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Madurai

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  • Day8

    Night Market in Madurai

    November 28, 2017 in India

    The internet at our last location was very difficult. We spent two days in Thanjavur (highlights that I’ll have to update you on later) and are now in Madurai for the next two days. Madurai, the oldest inhabited city in India, has a population of 1.4 million making it only the 4th largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu which is the area we have been traveling for the last week. It is nicknamed ‘temple city’ and is home to a very significant 17th century temple which we are going to see today.

    Last night we walked around the night market, wending our way through throngs of pilgrims, families, shoppers, and sellers crammed into long narrow corridors in the centuries-old massive granite pavilion next to the temple that now serves as an indoor market space. The labyrinth of alleyways are organized around sections where all the same goods are sold. A long alley of gold braid and beads for dresses. An alley of men sewing dresses and shirts on foot pedal sewing machines. Another long row overflowing with brass temple ware: candlesticks, pots, and tiny bowls to hold the lighted oil candles. A long row of booksellers with school books in Tamil, Hindi, and English for kindergarten up to graduate level stacked up precariously high in boxes behind them. And my favorite, the huge ‘kitchen store,’ several alleys of bowls, molds, strainers, utensils, huge aluminum and iron pots, and cast iron skillets that stand as high as my shoulder. Talk about ‘iron chef’!

    The area we are in now is inland from where we had been the previous week. It is a very tropical and prolific agricultural area. We passed cashew farms, coconut groves, banana plantations, rice fields, plus small groups of wandering cows, goats, and chickens. Our current hotel is on the side of a hill overlooking the city of Madurai and as I did my yoga on the veranda this morning I could hear chanting, drumming, bells tinkling—the sounds of a temple city welcoming the day.

    Here are pics from the night market and the view from our hotel room, looking over the city of Madurai. Also Ben helping the cashew seller roast her cashews over an open fire on the side of the road.
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  • Day25

    מיאקשינאגר

    February 8, 2016 in India

    מדוראי , מקדש באמצע מאגר מים

  • Day23

    Madurai

    October 29, 2015 in India

    Im Zug wurde ich leider 4 Stunden vor Ankunft vom Schaffner aufgeweckt und nach meinem Ticket gefragt. Natürich hatte ich das falsche. Er wollte einfach nicht kapieren, dass es das richtige sei, aufgrund der Verspätung des Zuges das Datum des Vortages drauf steht. Der Zug hätte nämlich um 23:55 abfahren sollen, erschien jedoch erst nach Mitternacht. Diesen Umstand wollte der nette Herr einfach nicht verstehen. Plötzlich kam mir wieder in den Sinn, dass ich in Indien bin, wo Korruption und Schmiergeld das alltägliche Leben bestimmt. Geldbörse gezückt, umgerechnet 10€ angeboten, und schon hat ich das richtige Ticket. So einfach kanns gehn. Leider konnte ich danach nicht mehr einschlafen und so langweilte ich mich im Zug knapp 3 Stunden mehr als nötig, da ich bis zur Ankunft hätte schlafen wollen. Endlich angekommen, das Hotel nur ums Eck und rein ins Zimmer. Der Kollege an der Rezeption wollte mir das Wlan Passwort geben, wusste es jedoch nicht. Als fragte er den Herrn neben ihm. Dieser machte ebenfalls das selbe. Der vierte Mann schrieb etwas auf einen Zettel, die anderen beiden überlieferten die Nachricht durch flüstern. Wie auch bei uns funktioniert stille Post eben nicht, also kam statt dem richtigen Passwort "taxi2015" soetwas wie "taxes2050" bei mir an. Ich ging die paar Schritte zum vierten Kollegen, nahm den Zettel und hatte ohne komplizierter stiller Post mein Passwort. Am Nachmittag besuchte ich den wirklich wunderschönen Meenakshi Tempel. Den Abend verbrachte ich ganz gemütlich beim Bummeln, da es hier nicht wirklich interessante Dinge anzusehen gibt und das Mahatma Gandhi Museum geschlossen hatte. Morgens um 5 Uhr gehts daher bereits wieder weiter mit dem Zug ans Meer um mich von den letzten Wochen in diesem chaotischen Land ein bisschen zu erholen.Read more

  • Day291

    Madurai

    October 19, 2017 in India

    My first train ride in India. The night was not the best one, my room mate from south Korea was drunk and noisy. He smelled like a whole liquor store.
    Anyway, half past six I stood up and packed. I did some small yoga exercises and waited for Senthil to pay the room. But he wasn't there, so I stored the money somewhere and wrote him. I went to the station, purchased a ticket and senthil arrived to say good bye ...

    If you think trains in sri lanka are stuffed and the possibility of more people in this vehicle doesn't exist, try a train in India. Pictures of people hanging at the outside of the train are quite common. There is just one rule: survival of the fittest. It's pure chaos. None could leave the train without fighting against the storming passengers towards the train. Incredible. For six hours I stood.
    As I arrived I needed to move. So I walked to my hostel. It was 2km away, but the walk was good.
    My guesthouse, hotel, hostel what ever it is, is OK. Far outside the town and very quiet. The stuff spoke barely English so it was challenging to get what I needed.
    As in most parts of Tamil Nadu I saw less white tourists. Maybe it's because of the off-season or its a less common spot for sightseeing. I don't know...
    I went out for some temples and someone told me I'm not allowed to enter with my Sarong or lungi, how they call it here. Either I had to wear shorts or a dothi, a white kind of lungi. So I bought a dothi because I don't like shorts.
    The temple are breathtaking, massive structures raising in the sky, higher than most buildings. The biggest one is the minakshi temple. It took me a half day to walk through. In most of the parts photography was prohibited, or extremely expensive. So I did some sneaky ones.
    In the end of the day I made more than 14km by walking. In the evening I called my family. Gina was happy because she was on her way back home and hadn't to cycle alone. 😉
    Afterwards I talked to mom. I told her about my plan to do a yoga retreat in the north.
    Eventually I went to bed early. The plan was to visit the Ghandi museum which is 6km away. The staff of the hostel told me to take a taxi but I'm on budget and like to walk as well. So I walked. Always an eye on my map and I found the right way easily.
    Some guys told me I can't enter the museum with a doth I. But I tried... And no problem.
    The museum was way more than I expected. It was a huge exhibition from ghandis beginning to his dead. With an amazing background of the Indian history. Very educational and perfect for the heat of the day.
    Here in madurai I booked the retreat in rishikesh and a flight from Chennai to Delhi on monday. It was cheaper then flying from madurai.
    Next morning my train left...
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  • Day12

    Madurai

    March 12, 2015 in India

    Eine Stadt im Nirgendwo, ohne Touristen und ohne Angebote für Hotels oder sonstige touristische Angebote! Wir steuerten die Stadt mit dem Bus an, eine wilde Abfahrt aus der Bergregion Kumily ging los und lies uns an der Rettungsaktion eines im Abgrund liegenden LKWs teilhaben, der vermutlich noch nicht lange dort lag! Viel zu früh erreichten wir den Airport, ein modernes Gebäude, mit einigen Stühlen, einem Shop, Drogenspürhunden und zig Personal. Im auf gefühlte 10 Grad runtergekühltem Abflugbereich schlugen wir die Zeit mit Lesen tot und wunderten uns bei den diversen Kontrollen:
    1. Manus indisches Visum sollte nicht korrekt sein, welches doppelt und dreifach beäugt und geprüft wurde...dabei wollten wir Indien ja bloss verlassen!
    2. Blumenkohl in Plastiktüten, diverse Gemüsesorten im Rollkoffer und Nagelknipser sind kein Problem im Flieger!
    3. Feuerzeuge sind komplett verboten...also Memo an uns: Morgen Feuerzeuge kaufen!
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