Paradise on earth.
The day after our wedding we went to Mauritius. Everyone that has arranged a wedding, knows that it is a stressful time with lots of ups and downs. So we decided that we wanted to take a break and enjoy our new journey as a married couple, and each others company in beautiful relaxing surroundings. Plus there is nothing better than a vacation with beautiful beaches, palms and a lots of sun so you can use some of your summer clothes.
Mauritius is an island nation located in the middle of the Indian Ocean about 900 km east of Madagascar. The island has an area of approximately 1900 km². Large parts of the island is covered with green sugar cane plantations. The language is English and French. The Island is beautiful and as you can see on the pictures there are so many beautiful landscaps with waterfalls and volcanoes. Our hotel La Plantation Resort & Spa was a 4 star hotel, very nice hotel with beautiful surroundings. But if you do decide to go to Mauritius you definitely need a car, or take a cab because it is quit difficult to get around without any transportation.
We visited the Ganga Talao, a Hindu temple at the lake in the centre of the island. This temple is well known and an important pelgrimage place.The most practiced religion in Mauritius is Hinduism practiced by the Indian and Tamil communities in Mauritius. This religion and its local variants are practiced all over the country in temples and other places of worship. The most sacred of sites for this religion in Mauritius is not far from the Mauritian town of Curepipe, at Grand Bassin Lake. Several temples and a spectacular statue of Shiva are to be found on the shores of the lake. Around 20% of the Mauritian population is Muslim.The oldest mosques in Mauritius are Al-Aqsa in the capital Port Louis and Rivère Citron Mosque ; they were both built over a century and a half ago. Jummah Masjid is an architectural gem and is worth a trip to the Mauritian capital for a visit, if you are Muslim or just a curious visitor. Muslims in Mauritius live in perfect harmony with their religion and other religious faiths in Mauritius. Despite the small number of Christians on the island, there are many churches. There are more than 20 churches to visit and the prettiest is certainly the church at Cap Malheureux.Buddhism is Mauritius’ fourth religion, but with only 1% of the population practicing, its impact on Mauritian culture and society is not very great. This religion was brought to Mauritius by Asian migrants at the beginning of the 19th century when there was a free immigration policy in Mauritius. Mauritius is a beautiful country with harmony and respect for the free practice of all religions, and as a tourist you fell the calm and peaceful atmosphere among the people.
We went on a catamaran to the most beautiful island Ile Aux Cerfs. The island is famous for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and big selection of activities and facilities. In Ile Aux Cerfs you are sure to have a day of relaxation and fun on one of the picture-postcard beaches, and to enjoy a swim and snorkeling in the lagoon.