Important Tips for People Walking from Thrupati to Thirumala – Alapiri for Divyadarisnam
Want to walk your way from Thirupathi to Thirumala where you can have a divyadarisanam of Lord Venkatachalapathi, the king of seven hills….
These tips have been gathered from experience and will be useful to those who walk the footpath ( Alipiri footpath) from Thirupati to Thirumala.
1. Try to book yourself in hotels which are very near to the Alipiri footpath entrance. Affordable hotels are available at around Rs.750 per day with decent double bed room with TV and AC. The nearer you book your hotel to Alipiri footpath entrance, then the better are your chances of starting your walk right from your hotel up the stairs of the footpath.
2. Shops just at the entrance of Alipiri sell coconuts and camphor as it is a popular belief that the divine footpath journey has to start after the auspicious offering of the coconut. Special platform for coconut breaking has been kept at the entrance of the footpath where devotees can offer coconuts.
3. As you start your journey along the Alipiri footpath, do not strain yourself in the initial steps itself. Climb the steps at a steady pace. There are 3550 steps in all. So, better preserve your energy.
4. Refresh yourself by taking liquids like water, juice, cool drinks at the shops present intermittently as the body fluids are lost due to excessive sweating if you are not used to climbing stairs for a long time. This will help in preventing you getting tired, fainting or nausea.
5. As you walk along, do take your time to enjoy the wildlife scenery around. There are some very wonderful flowers, a deer park and you could also sight a few monkeys and rare birds on both sides.
6. Preferably, start your walk at around early morning ( 4 AM or so) so that you can avoid the midday sun since the walk up to Thirumala will take atleast around 3 to 4 hours. This way, you will reach Thirumala by 9 AM .
7. Please ensure that you collect the Biometric token at around the middle of the footpath ( Big boards are kept for this purpose). There, they will photograph you and issue a biometric pass which will be verified after you enter Thirumala and Divyadarisanam pass will only be given after verification of this biometric pass.
8. If you wish to walk without footwear, it is good. However, be prepared to walk on hot roads, hot steps and over rocks along the footpath. For those who walk with their footwear, there are free footwear collection counters at Thirumala.
9. Once you reach Thirumala, there is “Madahavam” rest house where you can refresh yourself. A free bus service has also been arranged to take you from the Thirumala entrance to the Darsanam queue entrance.
10. Please ensure that you leave your mobile / luggage at specific collection counters before entering the queue. These are checked by security and even if you inadvertently take your mobile inside, then you will be sent out if detected.
11. Divyadarisanam is a special darisanam offered to those who have chosen to walk from Thirupathi to Thirumala and this takes less time when compared to even Rs.300 ticket. Maybe you may have to wait for around two hours at the waiting room. That is all.
Lord Venkateshwara or Lord Venkatachalapathi offers his Divyadarisanam in all glory making you forget all the travails that you underwent as you walked up the footpath from Thirupathi to Thirumala.
When you return from Thirumala to Thirupatha , you can make use of the jeeps that ply from uphill to downhill. They charge around Rs.40 per person.