Grand Bassin, also called Ganga Talao, is a lake located in an isolated area of the savanna, at the heart of Mauritius. It is the holiest Hindu spot on the island and whatever your itinerary may be, make sure it is a part of it. Located along the Grand Bassin, it consists of a temple dedicated to Shiva and other gods, such as Hanuman and Lakshmi. At the heart of the Shivaratri, many local pilgrims walk barefoot to the lake from their homes. The region looks like something out of 'The Jungle Book', with its lush nature and small monkeys that jump from tree to tree. You can even feel a sort of spiritual energy here. The trail that takes you to the Grand Bassin is fairly impressive: it passes through the heart of Mauritius and off the beaten path.
The aerial view of this statue helps visitors to appreciate its grandeur.© EASYVOYAGE
It measures 33 metres high. It is the second tallest statue of Shiva in the world.© Oleg Znamenskiy / 123RF
The Grand Bassin lake lies in the crater of a former volcano.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
Grand Bassin is one of the most sacred places on the island of Mauritius.© Oleg Znamenskiy / 123RF
Once a year, the Mauritians organise a long pilgrimage which ends here.© GRAPHICOBSESSION