Kuala Lumpur

Feasting on Ramadan Delicacies

I returned yesterday after soaking myself in the local culture & feasting on local culinary delights of Ramadan of a few countries. It was that time of the year again. The followers of Islam in India, Malaysia, Turkey and other parts of the world fast during the daylight hours of the month long festival of Eid-ul-Fitr or Ramadan maintaining their self-resistance towards their needs and urges. Come evening, they break their fast with mouth watering dishes in this holy month with much gusto.
This year I followed the Ramadan food trail from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Each city had its own variation of certain culture and eateries that specialize in certain types of cuisines.

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In Turkey I roamed

5 Things to do in Putra Jaya

When I made my first visit to Malaysia, I had thought Kuala Lumpur was the capital of Malaysia. Only on reaching I realized that the capital had moved to a planned city called Putrajaya. Conceptually much like Canberra in Australia or even Washington DC.
The whole city has been built from scratch and is often called an intelligent city and sometimes the Garden City. PutraJaya, the Sanskrit words meaning the Son or Prince in Malay, has world class infrastructure with capacity to house, school and care for everyone who works or lives here.

Of course, the area was not a barren land converted into a digital metropolis. There was a village called Prang Besar in the Selangor state, from which the current federal territory has been carved out.

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Prime minister’s office

So what to

5 Tallest buildings of Malaysia

On an impulse, I wanted to see if I had visited all the 5 tallest buildings in Malaysia, especially after having gone there so many times. So I started to research about the same.
I thought at least a couple of structures outside of Kuala Lumpur which I’ve visited would make the list and more specifically thought the Communication tower in Alor Setar and Menara Komtar in Penang. I was surprised to find both had not made the list of top 5 !
The list is as follows.

1. Petronas tower (Suria Tower) one and two, height – 452 Metres. People generally consider that Rank one and two goes to these 2 towers. Ok. Strictly speaking that may be so. But in my list, they are both rank 1. Every time I go to Kuala Lumpur I manage to catch a glimpse of these imposing and glittering towers. Definitely worth a visit.
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Up, up & up…..

2. KL Tower,

Top 5 caves in Malaysia

I do not like caves at all. If I have my way, I would not visit them. Dark, dingy places are not for me. Not only me, my cameras also don’t like them.
But have you ever noticed that caves are not always dark & dingy? Sometimes they open a horizon in front of you.
Having said that, as a traveller I have been to some awesome caves around the world. Australia, Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia to name a few countries. And of course India !

When it comes to the ultimate caving experience, spelunkers are spoilt for choice in Malaysia. The country has many firsts & tops when it comes to caves. Here are my top 5 caves from Malaysia.

Batu caves :
The first and foremost is my favourite Batu caves. When I saw it first four years back, I was awestruck by the gigantic size of this statue in front of the caves. You can see the steep steps going to the caves.
If you are visiting Malaysia, I recommend you these famous caves. No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a stop at the Batu Caves. Batu Caves is a limestone hill consisting of a series of caves and cave temples. It is one of the most popular Hindu temples outside of India and is the main venue of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.

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The giant statue from the ground at Batu caves, Malaysia.

Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad

An architectural treat that is Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad.

I could see an architecturally pleasing heritage building right across the Jalan Raja when I visited the independence square, a.k.a. Merdeka Square. That day I didn’t have much time to explore it, so I had promised myself another day to go there again. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building or as it is called in Malay Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad is on one side of the Merdeka Square. Obviously you cannot miss it at all. 😀

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The shining copper dome of the building.

The architecture

Mark of Independence, Dataran Merdeka

From the Little India Night Market I could see the well lit Dataran Merdeka or the Independence Square, on the other side of Jalan Tun Perak.

It was late and I wanted to visit the place during the day time. Next morning I made a beeline for the Independence Square. The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur.

It was here, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan Flag was hoisted on August 31, 1957. (It was still called Malaya those days). A plaque on the ground marks the very place of this event.
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At Merdeka Square I find

Backpacker’s paradise – Chinatown

Having backpacked to many countries for months together, I must say Malaysia is one of the countries where you’d love to do backpack, especially in Kuala Lumpur.

The place boasts of cultural diversity in terms of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures. KL, as it is fondly called, employs every charm to lure a backpacker like me. Independent travel is popular as the city has a very low crime rate and English is widely spoken.

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Main entrance of China Town.

Every city worth the name must have a

Little India Night Market in Kuala Lumpur

Most Asian countries are famous for their night markets. I had earlier written about some in Thailand and also in Malaysia. Night Markets are where you can mix with the locals and get some good bargains!

One of the must see in Kuala Lumpur, for Indians and others alike is the Little India region, which is just a stone’s throw from the Merdeka Square.
People of Indian origin came here initially to do trade and eventually settled in Singapore and southern parts of Malaysia. During British rule, however, a lot of people were sent to Malaysia to work in their Sugar Cane, Palm Oil, rubber plantations, Tin mines and such. KL was still not the Capital. It was just a small Kampung more specifically a Mining village. 🙂

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One of the shops in Little India’s night market.

It is here the