Saturday, August 23, 2014

batu caves, kuala lumpur

Batu caves in Kuala Lumpur is well connected by a train, KTM Commuter... the equivalent of a passenger train in India... in the middle of flat lands, is a very tall limestone hill that has a series of caves that house hindu tempes... The temple complex has:
- a venkateshwara and hanuman temple at the entrance from KTM Commuter train station
- ganapati temple at the foot of the steps leading to the cave
- a beautiful pond with koi fish and turtles
- a few eateries, including a jain outlet
- a few souvenir shops
- a lot of small shops selling flowers and temple paraphernalia

Narrow and very steep steps, 272 in all, lead you past a huge golden lord murugan statue... to huge beautiful caves... monkeys and people offering coconut pieces to them, keep you company. the climb is quite a breeze.. the first huge cave has some flat land housing a few CD shops blaring tamil devotional music... there are a few smelly spots with dead rats and dead birds.. water keeps dripping down from the limestone roof. the inside is a beautiful, very huge cave... with picturesque stalactites hanging from everywhere... it was quite humid

the petronas towers at kuala lumpur

the towers and everything around it gets beautifully lit up in the evenings.. you could sit around and watch the fountains and the building for hours. an underground walk-way leading to the metro station opens right beside the tower. the tower has an extensive food courts, shopping places and offices.

that's the building opposite the towers... nicely lit.. lots of place to sit around... and the metro runs till 11pm.

the now-swanky bangalore international airport

the new-look after an extension with an additional terminal.. earlier, the seating arrangement was crowded with sorry-looking chairs.. the extension is only for the international section, with nice sofas and plenty of charging points... two new and short travellators.. many more eating places.. and lots of indoor plants.. 

the airport still doesn't have a viewing gallery for visitors, the way the old one at HAL had - visitors could go up a floor and watch the planes land and take-off.... there were plenty of takers for climbing trees and scaling walls to look at the landing and take-offs... the new airport lacks this fun!

the airport outsides still has it's bad aesthetics.. foul-mouthed cabbies... yelling conductors.. and tons of men leching at women... and the general non-cleanliness. the toilet for visitors is a good 200 mtr walk away from the airport building and not in great shape.