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Mauritius Travel guide for Indians

April 17, 2019

Mauritius Travel guide for Indians

After visiting Mauritius, Mark Twain said “was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius." This heaven in the Indian Ocean has 68% Indian population along with African Creole, Chinese and Europeans. How great is that? The most common language is Mauritian Creole which is based on French. The other languages spoken are English, French, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bhojpuri and Mandarin. So take your pick and chances are you will be understood.

Pereybere is the focus of Mauritian Tourism and was voted the world’s best beach in 2010. You can indulge in almost every beach activity or water sport. Nearby are economical self –contained apartments and luxury five star hotels along with shops, restaurants and sea resorts.

The Triolet Shivala Temple is situated in the village of Triolet, known for being the longest and largest town in Mauritius. The Shiva Temple was built in 1819. Besides the temple, the place is also known for the ‘Solitude Lake ‘and the ‘Tower’, an ancient sugar factory chimney.

Port Louis, the capital is a charming city. A walk through the different neighborhood will bring alive the history of the city and its diversity. The La Place D’Armes in the city center and the Government House built in 1738 are both imposing structures. But more interesting than these is the Aapravasi Ghat, a UNESCO site and the place where the indentured workers from India first arrived.

Jardin Botanique de Pamplemousses is a world famous botanical garden with some extremely rare specimens. Her you can see giant Lilies, the rare Talipot palm that flowers once in 60 years and then dies. The garden was created in 1767 by Frenchman Pierre Poivre.

Domaine du Chasseur in the south-east is a 1,950 acres nature reserve and visitors can choose between 5 to 15 km. long walks. With herd of 1,000 deer and wild boars and rare trees and birds, it also has a very panoramic restaurant.

Coloured Earths of Chamarel is one of the oddest sites of Mauritius. These denuded dunes of volcanic rock have very contrasting colors. The beautiful Charmel waterfalls are a short drive away.

Casela Safari and Bird Park you can literally walk with Lions for an hour in the open. Located in the south-west of Rempart Mountains and rolling countryside, the park has four thematic worlds, namely , Nature, Mountain and Water and discovery/learning. The Bird Garden of Casela is the home of the world’s rarest bird, the Mauritian Pink Pigeon.

P.S. The Island of Reunion, a French possession is just 180 km from Mauritius and there is a regular ferry and air connection. If you have the time and inclination, you could visit it too.

Mauritius is in the southern hemisphere, with a mild climate and a hot destination for tourists all year round. So if you plan to go, book early to avoid disappointment and high tariffs. For expenses, EbixCash World Money’s Multi-Currency Forex card is your best option. With its ease of use and built in security you just cannot beat it. Don’t forget to get travel insurance as well. Contact us Now!

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