After the thrill filled day spent at Genting Highlands, Putrajaya (Prince’s success) was our next destination. Located at some 30 kms south of Kuala Lumpur (Read: Five Things to do in Kuala Lumpur ), it is the federal administrative capital of Malaysia. It is a planned city referred to as ‘The Intelligent Garden City’ and was formerly known as Prang Besar. It is named in the homage to Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tumku Abdul Rahman Putra.
A self contained city with its distinctive design makes it an epitome of innovation and technological advancement. True to Malaysia’s nature, Putrajaya was planned to accommodate the spiritual, social and natural ideologies in order not to compromise on any of the aspects.
Lush greenery and botanical gardens are spread across the landscape of the city, crisscrossed by large bodies of water and wetlands. Five confluences meet at the north forming a main waterway, the Putrajaya Lake, which flows across the city area. A lot of work has been gone in refurbishing the landscape of the city which is 40% natural.
How to Reach:As the public transportation within Putrajaya is woefully inadequate except for a few infrequent Nadiputra buses, we travelled from K L to Putrajaya by a taxi. A taxi from K L Sentral costs a fixed RM 45. The haggling power comes handy if you opt from a taxi from a place other than K L Sentral.
It houses the office complex of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Its architecture is influenced by Malay, Islamic and European cultures.
Seri Wawasan Bridge
This bridge holding the appearance of a sail ship is Seri Wawasan Bridge. It is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya and is a futuristic cable-stayed bridge.
Putra Mosque constructed out of standstone is the perfect amalgamation of Malaysian, Persian and Arab-Islamic architectural designs. It overlooks a man-made lake and can accommodate upto 15,000 worshippers.
Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque
This Iron Mosque employs architectural wire mesh imported from Germany and China. Its main entrance is strengthened with glass reinforced concrete. It appears white in color from distance resulting from the usage of fine glass
Cruise Tasik Putrajaya
We opted for a 76 seater air-con boat that guided us through all the important buildings and landmarks. For a personalized feel, Cruise Tasik also offers 4/6 seater gondola like perahu boats. It costs RM 30 per person.
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