hi im planning to travel to thirupathi in jan 2013 with my 3 kids. firstly im confused abt thirupathi. when i google up abt it it also shows thirumalai. is thirupathi and thirumal the same.
im planning to stay at chennai for 4-5 days and travel to thirupathi and come back within 1 day. i heard there is lodging at thirupathi but would prefer to not stay there as i heard it can be very dirty. furthermore my dad who has parkinsons will be in chennai and we wnt be bringing him to thirupathi as he wnt be able to walk much. so we will beleaving him at a chennai hotel with sumone which is why we would rather go thirupathi and come back within the same day as i dnt want to leave my dad alone for so long. so is it possible to go thirupathi and come back on the same day.
also is there any good specific day to visit thirupathi which is special.and what time should we be there. how many hours is it to thirupathi if we were to go by car.
also i heard we can buy sum kind of special pass for NRIs that makes us not queue too long to see the god. i totally dnt mind standing for hours and queuing if i dnt have kids with me. however i have 3 kids the youngest being 3 months so it would be great if i dnt have to queue too long.
and can sumone advise me on the whole process of doing prayers and balding the kids there.first time there. tks