Al Ain Zoo and Sheikh Zayed Mosque

After visiting Abu Dabhi Zoo, I headed to Al Ain also called the green city which is around 150 kms from Abu Dabhi. A 3 hour comfortable ride took me to the bus stand from where I was supposed to catch another bus to the zoo. Myself and another guy who also was heading to the zoo, asked the bus driver to notify us when we get to the zoo, which for some reason he forgot. Instead of going to the zoo, we landed at a mosque !!. The Jebel hafeet mountain range was visible from here and as we had some time I wandered around the place taking photos.

Jabel Hafeet Mountain Range



Once the photo shoot was over we headed back to the bus and this time the driver promised us he would inform us once we get to the zoo which he promptly did. The zoo was just round the corner from the bus stop and we reached the gates pretty soon. Paying the entry fee of 2o AED we headed inside.

The Al-Ain zoo is much larger compared to the Abu Dabhi zoo. The animals are kept in open enclosures and though glass protects the people, one can still get an up close view of the animals. The zoo is also categorized into diff sections and upon request at the entrance a zoo map is provided which shows all the animal / bird locations in the zoo.

The zoo being much larger took us about 4 hours to cover everything. The zoo has everything from lions, gorilla, birds, penguins and other animals

Al Ain Zoo









IMG_6866_resizeWith the zoo visit complete it was time to head back to the bus stand. Enroute i asked the taxi driver about the other attractions such as the museum and the fort which I was told were not too interesting. Due to time constraints, these could not visited

The next place to visit after coming back to Abu Dabhi was the sheikh zayed grand mosque which I visited the next day.

Sheikh Zayed mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world and is an impressive feat of architecture.

This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque



Interior of the mosque



IMG_6893_resizeSpending some time at the mosque i headed back to the hotel

Le Tour De Kaula Lampur – Part 1

Kuala Lampur the capital of malaysia would be my home for 27 days. The vibrant city has both its old world charm which blends in with the rapid industrialization and urbanization which has seen the city transform into a very beautiful city.

The city has a well maintained train routes which run across the city and cover most parts.  Apart from the train network there are numerous taxis which ferry people to anywhere based on a nominal fee. Ticket counters are present at all major transit points and one can hire taxis from elsewhere too. There is a also a wide number of buses which one can take to reach their respective destination.

Bus in Kaula Lampur

Note: People call central as sentral in KL. For KL Central locals called is KL Sentral

After a harrowing experience at the airport, my friend and I headed out to the petronas twin towers in the evening after relaxing for a while at our guest house. The twin towers is located at KLCC (Kuala Lampur City Central). Armed with the city’s rail network map we headed to the cental railway station.

Trains in KL are classified into 3 categories

  1. The monorail – which is used for short distance travel

The Monorail

  1. The KLexpress and KL Transit Express – which covers major stations in KL
  2. The KTM Kommuter – which covers old KL

KTM Kommuter

The ticketing system in KL is automated. A touch screen is present with various stations and one has to select the desired station. The amount will be displayed on the screen. Either put the change or notes and get the ticket.  An automated entry is located next to the touch screen which accepts the ticket(like a conductor in a normal bus).  Once the ticket passes through the automated counter a person can proceed to the train.

Train Ticket

The ticket has to be reinputed into the automated counter at the destination only then one can exit the station.

Automated ticket checking system

We got our tickets to KLCC (cost 1.60 RM) and boarded the train. A 10 min journey took us to our destination and to the twin towers. We spent some time doing a photoshoot at the towers before heading to KL Tower which is also a communication hub. Asking for directions we proceeded. KL Tower is a couple of minutes walk from twin towers.

View of Twin Towers from KLCC

Petronas Twin Towers

The KL Tower is located at Bhukit Nanas. A free shuttle service is available every 5 min which takes us to the base of the tower. Entry to other parts of the towers costs 38 RM which also includes a visit to the Bhukit Nanas Forest Reserve, which we decided to cover at a later date.

KL Tower

Location of KL Tower

We were wiating for the towers to be illuminated so that we could see the towers in all its glory. Our wish was granted soon. The lights went up and the tower was illuminated, and the sight was simply stunning.  Taking snaps at various angles we bid adeiu to the tower and headed back to KLCC to catch the train back to KL Central.  Since SuriaKLCC mall was adjacent to the towers we went there for a visit before heading back home

Petronas Towers Illuminated

View from Mall

This would be our first day of complete sightseeing in KL. We had planned on covering quite a few places starting with the famous Batu Caves present at the outskirts of the city.

As usual we took a train to Gombak station from where we hired a taxi to the caves. We informed the driver of our intention to cover zoo negara(National Zoo) also and then we asked him to drop us back to the station. After some hard negotiations we agreed on the following rates

  • Gombak to Batu – 20RM
  • Batu to  Zoo- 25 Rm
  • Zoo to Station – 20 RM

While driving to the caves, the driver showed us various locations where we could purchase duty free goods.

We reached batu caves in a short while. Taking the driver’s no we told him we would call him after completing our visit to the caves. Batu Caves is made 3-4 limestone cliffs and is dedicated to Lord Subramanya.

Batu Caves

Batu Caves from another angle

The huge statue of the Lord is present outside the caves.  The hindu festival Thaipusam is very famous here is celebrated at Batu caves each january. As per the driver, the main road leading to the caves is blocked as there would be a huge rush

Statue of Lord Subramanya

To reach the top one has to climb a series of 275 steps. The caves are home to various dieties and temples are located inside the temple. One can also see religious people performing ‘kavadi’ a dance in which one would pierce their nose and body with sharp instruments.  We spent some time at batu while taking snaps of the caves and the performances.

Kavadi Procession

Temple inside Batu Caves

With nothing much to do there we came down and headed to a duty free shop located close to the caves.  After checking the list of items, my friend decided to purchase a watch. Since it was duty free we didnt have to worry about customs. With the shopping complete, we called the taxi and asked the driver to drop us at the zoo.

Zoo Negara

The zoo negara or the National Zoo is one of the largest zoo’s in malaysia. Like any other zoo there is a wide variety of animals. The cost of entry is 38RM which includes entry to the aquarium and to the bird and butterfly park all located within the zoo itself. We roamed around the zoo for a couple of hours taking snaps of animals, and visited the aquarium and other parts of the zoo.

Animals inside the zoo

While coming out, we saw there was a animal show. Since we had enough time we occupied the seats and waited for the show to start

The show started 3 pm local time and the announcer introduced the trainer of a seal and a sea line to the auidence.

Based on the commands given by the trainer both the animals performed a few tricks like playing basketball, balancing the ball on their noses etc. The show lasted for half hour and later we made our way out of the zoo.

Animal Show

We called the taxi driver and told us to drop us back to the station. Tickets were taken to KLCC as we had plans of visiting the aquaria. We reached the aquaria and purchased tickets ( tickets to aquaria costs 35RM).

The Aquaria

The aquaria is supposed to be one of the largest aquariums int he world, it covers over 5000 sqaure feet showcasing nearly 150 species of fish from all over the world.

Different kinds of fish

The main attraction is the glass enclosed structure with water on either sides and sharks and other creatures swiming above.

Into the deep blue sea

Shark Attack

With the sun going down, we headed to KLCC park which was located just a few meters from main complex. After relaxing for a while we headed back to the central and back home thus concluding an eventful day

The experience inside the aquaria is simple awesome and this is one of the must see places in KL.

With the sun going down we headed to KLCC park located adjacent to the the main complex and behind the Suria KLCC mall. Relaxing for a while there, we headed back to the train station and then back home thus concluding an eventful day

Fountains in KLCC park

After a hectic day of travelling , my friend and I decided to cover a few places within the city. We chose the KL lake gardens as it had covered a lot of local sightseeing places and we knew it would take us almost half a day to cover them all.  With a delayed start, on sunday, we headed to the KL Cental to a train to the old kaula lampur station. All the places we wanted to visit were present in the same vincinity.

Old Kaula Lampur Railway Station

Our first attraction was masjid negra also called national mosque.

Masjid Negara

The place is located opposite to the old kaula lampur central railway station. We saw a huge crowd of photographers already present at the mosque. Making space for ourselves, i took a few snaps of the mosque.

View of Masjid Negara from outside

Visitors are permitted to go inside the mosque. In order to enter one has to wear traditional clothing which is provided at the enterance. Since me and my friend weren’t interested in visiting the mosque we moved to the bird park.

About the mosque

The KL bird park which is one of the largest walk-in free flight aviary . The park contains 3000 different variety of birds from all over the world. After paying an entry free of 45RM, we went inside the park and we were suprised to see the amount of birds present. There was also a bird show, which we spent some time watching.

After finishing our tour of the bird watch we went to the adjacent deer park, where we saw different deers which were either kept in enclosures or were roaming around. With nothing much to do, we headed to the national monument which was located a short distance from the deer park.

Deers in deer park

With humidity being high, we took a break at the hibuscus and orchid garden, where we saw different varities of orchids. Since many of them werent bloomed, we left the place after taking rest for some time.

Orchid Garden

We reached the national monument, which was located adjacent to the asean sculpture park.

Asean Sculpture Park

The monument is built in memory of the soldiers who died fighting against the communist insurgency in the late 1950’s. The entire statue is made of bronze.

National Monument

Bronze Statue commemorating the fallen heroes

A small photoshoot was done there and we went to the KL Lake gardens, where we could get some respite from the heat. After a short siesta at the park we headed back to our room as we had plans of visiting china town in the evening

KL Lake Gardens

Evening we headed to petaling street also called chinatown. The place is famous for its night bazar where lot of chinese goods are sold. This is a must visit place in KL as one can purchase various items (though authenticity cant be guarenteed 🙂 🙂 ).

China Town

With time still left to go back, we headed to a mall nearby to see if goods can be purchased. As many of the shops were about to close, we headed back to the guest house thus concluding another eventful day of sightseeing

Note:  I would like to apologize for the bad quality of a few snaps as I have taken them from my mobile.

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The snaps of the trip will be uploaded later

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