Journey to the west – Day 2

Akshardham Temple

Right after our breakfast , we headed to Akshardham Temple.The temple is divided into two parts. There’s a smaller one behind , where you can enter it since 8.00 am. The main temple, can only be entered at 9.30 am. I would suggest you to reach earlier as there will be long queues for the security check.

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It’s really worth the visit. The carvings and everything , all with marble !Image

The pictures above are actually taken at the smaller temple. The main one i didn’t take any because i wasn’t allowed to. But believe me, the smaller one is pretty enough already but when you see the main one , you won’t believe your eyes! Especially the inner part, where they have statues made with gold.

Akshardham (Gujarati: સ્વામિનારાયણ અક્ષરધામ, Devnagari: स्वामिनारायण अक्षरधाम) is a Hindu temple complex in DelhiIndia.[1]Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu andIndian culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham

(Adapted from Wikipedia)

The main monument, at the center of the complex, is 141-foot (43 m) high, 316-foot (96 m) wide, and 370-foot (110 m) long,[7]and is covered top to bottom with carved details of florafaunadancersmusicians, and deities.

Designed in accordance with ancient Vedic text known as the Sthapatya Shastra, it features a blend of architectural styles from across India.[8][9] It is constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, and has no support from steel or concrete.[10] The monument also consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes, and 20,000 murtis and statues of Hinduism’ssadhusdevotees, and acharyas.[2] The monument also features the Gajendra Pith at its base, a plinth paying tribute to the elephant for its importance in Hindu culture and India’s history. It contains 148 scale sized elephants in total and weighs a total of 3000 tons.[11]

Within the monument, under the central dome, lies a murti or statue of Swaminarayan which is 11-foot (3.4 m) high. The murti is surrounded by similar statues of the gurus of the sect.[12] Each murti is made of paanch dhaatu or five metals in accordance to Hindu tradition. Also within the central monument lie the murtis of other Hindu deities, including Sita RamRadha KrishnaShiv Parvati, andLakshmi Narayan.[12]

(adapted from Wikipedia)

Found these online , but you should totally go India and see the real thing yourself, It’s amazing.

After the visit tot he amazing Aksharham Temple, we hop on the van can headed to Jaipur.

Delhi -> Jaipur

It took us 5 hours to reach Jaipur.  We knew we were gonna be late for our reserved lunch , and so our driver dropped us at a restaurant/hotel before reaching Jaipur. There’s a lot to see along the way to Jaipur , i don’t even have the time to sleep. You will have the chance to see farmhouses , some mini morning market, camels , lorries (lots of it ! ) , villagers , fields and wheat !

 

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My lunch . Part of it actually haha !

 

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This sign is very normal in Indian, you will see it behind every lorries. I must say, they enjoy honking . Not sure who started the culture, but you will eventually get used to it like i did. I even missed it a little when i came back to Malaysia. Felt a little uneasy about it. Everywhere they go , they honk. Sometimes to inform the car in front (or side) their existence, but sometimes for fun! Like seriously..

 

Honk here , honk there , everywhere honk honk!

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Cow dungs for their roof.

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An example of well decorated lorry. Not sure it’s religious reasons or culture but the Indians really love to decorate their lorry. Everywhere you will see them driving their big lorries or trucks, that are well decorated with cans, drawings  etc. I kinda like the idea, instead of seeing dull , plain lorries everywhere in the road, this actually makes people enjoy driving! Especially during the jam ! 

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The kids we met at the Aksharham Temple. They were very excited when they saw us . Kept saying Hello or Hi and waved at us ! Very , very friendly kids.

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Lake Palace 

Was amazed by the beauty of Jaipur. We were welcomed by the beauty of lake palace, a white marble palace situated in the middle of man made lake.

We then stopped by at Lake Palace for a quick touristy picture.

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It’s beautiful.

It was built by the Royal family as a summer palace, but now they turned it into hotel. Hotel guests can reach there with boat service offered by the hotel.  Built with white marble, on the Jag Niwas island.

According to Wikipedia , the “Royal Butlers” working in the hotel are descendants of the original palace retainers. WOW !

Birla Temple

During the trip we visited two Birla Temple . One located in Jaipur , the other in New Delhi.
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This is also the very first place we met so many tourists as Akshardham Temple is actually quite new, not many travel company is offering tour to there yet. So we were stunned by the amount of tour buses there . We thought we weren’t in India anymore.

So after this hectic day we finally reach our hotel , Jaipur Palace. It’s quite a old hotel, and their buffet doesn’t have much choices. But they serve good mutton !

Day 2 has come to an end. I shall end this post with a beautiful sunset.

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Taken at the balcony of my room !

Good Night!

Journey to the West – Day 1

Hello. It’s been a while. I’m here, updating about my recent trip in India. There’re some food or stuffs that i don’t quite know the name of it, so please bear with me or correct me if you know the exact word ! Thank You in advance!

Day 1 Malaysia -> Delhi

We arrived at Delhi in the evening. Flight there was quite unstable, as we had to flew through the sea , but overall it was fine. I must say the Malaysia Airlines has worsen a lot , in terms of service, and food. It was so so much better when i was younger. Oh by the way, the security check in india was very strict, so be prepared !

When we arrived we were greeted by a representative from our tour company, he then brought us to our hotel.  

Here’s a picture of our hotel : 

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Hotel service was good, the buffet doesn’t have much choices but it was alright for us. Their food was fine. There isn’t much to do in the hotel. There’s only a standard chartered bank located opposite of it ,around the hotel are houses or hotels.

After checking in we decided to go on a walk at the GK-1 Market. It’s located just behind the hotel, reachable within a 15-20 minutes walk. The weather was good so the walk wasn’t tiring at all. You can asks the hotel management for the directions. If i ‘m not mistaken, just go on your left after you left the hotel until you reach the traffic light . Then turn left again and the market will either be at your right or left. You will see a crowd there anyway.

 

GK-1 MARKET

The market is quite similar to our very own Masjid India. There’s Levis , Dunkin Donuts, KFC , United Colors of Benetton there. There’s a few decent mini market there, don’t forget to get your mineral waters there as they don’t really sell it in the hotel . (Just in case you’re staying at Madhuban) 

 

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People queuing up for food.

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The street,

 

 

 

 

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 Craftman making jewelleries . There’s a few of them along the street. Not sure whether they’re from the same company or not.

 

 

 

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This uncle’s business quite good because i saw a few of them queuing up beside his mini cart. One of them even asked me to try it and said that it’s good. I didn’t dare because i’m afraid that my sensitive tummy couldn’t take it.

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You will see similar parks like that around India . There are some who treated it as their shelter. Some even bathe in there. 

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I must say they didn’t quite follow what the board says.

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India have been getting some serious attention when the rape case  spread out.

 

After strolling around the market for approximately an hour, we headed back to our hotel.

Along the road: 

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Some very beautiful looking house.

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We came across quite a few bikes like that selling brooms and mops along the way. 

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This very cool store.

There’s a variety of channels for you in the hotel.  Tv channels i mean (Star World, ESPN , AXN , Disney , Cartoon Network , CBS, Fox , Zee , and more.) 

 

Our supper of the night:

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Papadum ! Yum 🙂 It’s different than the one we have in Malaysia , so give it a try ! ImageImage

Toilet signs that was quite amusing. Image

 

And that’s all for my first day in India. Will update quite soon !

FYI , we followed a private tour just for our family. And i also recommend that because on the way back from India to KL , we came across a few travelling group , almost all of them were complaining about their unpleasant trip.  There’s a driver that brings us everywhere.

So recently i have been working . well that explains why the lack of updates of my blog. I have been busy , and also attended my first company’s annual dinner recently.

It was amazing !

The theme of the night was Mad hatters party , and so my team decided to make our own hats and ownz the night. Well we didn’t win the best dressed competition though , but we had fun !

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My colleagues , some very nice people.

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So this is the design of my hat. I bought the base hat from Daiso Japan @ Midvalley . The feathers are from a pen that i bought @ Petaling Street . Successfully made the doll all thanks to Art Attack ! The best childhood memories ever.

PVC glue + Tissues + Newspapers FTW !

 

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The side .

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Alright , i shall go to bed now !

 

Will update real soon ! 🙂