Madurai Ashok Itdc Hotel
Travel Blogs from Madurai
... 600 meter walk to our hotel turned into quite a challenge not only ‘cos of the tuk tuk drivers harassing us quite intensely. From the roof top of our hotel passing few dead pigeons I got a nice photo of our last destination the Madurai Temple - Sri Menakshi Temple. We had to leave all our cameras behind in a locker but we were able to make photos with my wife’s mobile phone of this stunning place and one of the highlights for ...
... the moment. We accepted the cake (not really having much of a choice) and posed for photos with his beaming entourage. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get the paper the next day to see if our picture had made it to the front page. But we did imagine the headline saying. “Mayor brings rain and cake to Madurai to mark his birthday – bringing people from all over the world to celebrate with him.”
Travelling on ...
... we said good bye to Christine.
Carl and I went to a village Pongal festival. There is a caption under the goaded goat. The fire twirler also attached a flaming bag to his hair by a very long, thin string and twirled it around. I was nervous.
There is a caption about child rearing in southern India under the surprised boy pic. We went to a fun fair and the ferris wheel does not have motor but is pushed around at high speed by several young men
... a white liquid substance, clearly a reference to the swelling of the days after the winter solstice. (What did you think it meant?) In the little temple in front of our hotel, a woman stirred the Pongal pot while locals came to pay their respects to Shiva. Several men threw coconuts on the ground, smashing them to pieces, a ritual sacrifice -- the coconut represents a head.
On our way to Madurai we stopped in a small village. Women had drawn ...
... journey up to Ooty took us 8000 metres above sea level and the bus wound around bends that had shear drops to the ground below, but the view was spectacular. There was a definite change in the altitude, with the air being much thinner it made walking up and down steps and hills so much harder than normal. And at night the temperature dropped to nearly 0 degrees, something we weren't used to and hadn't experienced for quite some time. Ooty's town was not much to write home about and ...
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