Nestled in the heart of Mauritius, the shimmering waters of the Ganga Talao surrounded by infinite verdant stretches form a spectacular canvas of colors. A revered site of Hindu worship in Mauritius, magnificent statues and temples characterize the pellucid waters of this lake. Formerly known as ‘Pari Talao’ due to the folktales associated with it, the lake was renamed after the sacred Indian river, Ganga. The alabaster Sagar Shiv Mandir on the lake shores is one of the most revered Hindu shrines in Mauritius. Home to the tallest statue in Mauritius, the 108 feet (33 meters) tall Shiva statue dominates other figurines of Hindu deities. Displaying spectacular vibrancy and devotion, thousands of pilgrims walk barefoot to the lake during the grand celebrations of Mahashivratri.
Backdropped by the infinite waters of the Indian Ocean, the Notre Dame Auxillatrice is one of the most charming sites of Mauritius. Located in the village of Cap Malheureux, the whitewashed Roman Catholic church, topped with a striking red roof, is an embodiment of the tranquility that Mauritius offers. Intricate stone-carved altar housed in the interiors is a sight to cherish for many tourists. The church, built as a tribute to victims of an unfortunate shipwreck, is a popular photo-op destination for couples.
Mauritius is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean around 900 kilometers (560 miles) east of Madagascar and part of the Mascarene Islands. This archipelago is home to an amalgam of cultures, including Hindu, Creole, Chinese, Muslim and European populations. It offers a wide variety of activities amidst its temperate climate and tropical landscapes. Try to visit the shopping and entertainment paradise of the Grand Bay! Let yourself be lured by the turquoise lagoons and fine sand of the relaxing Pereybère beach! Finally, if you are more of an adventurer than a creature of comfort and relaxation, check out the Balaclava ruins or visit the island's biggest Hindu temple, Maheswarnath, dating back to 1819. Do visit Mauritius today!
A grand example of Colonial architecture, the Château of Réduit has stood the test of time, having survived a cyclone and several modifications over the years. Completed in the year 1749, this mansion has been the home of prominent statesmen, including the Governor Pierre Felix Barthelemy David, who was also the architect of this grand structure. Today, it is the residence of the President of Mauritius. Besides the main structure, there are also beautiful gardens that surround the Chateau, which are also the venue for important cultural events.