For the pilgrims who wants to visit Tirumala Tirupati to have darshan Lord Venkateshwara from Bangalore, a number of government owned transport companies are conducting Tirupati Bus Packages including Darshan tickets. Some of them are IRCTC, APTDC, KSTDC, KSRTC, and ITDC. These packages are either run by these companies themselves or through private tour operators.
BUS PACKAGE TO TIRUPATI INCLUDES:
Most of these packages include all necessary facilities for a one day bus package to Tirupati and return back to Bangalore like accommodation for freshup, guide, food etc.
- To and fro journey by AC Bus (Volvo/Benz/Scania)
- Accommodation for freshup.
- Bus tickets to Tirumala and Back.
- Darshan tickets
- Food (either will be included in the ticket cost or need to pay extra)
Each company has different rules as for booking, time for freshup accommodation, food provided etc are concerned. When booking, go through all the details.
All of these buses leave between 9 and 11 PM from Bangalore and reach Tirupati early in the morning, directly to the hotel room where rooms are provided for freshup. After freshup, pilgrims will be provided with darshan and go to Padmavathi Temple for darshan. From there the bus reaches the government bus station where pilgrims are shifted to APSRTC buses which are driven by experience drivers. Private buses and mini buses are not allowed to climb the ghat roads.
After shifting to the government buses (the bus ticket should also be included in the package). Once the bus reaches Alipiri Checkpost, the pilgrims will be asked to get down the bus and go through security checking. After checking the bus will climb the Tirumala Hills and reach Tirumala Bus station. The guide will take the people who wants to head tonsuring (mundan) and bathing thereafter. They will join the group and the guide will fetch the darshan tickets.
The group of pilgrims will enter the darshan queue around 9:30 AM and latest by 12:00 noon they return after the darshan. The guide collects the darshan tickets and bring laddoos. Each pilgrim will receive two laddoos. Pilgrims will spend some time will be given for shopping. After shopping they will board the bus to climb down the hills. Reach the hotel around 2:00 PM have lunch, board the bus and travel back to Bangalore. Bus Package to Tirupati from Bangalore ends around 8:00 PM when you reach Bangalore with the blessings of Lord Balaji Venkateshwar.
Note: These days they are running trail runs of electric bus to Tirumala hills. Hope this experiment is successful and helps in maintaining the pristine environment of the Tirumala Hills.Home » BLOG »