Planning our trip to Malaysia, we realized that we want to visit not only Kuala Lumpur sights, hand crafted human, but also natural attractions. To those above all belonged Batu Caves (Batu caves).
Although they are located 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur, getting to them is now much easier than before. Most the fastest and, as it turned out, the cheapest way is by train KTM Komuter (I already told you about Kuala Lumpur transport). And if you buy a ticket in the machine, you will have to choose station Sentul, because to Batu Caves the train began to go completely recently, and have not yet entered such a stop into the system. And at the checkout You can buy a ticket immediately to Batu Caves, which we did. Surprised price in 1RM one way. By the way, in the opposite direction each ticket cost 2 rm. Apparently, this is due to misunderstandings with the recently appeared station.
Direction signs at KTM Komuter station
The train to Batu Caves (Batu Caves)
Views on the way to Batu Caves
We go out into the street – to the left, though not very high, but amazing with their greatness, mountains going up, and ahead some strange The blue, slightly shabby gate is the entrance to the Batu Caves.
The inconspicuous entrance to the territory of the Batu Caves
Come in – you get into real India! Most of Visitors to Batu Caves are Indians (or Indians?) with Indians in colorful sarees. For them, this is probably casual wear, but it looks quite bright and festive, because of what the place seems more colorful.
Colorfully dressed visitors
Big indian family
Visitors to Batu Caves
In search of enlightenment and enlightenment
Someone comes to the caves of Batu sleep
Everywhere Indian music sounds, there is a big statue of some kind sacred blue monkey, and before entering the Batu Caves themselves – a huge 43-meter statue of the god Murug (by the way, this is the a large statue of this Hindu deity in the world). All because that this place is one of the most popular shrines of Hindus for outside of india. Here in January, they say, is generally a madhouse held under the name of the Taipusy festival Up a huge ladder to 272 steps are crowds of Indians, many of whom cling to the skin hooks to which heavy metal frames are attached – kavadi. Probably, it is very spectacular, albeit an amateur, but to the people during this period there is a huge amount.
Caves of Batu, neighborhood
Batu Caves and the statue of the god Muruga
In general, we talked a little bit with the monkeys at the entrance to the territory of the Batu Caves, headed for the stairs. Everywhere there are tents with real Hindu sweets, whose prices bite a little (for 3 tiny cake, they ask for 4 RM, which is about 40 rubles). BUT still everywhere are the sellers of fresh coconuts, which right when the buyer is chopped, inserted into a tube and served like a glass. AND Next to the seller, mountains of such “cups” are already being drunk.
The first, still friendly, because well-fed, local residents
Coconut Cup Preparation
On the very staircase, they unexpectedly met their acquaintances, with whom we met the day before, therefore, in conversations, a rise of 272 the steps went unnoticed.
Inside the cave is nothing special. In the corners there are statues of Hindu deities, tents with souvenirs, everywhere funny evil monkeys run around that attack people taking the food they brought with them.
272 steps to Batu Caves
Batu caves inside
Batu Caves – what’s inside
The man in this fight won!
Batu Caves – a look up
Batu caves inside
Inside the Batu Caves
Not only tourists come to Batu Caves
But still a lot of tourists
Batu caves inside
View from the main Batu Cave
During the descent back observed the same pattern of brutal attacks fearless monkeys on peacefully rising and carrying with them in small bags of food people. And if you do not give them this coveted bag, they hiss, they stare, and you understand that with this pretty little creature jokes are bad.
The touching picture of the stairs to the Batu Caves
Pranks of the Batu Caves
These bananas will obviously not be eaten by the gods.
View from Batu Caves descending
It was possible to visit two more caves there, but to one of them (Dark Cave) need special permission from Malaysian society protection of nature, but about the second we simply did not know, and therefore did not get there.
Dark Cave Dark Cave
Before we left, we ate a very tasty vegetarian meal in one of Hindu cafes. On a large palm (yes?) Sheet served by a handful lying rice and another three or four piles of different supplements, tasty but islet. And it is assumed that this whole dish is desirable to eat. hands, although the waiter prudently and brought us the devices realizing that we are farangi and little that we understand in the culture of eating.
Our humble meal
Now, oddly enough, remembering the Batu Caves, I understand that the brightest impression I left brave and shameless monkeys, although, of course, the place is both beautiful and meaningful.
Life hacking 1 – how to buy a good insurance
Choosing insurance is now unrealistically difficult, therefore, to help everyone travelers, I make a rating. To do this, constantly monitor forums, I study insurance contracts and use insurance by myself.
Life hacking 2 – how to find a hotel 20% cheaper
First, choose a hotel on Booking. They have a good base offers, but the prices are NOT the best! The same hotel is often possible find 20% cheaper in other systems through the RoomGuru service.