Known to be the busiest pilgrimage place in the world, Tirupati is a city in the Chitoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The city is famous worldwide for the Venkateshwara Swamy temple. Located at a distance of 247 km from Bangalore, Tirupati is a perfect getaway for those looking for a religious trip or otherwise.
Apart from a large number of temples spread across the whole city, there are a few waterfalls which are said to be holy. There are also a couple of museums worth a visit. This is the complete list of places to see.
Religious: Most o the shops throughout the pilgrimage city sell frames, photos, and idols of Lord Venkateshwara, and other things
like cassettes and CDs of devotional songs, books on Hindu scriptures. These are some of the most commonly purchased souvenirs.
Non-religious: There are local shops where you can get piggy banks made of mud, available in different shapes and sizes, which are a big hit with kids. Other than that there are beautiful ethnic lamps, toys and woodcarvings made of whitewood and gold leaf paintings. For handicrafts you can visit Lepakshi Emporium near the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Central Reception office.
When in Tirupati you should not miss out on the famous spicy Andhra cuisine. In Tirumala, there are a majority of vegetarian restaurants in Tirupati. Some of the options include Guestline Days, Hotel Mayura and Tirumala Residency Hotel to name a few.
The best time to visit Tirupati is said to be June to March. If you want to be a part of the festivities and the special pujas then
Bramhotsavam during September to October is said to be ideal. Otherwise, any time is the right time to visit the sacred place.
While visiting Tirupati, especially while visiting the temples, it is important to follow a few guidelines:
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