We began our day with what has become our usual breakfast: masala dosa at a small Indian cafeteria and we’re the only white faces in the crowd.
After breakfast we bought train tickets to the Batu Caves, a very religious location for Hindus. We were delighted to find “women only cars”:
And if you look more closely at the sign it clearly illustrates that heterosexual couples and single men are not allowed, but single mothers and lesbians are. It’s nice to be included on the sign. 😉
Arriving at the Batu Caves (the last station on the line) we were greeted by monkeys, long-tailed macaques to be specific:
The caves are guarded by a 43-meter high Murga statue, reportedly the highest in the world:
Left of the statue are 272 steps into the caves…
…which can seem rather daunting at the start looking up at them…
…however there are many monkeys to keep you distracted so the time goes by quickly. Inside are gorgeous stalactites with greenery and monkeys all around.
Mindy and Ligeia enjoyed spending several hours watching, photographing and interacting with the monkeys, one of the highlights of the trip. Here a monkey approaches Mindy, smells her shirt, and pinches her arm hair 4 times probably looking for lice. In short, Mindy was groomed by a monkey; how cool is that?
It is amazing how similar the macaques are to humans, from facial expressions to behavior:
We’ll leave you with this little baby monkey whose facial expression is priceless:
After a torrential downpour we went for dinner (Indian yet again) and relaxed for the rest of the evening.
Stay tuned for our adventures tomorrow.
Mindy and Ligeia :):)