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Best Indian food in Kuala Lumpur

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Looking for the best Indian food in Kuala Lumpur on your trip to Malaysia? The four restaurants in this article will allow you to experience the best dishes of this cuisine outside the Subcontinent…

1) Ganga Deli and Café

Located outside of the touristy centre of KL, Ganga Deli and Cafe is a locals secret that can be found in the neighbourhood of Bangsar, about a kilometre west of the Mid Valley commuter rail station.

Upon stepping into its interior, it can be easy to dismiss this place, as its spartan appearance and lack of décor can lead one to believe that the quality of the cuisine here is similarly mediocre.

However, the opposite is true, as all the energy and resources of this restaurant is directed towards the quality of its dishes, as it exclusively serves vegan offerings that will change your opinion towards this code of eating.

2) Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju

Looking for a place in Bangsar with dishes that cater towards those looking to consume meat or other animal products?

Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju is the establishment you’ll want to check out instead. Here, Southern Indian cuisine is the specialty, with a variety of curries, lentils, and pickled vegetables being served atop a banana leaf.

While one can dine out front on its porch, it also has an air-conditioned interior that can help you retreat from the worst of KL’s muggy days.

3) Fierce Curry House Bangsar

Easily accessible from Bangsar station, one of many available within Kuala Lumpur’s robust mass transit system, the Fierce Curry House is a wonderful place to get your fill of some of the best dishes that the Subcontinent has to offer.

While its namesake meal is wonderful, this place is also well known for its biryani rice. Another great choice is its banana leaf rice combo, which gives you a full array of South Indian foods for the low price of 6 Malaysian Ringgit (roughly $2 USD).

4) Delhi Royale

Want a place that is fancier than the hole in the wall suggestions in the rest of this article? Delhi Royale fits that profile to a T, though it will still keep your final bill to a reasonably low amount.

Despite the huge menu, the quality of food remains high from the front page to the back, defying a convention that states that the more items a menu offers, the worse a place is at cooking any of the meals contained therein.

Located in the heart of KL, it is the perfect place to end your trip in Malaysia on a high note.

Temple trampling on the island of Java in Indonesia

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Looking to go temple tramping on the island of Java in Indonesia? This guide will guide you through some of this heavily populated isle’s most important Buddhist and Hindu ruins … let’s get started below!

1) Borobudur

Constructed in the 9th century AD near the present day location of the cultural centre of Yogyakarta, Borobudur used to be the centre of Buddhist worship on the Indonesian island of Java. With over 500 Buddhist statues and 2,600 reliefs, it is one of the most significant Buddhist temples in the world and despite Indonesia’s present day overwhelming adherence to Islam, it is still considered to be one of its greatest national treasures.

2) Prambanan

While the centre of Hindu influence in Indonesia can be found in Bali these days, this religion used to have followers across Java and the country as late as the 14th century, which is when Islam became the dominant faith of most citizens.

During the heyday of Hinduism, Prambanan was the religion’s most significant temple on the island of Java, as its construction portrayed God as the Trimurti, (creator, maintainer and destroyer of life), With a location that is within an easy drive of Yogayakarta (17 kilometres northeast), this temple can be done on the same or successive days from this famed tourist destination in Indonesia.

3) Sewu

A Buddhist temple constructed in the 8th century, Sewu is the second largest relgious site of its kind in Indonesia after Borobudur.

Infused with legends by locals that proposed that these ruins were cursed, the rediscovery has instead unearthed more of this island’s pre-Islamic heritage in a ruin that is one of the largest complexes in the Prambanan area.

4) Pawon

Built around the same era as Borobudur and Prambanan, Pawon temple was built with an amazing symmetry with the other two temples, leading archeologists to conclude that they are symbolically related in a manner that has yet to be fully understood.

Some has posited that Buddhists would visit this temple to purify their minds before entering the far more sacred grounds of Borobudur, though others have kept their minds open to other possibilities.

5) Ceto

Ceto temple was built in the 15th century on the slope of Mount Lawu, making it one of the the last Javanese Hindu temple to be built before royal courts throughout the land declared Islam to be the state religion.

While the cultural significance of this temple is not as intense as Prambanan, the mountain views and the circumstances under which is was constructed make it a great place for spiritual introspection.