- If you are going to climb during dark then it is better to carry a torch. Though the passage has lights, there was a problem with lights while I was climbing and it was pitch dark. I had to manage with the light of my phone's LCD screen.
- People say one has to climb without shoes on ... but that is something that is difficult for me. So I climbed with my shoes on ... I saw some people with shoes on and some people without shoes ... So I guess it is a personal choice.

Stayed there for night in a mutt and got ready for my 5 AM darshan. One needs to enter from Vaikunth Complex 1 for Archanananthara Darshanam (AAD) darshan. Queue does not materialize till one enters the temple. And as the darshan is before 6 AM one is allowed to go till the innermost Sanctum Santorum. I entered Vaikunth Complex 1 at 4:45 AM and was out by 5:15 AM!
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[User Picture]From: chirag
2005-09-15 07:02 am (UTC)
Thank you. I will check with KSRTC.
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[User Picture]From: kruthi
2005-09-15 07:49 am (UTC)
Its a 11 km walk, pretty tiring. also, it is a bit shocking the first time. It takes 3 hours on an average. Anyway happy journey, the ultimate scene of lord Venkateshwara is worth all the effort!
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[User Picture]From: chirag
2005-09-15 07:50 am (UTC)
So how did go about it?
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-13 01:24 pm (UTC)
Hey it is not 11Km.. it is Just 9KM walk....
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-03-07 08:16 am (UTC)

hi

thanks for everybody sharing ur exp to everyone.
i actually am planing to go to thirupthi.
i want details about TTD office in Banglore .
thanks
Regards
Sri
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[User Picture]From: dhempe
2005-09-15 09:09 am (UTC)
Here is the Bangalore address and telephone number of TTD office:

TTD Information Centre
16th Cross, Vyalikavel
Bangalore - 560 003
Ph:080-3445432/3315361

It is easier to get tokens from here for weekdays. As you said you dont mind going on weekday, best thing is to take the confirmed darshan token (avoid Rs.50, go for Rs.200 and more) and get there atleast 6 hours before darshan time and start climbing. Take ample rest while climbing as you will have Ashwini and Shaylee with you.
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[User Picture]From: chirag
2005-09-15 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you very much Harish. That was very useful.

Shaylee is too small travel I currently I am going alone!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-09-16 04:56 am (UTC)
Initial 2-3 KM is very tough. very steep steps. dont loose heart. u will enjoy the further track

kiran
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[User Picture]From: _aks_
2005-09-16 08:40 pm (UTC)
If you are goning all alone .. i suggest you leave all your belongings near the free luggage transfer at the begining of the steps(including your slippers). Dont take anything with you other than your wallet. after you reach the top, there are locker rooms available for free for a day. They provide you with a Mat for a deposit of 100 rupees. Freshen up and then go to Vijaya Bank (ask some cab to take you there .. should cost you 20 rupees MAXIMUM cause its very nearby and you can walk to this place in 5 minutes). At the Vijaya bank, you get Tickets for special darsans for 100rs, 200rs etc. Theose lines will be shorter and you might get your visit to the temple a little earlier ... theres also a Angapradakshana seva, for which you wont be charged but you should get a ticket from the same Vijaya bank. If you are going to Angapradakshanam, you will have to be in wet clothes in the early morning 2 am without a shirt ... I've been to tirupathi this July, alone and got the Angapradakshanam ticket. Thats how I know all this. And I hope you know what angapradakshana means ... I hope you'll enjoy the trip ...
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[User Picture]From: _aks_
2005-09-16 08:41 pm (UTC)
btw, the luggage people wont take your luggage if its not locked!
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[User Picture]From: chirag
2005-09-17 07:03 am (UTC)
Woow! That was a great peice of information. Lot of us want to visit Tirupathi I hope this entry is useful to lot more people!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-09-17 06:06 pm (UTC)
You can take a bus tour or can drive from Bangalore or rent a car. If you want it to be fast, then go for bus tours. I am not sure if will be able to walk though. check with the bus tour people for specifics.

Walking is not too bad.. it may take an average person, about 5 hrs. If you are slow it may take a person twice the amount of time.
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From: swamysk
2005-09-27 09:55 pm (UTC)
lots of advice there so not much to add except

- do it in the evening; easier on your body
- take friends along; can get lonely
- do stop at the shops en-route and drink some lemon soda
- chant "govinda-govinda" every now and then - remember, you're a pilgrim

hope you have fun and a good darshan . . good luck

once you've done it, come back here and tell us how it went

govinda-GOVINDAA
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[User Picture]From: chirag
2005-09-28 04:47 am (UTC)
:)

Thank you.

I have still not gone ... but do it soon ...

Govinda .. Govinda ... GOOOOVINDA
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-10-21 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hey folks,
This thread is really useful for bunnies like us who enjoy our hectic darshans by travelling in the luxury of ITDC and having little or NIL waiting periods for getting into the temple.

I would say that the post by smitha643@yahoo.com is good in terms of practical advise.

Thanks a lot and I'm going to climb from the bottom to the top on 30th Oct.
mnsheshadri@gmail.com
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-21 10:01 am (UTC)
Hey guys I need Sudarshan kankanam, I stay in koramangala bangalore. Any other TTD office than near Chowdaiah Memorial building
Can anyone please give info ...
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[User Picture]From: chirag
2007-05-21 10:05 am (UTC)
No other office in Bangalore that I know of.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-05 09:36 am (UTC)

From where i will get Darsonam ticket in bangalore

Near malleswaram where i will got the darsanam ticket.Would you please give the Detail Adress...
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[User Picture]From: chirag
2007-12-05 10:29 am (UTC)

Re: From where i will get Darsonam ticket in bangalore

Go to the following link:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=13.006189,77.577639&spn=0.009346,0.014591&z=16&om=1

You will see TTD Office marker in the center
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-04-21 11:26 am (UTC)
Hi Chirag, Do you have any info on how many days in advance will the TTD Info counter issue the darshan tokens? We are planning to go there in this May.
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[User Picture]From: chirag
2008-04-21 11:41 am (UTC)
I think they do it quite a few weeks in advance. Personally I have once booked 2-3 weeks in advance.

If you have decided the date then I suggest you book ASAP as in summer the waiting list if longer.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-04-30 01:22 pm (UTC)

accomodation at tirupati

pl. let me know accomodation at srinivasam complex and also will i be able to book rooms from bangalore at srinivasam complex
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-08-16 08:12 am (UTC)

Visit to Tirumala

If you want a confirmed darshan (Sudarshan Token) time at your wish, reach out to the Bangalore (Bengaluru) TTD office which is near to Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Sankey Tank, Malleswaram, Bangalore.

TTD Information Centre
16th Cross, Vyalikavel
Bangalore - 560 003
Ph:080-23445432/23315361

They even provide Guest House accomodation also, but subject to availability. If you wish to walk, you can reach to the Railway Station, they are free buses which run from Rly. Station to Alipiri. You can carry you luggage and deposit at Alipiri (free of cost) and collect the same on the hill top (tirumala).

Ravi
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From: thrillrafting
2011-01-08 01:47 pm (UTC)
if you are a party animal, there is no other place better than Bangalore. You could check out the various malls, pubs, multiplexes and discotheques here and have a great time. You also like to explore adventure bangalore in affordable cost.
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