Trip to Mauritius during Dhanteras and Diwali

We got up and headed towards the breakfast buffet. They pick us up after breakfast and we go to the airport. We take the 1:15 flight to Mauritius. We spend 5 eternal hours brushing the knees in all the places and without knowing how to put on. We arrive at the island before dusk. Even so we can see with the last lights of the day with the silhouette of Le Morne and the endless beaches that await us.

We got off at 6:30 pm from the flight, took suitcases and board a minivan to reach our accommodation in Mauritius in Flic en Flac, one hour away from the airport. We arrived at the hotel and as soon as we got out of the car we get a warm welcome from women who look more beautiful with the mehndi in their hands and feet.

After the reception they take us to our room, and in spite of being at night, what we see we still like more with the hotel decorated in dazzling lights for Diwali with traditional lamps and the creation of a giant mandala in rice and colored rangoli. Indeed, we were there on the day of Dhanteras during the festivities of Diwali, the festival of lights, which is a major celebration here.

It is easy to understand the atmosphere that reign throughout the island on the same day but also during preparations. There are immense gardens, open restaurants, bars by the beach and there seems to be a lot of guests. And this is because the extension of the hotel is immense and the guests are spread out over a long stretch of beach.

We enter the room and see that it is not out of place with the rest of the hotel. It is on the ground floor, it is large and cozy at the same time. One step away is the pool and two steps away is an amazing beach. In addition, we have a welcome gift from the hotel with a bottle of champagne (which by the way was over that same night), a box with sweets, snacks and something else. Enchanted with what we see, we unload the junk and go out.

We left for Triolet. There is incredible traffic jam in the only big street, with people everywhere, and bollywood music. Tradition and modernity rub shoulders between traditional music and young people who scream the last tubes in their car. Traditional illuminations still exist in the courtyards, and the alleys. On the main roads, electric garlands are the queens.

Aster coming back to the hotel we go to the buffet for dinner. We took all-inclusive, and we could choose to eat at the buffet, or at the theme restaurants of our hotel and the neighboring hotel. In the buffet the food is included, with few drinks. In the thematic restaurants both food and drink have things included. That night we had dinner at the Indian buffet. The food was quite good and they had a lot of variety.

It seems that they organize the buffet thematically with one day Indian food, another day Italian, another Mauritian, French. After dinner we go to the cocktail bar which is located next to the seashore. We enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with live music performance and many cocktails to try. We really like the bar.

We also realize that at night it cools down a lot as mauritians shoot fireworks in the skies. We miss some more clothes for the cool nights of Mauritius at that time of year. After having a drink more than we needed, we go to sleep with joy.


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  • Lisa Gordon
    Lisa Gordon October 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    This is truly so beautiful!
    You have composed it so wonderfully Kalyan!

  • Poonam
    Poonam October 22, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Beautiful pic!! loved it.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. Appreciate it!

  • KP
    KP November 5, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    its a delight to read ur blog.. and the way u combine excellent photographs with lovely words, be it the Diwali post, or the one abt rasa lila.. or the Durga puja.. everything has a classy and authetic touch to it..

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