Malaysia – Walk up to the Batu Caves (3)

My last post on the walk up to the Batu Caves.

The interior of the caves is beautiful. Guess the pictures says more than words. Enjoy…..

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Sunlight shooting through a hole into the cave…..

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One of the temple altars..

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view from inside of the cave to the blue clear sky.

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Heading back down the stairs… slowly. =)

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Here’s the short of the monkey if you missed out on the earlier post. =P

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Hope you enjoy following me on the walk up to the caves. Keep following me and find out what is coming next. =)

Malaysia – Walk up to the Batu Caves (1)

Over one of my weekends, I took a trip to one of the Caves in Kuala Lumpur; Batu Caves to be exact.

What is Batu Caves?

Batu Caves cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan and is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia, (the other place in Malaysia that celebrate Thaipusamin a massive scale is in Penang – Celebration of Thaipusam. Been here 20 years back on Thaipusam day and it was packed with people… back to back unlike what you will see in the coming photos.

Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. It is also the name of the nearby village.

The Shrine at the entrance of the Batu Caves

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Another temple which is the near to Batu Caves Komuter Station.

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Lots of pigeons near the entrance. The girl is ‘enjoying’ herself been surrounded by them. Can you see her?

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Stalls selling Indian garlands

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Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones and almost 100m above the ground. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. You will need to climb a steep flight of 272 steps to reach it.

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Interesting? Stay tune to fine out more in my next posting. =)

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (5)

Thanks for staying with me on my trail of Hanoi. Before I continue, let me share with you some information about the place that we will be visiting.

Ninh Binh is 90km away from Hanoi and is a popular destination for its’ beautiful tourist sites such as Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, Kenh Ga and Cuc Phuong National Park but today, the place of our interest is Tam Coc.

Tam Coc is known as Halong Bay on land for its’ breathtaking scenery. While Halong Bay features huge rock formations jutting out o the sea, Tam Coc has them jutting out of its rice paddies. Tam Coc means three caves; that is Hang Ca (the first), Hang Giua (the second) and Hang Cuoi (the smallest).

Our trip started with a boat trip which took us to all three caves. It took us about two hours; to and fro. Ok enough of writing. Lets enjoy the photos now.

Starting point to catch our boat ride which can carry a maximum of 3 adults which includes the ‘captain’.

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Yup.. you saw it right. It leg pedal power!!

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You bend down to go under the bridge or else….. Yes. Everyone had to bend down to cross the bridge to get to the caves.

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Waiting your turn to cross under the bridge. It is a single lane and everyone has to wait.

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A house built next to the trail.

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Beautiful scenery of the rock formation next to the rice paddies.

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Passing close to the rock formation heading to the caves.

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Trails of boats on both direction heading to and away from the caves.

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Love the photos so far? If yes, there are more to come. So keep following me on my next posting.

Malaysia – A visit to the city of Ipoh.. and its’ cave temples (1)

Ipoh is a city in the state of Perak in Peninsular Malaysia. It is located on the west side of Peninsular and about 2.5hrs drive from KL or 1.5hrs from Penang.

Architecturally, the Ipoh city center has the characteristic of colonial era Chinese shop houses which is very interesting to see and also several impressive historical buildings from the British Colonial era such as the Railway Station, the Town Hall and the Court House.

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I took my family for a day trip there to visit the old city town and also to visit the Chinese Buddhist Cave Temple within a natural limestone hill.

The first was Kek Look Tong Cave…

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Lime formation seen from outside

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One of the altars in the cave

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This  is  one the other side of the cave which you can walk through.

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They even have a small park where the local will come here in the morning for their walks or exercise.

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….follow me  to the next cave temple in the my next blog.