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Smiles & waves - where I took a photo every 21 seconds

Sitting back and relaxed during this 2 hour eco-friendly tour, being pulled along by a bicyclist on a cycle rickshaw saw the city sights at a slower pace and from street level.

How do I judge if I have Iiked a day? Often by the number of photos that I take. Well in these two hours took 343 or one every 21 seconds. No, I am not a Japanese tourist. Click ... click ...click

Again I will let the photos do the talking as to what I saw and experienced.

Felt like hundreds of not only children but also adults who were waving and smiling to us as we pass through several suburbs.

Tekla

Tekla

Prem

Prem

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No doubt will be my photobook cover photo.

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Had a stop and stretch for not only us but mofor the guys peddling and saw some weaving.

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Tekla

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Tekla and Kinjal

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Nina and Sophie

Nina and Sophie

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These 2 hours were certainly a highlight of the trip for me. Unfortunately this form of transportation is becoming less and less with fewer guys prepared to take on this sort of lifestyle. Yes, it is not only for us tourists but also for locals who will want to go short distances.

Dinner back at the hotel's Dakshin a multi-cuisine restaurant with the Lasooni Paneer Tikka = paneer and spinach cooked in a saffron based gravy clay pot rupees with the vegetable pulao 150 rupees / NZ$3.20 / US$2.30. I had expected the meal to come out in the clay pot but alas not so. It was cooked in a clay pot! All up with the Lime soda 50 rupees / NZ$1.00 / US$0.80 came to 368 rupees / NZ$7.80 / US$5.70.

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laundry for my pants

Posted by bruceontour 12:47 Archived in India Tagged cycle_rickshaw maduri Comments (0)

Meenakshi Temple

Day 11 Meenakshi Temple Madurai

Off to Meenakshi Temple.

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Visited the gorgeous Meenakshi Temple which is considered to be the finest in South Indian religious architecture. This enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva and his consort Parvati, or Meenakshi. Even before passing through the massive stone walls of the temple, the nine striking gopurams (monumental gateways covered with stucco figures of deities, mythical animals and monsters all painted in vivid colours) loom high above.

Wikipedia has an excellent breakdown about the temple.

I will let my i phone pictures do the talking as no camera were allowed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meenakshi_Temple

http://www.maduraimeenakshi.org/

http://www.culturalindia.net/indian-temples/meenakshi-temple.html

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/asia/india/meenakshi-amman-hindu-temple/

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Prem and local guide Nagendra

Prem and local guide Nagendra

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Denise

Denise

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Stand here

Stand here

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Look there

Look there

This is what you see

This is what you see

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Denise and Sophia

Denise and Sophia

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I just loved the ceilings and floors.

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Talk about being crushed

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The Thousand Pillar Hall contains 985 (instead of 1000) carved pillars.

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Love how this person in pink could have been easily part of the murals.

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Some of the 985 carved pillars.

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Sugar cane

Sugar cane

While writing this blog after the trip … Wow ... we are lucky to be one of the last public to be able to take our own photos inside Meenakshi Temple as now even mobile phones with its cameras are banned. Plenty on Google images anyway but that is not the point.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/how-to-visit-madurai-meenakshi-temple-1539720

After visiting the temple complex, visited a handicraft shop to capture the temple view from their roof top. I kind of suspected as we came down the different floors looking at the different craft items on display that it was a sales trap for the unwary ... “Do you want to buy …”

No, I didn’t want to buy a silk carpet nor a wooden carving but happy to take some photos as my memory.

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Just before reaching the bus, saw a street side tattoo artist at work. Yes, he was wearing gloves but …

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Then back on the bus and off for lunch ...

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Hotel Supreme’s Gurya Vegetarian Restaurant for a plate of Hakaua vegetarian noodles 110 rupees / NZ$2.30 / US$1.70 plus being hot the beer 210 rupees / NZ$4.40 / US$3.25. All up 326 rupees / NZ$6.90 / US$5.00.

http://www.hotelsupreme.in/

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Posted by bruceontour 02:52 Archived in India Tagged temple maduri Comments (0)

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