Mani is a small village in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. The nearest major urban agglomerations are Udaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer at 162 km, 116 km and 160 km respectively. Those willing to explore havelis, traditional food, temples as well as the rural landscape of Rajasthan can visit this place. People travelling from Jodhpur to Udaipur can also stop by at this place.
Places to Stay
One will have to travel to Jodhpur looking for accommodation, as it is the best place to put up for the night. Some of the places worth a try are Royale Plazo Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Haveli Jodhpur (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Govind Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Priya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The village does not have places of tourist attraction. The city of Jodhpur however will not disappoint you. Some of the places which are worth exploring are Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, the Clock Tower known as Ghanta Ghar, Masooria Hills, Bhim Bhirak Cave, Sardar Samand Lake and Palace and others.
The nearest airport is the Jodhpur Airport at a distance of 111 km.
The nearest railway station is the Jodhpur Railway Station at a distance of 115 km.
State transport buses connecting the area to various other parts of the state are the main means of transport here. Buses to the area are available from Jodhpur, Udaipur as well as Ajmer. Bus ticket online booking has caught up with travelers across the country.
Tirupati, a world famous temple city, well known for its Balaji Darshan all over the world is situated in Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for its Venkateswara Swamy Temple, which is 20 km on Tirumala hills. This temple is one of the richest in the world. Neighbouring cities are Renigunta and Puttur.
Budget Hotels in Tirupathi
Some good budget hotels in Tirupati are 7 Hills Inn (Tariff – Rs.496), Annapurna Residency (Tariff – Rs.516), and Hotel Bhimas Paradise (Tariff – Rs.975).
Telugu is widely spoken in Tirupati.
Events in Tirupathi
As Tirupati is a central pilgrimage destination, there are many events and festivals held regularly. Millions of people throng to get blessings of Lord Venkateswara. Rathasapthami is celebrated in February, Vasanthotsavam in March-April and Brahmotsavam is held in September.
Places to See in Tirupathi
Tirupati itself is world famous for its temples. The other places of interest around Tirupati are Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple (situated within Tirupati Balaji Temple), Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple (12 km), and Chandragiri (11 km).
How to Get There
The airport is situated 16 km away from Tirupati.
The railway station is centrally located and connects Tirupati to different areas. There are also special services offered to devotees to visit Tirupati from all over India.
Many state-run and private buses offer special package trips to Tirupati from all over India throughout the year. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.