The airport in the holy city of Tirupati, home of Lord Venkateshvara, can now be reached from Bengaluru by helicopter. This news comes at a great time when spiritual tourism is witnessing an upswing.
While Tirupati is only four hours away from Bengaluru by road, this is a great opportunity for many senior citizens who may be more comfortable cutting the journey short. With this new initiative, you can book a same-day return helicopter service from Bengaluru, available on an "on-demand" basis at NR 3,50,000GST. At one time, up to only five guests are allowed&ndashif you are travelling alone or with just one another member, you can also crowdsource more people to tag along on the journey.
There are fixed timings of departure from both Bengaluru and Tirupati. The journey from Bangalore airport will start in the morning between 915 and 930 am from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Airport, while the return flights will be in the evening between 400 and 415 pm.
While BLADE India has made its presence known in Karnataka with intercity rides and to nearby vacation destinations, such as Kabini and Coorg, Tirupati is the first pilgrimage spot on their radar. Speaking about the launch, Mr Amit Dutta, Managing Director of BLADE India, said, "Pilgrimage in India presents itself as a transformative odyssey, but it remains fraught with accessibility challenges, particularly for the elderly. Among the cherished destinations, Tirupati stands as a beacon of devotion. Keeping this in mind, BLADE India endeavours to improve connectivity to this spiritual destination to connect popular destinations which are otherwise not accessible or well connected. We are delighted that the customary Tirupati darshan, encompassing two full days of travel, finds respite with BLADE India. Pilgrims can now traverse the same celestial journey, returning to the city on the day, unravelling a tapestry of convenience, swiftness, and timeless efficacy."
Must-See In Tirupati
Tirupati is a sought-after destination for all types of tourists. Steeped in rich culture and brought to life with reverberating chants, fragrance of mogra mixed with incense and fascinating tales, there's so much for travellers to do in Tirupati. Here's everything you must do
Visit Tirumala Temple
This temple is Tirupati's most famous and revered temple, dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. Devotees from all over the world come here to seek blessings. Plan your visit, as the temple can get crowded.
Explore Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara. It is located in Tiruchanur, about 5 km from Tirupati. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and tranquil surroundings.
Hike to Tirumala Hills
If you enjoy trekking, you can embark on a scenic hike to the Tirumala Hills, where the Tirumala Temple is situated. The journey takes approximately three hours, and you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and forests.
Explore Chandragiri Fort
Located around 11 km from Tirupati, Chandragiri Fort is a historical monument with a rich heritage. It was built in the 11th century and offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The fort has beautiful palaces, temples, and a museum showcasing artefacts from the Vijayanagara Empire.
Relax at Silathoranam
Situated within the Tirumala Hills, Silathoranam is a natural rock formation that resembles the hood of a serpent. It is a picturesque spot and a popular photo opportunity for visitors.
Take a dip in Akasa Ganga
Located on the Tirumala Hills, Akasa Ganga is a sacred waterfall. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed to be where Lord Venkateswara washed his hair. Many pilgrims take a bath in its waters before visiting the temple.