When you visit an island as wonderful as Mauritius, it is very hard to stay away from the sea, the beach and all the water sports, but I do believe that one should (at least once) visit the rest of the island. Today was a bit cloudy and the perfect opportunity to do an in-land trip.

Our first stop was the local salt pan, then had a tour at the biggest and most popular rum distillery. Mauritian Rum actually won a couple of international awards, but believe me – I’d rather stick to beer, wine and whiskey. After the rum tasting we visited the holy lake – Ganga Talao.

Ganga Talao, also known as Grand Bassin, is a crater lake situated in a secluded mountain area, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet above sea level and the first group of pilgrims who went to Ganga Talao was led by Pandit Giri Gossayne from Terre Rouge in 1898. It is considered the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius

We also visited a temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman, Lakshmi, and others along the Grand Bassin.

At about 16:00, we arrived back in Grand Baie, had our chocolate pancakes next to the pool and enjoyed the last sunset.

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