Mauritius is a remarkably cosmopolitan place.
Since it was first settled some 400 years
ago, it has accumulated a diverse collection
of people from India, Europe, Africa and
China, and could serve as a poster for multicultural
harmony. The island is well known for its
exceptional natural beauty; "You gather
the idea that Mauritius was made first and
then heaven, and that heaven was copied
after Mauritius", as Mark Twain noted
in Following the Equator.
Together with Réunion and Rodrigues,
Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands.
The local climate is tropical, modified
by southeast trade winds; there is a warm,
dry winter from May to November and a hot,
wet, and humid summer from November to May.
Cyclones affect the country during November-April.
Weather Overview Arguably the best time
for a Mauritian visit is when the rain eases
off from May to December. Maximum temperatures
during these months average around 25°C
(77°F) compared to only slightly warmer
30-32°C (86-89°F) in January, and
you'll stay drier.
Mauritius Culture, Mauritius Tour Packages,
Dubai Leisure HolidaysThe mixed colonial
past of Mauritius is reflected in its culture.
For example, the cuisine of Mauritius is
a blend of Indian Cuisine, Creole, Chinese
and European. The "cari poule"
or chicken curry, for example, is a very
popular dish and eaten by all sections of
Mauritian Cuisine is a great leveller and
brings together all sections of the community.
Most restaurants are owned by the Sino-Mauritian
community, thus it is not surprising that
well-known 'chinese' dishes have become
Mauritian favourites.Moreover, since the
food stalls by the streets are mainly owned
by the Muslim and Indo-Mauritian communities,
the 'Alouda' (a milky drink with basil seeds)
has become a typical mauritian drink and
the 'dholl puri' is the favourite of all
communities. In 1847, Mauritius became the
fifth country in the world to issue postage
stamps. The two types of stamps issued then,
known as the Red Penny and the Blue Penny
are probably the most famous stamps in the
world, being very rare and therefore also
very expensive. Mauritius has from time
to time also been chosen as setting for
films, most of which are Bollywood productions
from India. The latest Hindi film to feature
Mauritius has been Garam Masala (2005).
Port Louis Port-Louis, the administrative
and financial capital of Mauritius is situated
in the North West of the Island. It was
founded by the French Governor Mahé
de Labourdonnais in 1735.
It is the only commercial port of the island.
The port is active, with many cargo and
fishing vessels stopping over or based there.
The elegance of Port Louis shows in fine
French colonial buildings, especially the
Government house and the Municipal Theatre
which were constructed in the 18th century.
There are also two eye catching Cathedrals,
Anglican and Catholic and also a mosque.
The Supreme Court and natural history museum
are also the ideal places to visit in Mauritius.
There is also the Worldwide Masks museum
where a visitor can find a wonderful collection
of various tribal masks from Africa, America,
Asia and Oceania
The wet and cold climate Curepipe makes
it the most european of all towns. Curepipe
has some good shopping addresses. "Trou
aux Cerfs" Volcano crater is the town's
biggest natural attraction. This crater,
which is 85 metres deep and 200 metres wide,
offers a unique panoramic view of the central
plateau at its summit. Other interesting
features of Curepipe are its Botanical Garden
which are well kept and informal, with nature
trails branching off of the main paths.
The other major attraction of CurePipe is
the distinctively designed colonial houses.
One such example of colonial architecture
is the Municipal Hall at the centre of the
town.Trou aux Cerfs Volcano, Mauritius Tour
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The most commercial of all the towns, Rose-hill
has a number of shopping arcades and shops
which gives you the various options for
shopping. An interesting feature of Rose
Hill is its theatre, Le Plaza, which has
become the most important landmark of the
cultural life of the island. Plays, concerts,
operas are regularly held within its walls.
Next to it is the Max Boullé art
gallery where Mauritian artists regularly
hold exhibitions. Beau Bassin is mostly
residential and has an unfortunately not
very-well-known public garden - Balfour
Garden -which offers an extraordinary viewpoint.
Chem De Mars Racecourse, Mauritius Tour
Packages, Dubai Leisure Holidays Constructed
in 1812, Chem De Mars is the oldest race
course (1812) in the Indian Ocean and the
second oldest in the southern Hemisphere.
The ideal time to visit is during the racing
season (May to December). It is at the centre
of all life during weekends when races are
held and a thrilling and adventurous experience
to live. Domaine Les Pailles This typical
Mauritian Estate inflames the harmonious
union of history, culture and nature of
Mauritius Island. It contains a replica
of an 17th century sugar mill whre the famouse
Rum is made
Pamplemonsses garden Also known as the Royal
Botanical Gardens, Pamplemonsses garden
has a collection of indigenous and exotic
plants, including the giant Victoria Amazonica
water lilies, many species of palm trees
especially the unique talipot palm, said
to flower once every sixty years and then
die. It is away from the coast and existed
almost directly south of Grand Baie. Pamplemousses
stretches for four hectares and features
plants from all over the world - wild bananas,
camphor trees, clover and nutmeg trees from
Manila and huge water lilies, known locally
as 'flan tins' as well as a number of palms.
There is also an art gallery and a cemetery.
Resorts / Beaches
Hotels of Mauritius, Mauritius Tour Packages,
Dubai Leisure HolidaysMauritius is surrounded
by beautiful beaches along its 100 miles
of coastline. Some of the best beaches in
the North are; Grand Bay, Pereybère,
Mon Choisy, Trou aux Biches. Flic en Flac,
Tamarin and Le Morne are the favourites
in the West. Belle Mare, one of the longest
beaches in Mauritius is found in the East.
And Blue Bay is the most favoured spot in
the South East.
Sugar Beach Resort
The Sands Resort
Hotel Indian Resort
Le Preskîl Beach Resort
Belle Mare Plage Resort Le Prince Maurice
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
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Packages, Dubai Leisure HolidaysShopping
in Mauritius is more than just an interesting
experience. It is a journey in time and
space of the civilisation and cultures that
have come across its history. There are
a number of shopping centres/arcades in
all the towns and some big villages of Mauritius.
The Central Market in Port Louis is full
of beautifully displayed goods, including
fruit, vegetables, spices, fish, meat and
handicrafts. Island crafts include jewelry,
Chinese and Indian jade, silks, basketry
and pottery.The biggest producer of textiles
with many factory shops around island,Its
worthy to shop in Mauritius. Shopping centers
are located at Quatre-Bornes and Rose-Hill.
You can find all sorts of best-branded luxury
goods at duty-free prices. There are also
jewellery shops and consumer electronics
appliances that can be bought in shops offering
those discounts. Mauritius offers a whole
array of entertainment with its beautiful
beaches. Large beach hotels in Mauritius
provide entertainment facilities like water
sports, casinos and nightclubs. They also
regularly organize shows at night to entertain
their guest. casinos are another feature
of nightlife in Mauritius.