Monday, October 7, 2013

Where to stay in Tirupati: ISKCON Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Tired from the overnight train journey from Kannur to Tirupati via Chennai, it came as a huge relief when we finally cooled our heels and unpacked our luggage in the room of ISKCON Temple, Tirupati.

Entrance to  ISKCON Tirupati Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Entrance to ISKCON Temple in Tirupati

What added to our joy were the sights and the ambiance of the location that we were greeted to: Spacious complex alive and buzzing with the continuous chitter chatter of the devotees, vibrant with a constant hum of Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare and a kaleidoscope of bhaktas mingling all around: this was my second visit to the place and it was a delight to find everything just like I might have visited it only yesterday!

ISKCON Tirupati Temple overview, Andhra Pradesh
ISKCON Tirupati Temple carving, Andhra Pradesh
ISKCON Tirupati Temple architecture, Andhra Pradesh
ISKCON Tirupati Temple deity, Andhra Pradesh
Top view and Architecture of the temple

Spread in a sprawling complex, the temple is huge in size, ornate, magnificently carved and attracts a large number of devotees and pilgrims from far and wide. Within the complex is the ISKCON guest house which is clean and well looked after with spacious and comfortable rooms.

My room in ISKCON Tirupati Guest House, Andhra Pradesh
ISKCON Guest house room

ISKCON Tirupati Guest House view from window, Andhra Pradesh
View from the room

One of the salient features about this guest house which also distinguishes it from the many other ISKCON temples that I have been fortunate to visit so far is that it comes with a "special entry way" to the main temple. One can cross over from the guest house building directly into the temple through a small bridge on the first floor connecting the two, thus saving a lot of efforts as well as time.

ISKCON Tirupati Guest House way to temple, Andhra Pradesh
Special entry bridge: Connecting the guest house directly to the temple room

It is something that I have come to call the VIP entry over my stays there. It is something that I have appreciated right from the day I have known of it. Such proximity to the temple hall ensures soul soothing chants of the bhaktas at a close distance with the subtle vibrations of arti and prayers reaching you inside your guest room even at those times when you might be unable to reach them.

Peeping from a window - ISKCON Tirupati Temple, Andhra Pradesh
A glimpse of the temple deities from a distance

Besides the guest house, the temple complex houses a Gaushala (cow-shed) responsible for nurturing and looking after a large number of cows and oxens, animals that were very dear to Lord Krishna.

ISKCON Tirupati Temple Gaushala, Andhra Pradesh
ISKCON gaushala (cowshed)

A little away from the gaushala is an enclosure with a multitude of Tulsi pots called 'Tulsivanam' and the prasadam (food) hall serving divine food to the devotees.

ISKCON Tirupati Temple Tulsi Baug, Andhra Pradesh
The forest of Tulsi plants


Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir 
Hare Krishna Land, Hare Krishna Road 
Vinayaka Nagar, Tirupati - 517507
Andhra Pradesh. 

Contact Numbers: 0877-2230114, 2230009, 2231760 

Guest House Booking E-mail: /

Other Hotels in Tirupati:

For every traveler on the move, Tirupati offers a range of hotels that you can choose from depending on your budget and expenses. Search the internet to get the contact numbers (most of them even have their own websites) of these hotels.

It’s highly advisable to book your place of stay beforehand to avoid any inconveniences on reaching there. One of the most preferred place of stay is the TTD guest houses which are not only run by the Tirupati temple trust but also available over a wide range of prices which can easily be pre-booked online (here -> or offline as well.

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  1. A lovely place to stay in Tirupati, indeed, Arti!

  2. This temple looks very inviting - the guest rooms are so nice - and everything else as well!

  3. This is all very beautiful, and so luxurious looking.

  4. Oh, wow Arti! That sounds like such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed reading and look at the great pics:-) Wonderful!

  5. Truly beautiful. It must be very expensive to stay in such a place though.

  6. Wonderful!. The info is very useful. When I last visited, it was under construction.

  7. just i visit your web.....and also first time i heard inside of iskcon..guest house...availablity... tq for ur info...
    - Appaji

  8. We totally missed ISKCON in Tirupati, thanks for sharing. ISKCON guest houses are some of the best in any city, and I love the prasad they serve.

  9. Beautiful temple complex and pretty near rooms! I liked the cowshed so much… I have been to Tirupati four times!

  10. That's very informative Arti. I never knew that there's ISKCON inside Tirupati.
    BTW, you've been nominated in my blog for a photo contest. pls check.

  11. Seriously, this place is so amazing and charming. Loving the blue color :)

  12. wow!! a lovely place at Tirupathi . uve written so well.. thx. My FIL visits tirupati every yr, but he didnt knw abt it :(

  13. Visit Isckon temple is always great experience, lovely blue colour Arti, will write this place in my travel destination.

  14. What a lovely place to visit. Superb photos.

  15. Arti, Awesome post , Beautiful photos , Thanks for your post.

  16. wow! what a beautiful place to visit. thanks for sharing with us

  17. That view from the room is priceless.

  18. great pictures! makes you wanna pack up now and go

  19. Such a beautiful place and amazing photos of it.

  20. What a great architecture. The color of blue is unique for us.

  21. wow!! what a wonderful architecture of temple and beautiful photos . It's really nice blog .

  22. Your beautiful and informative post brings back memories of my visit to this colorful place..Is the accommodation available for non members too?

  23. that is such a beautiful place to stay, love the architectural design, so intricate.

  24. Thank you for once again broadening my horizons. Though I'd love to visit here in person someday my virtual travels with you are wonderful.

  25. ISKCON temples are beautiful in every city and what's better to stay in their accommodation. Lovely pictures.

  26. You’re making us want to visit! Our family has traveled most of the India…. but not the Tirupati!

  27. Lovely post on the ISKCON temple. Such beauty and magnificence. Will certainly stay here next tiem to avail the VIP entry status :)

  28. That guest room looks so neat; looks like the perfect place to stay on a trip like this.
    Nice to know about the gaushalas and the Tulsi Vanam. :)

  29. Looked like a wonderful place. So many details in the building and nice area to walk around.

  30. It is just for ISKON Members only.....ISKON Membership 25K !!!

  31. thirupati - Rdaha govinda astasakhi girigovardan lotus temple
    one of my lovable places in the world
    such a beautiful place in the world
    lord radha govinda along with sakhis residing there .


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