Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

An Open Air Shopping Mall- Petaling street

Famously known as Petaling Street Chinatown or just Chinatown KL, Petaling street in Kuala Lumpur is one of the oldest part of city. The market is infamous for selling fake branded goods. It's located very close to the central market which is another famous tourist place as well. 

Street Vendor At Petaling Street




This place deserves a visit only if:

- You don't know what to do in Malaysia
- Have already exhausted your list of "things to do in kuala lumpur"
- Haven't been to any Asian street market previously
- Don't fuss about the product quality 
- Wish to buy scarves, t-shirts, handbags, dresses, shoes, watches  
One of the best advice for you if you have not been to any Asian market before, bargain hard, you could end up with the same product with less than 50% initial quoted price. 

Petaling Street Market Photos
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For us the market was bit crowded and chaotic. We were continuously looking for some open space to breath some fresh air which we could only find after coming out the market itself. 

How To Go To Petaling Street

Petaling street is located quite close to the Bukit Bintang, it is possible to walk from Bukit Bintang to Petaling Street, just ask people for the direction, better ask for Puduraya bus station since it is situated next to the Petaling Street and is more famous than Petaling street. The total walking time should not be more than 15 mins. If you wish to catch the LRT train the nearest stop is Pasar Seni or Pudu-raya, depending upon the LRT line you are currently on. 

Beside shopping here, you can also enjoy night out in the china town. There are few economical bars around in this area. They will not charge you hand and leg like bars around the Bukit Bintang area. You can also find a reasonable street food variety here.
Market Opens from 10 AM - 10 PM.

Happy travelling...

Monday, 5 January 2015

Zoo Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 Panda Got A New Address - Zoo Negara!

Zoo Negara Malaysia or the National Zoo of Malaysia is located around 10 Mins drive from the Wangsa Maju LRT station. It is one of the best places to hang out with your children. The Zoo negara is also famously known as Kuala Lumpur Zoo

Zebra At Zoo Negara
















I wont be exaggerating if I say it's one of the best zoo I have visited till date. I might have felt so positive about this place because it was the first time we ever saw a Panda :) However they charged RM 30 for the Panda ticket but it was worth it! 

At the third b'day of our daughter we thought of giving her an experience as gift instead of some kind of toy. And what could be better than showing her the live characters of her English Alphabet book.


Zoo Negara Photos
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Based on our experience with Delhi Zoo, we kept our expectation very low. Our expectation hit a new low after reading the Zoo Negara reviews on trip adviser. At the end we decided against most of the reviews and paid a visit to Zoo Negara. To our surprise, it turned out to be a very good place to visit. Frankly speaking we were very impressed with the number of animals and exhibits in the zoo.

All animals looked healthy to me. The zoo was pretty clean. The visitor facilities had nothing to complain about. The direction signs and in house zoo negara map were pretty much straight forward and correct as well. 

For those who wish not to walk around in the zoo, there is a transportation service inside. Although you will be charged 5 RM for using it. Well for us, we didn't take any of the in-zoo transportation. We preferred to walk and the boy we walked! 

Although my daughter seemed to be scared more rather than really enjoying the surrounding initially but she got used to it in a short while. Once she got used to the scene, she started to identify the animals with their name. At the end of the day she really enjoyed her single penny in the zoo. 

In fact she started to guide us from which animal we should be scared of and which one is OK to see from a closer distance :). I guess the place served our purpose of showing these animals to our little angel to perfection.

How to go to Zoo Negara

You can catch the Ampang Line LRT to the Wangsa Maju LRT station and from there catch bus number U34. The bus ride is hardly of 10 mins and will drop you just in front the main gate of zoo. The bus ticket will cost you only 1 RM. Or you can alternative catch a taxi to Zoo Negara as well, from LRT station Wangsa Maju it should not cost more than 10 RM.

At the end, I would suggest that you should definitely visit the place with your young ones. If you don't mind spending some extra cash, another suggestion will be to visit the Panda as well. As there will always be some place to improve the things but in current shape the Zoo Negara is worth a visit!

Zoo Negara opening hours: 9 AM to 5 PM

Happy travelling...

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

St. Paul's Church, Melaka, Malaysia

 Nossa Senhora Da Annunciada!

Adding to the long list of historical places in Melaka, comes another ruin called "St. Paul's Church". It is located at the top of St. Paul's Hill or alternative called Malacca Hill. 

St. Paul's Church, Malacca 
St. Paul's Church is situated quite close to another famous ruin, A Famosa.  Originally St. Paul's Church used to be a chapel and was called the Chapel of the Mother of God or Our Lady of the Hill. The original structure was constructed 5 centuries back around 1521. The Portuguese captain, Duarte Coelho, constructed this chapel in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for saving his life during a storm at Sea. In 1548, the archbishop of Goa, India, passed the chapel to the Society of Jesus. And Francis Xavier received the title deed on behalf of the Society of Jesus.

Portuguese carried out further construction by adding second floor to the chapel in 1556 and then  adding an additional tower to it in 1590. During the Dutch rule all Portuguese buildings were destroyed beside the A Famosa. Chapel was also damaged very badly. However Dutch carried on reconstruction and convert the chapel to the St. Paul's Church which is the name used till date. Dutch used this place for worship for around 100 years. 

Pictures of St. Paul's Church
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Later on Dutch constructed a different church, Christ Church, downhill and abandoned the St. Paul's Church. In 1824, British took over Malacca and converted St. Paul's Church to a storage house. Till date you can find the Dutch and Portugues tombstones inside. Though these epitaph have long been obscured by lichen, they are noteworthy because their presence provides an interesting catalog of the times, such as the tombstones of five members of a family that died within 20 days of each other during the diphtheria epidemic  of 1756. These things definitely adds to the colorful history of this historical city of Melaka.  Once you reach the top of the hill you can have very good look over the city of Melaka and Straits of Malacca. 


By the way, there is no mystery behind "one hand statue" of St. Paul at the hill, a day after the status was unveiled a tree fell on it and cut off his right hand. Although some people think "one hand statue" represent actual incident where his hand was kept as relic!

How to go to St. Paul Church

St. Paul is situated very close to Christ Church and A Famosa. You should be able to walk to it from Christ Church. If you are far away. The only reliable option for you could be taxi as we found the bus frequency was not good in Melaka.

Happy travelling...

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Christ Church, Melaka, Malaysia


Oldest Surviving Dutch Church Overseas!


Christ Church is the oldest Protestant church in MalaysiaIt's located at Dutch Square, also known as Red Square. This church is one of the main attraction of Melaka. It was originally built in 1753 by Dutch. The bricks used for the construction of the church were specially brought from Holland and walls were not plastered in original structure as you see them today. 

Christ Church
However, Britishers plastered all the walls and painted it light maroon. And later on Malaysian government decided to painted it dark maroon as we see it today. 

Overall the church is very well maintained. Although it is older than 200 years but still being used for worship. You can attend the service on Sunday. 

The Christ church symbolizes the Dutch rule of Malacca. The architecture of the church resembles those back in Netherlands. Near to the church building stands a miniature wind mill to further illustrate the city's link to Dutch.

Queen Victoria Water Fountain 
Of course, this place is one of the most scenic part of Malacca. You will find beautifully decorative rickshaw near to the church as well which makes this entire place more colorful. At the weekend nights the opposite side of the river comes alive with the market called Jonker Street Night Market. 

There are few dislikes as well. First, although it's historical site but you will find traffic all around. Malaysian government should not allow private vehicles here. It really gets messy, you could be stuck in traffic jam for some frustrating time. Second, being a religious place this place deserve to be peaceful but opposite is true. You will hear very loud music from the rickshaws and near by hawkers

You will like the place only if you wish to see a very old architecture. Don't expect this church to drop your jaw, you will be disappointed! And also don't be disappointed if you find it closed for the day. In both cases picture from outside looks more fabulous!

How To Go To Christ Church

Well to be very frank it's next to impossible to miss this place. 

Decorated Rickshaw 
The tourism office and the stadthuys is situated just next of this beautiful building. This church is one of the highlights of Melaka and a post card image of Melaka tourism. Make sure it's in your list of things to do in Malacca!

Happy travelling...

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Delhi, India


The City Of Cities - Delhi

Why Was It On My List?

Delhi is the capital, microcosm and vibrant melting pot of India. Delhi is one of the leading cities in world. It is said to be 5000 years and is one of the oldest habitat-ed city along with Varanasi and Jerusalem. Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt 11 times during these 5000 years. Delhi has been a very important city for different empires if Delhi falls ruler falls, if Delhi holds ruler shines. 

Delhi
It's one of my favorite city to get hungry! The biggest disadvantage of being born in such a historical city, you become very choosy of food, culture and tourist places. Such choices make you very picky, creating a trouble for your own good when travelling other not so privileged cities around the India or world! 

Delhi can be divided into two parts. Old Delhi, capital of Muslim India and New Delhi, capital during British Raj of India. The architectural style of these two parts is completely different. At one side you will find beautiful Islamic architectures and on the another side, you will find grand British style buildings.  

Delhi is home to many great monuments which includes temples, gardens, museums, colorful open air markets and the list goes on and on. It's really very hard to visit all tourist places in shorter period of time unless you plan to stay at least a week or so. 


Things to do or visit in Delhi 

Delhi is one of the most historic capital of world. Following is my pick of tourist places to visit, feel free to add !
  • India Gate
  • Lotus Temple
  • Red Fort
  • Akshardam Temple
  • Qutab Minar
  • Humayun's Tomb
  • National Zoological Park
  • Jama Masjid 
  • Laxminarayan Temple
  • Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Mausoleum of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq
  • Lodhi Gardens
  • Safdarjung's Tomb
  • Purana Qila
  • Sansad Bhavan 
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Raj Ghat
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Doll Museum
  • Adventure Theme Park 
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Transportation

The public transportation service of Delhi is getting better day by day. The city bus service includes three kind of buses. Low floor red color buses are fitted with air conditioners where as low floor green color buses are without air conditioners and low floor/normal floor orange buses are private companies buses without any air conditioners. As far as the ticket prices are concerned red color low floor bus is the most expensive one. You can get a pass for 50 Rs which will be valid for entire day unlimited rides but note that daily passes are not valid if you happen to choose orange color bus service.

For tourism purpose Delhi government started a bus service called "HoHo" buses (hop on hop off). These buses go to all tourist places in Delhi. Ticket is bit expensive but saves lots of head ache at the end of the day.

Taxis and Autos are easily available at your call. However, the transportation mean which I like the most in Delhi is of course Metro rail service. It's a huge network and still growing. You should be able to find your destination on it's map. If so, Metro should be your choice of travelling.   

Stay

There are places to stay all over the city. You can find the one suiting your choice without much of pain but most of the tourists stay at one of three places, namely, Pahargang, Old Delhi and Karol Bagh. Paharganj should be place for your stay, if you are looking for low budget hotels. It got many backpacker's hotel. Place is easy to find as it is well known tourist pocket near to the New Delhi railway station. If you are looking for mid range hotel with peace surrounding Karol Bagh is the one you should be heading for room. And if you are adventurous then you should be looking for a room in Old Delhi area.  

Food

Indian's first love is street food. The menu is only limited to one's imagination and food is not for light hearted :) If you plan to travel India, it is advisable to make your self used of tasty spicy food. The Indian food you eat outside of India is just a tip of iceberg. Kebab, biryani and tandoori are just part of menu here instead of being complete menu in themselves. For vegetarians, I think India is the only place in the world where a person can remain vegetarian for his entire life and still spoiled with choices. Pay a visit to Chandni Chowk market if you wish to try some great street food.    

Happy travelling...