The irritation and fatigue due to the long wait for the room, and disturbed sleep during the night were flushed out by a hot and relaxing shower.
We were very hungry when we walked into 'Taman Sari' ('Garden of flowers' in Malay) for the complimentary breakfast. It was a sprawling dining hall with a beautiful garden view comprising of a swimming pool. A great variety of breakfast dishes prepared to please diverse palates of people coming from different cultural backgrounds were lined up on the counter. Coconut rice parcels were attractively arranged in baskets. Chana Masala, Dal Makni and other hot and spicy curries were steaming in their pots. I opened an enticing parcel of coconut rice, and quickly learnt that the locals enjoy it garnished with wedges of boiled eggs and fried anchovies!!! Needless to say, I landed up wasting one parcel!
|Coconut rice known as Nesi Lemak in a conical parcel and Mini Camai Rotis|
Mini Camai rotis - hot and crunchy, looked very inviting. Curries, Pastas, noodles, strawberry yogurt, mango yogurt and many more dishes vied with one another. A whole row was dedicated for bread varieties. Ten people could toast their bread at the same time using the huge open bread toaster. Butter and cheese varieties were sumptuous. The colourful cut fruits and the fresh vegetable salad section was very attractive and there were three or four salad dressings to pick from. Yummy cakes, croissants and other desserts added the finishing touch, while coffee and tea were served at the table. An interesting pastry was a light bun stuffed stuffed with sweet potatoes and dusted with powdered sugar .
We were astounded when suddenly the 400-million-year-old lime stone hill with caves carved out by nature, loomed in front of us.The sight of the flight of 272 steps which disappeared into the cave entrance, the overhanging stalactites in the rocky archway, and the gigantic golden Murugan Idol at the foot of the hill were breathtaking. Yes! We had reached The Batu Caves where the Pattumalai Murugan is enshrined.
|Gigantic Golden Murugan|
There was a row of eateries where they served vegetarian as well as non vegetarian food all along the street. The tables and chairs occupied three fourths of the space of the adjoining foot path.The hot and sugary tea served in tall glasses was a great relief after the cold Parota and dal meal. Regretting the rain which had spoiled our sight seeing, we rested for some time in our room.
The sky had cleared all of a sudden and we decided to take a walk nearby, kick started by the hot coffee we prepared by ourselves in our room. Jalan Raja Chulan is one of the arterial roads which connects a network of numerous other Jalans, crisscrossing the entire City Center. Far down the road, we entered a sky walk which lead us to busy shopping centers and malls without having to worry about the traffic.
|The Sky walk|
|A view of the world's tallest twin towers- The Petronas -clicked from the sky walk.|
|Ray Fish in the aquarium|
As we felt that we could not do full justice to a buffet meal which had only few 'really' vegetarian options, we decided to have a small a la carte meal.The banquet manager was concerned as he had realized that we were hard core vegetarians. He arranged for a simple but delicious meal specially prepared for us. Saffron Pulav with nuts and raisins, a spicy mixed vegetable curry (they use a lot of red chillies), Cucumber Raita, fried Papads, sweet pickles and curds were more than what we wanted.
After a good nights sleep and a good breakfast in the morning, we set out for the real sight seeing. Our taxi driver who promptly took over the role of a guide as well, said that we would first visit the Istana Negara, the royal Palace of the King.
|The Royal Insignia|
|The Palace gate|
|The Thean Hou Temple|
|One of the Goddesses|
|The National Mosque|
|The Prayer Hall|
|A blue grey bird with a crest|
|Is this a white Pheasant?|
|Carrot and Tofu Porial, and Greens Koottu|
|Paneer Matar And Cauliflower and Potato Curry|