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Tours - Tirupati Weekend Tour


Day 01: Bangalore – Tirupati

Morning meet with our representative and drive for Tirupati via K R Puram, Hoskote, Kolar, Mulbagal, Palamaner and Chitoor. Upon reaching at the pilgrimage city of Tirupati transfer to the hotel. The city is dedicated to the Lord Venkateswara and the famous Temple of the Lord Venkateswara is located about 20 km north west of the town in the Tirumala hills. The Temple is located at an elevation of 853 mt. Tirupati is among the most important pilgrimage centers in the World, the Temple draws millions of pilgrims and is the busiest pilgrimage center in India and world. This holy city has several temples and is a major economic and educational hub in the southern region of the state Tamilnadu.

Lord Vishnu is worshiped in the Temple as per Vaikhanasa traditions. The ancient texts of the sage Marichi state that Lord Vishnu here should be worshipped six times a day.

1-UshaKala Aradhana — worship should start and finish before sunrise. 2- Prathakala Aradhana — worship should start after sunrise and finish before noon. 3- Madhyanika Aradhana — worship should start and finish at noon. 4- Aparahana Aradhana — worship should start when the sun starts to descend. 5-SandhyaKala Aradhana — worship should start and finish around the sunset. 6- Ardharatri Aradhana — worship should start after the horizon is completely dark.

After fresh-n-up one can participate in the evening visit pooja darshan at Balaji Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Tirupati

An early morning participate in the morning aarti darshan visiting seegra darshan at the Temple, after darshan we will visit the Tiruchanur Temple, which is the abode of Shri Padmavathi who was the consort of Lord Balaji. Later proceed to visit Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple at Srinivasa Mangapuram also visit Kapila Theertham, a Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with beautiful waterfalls in the background. 
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Tirupati – Bangalore

After breakfast leave for Bangalore.

End of the services.

The city of Bangalore has quite an interesting history attached to it. Right from its name to its becoming the IT Capital of India, each stage in the history of Bangalore is worth mentioning. Read on to know more about the history of Bengalooru, India.

Naming of Bangalore
There are numerous versions related to the naming of the city as 'Bangalore'. As per the information available in the Gazetteer of India, the term 'Bangalore' is an anglicized version of "Bengalooru," a Kannad term. The word Bengalooru was in turn derived from the phrase 'bende kaalu ooru', meaning 'the town of boiled beans'. There is story behind naming the city as the 'town of boiled beans'. 

It is said that King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty once got lost in the jungle and was very tired and hungry. In the jungle, he came across a poor and old woman, who offered him some boiled beans. As an expression of his gratitude towards the woman, the King named the place as 'bende kaalu ooru'. However, there are other historical evidences that reveal that the name 'Bengalooru' was recorded much before the reign of King Ballala. 

The Time of Kempe Gowda
Kempe Gowda, known as the founder of Bangalore, played a very important in the shaping of the city. A feudal lord himself, he used to serve under the Vijayanagara Kings. A hunting enthusiast, Kempe Gowda once saw his dog being chased by a hare. Amused as well as impressed up this incident, he started calling Bangalore as 'Gandu bhoomi' (heroic place). He, with the help of King Achutaraya, built a mud fort in Bangalore and inside it founded the towns of Balepet, Cottonpet, and Chickpet. Later, his son got the four watchtowers erected on the boundaries of the city, visible even today. 

Reign of the Sultans, Marathas and British
In the year 1638, the Vijayanagara Empire fell to the Sultan of Bijapur, Mohammed Adil Shah. For the next sixty years, the city was under the rule of the Sultans. Thereafter, Mughals took over the city. However, their rule did not last too long and in 1687, they sold the kingdom to King Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar of Mysore. He got another fort built in Bangalore, to the south of the one built by Kempe Gowda. Hyder Ali received Bangalore in the form of jagir in 1759, from Krishna Raja Wodeyar II. He converted the city into an army town. 

In the year 1799, when Tipu Sultan died, the British returned the kingdom back to Krishna Raja Wodeyar III. However, the British again took over the kingdom in 1831, citing misrule by Krishna raja Wodeyar III as the reason. It was under the British rule that Bangalore started developing into a modern city, with all the contemporary facilities like railways, telegraphs, post and telegraph, etc. The city was again given back to the Wodeyars in 1881. However, since the British Commissioners were based in Bangalore, its development into a contemporary city continued unabated. 

After India gained independence in the year 1947, Bangalore became the capital of Karnataka. From then onwards, the city has witnessed large-scale development and has grown in leaps and bounds. 

IT Capital of India
The introduction of information technology in Bangalore, somewhere around the year 2000, led to the development of the city as the IT Capital of India. Today, it has become the hub of IT professionals in India. There are numerous other names given to Bangalore, like 'India's Silicon Valley', 'The Fashion Capital of India', 'The Pub City of India', etc. 

Re-naming as Bengalooru...

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