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Monday, March 23, 2015

Vishnu Nivasam - Tirupati

From the Railway Station we walked across to Vishnu Nivasam a massive and magnificent TTD Guest House.It is possible to do e-booking of rooms here, provided you have already e-booked for darshan at Tirumala.However quota for e-booking of rooms is very limited hence we had to request a local person to come personally and do the booking. Vishnu Nivasam offers a choice of non-a/c room @ Rs.300, a/c room @ Rs.800 and deluxe rooms @ Rs.1500. We had opted for a/c room. The room is neat and clean provided with 2 beds with fresh linen,2 single sofas, a one ton split a/c,attached bathroom with a hot water geyser but no provision of towels,soap or shampoo/conditioner or TV. Drinking alcohol,smoking and consuming non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited and their are sign boards all over the complex in every floor proclaiming this.
Since Tirupati is a high security risk zone, there is strict security check when you enter Vishnu Nivasam.Your baggage is screened and pilgrims are subjected to a body search.There is a huge expansive hall on the ground floor. On one side are the rooms booking and allotment counter. As and when rooms are vacated by pilgrims a sign board displays a room vacancy chart. Vacant rooms are allotted to those who are physically present and standing in queue.Generally you find there is a large influx of pilgrims coming into the complex in a continuous stream, many of them not needing a room, but only some shelter for a short period of time, before they proceed with their onward journey. The ground floor was teeming with such transit pilgrims and common toilets and bath areas are provided for their convenience.
There is also a canteen (Govindam) run by IRCTC on the ground floor whereas there is a TTD dining hall on the second floor providing free meals for pilgrims - morning afternoon and night. Apart from this free medical facility is provided to pilgrims who are sick or indisposed.There is a cloak room facility where you can deposit you baggage for safe keeping. They also provide an amazingly unbelievable facility for pilgrims proceeding uphill on foot. They collect your baggage at the complex and then deliver the same to you at Tirumala after a specified time.
The complex has 6 floors with 2 lifts operating throughout the day with pleasant faced and courteous lift men some of them physically challenged,performing their duties tirelessly.Each floor has close to 100 rooms and a total capacity of 600 rooms. Rooms are allotted for minimum two persons only. However there is no limitation on the number of persons staying in a room.Single persons will not be allotted a room though.Each floor has huge corridors which are frequently swept clean and maintained in sparkling condition.The corridors are designed in such a manner that they are well ventilated and receive plenty of natural lighting. Each floor is provided with fire extinguishers and sand buckets at strategic locations and also garbage bins for litter collection.
From our 6th floor corridor we had a vantage view point of the magnificent gopuram of the Govindaswamy Temple as well as the Lotus Tank. APRTC buses ply frequently from Tirupati to Tirumala and you have a bus leaving almost every 10 minutes or so. A one way ticket costs you Rs.45 adult/Rs.23 children while a return ticket costs Rs.82. You can board the bus right outside the entrance gate of this complex.
On the whole a very impressive complex with superb facilities for pilgrims - probably unparalleled anywhere else in India.
Complex entrance where baggage screening and security check take place
Another view of the classy and  magnificent complex
Pilgrims rest and relaxation area
IRCTC's Food Court
Sparkling well illuminated well maintained corridors
View of the Gopuram and water tank of Govindarajaswamy Temple
Bus Ready to depart fro Tirumala

34 comments:

  1. I want to go there for a long long time. May be, next time when I am in India. Beautiful pictures and thanks for that information Sir.

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    1. Yes you must do that Saru. A visit to South India is not complete unless you visit Tirupati & Tirumala !

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  2. Sincere appreciation for taking time out to pen down and post. Very informative indeed!

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  3. I have visited this temple so many times, but had not noticed this food court! Yes, it is clean everywhere with so many pigrims' visit. Even toilets are mostly clean. We have to appreciate the govt. for that.

    Thanks for the lovely photographs!

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  4. Wonderfully informative post. The view of the Gopuram is great.

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  5. Beautiful photos and information, Ram. Love the Goburam.
    I have personally never been to Tirupathi, but been to some other Temples in Southern India.
    Who stole the "A" in TATA? :)
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

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  7. Great information! Vishnu Niwas has to be grand! Just curious to know- are singles allowed here?

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  8. This is so huge and classy. Good information in detail. Haven't stayed at Tirupati, we always stay at Tirumala.

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  9. There are dormitories for singles I think. Don't know if safe for ladies.

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  10. lovely pics! What a well managed temple and looks clean as well. the building seems like that of some MNC! wow :D

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  11. Superb compilation, Rama ! Had been there long ago and things have changed a lot since then!

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  12. I would say a very huge transformation in Tirupati !

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  13. That looks like a fantastic place to stay. Great info and views!

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  14. Thanks Ramakrishnan for a very informative post..

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  15. Great information packed post! The place looks grand and neat!

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  16. Thanks for sharing the information and sharing the pictures...

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  18. can family of four members stay in a room? I want to book room @Rs. 500.

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  19. Thanks for giving wonderful info...nice post..last year i have been there.really beautiful places.

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  20. Hai.. Can 4 adults sleep comfortably in one room? 800 Rs. Room for example. Please let me know asap. Thanks. Hare Shreenivaasa.

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

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