The ashram Prasanthi Nilayam (Abode of Supreme Peace) is situated next to the village (now a city) of Puttaparthi in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh State in South India. It is 120 kilometers (about 80 miles) north north east of Bangalore.
From outside India, one has a few options in traveling by air to Prasanthi Nilayam. Check with your travel agent.
1. Fly to Bangalore (either direct or from Bombay, Delhi, or Madras). Then take a taxi or bus. The airport is situated anbout 30 kilometers north of Bangalore, between Bangalore and Puttaparthy.
A taxi from the Bangalore airport to Prasanthi Nilayam takes 2.5 to 3 hours and costs 1,500-25000 rupees.. You can ask your travel agent to reserve a taxi ahead of time. However, it is possible to get a taxi at the airport itself --there are lots of taxi drivers waiting there.
2. At times, Indian Airlines may operate flights between Mumbai and Prasanthi Nilaya. The plane lands in the Sri Sathya Sai Airport, about 6 kms. away from the ashram. Check the current schedule of arrival and departure with Indian Airlines.
Please note that you may have to confirm your return flight several days in advance.
Taxis (to and from Bangalore)
A taxi from Banaglore takes 3 to 3.5 hours and costs 1,500-25000 rupees. To make arrangements for a taxi from Prasanthi Nilayam to Bangalore, contact one the taxi operators and travel agents that have offices outside the ashram.
Buses to and from Bangalore and elsewhere
We do not have exact schedules of the buses, but here is some general information.
|Place||Distance||Cost (estimate)||Frequency (estimate)|
|Bangalore||160 km||60-90 rupees||6-7 times per day|
|Brindavan||180 km||90 rupees||2-3 times per day|
|Anantapur||85 km||35 rupees||15 times per day|
|Chennai (Madras)||450 km||200-250 rupees||2 time per day|
|Dharmavaram Railway Station||45 km||16-20 rupees||every hour, from 4AM to 8PM|
Buses leave the Bangalore main bus terminal. Take a taxi to it from the airport.
For return trips, bookings may be made at the Bus Terminal, near the Police Station, just outside the ashram.
Prasanthi Nilayam appeared on the Indian railway map with the formal flagging of the Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam - Secunderabad train by Hon'ble Minister of State for Railways Sri Bandaru Duttatreya on 16 November 2002.
The following are the timings of the trains that will pass through SSSPSN station as of fall 2002, with more trains to be diverted via the new Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam station shortly.
|2429||Rajadhani Express||Bangalore-Nizamuddin||9.10 PM||9.15 PM|
|2430||Rajadhani Express||Nizamuddin-Bangalore||4.20 AM||4.25 AM|
|6529||Udyan Express||Mumbai CST-Bangalore||4.40 AM||4.45 AM|
|6530||Udyan Express||Bangalore-Mumbai CST||11.10 PM||11.15 PM|
|8564||Prasanthi Express||Bangalore-Visakhapatnam||5.30 PM||5.35 PM|
|8563||Prasanthi Express||Visakhapatnam-Bangalore||5.35 AM||5.40 AM|
|7604||Express||Kacheguda-Prasanthi Nilayam||8.35 AM||--|
|7605||Express||Prasanthi Nilayam - Kacheguda||--||6.40 PM|
|434||Passenger||Guntur - Bangalore||1.05 PM||1.10 PM|
|433||Passenger||Bangalore - Guntur||12.10 PM||12.15 PM|
For a return trip, you can make reservations and check the schedule in the bus station near the police station just outside the ashram.