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The 272 Steps & Monkeys of Batu Caves

A. Reaching the Cave from the City Center
It was Friday afternoon. Wearing a pair of shorts and a cotton shirt, Amore and I proceeded on taking a public bus near Chinatown into the heavy but colorful traffic of the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur. It was really a great local-like experience. We were beaming with confidence that we would reach our destination without any mistake because the bus continuously flashed its destinations. Batu Cave was one among the many destinations flashed in the screen. Another thing that boosted our confidence is the confirmation from the bus conductor that we were on the right bus. Malaysians are good English speakers: they understand and can be understood. After 45 minutes and 13 kilometers of bus ride, we reached the Batu Caves entrance. The first thing that caught our attentinon was the remarkable 42.7 meter high gigantic golden staue of Lord Murugan.

gigantic lord murugan statue in batu cave
The gigantic statue of Lord Murugan situated at Batu Cave

B. Mandatory Viewing?
We were walking around lazily and with great enthusiasm past the entrance while taking photos of the place along the wide concrete walkway, carpark and all- purpose pavement when we were huddled in by two Indian guys inside the air-conditioned single-room building. We did not understand anything but what can you expect from startled tourists? We assumed they were officials in the area. We were so confused until we found ourselves looking at the projected video promotion of the area (but not before they robbed us of RM 20.00 in exchange for tickets). 1 Euro is roughly RM 5.00. RM stands for Malaysian Ringgit or Malaysian Dollar, the country's currency. The only thing I appreciate is that the short film was so informative.

C. For Better Knees...
After the twenty-minute forced viewing of the place's promotional material, we bought chocolates and soft drinks to be taken up the 272 stepped- stairs. It was tiring, yet thrilling and gave a feeling of achievement and great strength to have reached the top. Indeed it was with aching knees and lungs crying for oxygen to rush in! But it was really great, I tell you! Not different from its foot, the top of the steps also contains merchandise for tourists and locals alike. It also serves as an art gallery and home to various cave animals. The most that we have seen are monkeys. We took breath taking views down the temple, into the various objects in their reduced forms. Also seen from behind the golden statue was the clearly laid out cityscape

D. Snatchers in the Temple???
batu cave 272 stepsWhile wandering inside the cave and reaching the north wing, we posed and took photos of ourselves and other interesting things as well. We were on our way back the cave's opening and I was hungrily munching on my toblerone when it was snatched away from me. I had to scream with astonishment! After seconds of realizing what just happened, i saw a monkey happily eating the toblerone instead. We all laughed. --- We were happy to go back to our hotel in Jalan Pudu. I suggest you take a visit at the temple too. -- This experience is one of the simplest and coolest that we did in Malaysia. Entering the cave is very affordable and it was one ofmy first encounter with the Hindu religion. I learned from the educational film that we watched that there is the annual festival (January if I am not mistaken) and the Indian people (Hindus) try to offfer something and sacrifice to their Gods... very interesting.

1 comment:

Anya said...

Amazing post
very interesting :-)
Thanks for sharing ......

Thanks for your visit :-)