So...woke up early last Saturday to do just that. The last and only time I did this was ages ago...I was probably around 8 back then. Yes, it has been THAT long! Maka...Jom panjat tangga Batukep!
And...we reached the top in about, 10 minutes! hahahaha...takde lah separah yang kami sangka, sebelum tu dah nervous takut tercabut lutut! Tapi sempat la jugak semput separuh jalan, lepas tu ada uncle Cina ni jalan selamba pakai selipar jamban lalu. Saya dengan ramah tamah menegur, "Uncle, you pakai selipar saja ke?" Dengan senyum dia berkata... "Ini jalan saja, maaa..." Dush dushh!! Rasa seperti kena invincible slap sehh! PediH! hahhaah....
Coming down was actually the hardest part. Sebab kami adalah gayat. Sampai je bawah, saya terus menjerit keriangan. But, my happiness was short-lived. Ada Indian Uncle ni dengan tersenyum berkata..."I do this, 7 times, everyday...for the last 20 years"
Macam tercekik biji mangga rasanya. Hahhaa...saya baru 1 round dah nak eksyen, dia 7 round setiap hari? Homai!
Tapi rasa malu itu tidak cukup untuk membuat kami naik lagi sekali hari tu. Hahaha...terus menuju ke kedai makan terdekat for this...
InsyaAllah, satu hari saya pun akan berjaya buat 7 round macam Uncle tu. Ramai jugak sebenarnya orang yang berriadah di situ pada hujung minggu, naik tangga turun tangga. The others pun sepertinya sudah ketagih, esp bila ada sarapan seenak itu menunggu. Let's do this again soon!
Nota: In case, anda tak tahu Batu Caves tu apa...
The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Some of the cave entrances were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan people (a tribe of Orang Asli).
As early as 1860, Chinese settlers began excavating guano for fertilising their vegetable patches. However, they became famous only after the limestone hills were recorded by colonial authorities including Daly and Syers as well as American Naturalist, William Hornaday in 1878.
Batu Caves was promoted as a place of worship by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader. He was inspired by the 'vel'-shaped entrance of the main cave and was inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Muruga within the caves. In 1890, Pillai, who also founded the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur, installed the murti (consecrated statue) of Sri Subramania Swamy in what is today known as the Temple Cave. Since 1892, the Thaipusam festival in the Tamil month of Thai (which falls in late January/early February) has been celebrated there.
Wooden steps up to the Temple Cave were built in 1920 and have since been replaced by 272 concrete steps. Of the various cave temples that comprise the site, the largest and best known is the Temple or Cathedral Cave, so named because it houses several Hindu shrines beneath its high vaulted ceiling.
Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps.
At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. This complex was renovated and opened as the Cave Villa in 2008. Many of the shrines relate the story of Lord Murugan's victory over the demon Soorapadam. An audio tour is available to visitors.
The Ramayana Cave is situated to the extreme left as one faces the sheer wall of the hill. On the way to the Ramayana Cave, there is a 50-foot (15 m) tall statue of Hanuman and a temple dedicated to Hanuman, the noble monkey devotee and aide of Lord Rama. The consecration ceremony of the temple was held in November 2001.
The Ramayana Cave depicts the story of Rama in a chronicle manner along the irregular walls of the cave.
A 42.7-metre (140 ft) high statue of Lord Muruga was unveiled in January 2006, having taken 3 years to construct. It is the tallest Lord Muruga statue in the world.