Must Visit Temples In Mauritius

Mauritius is much more than its quiet seashores and summery cocktails. It’s a Hindu dominant island country with numerous enchanting Temples. Hinduism in Mauritius began when Indian laborers were brought as indentured labor to colonial French. These immigrants then settled in Mauritius who practiced Hinduism as their religion. As a result, more than 50% of population in Mauritius is Hindus which ultimately makes it necessary to have Hindu temples to worship and perform rituals.

One of the biggest festivals on the island is Maha Shivaratri, or the ‘Great Night of Siva’. During this annual Hindu celebration, which takes place in the months of February and March which is a four to nine days of ceremony and fasting lead up to an all-night vigil of Shiva worship and Ganesha worship. There is also a significant migrant population of Bhumihars in Mauritius who have made a mark for themselves in different fields; they are still in touch with their family members in India and there are instances of marital relations between them to keep their cultural identity intact.

While there are a lot of sacred places to see in the country of Mauritius, a visit to these temples will just add to your overall experience.
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Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful temples of Mauritius!
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1. Maa Durga Murti:


The statue of Durga Maa is the biggest of its kind in the world
(108 feet, 33 meters high).
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The enormous statue of Durga Mata can be found on the banks of Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao, which is a crater-lake situated in the Savanne district of Mauritius. With a population of 670,000 Hindus in the Island nation, there are some Hindu temples spread out all over Mauritius. Navratri is an auspicious occasion that is grandly celebrated by the Hindus on the island.


2. The Lord Shiva Statue, also known as the Mangal Mahadev.
The incredible statue of Lord Shiva is also known as the Mangal Mahadev and is as beautiful as it is majestic. This impressive statue of the Hindu God of Destruction is actually a copy of the Shiva statue near Sursagar Lake in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The construction of the statue was finished in 2007 and it was officially unveiled with a ritual (the “Sthapan”) during the Maha Shivratri festival in 2008.

3. Sockalingam Meenatchi Amman Temple:
An ethnic tamil temple in Port Loius, Mauritius. Kaylasson Temple also known as Sockalingam Meenatchi amman temple is well maintained, tranquil nineteenth-century, dravidian architectural temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Destroyer, and is one of the most impressive temples in the country, with regard to architecture and construction, showcasing impeccable Dravidian architecture that can be seen in every aspect of the temple. Constructed in 1854, this is one of the oldest and most colourful temples in the country, and the beauty of it is admired by both tourists and devotees.

4. Ganga Talao:
Situated near Bois Cheri, the Ganga Talao Temple in Mauritius, otherwise known as the Grand Bassin temple, is considered to be one of the most sacred temples in the country. The temple stands on a crater, located around 550 meters above sea level. The temples is dedicated to Lord Shiva, among other Gods, and has a lot of devotees visiting each year during Maha Shivratri. Even tourists enjoy visiting this temple and just walking by the peaceful lake and admire the beauty of this magnificent temple.

The Delicious Rum Tasting Session @La Rhumerie de Chamarel, Mauritius

The Delicious Rum Tasting Session @La Rhumerie de Chamarel, Mauritius

Perched 300 meters above the coast of South West Mauritius, the Rhumerie de Chamarel lies in a fertile valley influenced by its own micro-climate. Set in a charming chalet, exhibiting tropical and traditional vibes, The Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery will have you learn all you need to know about Rum making on paradise island. You will get to enjoy a boozily delicious rum tasting session, discovering the different flavours of rum the distillery manufactures.

It also offers a guided tour with one of the experienced guides who takes you behind the scenes to provide a detailed explanation of the rum making process while you visit the distillery. This activity lets you choose from 2 options. You can enjoy a quaint visit and rum tasting or you can choose the second option which would enable you to have a delicious lunch as well as a visit and rum tasting.

A truly unique tourist attraction, it encompasses a distillery and an agricultural plantation on an eco-friendly estate.As part of the rum tasting you will be invited to sample a selection of rums such as the: White Rum, Coeur de Chauffe, Chamarel Liquors, Exotic- Flavoured Rums and the Old Rum. Some important information is mentioned below for your understanding:

☆ The Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery tour is done in either English or French at the duration of the tour is of about 30 to 40 minutes.

☆ Price for the Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery Tour – 11 Euros, per person (adult)
6 Euros, per child (3-12)

☆ Location- South West

☆ Operating Hours: 09:00 – 16:30

☆ Operating Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday!

THE SUGARCANE

La Rhumerie de Chamarel is one of the rare distilleries still in activity to cultivate its own sugarcane. They are carefully selected and grown exclusively for the production of the Chamarel Rums: here lies the first secret of its quality. The harvest is done by hand, without ever burning the crops, and extends between July to December. The identification of the various crops and their traceability will allow the Master Blender to select the finest lots for the White Rums and the Old Rums.

The freshly harvested sugarcane is then transferred within 4 hours to the Distillery to preserve its freshness and aromas. The first pressed sugarcane juice is filtered, then taken to 25HL stainless steel vats to initiate the alcoholic fermentation. Their selection of yeasts and controlled parameters allow the development of a unique aromatic bouquet.

One of the highlights of the distillery’s guided tour is definitely the Rum tasting. At the end of the tour, unique rum tastings are offered where one can try the selection of the agricultural Rums produced by the distillery. As opposed to the traditional rum produced by the distillation of molasses, the agricultural rum is obtained by distilling pure cane juice, a process which gives it its specific aromas and flavors.

THE DISTILLATION

At the Chamarel Distillery, various means of distillation are available thanks to the complexity of their devices. The White Rum is distilled in a Barbet type plate column, entirely made of copper. This column allows the separation of heads, heart and tail, which guarantees an optimum quality. The Double Distillation Rum is distilled in two 20HL copper stills, following the Cognac method. This distillation technique allows for a remarkable finesse. This process is very uncommon for Rum preparation, and makes it a unique product.

THE AGING

The distilled rum is stocked for at least 6 months in stainless steel vats for a slow and gradual decrease of the alcohol content, allowing it to acquire a pleasant roundness and its full expression. Part of the White Rum is transferred to ageing cellars. Barrels, casks, ovals, French oak, American oak, 18 months, 3 years, 6 years, …an array of combinations and mystery allow the White Rum to obtain its aromas, its roundness and its colour. As long as the angels are watching over the Rums, they have all their time

Do add this to your itinerary whenever you visit Mauritius next! Hasta-La-Vista!



SUNSHINE, SAND, SKY AND SEA- YOU GET THEM ALL IN GOA!

The Most Unexplored and Peaceful Beaches of Goa!

The pristine blue waves, the sunny hues, the sandcastles and the salty breeze are what keep me going back to Goa. Now, anybody who has been to Goa even once would have surely visited a few popular beaches here. Be it the shacks, cocktail starry nights, soulful music, seafood, the rocking nightlife or the tranquillity it offers – different people chase different things in Goa! There are many popular beaches like Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Calangute or Vagator, the list is pretty long. I am an absolute beach person and as a beach-craving soul, I went on to explore some unexplored beach spots in Goa during my last visit.

I am listing down my top 5 favourite unexplored beaches of Goa, check them out below!

1. COLA BEACH:

Cola Beach is in the Canacona region of South Goa, 31.1 kms from Margao and 9.6 kms from Agonda Beach. Cola Beach is an unexplored beach in South Goa that not many tourists are yet aware of. With its tall coconut trees and beautiful terrain, it almost feels like a private beach.

Cola Beach

The beach is divided into two parts – North Cola, and South Cola, with a small hill separating the two.

North Cola Beach is 800 meters long, while South Cola at 145 meters is much smaller.

There is a small river (Khola) that creates a lagoon on the northern side, which is why Cola Beach is often referred to as Khola beach. The river and its lagoon give Cola Beach a unique landscape, different from most other beaches in Goa. There are a handful of hotels and accommodation options around, and only a few beach shacks, keeping Cola’s serenity intact.

The tranquillity of this beach is incomparable. If you’re someone who likes peace more than the party spots, then Cola Beach is the place for you!

– Exact Location: Cola Beach Road, Cola, Goa!

– How to Reach: From Margao, you can reach the Cola Beach by first taking the MDR41 and then the MDR49. You have to hire a car or a bike to reach this beautiful beach.

2. KAKOLEM BEACH:

Another tranquil beach that has made it to our list is Kakolem Beach. It is one of the raw beaches of South Goa. Also known as the Tiger Beach, Kakolem Beach is one of the most secluded and naturally beautiful beaches in Goa. You will hardly see any people around, and it is a haven for peace lovers! It is squeaky clean and can only be accessed from

Cola village or if you take a boat to reach here. There are a few eco-friendly resorts as you reach Cola village, in case you want to stay.

Would you like to know that why this beach is called Tiger Beach?

According to an urban legend, this used to be the spot to hunt tigers. But truth be told, no one has really spotted tigers here, recently.

– Exact Location: Kakolem Beach, South Goa, Located 31 kms away from the city of Margao, Kakolem Beach is about 7 kms to the South of the Cabo de Rama resort.

– How to Reach: One can reach this beach only by private transport, such as cabs, auto-rickshaws available from Margao. You can also reach the beach by boat or motorboat.

3. VELSAO BEACH:

Now let me tell you about one of the most beautiful beaches to visit in Goa, which is another hidden gem here. Velsao Beach is located in Vasco da Gama, quite close to the Dabolim Airport and is richly blessed with silver sands, coconut groves and lakes decked up with lilies.

Situated on the southern coast of Goa, Velsao Beach connects with the Bogmalo Beach lying to its north side and the Majorda & Colva Beach lying to its south. It’s a beautiful beach lined with thick coconut trees. It has a lovely long stretch of white sand which is a treat to the eyes and makes for a perfect place for relaxation, soothing walks and sunbathing. It’s such a peaceful beach which lets you be close to nature, you can hear the chirping of birds and peaceful sounds

of nature. The soothing air, cool breeze and water of the beach simply create a perfect picturesque view. It offers a mesmerising view of the sunrise and sunset, so make sure to be here at the time of dawn and dusk.

– Exact Location: 9V3M+QG9, Consua, Goa 403712. – How to Reach: There are direct buses services available from Panaji to Velsao.

4. BUTTERFLY BEACH:

Butterfly Beach is situated in the Canacona region of Goa. This beach is also known as the Honeymoon Beach which is in the form of a small cove surrounded by dense trees. One of the most secluded and lesser-known beaches of Goa, Butterfly Beach is mostly accessible by a boat (ferry) ride from the nearby beaches, which only adds to the overall charm of this beach.

You can bag the best time of your vacation at Butterfly Beach which is north of Palolem Beach in Southern Goa. Enjoy your solitude, away from the rest of the world and also experience the wonderful aquatic life out in the open front of the beach.

It’s a haven for the newlyweds and lovebirds for a secluded vacation, and hence it’s also popularly called the Honeymoon Beach. It’s a fun picnic spot; you can spend quality time with your family, friends, BFF or your partner. You can also get to witness the wandering sea urchins, redfish, goldfish and sea cucumbers here. You would rarely get to see this sight anywhere else in Goa. Bookmark this one right away!

– Exact Location: This place is located at the end of Palolem Beach.

– How to Reach: You can opt for a ferry from Palolem or Agonda Beach or even a boat ride is available too.

5. SINQUERIM BEACH:

Sinquerim Beach is located just beside Aguada Fort, a major tourist attraction in Goa with immense historical significance.

Beach is located around 13 kms from Panaji and has a spectacular stretch of sand.

It is located in the south of famous beaches like Baga, Calangute and Candolim. An ideal place for swimming, this beach at Sinquerim lies adjacent to the Aguada Beach.

This beach stretches all the way north to Baga, making it great for casual walking, enjoying the spectacular sunset views & capturing them in your camera. Its beauty is enhanced several times during the sunset, and taking a walk on the beach then is an altogether different experience. There are a few tourist resorts, hotels and some amazing restaurants at this beach. You can catch a taxi, motorbike or a bus to go to Sinquerim.

Exact Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa.

How to Reach: Sinquerim Beach is located just 14 kms from Panjim. You can hire a taxi or private vehicle to reach it.

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Andaz That’s Sure To Impress..!

Post the second wave of Covid, I was looking for a short break and a rejuvenating stay somewhere in or around the city and when it comes to the hospitality, there’s no one like Andaz and hence a quick decision to check into the hotel for a night. Andaz never fails to impress you!

Andaz-E-Bayan! In the pink of happiness @andazdelhi.

Andaz features the largest guestrooms in Aerocity, which are thoughtfully designed and decorated with locally inspired details. Each room contains one of their 401 unique artworks inspired by Delhi. Sophisticated details such as wooden floors create a residential comfort, while modern bath amenities and artistic integration invite guests to relax in style.

Stunning views of the runway at Indira Gandhi International Airport, an exciting vantage point to watch aircrafts taking off or touching down.

It offers an array of exceptional experiences and we were absolutely stunned by the same..!

GIN O’ CLOCK AT JUNIPER BAR! @andazdelhi 🍸

Juniper Bar is India’s first Gin Bar with 35 inhouse gin infusions and signature gin cocktails. We had a great time and some amazing infusion blends during our stay, an experience worth every sip.!Enjoy their signature blend – The Delhi’s Fire.. One can enjoy Unlimited House Infused Gin at Rs.3000 plus taxes between 11 am to 10 pm

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Artisan Sunday Brunch @annamayadelhi 

The delightful Sunday Brunch can brighten up your Sunday afternoon with the AnnaMaya Artisan spread where you can explore a lavish farm-to-table meals packed with fresh flavours. Their chefs have designed a unique menu curated using organic, locally sourced produce. The food was absolutely delectable and the team at Andaz ensures a comfortable stay and an everlasting experience!


Timings: 01:00pm – 04:00pm Special packages starting INR 2500 /- Live Music to uplift your dining experience Choicest artisanal meals and a wonderful ambiance

Lastly, the safety and wellbeing of the guests is considered a top priority by @Andaz and hence, all precautionary Covid measures are being followed to ensure a safe and comfortable experience! You may visit them with a relaxed frame of mind for a rejuvenating experience!

On that note, take care of yourself and shine bright..!!

Savour a Slice of Heaven at Roasted by Roseate, Vasant Kunj !

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Embark on a gastronomical journey and let the gourmand in you surrender to the delectable flavours. Our favourite patisserie is now open in Vasant Kunj, making hearts melt with its freshly baked breads & cakes..

With classy interiors and an impressive outdoor seating, Roasted by Roseate offers 15 varieties of breads accompanied with exotic marmalade jams and flavoured butters to go with! .Making it delightful with the moreish cakes & freshly brewed coffee! ☕

What’s brewing? Find out what’s inside your fortune cookie, I got mine @rbrvasantkunj @chef_anand_panwar 🍪

Just when the weather is perfect for a hot cup of coffee with the most beautiful view outside. Winters are the best time to indulge in delectable desserts, with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee. Roasted by Roseate is an absolute cafe of delight! Pay a visit to experience the best hospitality in town! It’s located at Vasant Kunj 🌟

Big Chill Opens Its Doors For Takeaways & Delivery Soon!

Big Chill Opens Its Doors For Takeaways & Delivery Soon!

Lockdown has been tough for all of us, but surely the toughest for foodies. The news of Big Chill starting its delivery & takeaway, brings happiness to the Delhiites, who were literally counting days to be able to relish their favourite Penne Alla Vodka.

No, we aren’t dreaming, we will get to eat our favourite pastas, pizzas, shakes, mississippi pie & blueberry cheese cake at the comfort of your home.

SOURCE: Big Chill shared this good news on their Facebook page, bringing smiles to many!,They announced by posting “We hope you and your family have been safe and well during these trying times. It is with great joy and happiness that we announced our reopening. We have been waiting with keen anticipation to say this, and now we finally can…. WE’RE BACK!!’

WHEN WILL THEY START THE DELIVERY?: Currently, their kitchen is under sanitation process. They will initially start with their takeaway service and later with their food delivery service.

TAKEAWAY OUTLETS: Kailash Colony and Khan Market

TIMINGS: Between 11 AM to 6 PM and calling beforehand is suggested!

We are truly excited and can not contain our excitement! Hope to hog lots of pastas soon enough! See ya later!

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