I was first introduced to Malaysia by my College friend, Swati. She lived there for 4 years and was always singing praises of Kuala Lumpur. ‘Is it that wonderful!?’ I asked her multiple times. Her point was vouched by Malaysia, Truly Asia commercial airing on TV Channels those days. So, one day I surfed all about this city of high-rise buildings and cosmopolitan culture. I must tell you, I fell in love with it for multiple reasons, each being stronger than the other. Since then, it has become my Dream Asian Destination.
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If we start a tour of this city, we can spend at least a day in Kuala Lumpur by visiting various museums. National Museum, also called Muzium Negara has exhibits and art-work on Malay history, Chinese culture, vintage automobiles, flora and fauna and National Art Gallery showcases beautiful architecture. There are more than 2,500 pieces of art, both from Malaysian and International artists under one roof. It’s like an extravagance of art! Another gem in this fascinating city is Agong’s Palace, also called Istana Negara. It is the formal residence of Malaysian King and is adorned with lavish gardens, swimming pool, tennis courts and a royal museum. There is Changing of Guard’s Ceremony in the Palace and it’s an absolute delight to watch the performance. If I ever visit there, I will surely time my trip to watch royal guards perform.
What I am looking forward to explore as a family adventure is Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Batu Caves. Located adjacent to Lake Gardens, Bird Park has more than 200 species and makes an amazing fun time for kids. Though Batu Caves are little outside the city but one can’t miss them when you visit Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves is a limestone formation dating back millions of years. The labyrinth of caves and Lord Murugan statute makes it one of the most popular Hindu shrine outside India. This place is extremely popular with Indians visiting Kuala Lumpur. 272 steps leading to the top gives a mesmerizing view, both on the way and on reaching the top.
Another beautiful feature of Kuala Lumpur is amalgamation of cultures. Little India is a sneak peak into Indian food, clothes and culture. With fresh garlands, aromas of steam cooking and silk sarees displayed in stores, no wonder, it is often referred to as Madras without the Madness…And Chinatown undoubtedly offers everything Chinese in one place. But Malaysia being a muslim country, one can’t afford to miss the beauty of National Mosque. With an awe-inspiring architecture and pious inside, it’s one of those places that stays in your mind forever. With its serenity, this place leaves an impression in your mind and you bask in the divine energy present there.
Who hasn’t heard of Petronas Towers? This 88 storey beauty has become the logo of Kuala Lumpur. Not only the sky-high beauty giving the spectacular view of the city from Observation Deck but the Suria KLCC Mall beneath it, is a treat. One can buy luxury brands at a great discount there. What I would love to explore during the day is the park surrounding twin towers that features the framed Lake Symphony and a children’s park. Also, I have heard that there are signboards indicating great spots to take photos of the twin towers. What fun idea to create picture perfect memories! Another skyscraper, KL Tower, is a architecture marvel. With its thin tower base and a magnificent round structure on top, it gives stupendous view of the city from the observation deck.
Petronas Towers and KL Tower in one frame
Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s paradise. From luxury stores offering heavy discounts in KLCC Mall to easy-on-pocket Jalan Petaling Street in Chinatown, this city doesn’t leave anyone disappointed. However, the actual paradise is Bukit Bintang. With retail stores, cafes, up-scale bars, special night market and a variety of street food, you can spend at least a day there without missing anything. Shop till you drop, goes perfectly with this place.
Now, food is something you can get enough of in Kuala lumpur. From Chinese to Indian, from Malay to Western and from fine dining to street food, one has so much to choose from. The biggest advantage of Kuala Lumpur is its easy mode of transport. It has an impressive train network. There is express train connecting the airport to the main city and sky train which covers half of the city area. One should not miss Sky Train, as it gives spectacular view of the city. Also, it is cheap, fun and saves time.
So, when you get ease of travel, easy-on-pocket shopping, fun activities for entire family, mouth-watering variety of food, beautiful museums, royal palace and two famous sky-scrappers in one city, wouldn’t it be anyone’s dream destination? It truly makes Asia beautiful and attractive on world map. And what’s amazing is that AirAsia has special flights and fares, that makes easy for everyone to visit this beautiful city. Their tagline, ‘Now Everyone Can Fly,’ sounds so apt. With World’s Best Online Travel Fair on AirAsia, I think my dream to fly and explore this city will come true very soon.
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