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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tirupati to Tirumala drive

Tirupati is the town located at the base of Tirumala or Seven Hills which is the abode of Lord Venkateswara or Venkatachalapathi or Balaji as he is known in North India. We left the TTD Guest House Vishnu Nivasam - Tirupati  at 6.00 am. We embarked in a Toyota Innova seven seater station wagon.In a short while we reached the Sapthagiri check post which is the entry point to the ghat road for Tirumala. Pilgrims are asked to disembark while the car undergoes a thorough check. Baggage undergoes screening and pilgrims subjected to body check. Vehicles have a pay a toll fee depending on the classification of the vehicle. The fee receipt is computer issued and reflects the Registration number of the vehicle and the time of departure. To avoid over speeding and rash driving vehicles are timed when they report to Tirumala check post. If they have clocked in before 28 minutes the drivers are penalized and the vehicle confiscated. Such a rule has a sobering effect on all drivers and they make sure that do not complete the 15 Kms ascent up the ghat road in less than 28 minutes. A most brilliant and innovative rule. The drive was cool comfortable and picturesque.  Once we reached Tirumala we drove straight to "Sarangi" restaurant for break fast of idli/vada/dosa and coffee.All picture credits to Samsung Galaxy Smartphone :)
Clicked at 6.am at Vishnu Nivasam before departure for Tirumala - wife and son in the middle flanked by my friend and his wife. Yours truly was clicking the picture.
Sunrise at Tirupati
Sapthagiri Checkpost
One must be careful to carry sufficient fuel in the tank
Massive well equipped and fully computerized check post
Toll Rates
View of Sapthagiri Hills from Checkpost
Breakfast point

48 comments:

  1. Love to see pictures of your beautiful and fantastic country!
    Thanks for sharing the photo of you and your beautiful family.

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    1. Thank you Sonia. My wife and son are in the middle. On either side are my friend and his wife. I am in the picture as I was busy clicking. Maybe I should have taken a selfie :)

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    2. Good morning Ram!
      Thank you! I would love to see your selfie! :)
      Hope you all have a lovely week.

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  2. I was not aware of the useful and well thought out rule to ensure safe driving up the hill.The pictures are very nice and the sight of Saarangi hotel made me drool.

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    1. Frankly breakfast at Sarangi was not upto standards. I would not recommend this place.Plus it is very expensive and service is poor.

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  3. What an interesting place: full body check, speed limits and no petrol available anywhere in the area. Great captures by a Samsung Galaxy I have to say.

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  4. 'If they have clocked in before 28 minutes the drivers are penalized and the vehicle confiscated.' I didn't know this information. Thank you!

    I have visited Tirupathi many times but never felt like describing the trip or the places. I did once about some pooja. Interesting!

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    1. This rule has completely eliminated fast and rash driving.It was a very pleasant experience with no buses or cars honking behind you in an effort to overtake.

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  5. the breakfast place looks nicee!
    'zeep' lol! :)

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    1. i am crazy abt South Indian food and having vadaas in the bf makes my dayyy! :D

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    2. In Chennai-Saravana Bhavan & in Coimbatore-Annapoorna serve excellent idlis vadas & dosas :) Which city do you live !

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    3. That's nice!! In Delhi NCR and in North India, South Indian food is expensive like Rs 100 to Rs120 for a Masala Dosa and Rs 80+ for two Vadas with sambhar ( in a good restaurant)

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    4. Here in South it would cost half & also taste better than in Delhi.

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    5. yes true! that's why i really wish to visit the magical South India at least once in life :)

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  6. Beautiful pictures Ram . I love road trips and it was nice to see the lovely scenery virtually through your post. You have a lovely family too :)

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    1. Thank you Pallavi.Watching the baby growing must be fun and full of joy !

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  7. Blessings and namaste...
    as usual thank you for sharing.

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  8. Ram,
    Very nice views of the temple!
    I love the name Saarangi.
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

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  9. Wow! that's a serious security check. Great. And I'm impressed that they go through all that trouble to make sure there is no over speeding.
    Sapthagiri's red rocks are so inviting. :)

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  10. That sounds so good for a comfort, peace and safe driving on the hills! Nice photos from your trip. Love the sun rising over the mountains

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  11. familiar scenes. Pictures says all. thanks .

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  12. Looks like a very nice trip Ram - thanks for sharing glimpses of the beautiful temple and surroundings with us! And the sky - so blue! Here in germany, we just have small signs of spring now! Cheers to a lovely weekend!

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  13. It is long since I have been there.
    Great pics.

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  14. I love the ornate architecture of the check post, and the red hills beyond remind me of Utah.

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  15. Lovely photos. I fully agree., We went to Tirumala and enjoyed buffet lunch at the same restaurant. very neat and elegant.

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  16. Tirupati is indeed the most spiritual destination of the south, it is wonderful to know you enjoyed it

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  17. Very nice post. We visited Tirupati last Month. Everything in Tirumala is divine.

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