TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Let’s Light Up the Upcoming Deepavali by “Pusing Selangor Dulu!” and Visit these 6 Spots in Selangor!
The Festival of Lights is almost approaching, and it is a significant religious festival for all Hindus at this time of year. Deepavali is a day when families get together to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. However, nothing beats the joy of purchasing for new clothes, decorations, or eat out to round off Deepavali. In this article, you will find six great places to visit for Deepavali in Selangor!
Little India, Jalan Tengku Kelana, Klang
Klang’s Little India is one of the greatest places to buy for all things, from textiles, garlands of fresh flowers, and pieces of jewellery all the way to food. Even when there is no forthcoming event, this bustling road has a lot to offer tourists. The streets are usually crowded with people shopping and very full of life. Not to mention that the things provided here are as spectacular, with imported fabrics and sarees directly from India, making your brand-new outfits special particularly for the occasion.
When it comes to shopping choices, visitors of Little India are definitely spoiled with stores on parallel sides and vendors all around alleyways. Aside from shopping, you may also walk around the lot and find some of the most delicious Indian cuisines, breakfasts and desserts to start off your day or to replenish after. The best part about Little India in Klang is that there is a bazaar running every day starting from 11 am and lasts till Deepavali’s eve. So, head over there and get your Deepavali checklist completed!
Jalan Welman, Rawang
Do not be surprised but Rawang also has its own Little India located at Jalan Welman. It may not be as lively as other Little India, but it does have a variety of shops for you to buy beautifully designed sarees and accessories for your upcoming Deepavali celebration. Looking for flower garlands, prayer and altar items? Just drive to Jalan Welman and look for the many shops that sell them.
Not to mention, just like any other Little India, the restaurants available also serve your classic Indian dishes for you to enjoy before or after the shopping spree. Instead of coming all the way to Klang, locals from Selayang, Serendah and Batang Kali can just go to Rawang and shop for their festival essentials.
Sri Shakti Temple, Bukit Rotan, Kuala Selangor
You may drive to this wonderfully built temple if you want to learn more about Hindu culture and religion. Located at Bukit Rotan, Kuala Selangor, The Sri Shakti Temple was carefully erected in accordance with ancient writings or scriptures such as the Vedas, Agamas, and Sirpa (architectural) Sastras.
Painted in a single color, the shrine’s intricate carvings seem to stand out and appear more beautiful than your usual colorful temples. In light of Deepavali, the Sri Shakti Temple is a must-visit place to fully immerse yourself with the religion and appreciate the legacy of the Hindu community as well as be proud of their heritage. Just be sure to dress appropriately and respect it as a holy site.
Batu Caves is one of the biggest landmarks in Malaysia, along with its iconic golden statue by the long colorful stairs towards the temple inside the caves. While the hills are huge and beautiful, what makes them unique is that they are home to one of the largest and most prominent Hindu sanctuaries outside of India. It has always been the sacred place of worship for Hindus, yet it has also become a tourist attraction, with more than thousands of visitors, especially during festive seasons, such as Deepavali and Thaipusam.
Aside from Sri Shakti Temple, you may also visit Batu Caves to be captivated by the colourful celebration attire and religious rites performed by devotees. You may appreciate the natural ecology on site by looking at the rock formations, resident bats, and possibly even a trapdoor spider within the caverns, in addition to religious activities.
Yap Kee Banana Leaf, Klang
What better way to anticipate Deepavali celebration than to indulge yourself in an infamous Indian dish, banana leaf rice. It is a very popular dish from South India and heavily enjoyed by Malaysians, where white rice is served on heated banana leaf, along with delicious side dishes, such as mutton curry or turmeric cabbage. Better yet, try Yap Kee Banana Leaf, Klang.
A few walks away from Klang’s komuter station, Yap Kee Banana Leaf is a 98-year-old kopitiam, run by a Chinese man that also serves some of the more well recognized banana leaf rice in Malaysia. Expect traffic at the restaurant during lunch hour as it will get crowded for how cheap the whole plate cost. Choices also include classic Chinese kopitiam drinks so if you’re looking to enjoy this humble meal, head over to Yap Kee Banana Leaf.
Restaurant Saravanaa Bhavan, Petaling Jaya
Worry not for all the vegans out there because this one is for you. If you’re looking to enjoy Indian cuisines that are best suited for your no-meat preferences, visit Restaurant Saravanaa Bhavan. Located at Petaling Jaya, this vegan restaurant is a great choice for non-meat eaters, with a wide range of menu, including banana leaf rice, dosa and countless tasty Indian desserts for you to choose from.
They even have Chinese-inspired Indian dishes for those who want something different than the classic Indian cuisines. The restaurant itself also provides a cozy and spacious environment, so you can bring your entire family if they’re visiting for Deepavali. This restaurant also serves dairy for vegetarians, but you can always request the staff to swap them out.
If you’re inviting family over for the upcoming Deepavali celebration, these places are a great way to spend time together before the Festival of Lights arrives. Be it shopping for your mother’s new saree, or buying flower garlands for house decoration, or feeding your father some of the best Indian dishes out there, and even teaching your kids to appreciate their culture, it sure is a wholesome day for the whole family.
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