It has been a week since my last post and couldn’t resist from posting this update. I am in the middle of a short vacation, left Bangalore on Sunday morning. Here is a snapshot of all the happenings at my end:
- Drove through heavy rain on national highway # 4 for the first time!
- Took the pedestrian path covering 3550 steps spread over 9 kms to get to the Tirumala hilltop of lord Venkateshwara from Tirupati.
- It was a good test for my physical fitness :). Thanks to my regular work outs… it wasn’t that difficult.
- Had the fastest Darshan of the God without having to spend too much of time in Queues!
- Now back in the village where I was born and enjoying the vacation.
- Exploring the options to extend my ‘Grand New Start‘! Hope to complete phase 1 of this new initiative by this weekend.
- Plucked few groundnut plants and extracted the raw groundnuts! Of course.. enjoyed eating them out too 🙂
- Enjoying the fresh oxygen, though sweating out a lot in the fields.
More details to follow as and when time permits. Reliance Netconnect (Broadband+) is helping me out to stay connected!
Dr.Sarasa Muthu says
Your write up about Thirumala by foot was very explanatory.I have been meaning to do it and every time I take our KSTDC volvo coach.
This time I would like to do it
Can you also recommend any hotels down to have a bath and proceed early in the morning ?
I had done mount Kailas trekking 2 yrs ago..But here its all steps as you describe.
God willing I hope to do it with my arthretic kness
Dr.( Mrs)Sarasa Muthu
Dear Dr Sarasa, thanks for your encouraging comments. There are many good hotels in downtown Tirupati. To name a few are – Vishnupriya, Bhimas, Sindhuri, Ramee, Vihas.
Good morning Sir,
Please let me know, whether the pedestrians are allowed to walk to the Tirumala temple during night i.e., from 9.00 pm onwards, because we are going to tirupati nex month second week from Bangalore through train at 1.20pm and will reach Tirupathi at around 8pm and we intend to have darshan by walk in the night itself. I was told that there is no darshan during night, however, I hope we will be allowed to walk atleast and have darshan in the next day. Will you please reply.
Hi Geetha, I have written a separate article on taking pedestrian path to reach tirumala. Go through that article. I am sure that will help you to plan better.
You walked all the way up! Wow! That must be some trek – I want to do that – sometime – if I ever get that fit 🙂
This is pretty easy kind of trek compared to my other ones :). My two little nephews of age 8 & 5yrs were able to walk with ease… believe me, it wouldn’t be tough for you… just that it needs a bit of positive thinking to get through!
Ashwathy Nair says
Have a great vacation, Mohan!! Your post reminds me of my Tirupati trip ( almost fifteen years ago ) Take care and have a safe trip!
Ash! my vacation has ended and I was @ office today… holidays always seem to pass by way too fast!
Shrinidhi Hande says
Shrinidhi Hande says
blog roll section removed?
While doing the theme change, I had an issue with code for my previous theme. Since then it is missing. Will bring it back soon 🙂
Thanks for informing, even I had forgotten about it!
Have fun 🙂 ..and o yeah, we need pics.
Sure, I will post them soon 🙂
Coooool!!! I never saw raw groundnuts!
Enjoy Madi 🙂
Hi Neilina, I would be more than happy to post few pics of groundnut plant. Let me transfer the pics from my cam to mac and then I shall include a link to those here 🙂
Thanks for dropping by… look forward to see you more often!
Enjoy, n good luck for your initiative.
N of course I was just wondering about the same, good dat u updated.
deepak Shenoy says
Looks like a great break from the concrete jungle…
Yes deepak, it is a kind of routine for me every year to break away from city life 🙂
Enjoy your vacation Mohan !!
Tirupati the pedestrian way.. Wow. You must be fit not to mention very devoted.
Waiting for a longer detailed post..
Thanks dear! I feel that is a way of life, there has to be a bit of spirituality in everyone. Yup, i am planning for a separate post with all the details to make it easier for those pilgrims who wish to take the pedestrian way.
🙂 Enjoying I can see.. U’ve been tagged and awarded..
Yahoo! Awards galore… Looks like I need to create a separate page for all the awards my blog has got so far!
enjoy my friend!!have fun!!
and woohoo for reliance netconnect broadband!!we need a full review from you!!!
Thanks Shraddha.. sure, you will see a review on reliance net connect soon 🙂