People who had issues making plans to the famed Tirumala temple can now rely on the newly-designed Balaji Darshan tour package rolled out by the AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). “This new package has been designed in a way that would enable the visitors to not only have darshan of the Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala, but also the Srinivasa Mangapuram, Tiruchanur and Srikalahasti temples, all in a single day,” said APTDC Managing Director K. Dhanunjay Reddy.
Mr. Reddy said the new tour package would roll out on Saturday, the Ugadi day. Starting from Vijayawada at 10 p.m., the visitors would return to the city in the early hours (5 a.m.) of the third day. For elders, the package will cost ₹3,775 per head and for children, ₹3,000.
The Central Reservation Office of the APTDC opposite Sub-Collector’s office will be the main pick-up point. The bus will start at the Tourism office in Autonagar and reach the central reservation office, picking up passengers en route at Benz Circle, Labbipet and a few other important junctions.
The package includes ‘darshan’ and quality food, including snacks, lunch and dinner at Srikalahasti.
Mr. Reddy claimed good response to the online ticket-booking which had started on an encouraging note. He said AC buses were being used for the programme and passengers’ security was paramount for the corporation. Initially, the tour would be operated every alternate day but depending on the demand, it would be made daily in future, he said.
More details are available on the department website and at the central reservation offices. People can also call toll-free number 1800425454 for more details.