Trip to Tirupati and Channai.
Tirumala’s Venkatesawara temple is one of the most important, most visited and richest pilgrimage sites in India. The main temple dedicated to Lord Venkatesawara, a form of the Hindu god Vishnu, is located on the Tirumala Hill. There’s generally a long queue, followed by a quick darshan of the black stone idol, who adorns a heavy gold crown encrusted with diamonds and the world’s largest emerald. Don’t forget to sample the famous patented Tirupati laddoo, which is given as prasadam after the darshan. Devotees also get their heads tonsured here. There is also a cluster of temples for allied deities near Tirupati. Just 140 kms out of Chennai, frequent buses make the journey easy.
The 4 largest city in India, and the commercial soul of South India, Chennai is one of India’s safest cities, and was recently included in BBC’s list of Top 52 countries to live in. It is said to be a city full of old tales and modern trails. I had high expectations of the colourful city, and it sure didn’t disappoint.