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AP Tourism Package Tour - Bangalore to Tirupathi

The Tirupati-Tirumala Devasthanams is one of the richest and busiest Hindu sites of pilgrimage in the world. Although I am not a very religious person, I always cherished the desire to visit this holy place. There is a rhetoric which goes that one cannot meet the lord unless he decides to let you see him. This was very true in my case. I had planned multiple times to visit the temple over the past two years, but it never happened. I was a bit too anxious about the crowd there, and hence thought it would be safer to make the first foray through a package tour. Now came the question - Which package? There were lots of operators providing package tours from Bangalore. After reviewing a lot of information on the Internet, I decided to stick to a government operator. Now came another confusion - Karnataka Tourism or Andhra Pradesh Tourism? Some posts on the internet claimed that AP Tourism had better clout and hence they'd be better. From a Bus fan's perspective the decision was ev

In a train after a very long time..

Of late, the thoughts that comes to my mind when I consider traveling by train are stinking toilets, endless waits at the railway station, unclean seats and roaches running all-over. My last few train rides were not memorable by any yardstick. The last ride (in March this year), had me getting off the train red-eyed - the flat wheel, plus some odd sounds coming from the wheelset, and a horrible delay had all put me off. I had to book on a train once again because my parents were accompanying me, and there were no other comfortable (and feasible) alternatives. This was a 4 hour journey within Kerala. The train chosen this time was Ernad Express, which runs from Nagercoil to Mangalore, and I was to travel from Thrissur to Kannur. Second Sitting was never an option, and hence AC Chair Car was chosen. The D-Day: June 21, 2014 Like before any journey, I hardly slept that night. It was raining fairly well in my hometown. I woke up well on time. The four-wheeled Autorickshaw - a TATA Mag