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... from some of those payees claiming that the actual permit is only around INR 700 but once again I do not know how far this is true but what I know is that there is no receipt's issued for this 'State' payment.
Having cleared that, it was another 30 minutes to Tirupati town. The town had not changed much since my last visit. In fact, it looked very much the same to me. The first thing that I would need to sort would be the hotel. I ...
... complex from the distance after we got back to the Jeeps. On the other hand, Tirumala is one of rather few temples where non-Hindus are allowed into the inner sanctuary where the idols are kept. After taking off our shoes and paying for darshan (devotional visit) we sat in one of the cage areas for a while until we were able to join one of the queues snaking through fences and waiting in the crowd.
Apparently it wasn't a particularly busy day and it ...
... outside the temple and actually had a bit of personal space, no longer having to be corralled through passages. Moving on to get outside of the courtyard we had one more line to endure which was to get a free sweet. It looked like rice pudding and for those that know me know I politely declined. But I did try some ladu (formed into a ball and made with gram flour and Semolina with nuts and spices) that our guide bought outside the temple. It was very sweet ...
When we arrived in the city of Tirupati, we didn't really know what there was to see here. We soon were informed that we were about to visit one of the most important Hindu temples in India. A place of pilgrimage, we were headed to the popular Sri Tirumala Temple. But we really didn’t know what we were in for.
Our tour group jumped in taxis and headed to the temple. Driving up a mountain that takes at least four hours to hike up, we finally arrived ...
... or just about anything else. We skipped that one. Putting Daniel there could seriously damage our finances!
The indians were very moved by being in the godly presence and the man in front of us told us he had made the pilgrimage more then 150 times but that is should be more. Wow, talk about pious.
Then it was of to Chennai for the last two nights in India. They were very... memorable. Our first room was OK until we ...