Grand Bassin, also known as ‘Ganga Talao’, is one of the most famous attraction sites in Mauritius. Ganga Talao is sacred & represents the mighty Ganges river of India.
Ganga Talao is a serene & huge crater, with idols of God & Goddess surrounded by the beautiful lake. From the Hanuman Temple up the hill, you will have stunning views on Grand Bassin. In Mauritius, pilgrims all around the island walk towards the sacred lake during the festival of ‘Maha Shivaratri’ which is the most popular Hindu festival of the island. The devotees carry colourful bamboo structures known as ‘kanwars’ on their way to the lake. The devotees will offer prayers and collect sacred water from the lake to pour on Shiva lingams, a symbolic representation of deity Shiva.
Experience this huge event with us, which holds great religious significance for the local people. You can climb up the small hill on the banks of the Grand Bassin and enjoy magnificent views at the top. You can capture everything from the forest, lake, volcano and temples.
Grand Bassin is one of the highlights of a holiday in Mauritius. If you are interested in foreign cultures and religions, you should not miss out to visit the temples and the sacred lake.
Grand Bassin is located in the Southwest district of Savanne. The history of the lake dates from 1887, and is 550 metres above sea level & 18 metres deep. Indeed, the lake is situated in a mountainous region with a cold climate.
WHAT TO BRING
We recommend to bring your camera for photographing this amazing place. You are advised to wear slippers, as shoes are not allowed inside the temples as well as to wear a sweater as it can get cold.