Packaged pilgrimage

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (APTDC) is now offering a package tour for people wanting to visit the Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala, Tirupathi. The trip from Mangalore to Tirumala and back is by Volvo coach and is being offered on all days of the week except Saturday. Mangalore is the fourth city in Karnataka after Bangalore, Tumkur and Bellary to get the package tour.

Devotees taking up this offer get a VIP darshan with a wait of 90 minutes, and also get two laddus each. APTDC has tied up with Durgamba Travels at Milagres Building for bookings. The cost is Rs. 1,550 for adults and Rs. 1,240 for children aged between five and 12 years. It includes transportation costs, accommodation, darshan and prasadam. The Volvo coach is operated by APTDC and leaves Mangalore at 1 p.m. The journey time is about 12 hours. For more details and bookings, call Durgamba Travels on 2420303, 2448471 or 2412448.

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