TAMIL NADU

Package tours for Tirumala devotees

CHENNAI OCT. 31. For the convenience of devotees, waiting for a darshan of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala after getting "sudarshan tokens", the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has come up with a "Divyakshetra Darshini - package tour".

By buying a Rs. 210 ticket, a devotee can visit six temples — Kapilatheertham, Srinivasamangalpuram, Kanipakkam, Tiruchanur, Sri Kalahasti and Tirumala. The first bus would depart from the link bus station (LBS) at 9 a.m. and reach Tirumala at 8 p.m.; another bus would leave the LBS at 10 a.m. and reach Tirumala at 9 p.m. Advance reservation facility is available at LBS, TTD first choultry (APSRTC counter), Alipiri Balaji Bus Station and Padmavathi Bus Station (TTD third choultry). Tirumala-Tirupati return journey tickets (Rs. 20) are also available with the conductor, the corporation said in a press release.

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