Friday, May 20, 2016

Things to see in Rajasthan India

The term ‘Rajasthan’ signifies the land of ‘Rajas’ or the kings. The witness of a glorious and romantic past and the bearer of that heritage till date, Rajasthan is the largest state of India. The majestic palaces hold the tale of courage, love, glory and win, whereas the desert holds mystery and magic.  The awesome combination of these two and much more makes Rajasthan one of the most colorful states to visit in India. The rural Rajasthan will give you a glimpse of old and traditional India, whereas the beautiful cities are to offer you the glittering palaces, the unique architectures, the colorful culture and the arts.


Rajasthan Women
Women in Rajasthan wear Colorful clothes and Men wear colorful turbans


Rajasthan Men

Transportation: I have taken trains, Buses from New Delhi, Also drove through Rajasthan on my way from New Delhi to Bombay. For buses check http://rsrtc.rajasthan.gov.in/index.php


Stay: Popular tourist destination, plenty of cheap hotels. If you want to splurge stay at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, I stayed a night there.

Let’s check out some places of this state, where you can have a real feel of Rajasthan


Jaipur


Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. This largest city of Rajasthan is also known as the ‘Pink City’ of India. This city is famous for its excellent palaces, architecture and the colorful markets. The main attraction of this place is the palace of the winds, which was created by Rana Pratap Singh during the 18th Century. Inside this palace, the glimpse of royal grandeur can be seen. The city palace of Jaipur is another attraction you cannot afford to miss. In a one day trip from this city, visit the famous Amber Fort. While leaving Jaipur, do pick up the local trinkets from the local market Johari Bazaar

My Recommendation for Food in Jaipur: Chokhi Dhani Village

Jodhpur


Jodhpur is the second largest city of the Rajasthan. Form the color of the outer wall of the houses, this city is known as the blue city. Back in the day, the color blue outside the house used to signify the occupancy of the upper-class people, i.e the Brahmins. The fort named Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in the country. You can also take a trip to a village named Bishnoi, to get an authentic taste of the rural Rajasthan


Jodhpur Fort
Jodhpur Fort

Apart from Meherangarh, the Umed Bhawan palace is also very famous. It is one of the world's largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this monument has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umaid_Bhawan_Palace

Jodhpur
Photo I took of Jodhpur city from the Fort

Udaipur


The city of Udaipur is named as the city of lakes. The awesome beauty of the Lake Pichola and the royal establishments around that takes away the breath of every traveler. The city palace and the view from it are the most popular tourist attractions of this city. Apart from that, do give a visit to the Bag dore-Ki- Haveli, Jag Mandir Island, Sajjan Garh Palace etc. While visiting this city, don’t miss a puppet show which portrays the colors of Rajasthan and its glorious culture

Jaisalmer


The famous golden city of Rajasthan is called Jaisalmer. Apart from the golden fort, this city also takes you near the golden sand of the Thar Desert. The stay inside the desert in a tent with a dose of local traditional dance will give you an adventure not lesser than a tale of Arabian Night. Primarily,   the city of Jaisalmer is called the City of Gold for its awesome golden sandstone, with which the whole city along with its fort is made. The fort is called Sonar Quilla (The fort of Gold). From Jaisalmer, do take a visit to the Gadisar Lake. 

Jain Temples inside the Fort are a must see.




Jaisalmer Fort


Chittorgarh


The Chittorgarh is the place where the largest fort of India is based. Location southern Rajasthan. The Fort is a must see and is UNESCO World Heritage site.  In the temple of Mira Bai at Chittorgarh Fort, the great devotee of Lord Krishna had merged with her lord.

Ranthambore


This is the one and only national park of Rajasthan. Apart from the excellent view of the tigers in their natural habitat, this place also offers you the view of majestic Ranthambore Fort. This fort is situated in the middle of the national park. Along with the fort, the temples inside of the fort are the other important attractions of this place

Bikaner


Named after its founder Rao Bika Ji, this city is famous for the Junagarh Fort. This is one of the forts of the country which claims the honor of never being defeated. The heritage hotel Laxmi Niwas Palace is also the home of the royal family of the state. The elusive Karani Mata Temple is located near the Bikaner, where rats are treated as sacred beings

Bikaner is famous in India for its dried snacks and Sweet dishes. 

Ajmer


Ajmer is a holy place for both Hindu and Muslim pilgrims. The shrine of saint Chisty is the holiest place for the Muslims in India. The Taragarh Fort and the beautiful Ana Sagar lake is the other must visit places of this beautiful small town. 
Careful -- shrine of saint Chisty can be very crowded. 


Pushkar


I visited Pushkar Rajasthan in November a few years back, for the world famous Camel fair, details of that trip are on my post at http://www.arvintravels.com/p/pushkar-camel-fair.html

Apart from being the gorgeous, Rajasthan also holds the reputation of being one of the most colorful nations of India. So, after your visit, the trinkets of this colorful cultures is a must take with all the memories you have created here.   

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Day Trip to Tagaytay Philippines


Taal Volcano Tagaytay Philippines

Taal volcano with its lake is a beautiful caldera volcano. A caldera is a cauldron-like volcanic feature on large central volcanoes, a special sort of volcanic crater, formed when a magma chamber was emptied. (Source: wikipedia)

Taal is also one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes of the Philippines and is being closely monitored.



Well, I did Tagaytay trip from Manila on my own, if I had to do it allover again, I'd use a tour company. Its just more convenient. My hotel was near Manila Bay, from my hotel I took a Tricycle motorcycle with a sidecar to Gil Puyat LRT Station. Tricycles and Jeepney are inexpensive ways to travel short distances in the Philippines.

Gil Puyat Light Rail Transit Station, ask your Tricycle or Cab driver to drop you from where you can take the Bus. The one thing in Philippines that is helpful is that most people speak English.

At Gil Puyat after waiting a while and finally finding the right bus to take, you'll be on your way to Tagaytay. The bus ticket is 83 Pesos one way. Important - ask the ticket conductor to inform you when to get off at Tagaytay as the bus is headed for Nusugbu.

The bus takes about an hour and a half or longer depending on Traffic. On traffic, if you think traffic is bad in the United States or Europe, visit one of the big cities in Asia like Manila or New Delhi and you'll appreciate the traffic back home.

Tricycle 
At Tagaytay, a Tricycle driver approached me as I got off the bus. After some price haggling he agreed to take me to Taal lake shores and back. Its a long road to the Lake down a hill with twists and turns.  Very Important get a fixed price for going and return with the Tricycle operator or you'll be asked 3 times the price on your way back to town from Tricycle operators, and guess what you don't have a choice as you need to get back. There are no Jeepney that will take you to the lake and back.

Once at the lake shore, at the boat office they quoted me 3000 pesos, for a boat ride to Taal Volcano and back, entrance ticket and a horse ride up to the Volcano. After some price haggling, I was on my way to Volcano island of Luzon. There are 25 volcanoes on island of Luzon.

Taal Volcano

I was short on time or else I would have picked a sunny day to go to Taal Volcano, get better photos.

Once on the island where the Volcano is, there is a long dusty path to the viewing area. Bring a dust mask or you can buy one there, locals will approach you to sell dust mask, bottle water, coconut water, and soft drinks. Local will try to sell you anything, hat, gloves, drinks, water for the horse, and just about everyone will ask you for a tip. They'll even try sell you golf balls that you can take a swing at, and let them fall in the crater. No Bueno.

The crater lake is the largest lake on a Volcano island in the world.

Crater Lake Taal Volcano

Riding a horse to the Crater Lake can be very uncomfortable, its a half an hour hike one way, if you are in somewhat of a good shape, do the hike.

The views from top of the Crater Lake are amazing and it was quiet an experience.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Iceland South Coast and Waterfalls

It was a cold and rainy morning, still this trip was the best part of my visit to Iceland in March 2016. Below are the stops the tour bus took us.


Skogafoss waterfall - There are stairs alongside the cliffs, you can climb to see the falls from the top. You don't need to be great shape to climb up, though I was out of breath by the time I got the top. The views from the top are worth climbing the stairs.


Skogafoss waterfall Iceland

Black Sand Beaches by Reynisfjara in South Iceland

Once in a lifetime chance to see Black Sand beaches. The waves can be huge, word to the wise not to get too close to the water.



A Cave by Basalt columns at Reynisfjara beach, the cave is not too deep



A 10 minute walk on the beach and you can see the gorgeous sea arches. As per my tour guide, one person flew his plane through the Arch.

Basalt columns at Reynisfjara beach are in geometric shapes



Tourists taking Pictures by the Columns.

The tour Bus stopped by the Glacier, we got off the bus to see the Glacier, there were people doing the Glacier walk, if you are interested in Glacier walk, Check with any one of the Visitors Center in Reykjavik 



Seljalandsfoss Waterfall was the last stop on the tour, if you want to take great photos or remember the experience you had at the falls, do go behind the falls.There is a path and some stairs where one can go behind the falls, you will get wet and your shoes will get wet.



It was a cloudy day, more light would have added more color to the pictures, on a sunny day one can even see a rainbow by the falls, regardless it was pretty amazing to see South of Iceland.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Golden Circle Day Tour Iceland

March 2016, I used Grayline Iceland for Golden Circle Classic Tour, it was around $85 USD, I booked the tour in Iceland, one can book tours online also. The tour company Van picked from my hotel at 8:30 AM, we went to the Bus depot and boarded a regular bus. Drop off was at 6:30 PM

├×ingvellir National Park, Iceland

This was our first stop, about 40 minutes outside Reykjavik, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its by Lake Thingvallavatn, largest lake in Iceland. Info on the National Park can be found on UNESCO webpage at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1152

The lake with the hills in the background is beautiful, there is a viewing area one can walk to. To get up close to the Church and buildings, on a tour you'll not be able to do that, not enough time, you'll need to be driving for that.

They have a small Cafe and restrooms there, I had a hot soup there, much needed as I didn't have enough time for breakfast that morning.

 ├×ingvellir National Park


Gullfoss Waterfall

Next stop Gullfoss Waterfall and the best part of the tour. Walked the trail and got as close the waterfall as allowed, I had a weatherproof Jacket and did get wet from the mist, incredible views made up for the cold and wet.

Popular tourist destination, they have a restaurant and clothing/souvenir shop there. The tour bus will stop there for 45 minutes, enough time to see the falls and get a bite to eat.


Gullfoss Waterfall


The water flows down a Canyon, its pretty amazing, I couldn't pronounce the name of the Canyon, Icelandic is not an easy language.


Strokkur Geyser

Next Stop was to see Geysir. Strokkur Geyser is active and shoots hot water up a good 20 feet in the air every 10 minutes, the water is hot and will burn you if you come in contact. As much as I was tempted to touch the flowing water, I resisted.

I didn't want my camera getting wet, I keep a 2nd point and shoot camera handy, shot a clip




Skalholt Church

This is an old Church, its been restored, there is a Viking log Cabin next to the Church, for history of the Church check their wiki page . The highlight was an Icelandic Song our guide sang in the Church.




Icelandic Horse Park

This was the last stop before returning back to Reykjavik, they had a cafe, got a much needed hot coffee. The horses are friendly, there is an outside fenced area where people were taking pictures with the horses to post on Social Media, or atleast the ones on the bus next to me. Some tour buses will have WiFi

Horse Show -  there is an entrance ticket to see the horse show, I did see the show, its done very well and later you can see the horses and talk to the riders. Some people in our tour didn't see the Show, I guess they didn't want to have to pay for the ticket, these are once in lifetime things to do and see, so my advise is see the show.

Remember not to call Icelandic Horses a Pony. They are beautiful.


Icelandic Horse

One can do the Golden Circle and Northern Light tours on the same day, it will be a long day though as Northern Lights end at 2 AM.

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Things to Do on a Stopover in Manchester

Beetham Tower
Beetham Tower
On my way to Iceland, I had a day Stopover in Manchester UK. I stayed at Premier Inn, half way between the city and the Airport, quiet and comfortable and they had a very good English breakfast. 

One of England’s most underrated cities is Manchester which is at the heart of the North West. Full of edgy museums and fabulous shops this is a top destination for a weekend break or even longer. Here’s the lowdown on what you can do on a 24 hour stopover in Manchester.

Head to an Art Gallery

Manchester has some of the best art museums in England. The Whitworth Art Gallery is one of the best and has a vast collection of items. Manchester art Gallery is another excellent collection of paintings, sculptures, and design. For a more modern touch head to the Cornerhouse which has art, cinema and exhibitions throughout the year. And for a local artist head to the Lowry in Salford Quays where you can see the matchstick men and dogs in these iconic paintings.

Go to the Football

Manchester is renowned for football and visitors to the city can take a tour of the United ground at Old Trafford.  There are lots of memorabilia of the Manchester United players and the club’s history here and it is fascinating for any football fan. Do check out if there is a match when you are in town so you can enjoy the atmosphere and see some of the famous players in action. The National Football Museum is also in Manchester and also worth a visit.

Sail on the Manchester Ship Canal

The 35 mile stretch of the Manchester Ship Canal shaped the city and is a very interesting tour. Boats depart from Salford Quays and there are stopovers allowed to visit attractions along the way such as the imperial War Museum North and the Lowry. These trips last 2.5 hours and are a very different way to experience the city. 

Shop Until you Drop

Manchester has some of the best shopping experiences in England and there are several great places to go. The Arndale Centre is full of high street chains whilst Market Place is also popular with shoppers. You’ll find large department stores like John Lewis too and a number of independent stores. 

Go Clubbing

Manchester is one of the best places in Europe for a night out. With a wide range of bars and restaurants there is a lot to choose from. Start with a cocktail in one of the chic bars like Alchemist and then head out to dance the night away. You’ll find a lot of the action in the Northern Quarter where you can dance till the early hours.


Manchester Cathedral
Manchester Cathedral
Deansgate Manchester
Deansgate Manchester, England

Manchester has a real vibe and is a superb place to spend a 24 hour stopover.

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Things to do and see in Manila Philippines

Manila Philippines

The capital of Philippines is also called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, possessing all the qualities of a Congested Asian metropolitan city. From the grinding poverty to glittering skyscrapers- this contrast is exactly what that makes the city Manila. This Asian Megacity proudly boosts its overcrowded roads, a huge population along with the very colorful Multi-cultural Heritage and a modern lifestyle. The experience in Manila will be very different from the usual island retreat of Philippines. Here, life is fast, yet the combination of Latin culture along with typical Asian monochrome is bound to keep all the visitors mesmerized.

Manila can be also named as the only Spanish colony in Asia. The heritage from the era of Spanish rule still stands to beautify this city. 

Airport and Immigration - Long lines, they move fast. I was in and out of the Airport in less than 15 minutes. It was 10 PM and I needed a Taxi, most taxi companies will show you a chart with prices, offer to pay half and not a peso more, you'll have no problems finding a Taxi.

The prime locations and adventures you cannot miss while in this city are

Intramuros 

This term signifies ‘Within the Walls’ in Spanish. The colonial area of Spanish arena is an interesting place to discover, especially in the horse drawn carriages.  This walled enclave is situated on the south bank of Pasig River. The art galleries, performing art Venues, shops and restaurants create an atmosphere that provides the visitors a slice of Europe in the heart of the Asia.

Fort Santiago

The centerpiece of Intramuros is definitely the citadel of Fort Santiago, which was used by both Spanish and American Military. The arched gateways, gardens, fountains of this fort are definitely a treat for all the visitors.

San Augustin Church

This church is named as the oldest stone church in Manila. After a devastating earthquake in 1863, this was an only public building which remained unharmed. This church holds the title of UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE under the collective title 'Baroque Churches of the Philippines’. This Church is located within the walls of Intramuros along the Gen.Luna Street.   

Binondo- the first Chinatown of the World

The Manila’s enclave of Binondo was established in 1594 and known to be the first ever China-Town of the world. It was established by the Spanish people, providing some Tax-free land to the Chinese Catholic Immigrants outside the main city. Nowadays, it is one of the most vibrant places of the city, with a lip-smacking variety of Chinese foods. The Binondo Church and converted movie theaters are some other attractions of this city. 

National Museum of Philippines and Rizal Park

This famous park is named after the great anti-colonialist hero Dr. Jose Rizal. The declaration of independence of Philippines from the rule of America was held in here in the year 1946. One of the largest parks in Southeast Asia-this is a favorite recreational place for both local and tourists. The national Museum and art gallery is located inside this park. The historical and cultural heritage of the country is portrayed in this place very well. The divisions like art, botany, zoology, geology and anthropology are spread over the two buildings of this museum.

National Museum entry is free

Rizal Park can get crowded with locals in the evening, if like me you want to do photography, Mornings are better

Malacanang Palace

This gorgeous villa on the North Bank of Paisg River is now the seat of the Government. The building and beautifully furnished rooms are the main attractions of this place. The visitors can enjoy the excellent museum located inside this villa. The garden around this place is also a very great place to roam around. 

Photography is NOT allowed at Malacanang Palace, its a heavily guarded Compound.


Manila Bay
Picture I took around Manila Bay at Night



Apart from visiting the city, there are some other experiences of this city which you cannot afford to miss

•    Just outside the Mall of Asia, the best place to enjoy the sunset is the Waterfront of Manila Bay. Enjoy the waterfront with an ice-cream from roadside vendors.

•    Visit the unspoiled beach of Subic Bay, the flora and fauna, to get a sample taste of the island retreat of the country. You can take a hike in the forest trails; enjoy the water sports and the coral reef. However, don’t miss the open sea, Marine Park, to get the glimpses of Dolphins, and take a scuba driving.  

•    The local transport of this city includes Rustic WWII Jeeps (Jeepeny), which is one of the most affordable ways of traveling in this city. Do take a ride in this jeep to get a taste of real Manila.

•    If you are up for some adventurous shopping, do visit the Quiapo market. The crazy trinkets available in this market are bound to be the most adventures gift you can take from this city. 

Although Manila cannot be described as the most gorgeous or cleanest city of Asia, it is definitely one of the cities with thrills, fun and full of life of this continent. 

   
Picture I took Inside the National Museum

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Visited Iceland in March 2016

Hallgrimskirkja Church ReykjavikIceland is one of the most beautiful scenic Countries I have been to, from Mountains, rivers, lakes, hills, valleys, waterfalls, fjords, natural hot springs, ocean to beautiful beaches, its amazing.

I visited Iceland in March 2016, March is still very cold, the reason for going in March is to see the Northern lights, after April 15 the chances of seeing the northern lights are slim due to longer daylight hours.

Iceland is Expensive

Listen up...

There are low cost airlines offering cheap fares to Iceland, at the most you;ll get a water to drink on these flights, even a small earphone to listen to music or watch something is going to cost you, bring your own. 

In Reykjavik a small coffee, I am talking small as in a forth the size of a medium coffee at a Starbucks in America, the cost in Iceland is US$ 4, a bowl of soup at a very average place can cost US$ 15, Credit cards are accepted everywhere, Credit cards make you over spend. The reason for all this is so that you budget and plan your trip and enjoy it making the best of it. Don;t fall for the low cost air ticket or free stopover.

Reykjavik Airport 

Airport is 40 kilometers outside Reykjavik, cab to your hotel will be over $100 US, take a Bus to Reykjavik and the fare is about $20 one way.

Arrivals - Quick and easy, if you drink alcohol, stop at the duty free on your way out, prices are much cheaper then a alcohol shop in Reykjavik.

Departure - What a mess, Iceland in 2015 had 1.3 million tourists, the departure area are just not big enough, while waiting to board my flight, all seats in the waiting area were taken, most floor space along the walls was taken, I sat on the floor where I could as I need to use my tablet to send messages home, yes they did have free WiFi and it lasted for a whole 5 minutes. When it was time to boards the plane, no line and total chaos, it was like people running to get first dibs on section 8 housing.

Reykjavik

I stayed at a hotel in the heart of the town, near the city center, close to Eating places, visitors center, the harbor and walking distance to the Harpa a concert hall and conference center, also walking distance to Hallgrimskirkja the tall Church in Reykjavik. Great pickup and drop off location for most day tours.

Hallgrimskirkja the tall Church, great views from the top,see picture below, its about a $12 dollar for the elevator ticket.

Reykjavik


Northers Lights - Aurora Borealis

Amazing, no other words to describe it. I booked a tour in Reykjavik, the tour bus picked me up at 10 PM in the night and drop off was 2 AM. The tour will only operate on a clear night, and that to you are not guaranteed you'll see the northern lights. If you are going to photograph the lights, my suggestion is to use a tripod, since I didn't have a tripod I couldn't get a 30 second exposure that I would have liked to have. Anyways it was a clear night and I got to see the lights. A must Do/See, dress warm.

Harpa - Great for taking Night Photos from the street, I'll post some high resolution on my Photo site at www.arvphotos.com

National Museum of Iceland 


It tells the story of Iceland, history and has artifacts, my opinion don't go out of your way to see it, I spent an hour there. Pictures I took while at the Museum.




Tours - I took the Golden Circle tour and the Southern Iceland tour, they were both worth every penny spent.

Blue Lagoon - I didnt do the Blue lagoon, its on the way to the airport, you can stop during or on your way back to the airport, best to check with Visitors center in Reykjavik.

During my Northern lights and other 2 tours, every tour guide told us last McDonalds in Iceland closed in 2008, and the second and more important thing is 'Don't call an Icelandic horse a Pony' 

Anyways I saw the Horses, petted them, and they are beautiful, and friendly. There are 80,000 Horses in Iceland.




Street Art in Reykjavik - Quiet a bit and some places its very well done.

 Street Art in Reykjavik

Photo Below taken on a walk by the Harbor



If I visit Iceland again - I plan to rent a car from the airport and drive the Ring Road, Camp and cook out, the best way to see Iceland.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

7 Hour Stopover in Hong Kong

Transit in Hong Kong - A Visit to Big Buddha in Lantau Island

In March 2016 on a flight from Manila Philippines to New Delhi, there was a 7 hour layover in Hong Kong. This was my 2nd time in Hong Kong, my first time in HK several years back, was such a wonderful experience, decided to leave the airport and see Tian Tan Buddha or the Big Buddha, my advice Don’t try to see everything in 7 hour layover, but do focus on a one good experience. It was a cold day in 3rd week of March and I made the best of it.

Link to my blog post on the first visit to Hong Kong

Out of the 7 hours, an hour is gone when departing the Airport to Immigration and changing money to finding info and Bus stops, and I needed to be back 2 hours before the flight. So basically 4 hours in Hong Kong, which was plenty of time to see the Big Buddha. Lantau Island is not to far from the airport.

From the airport take the S1 bus, a 10 minute ride to the Tung Chung MTR station, and walk to the cable car ticket office. Tung Chung MTR station will be the last stop on the S1 Bus. The bus ticket is HKD 2.50 one way, if you pay more than 2.50, change will not be given back, I had stopped at a store at the airport and gotten a juice and had exact change for going and coming back.

At the time of writing this post, 1.00 USD = 7.75 HKD, there are ATM machines at the Airport.

At the cable car ticket office, there was a very long line to board the cable car, at the ticket counter I had 2 choices, glass bottom cable car or regular, I decided on glass bottom, the round trip was around 250 Hong Kong dollar. A non glass bottom cable car is about HKD 150 round trip. One can also buy tickets on line, I didn't buy my ticket on line as I was not sure about flight delays or any other issues that may arise.



Above the Cable Car ticket office and a picture taken from the moving cable car going towards the Big Buddha in Lantau Island, the cable Car ride is about half an hour with some Amazing Views. The Glass bottom floor provides views to the trek/hike one can also take to the Big Buddha Lantau Island.

Once at the drop off location at the Cable car, there is 10 minute walk through warrior statues, restaurants and souvenir shops to the stairs that you climb to get to the Big Buddha



The Bronze Buddha on lotus flower is a massive statue, on a small hill, There are about 260 steps to get to the Buddha, not a difficult climb by any means, small children and old people were doing it. I went up the stairs, again the views are amazing. One can go inside the Buddha statue for a fee.



The first picture above is The Offering of the Six Devas, they are offering the Buddha - flower, fruit, music, incense, lamp, ointment.


I walked along the complex, due to lack time did not go to the Po Lin Monastery. The whole complex is impressive, Took the Cable car back and made it to the airport in time with time to spare for a delicious noodle soup. Much needed hot soup on a very cold day, was not expecting cold weather as I was coming from Philippines and it was quiet warm there.

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