Tirupati Travel Guide

Tirupati City is located in the southeastern part of Andhra Pradesh and is known as the abode of the Hindu god Venkateshvara, the Lord of Seven Hills.It lies about 152-km northwest of Chennai in the Palkonda Hills. Tirupati is known as the abode of the Hindu god Venkateshvara (also spelt as 'Venkatesvara'), "Lord of Seven Hills". About10-km northwest of Tirupati, at an elevation of 750m, is the sacred hill of Tirumala, which was considered very holy. One of the most important pilgrimage centers in India,the temple draws millions of pilgrims and is believed to be the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world.Tirupati is a city in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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The spices mostly used in the city includes Chili, Cardamom, Curry leaves, Black Pepper, Mustard Seeds, Peanuts, Coconut, Coconut Milk, Tomato, Tamarind, Ginger, etc. Rice is the main food item served in South India. The dishes served in this area include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Non vegetarian dishes are proh To enjoy the city with its hot and humid weather try the beverages prepared using curd and mouth watering flavors. Lip smacking Mango Lassi, Badam Milk and Masala paal are rich and creamy and worth trying at least once. These cool beverages will definitely help you resist the heat of spicy food and weather. The city has many restaurants and stalls that serve both authentic South Indian meal and Multi cuisine dishes.

Tirupati is also famous for handicrafts like Woodcarving and Kalamkari, special Whitewood toys are also available here. Traditional Tanjore style Gold leaf Paintings which are done at Madanapalli town are also popular and available in shopping outlets in Tirupati. These paintings have mythological themes as motifs.Some of the areas famous for shopping in Tirupati are the Bazaar Street in Chandragiri where there are shops like the Mohan General Stores, Shri Lakshmi general Stores and Omkar Stores. For beautiful handicraft materials, you can visit the Lepakshi Emporium which has an outlet located near the TTD Central reception Office.

Tirupati is a well known pilgrimage destination, so, you cannot really expect a lively nightlife in the city. However, few hotels have bars where you can relish a drink or two.Not very good with cocktails but a decent place to have both soft and hard drinks. The place is nicely decorated and the crowd that arrives here are usually lively and enthusiastic. The food that is served here is also quite delicious.This is another great nightlife option in this temple town. The place usually gets crowded by both locals and tourists, so, it is better to check for space before entry. The bar offers an assortment of different kinds of foreign liquors both hard and soft. It is a nice place to hang out with your friends.

Take a water bottle and some snacks if you are OK, to the waiting halls where in the pilgrims are made to wait before the long unwinded journey to the Darshan of the Lord. It may take an hour to few hours depending on the rush. But TTD does provide, water, milk, and some prasadams absolutely free. But then its a real melee out there. If you can train your sense to be subdued you would really be able to conquer your city bred niceties and expectations and quell the urge to admonish the unruly near uncouth behaviour of the most colorful chaos that I feel at times should have been avoidable experience.

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