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Puttaparthi, was home to the spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba till his demise in 2011. It is located in the
Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh and is a 3 hour drive from Bangalore (160 km). The other major cities are further i.e.
Hyderabad (472 km) and Chennai (375 km).
The local railway station and airport are well connected to the rest of India, though the schedules are not very regular. Do check with your local operators before you book your tickets. However, hiring your own cab or taxi can be the most convenient way to travel back and forth. BookCab offers rental cab services to Puttaparthi from all major cities.
Puttaparthi, the birthplace of Sai Baba, is a typical pilgrimage town. The local languages spoken here are Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English.
The town gained international recognition due to Sai Baba`s presence and continues to be thronged by his devotees even after his passing.
The other places of interest are the Hanuman Temple, a local Mosque and the Kalpa Vriksha or the Wish Fulfilling tree on the banks of
Apart from these attractions, the town has grown in stature due to the Philanthropy work of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. There are numerous world class educational institutes, Super-Speciality hospitals, Music and Arts institutes and a Sport Stadium.
To escape the sizzling hot Summer months in Puttaparthi, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, used Bangalore as his Summer retreat. In White Field, on the outskirts of Bangalore, he established a hospital which offers speciality treatment, free of cost to the needy. These institutes continue to work through generous offerings of his devotees from all over the world.
The town has its local share of eateries. Those who have a sensitive stomach do be cautious about where you eat.
Carry your own water if possible. Most food joints serve hot and spicy Andra cuisine, though you can find the odd
Continental and Chinese restaurants that cater to the growing tourist population from around the world.
Shopping in Puttaparthi for a pilgrim can be a joy. There are numerous shops offering literature, books on the life and discourses of the Spiritual Leader, paintings, audio and video recordings. Prashanthi Nilayam too houses a well stocked bookstore, and the prices are controlled. Other types of merchandise include handicraft, traditional silk clothing and novelty items; sure to delight any shopping enthusiast!
Puttaparthi is generally hot and dry though the year (30°C-40°C). The Summer months are March till July. The temperatures get
milder once the Monsoons arrive in July/ August. During this time the town experiences wet weather, and again between October and
December when the North-East Monsoons arrive. An umbrella is all you will need, if you plan your visit during this time.
The rest of the year experiences temperatures in the range of 22°C to 27°C.
Since you are visiting a pilgrimage site, travel light and wear appropriate clothing. There is a sizable share of Hotels and Lodges present in Puttaparthi, though not with the same facilities of a big city like Bangalore. Because of which some choose to make the trip back and forth. Accommodation is also available in Prashanthi Nilayam Ashram, however advance booking is not accepted. There are two types here: rooms and sheds. Allotment is strictly on first come first serve basis and is subject to availability. For those willing to stay for longer periods of time, there are apartments and places for rent in and around the town. Plan your trip with the help of BookCab. You can either book online(www.bookcab.in) or call the representatives ((092) 4100 4100) to schedule your travel. We have a proven track record, and guarantee a reliable and efficient experience. You can book any vehicle of your choice from the economy models like Indica to larger vans like Innova and buses for group travel.
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