SRM Hotel Tiruchirapalli
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Eventually she was pointed in the direction of a nice hotel and although it was double our budget - a whole £20 a night, the AC was a real clincher and we took the room. By now the temperature outside had reached a searing 40 degrees so we were both glad to escape it. The room also had a fabulous bathroom with an amazing hot power shower to get the train dirt and dust off us. That extra £10 was well worth it!
... it puts the “Five Rathas” from Mammallapuram into context. These are the “chariots” that the ruins are modelled after. They seem to be modelled after temples in a bout of circular referencing. A few of the usual shrines and statues covered in burnt butter lead up to the inner sanctum. This had been bricked up and did not inspire photography. Around the sanctum were, in clockwise order, an elephant, a tree, and a drain. The elephant was depressing. ...
... blokes mucking around on one of the boats made from cloth and stray pieces of polystyrene, and across to the mainland further to the south. A peculiar feature of the gap between the two bridges was a series of massive twin concrete beams, just below the water, and connected to neither bridge. They may have had something to do with scour control, as there was a strong north to south current running.
Back on the mainland, we were entertained by a ...
... understood here. The word for caste, jobi, actually means species, so to their way of thinking different castes are different species. However, the Indians are much more tolerant than others of a wide variety of people.
But, but, you say, what about the terrible treatment of untouchables, the status of women, the animosity toward Muslims? How much of this is our western lens, how much the imperfect practice of the religion, how much politics, I can't say — or will ...
... by our hotel - I now know why there are so many buses that go passed our hotel! The chaos of Central Bus Stand was incredible. I've tried to capture it on video here but I don't think it really shows how chaotic it really was. The rows of buses that look like they are all just parked, aren't parked - they are trying to move along the road among all the other traffic and people (and cows!) and everything else you get in the road! In the video you will see a ...