Tirupati (Thirupathi) boasts of being the location of one of the most affluent temples of India, the Venkateswara Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. Located on Tirumala Hills seventh peak, Venkatachala, this magnificent temple of Lord Venkateshwara or 'the Lord of The Seven Hills' is sheltered. This temple is a major pilgrimage site of India. For Vaishnavites, there is no place in the universe equal to Tirumala in Tirupati (Thirupathi), the place Lord Vishnu chose as an alternative to Vaikuntha, his heavenly home. According to a Puranic legend, an angry Lakshmi once left Vishnu. Unable to find her, the grief-struck lord withdrew to an anthill in this hill. He later married her incarnation but 'Lakshmi' having left him, had no money for the wedding and had to borrow from Kuber. Devotees making offerings at Tirumala in this holy city of Tirupati believe they are helping the lord repay it. This holy city of Tirupati is home to many other temples and monuments with architectural brilliance that attracts tourists from in and around. Other temples in Tirupati (Thirupathi) such as Varahaswami Temple located on the banks of Swami Pushkarni and Anjaneyaswami temple, which is a majestic temple built by the Mahant dynasty are also a must visit. Other than the temples, the beautiful city of Tirupati has much more to offer. Do visit the famous Sri Venkateswara National Park, which is a biosphere reserve and a national park.
All the major hindu festivals like Ugadi, Sankranti, Ganesh Chaturthi, Deepawali and Kartik Purnima are celebrated with great splendour in this holy city of Tirupati. If visiting this city during the months of September and October, do not forget to take part in the nine day festival - Sri Venkateswara Brahmotsavams, which is celebrated every year. Those with a sweet tooth must try the mouth-watering Tirupati Laddu, which is the speciality of this region.