Thursday, November 28, 2013

Angkor Wat - Cambodia (Part 2)


Three solid hours had already passed by.So fast, just like that, we then met up with our tour guide and walked to one of the Khmer eateries along the road side. Eat @ Khmer ! restaurant. Lunch? Oh yes please. Please, we were all hungry as cows. Approximately an hour for lunch, our local guide switched placed with a local guide. A tall lanky young guy who spoke Cambodian English, such a simple and humble person. Really a pleasant tour guide, but seemingly he looked tired and run down. Must be working hard for his money by walking alongside one group tour after the other, only he knows how many times in a week. We too started walking with him and by this afternoon hour, sun had already peaked atop, tiredness too was slowly pulling us down. Nevertheless, I guess when you walk alongside happy, cheerful and people who are utterly motivated in seeing more of Angkor Wat, you won’t sulk. Mind you, some of my tour buddies were so much older than me, and they can walk.

So, we walked together into the huge Angkor complex. 500 acres equivalent to more than 300 football fields, 215 feet tall with nine spires and the largest temple in terms of land size. The heartbeat of Angkor Wat is the central tower, also, regarded as the framework for concluding your Angkor Wat sightseeing. We walked the long walk, we then climbed the steep staircase to bow and pray at Vishnu and other Hindu gods. More blessings will be bestowed if you are willing to pay the locals, even at the Temple of City. A prayer will be said prior to a yellow or red string tied around your wrist. Did I pay? I did. Not once, a few times actually, though I can’t confirm if money is the dialing tone for god’s blessings, really, I don’t know. But, I did feel good because I knew that my money is the survival kit for the locals. Logically, such small good deeds, may, assumingly will put you in God's good hands? Hopefully. Hopefully, I will be assured of another travel venture? You think so? 










We then climbed another really steep stone stairway by holding tight to the side railing and once we were up there, we viewed the cravings on the stone walls. Each symbolically meaningful to the history of Angkor Wat. Upon returning down, we rested for a while, finally, a 360 degrees turn before bidding bye-bye to Angkor Wat. Oh, it’s not over yet. The must do for such a tour, usually packaged together, is sunset watching. 

Walk again, yes, walk again please, all throughout the dusty uphill slope. Thereafter, stand in the long queue, prior to climbing again to step foot in Bakheng Mountain where Phnom Bakheng temple is, a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and built at the end of the 9th century. Five minutes most to most, sunset will be over. That’s all? That’s all. 



Really, I can't help but wonder what’s with this whole sunset watching hype? Don’t get me wrong. I know it’s one of the highlights in Angkor Wat. To tell you’re the truth, I actually can clearly see sunrise and sunset every day in front of my house, which by the way is equally stunning. Then again, if I didn’t do it in Angkor Wat, I definitely would have ended up as a travel loser among those who speak highly Angkor Wat sunrise or sunset watching. Beat me why?  

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22 comments:

  1. Lovely Nava. Wish I hv your energy to walk as much as you

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  2. wonderful pics n beautiful place..:)

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  3. Truly a majestic place but i don't like it being too commercialize.

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  4. I love visiting historical places.. :) this is heaven for me
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  5. Wonderful places and love the sunset pic!! how amazing it looks!! Keep updating more :)

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  6. Wow! Nava, you've covered some of the places I haven't even set foot on. This is certainly in my must-go list too!

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  7. picturesque and so beautiful Cambodia is....thanks for sharing these awesome snaps :-)

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  8. Beautiful clicks, I am so excited to see the temples it was like I was walking through them... these steps and towers are beautiful... Back in Tamil Nadu most of the temples on the hills we will climb up the steps, these pics reminded me all those....

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  9. Lucky to visit such a beautiful historical place. Loved going through the pictures. Angkor is on my wishlist. Your holiday must have been wonderful!
    Happy weekend!

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  10. Beautiful temples and statues..thanks Nava for taking us there without leaving home.

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  11. perfect clicks, I adore the patience in you clicking and writing about places you had been to, The snaps somehow remind me of India, feels as though I was in some Indian place when I went through the pics

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  12. Def this temple is a mater piece in cambodia.i have seen some show regarding the history of the temple in smithsonian channel.The king died before this temple was built, and more about the coloring, why some of the color remains some not and how it was while built .Many many things .Very happy to see these pictures in your site

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  13. nice clicks Nava... Angkor wat is my list for sometime now u r tempting more

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  14. Recently went Bsngkok and surprised to see people worship our Ganesha. My next visit would be Combodia only as I want to see our historical temples there. Also if you mention what tourist you went, what places to visit... It would be helpful for people like me...

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  15. This surely looks better than the history book's version....would love to visit it once in my lifetime!!

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  16. what a great journey.....
    i;m feeling that i just needed to take a raunaway travelling now...
    lucky you my friend!

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  17. very beautiful clicks..........lucky to visited such historical places.I would also love to visit these places in future.
    Shobha
    www.shobhapink.blogspot.in

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  18. What a spectacular place. Beautiful sunrise pictures.... oh my god you have to climb up and down those steep stairs. How many are they?

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  19. Lovely pictures! I have friends from cambodia and heard lot about the place. Your pictures are doing justice. Such a beautiful blog you have!

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  20. Lovely clicks Nava ! Thanks for the virtual tour..I've seen this location in movies and thought that this was somewhere in India :) The architecture is so similar to our own Indian architecture :)

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  21. Hi Nava, thanks for the tour. Interesting place to visit, the scenery and architecture are excellent.

    Have a nice day.

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  22. This temple is a master piece I want to visit it for a very long time, hope I will pretty soon.

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