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Putrajaya may be an administrative capital, but it is also referred to as the City in a Garden, a fitting venue for a cycling adventure.
We began our tour at the 300m circular 1. Dataran Putra. Adorned with light and water features, Dataran Putra is surrounded by 2. Perdana Putra, 3. Masjid Putra, Putra Bridge, and the Promenade.
Designed basically as two concentric plazas surrounded by Taman Putra Perdana, the circular ceremonial area is an open landscape encircled by Chahar Baghs, which acts as a transition between the parks and the ceremonial area. Inside the Chahar Baghs is an intricately arranged interplay of paths, water channels, flower beds and trees, while beyond it is a sea of gaily-coloured local flora.
The Dataran is divided into 11 segments in the pattern of an 11-pointed star. The outer 11-pointed star represents the 11 states of Malaya when the country gained independence in August 1957; the inner 13-pointed star the 13 states that formed Malaysia in 1963; and, the 14-pointed star includes the addition of the Federal Territory. The progressive arrangements of the different pointed stars impressively culminate in a circle at the center of the Dataran. The circle meaningfully symbolizes the ultimate goal of unity of all States and Territories in Malaysia.
We collected our bikes at the Perbadanan Putrajaya’s 4. i-centre situated next to the Putra Bridge. The centre opens from 9:00am to 5:30pm.
We pushed our bicycles down to the 5. Souq (a Persian word meaning a street of small market stalls) where more than 50 stalls of food, fashion, accessories, gifts, handicrafts, and souvenirs are sold. For gourmet lovers, restaurants serving local and international food are located within the Souq. Surprisingly, we spotted a restaurant that serves ready to eat bird’s nests.
Cruise Tasik Terminal
We set off from 6. Cruise Tasik Terminal following the nicely built walking/cycling path along the man-made Putrajaya Lake. This cycling path is ideally located within a garden of trees away from motorists on the main streets.
Many of the trees do not resemble those commonly planted on roadsides, but are rather looking similar to the exotic trees found in jungles. Many cyclists would stop to admire these lovely trees.
Rest areas and bicycle parking bays are being built along the path for locals and tourists to appreciate the beauty of the lake and other natural surroundings.
Four kilometres into our ride, we reached 7. Upper Bisa between Precinct 1 and 6 near Alamanda Putrajaya Shopping Centre. Upper Bisa is a place for 8. Bird watching. The Putrajaya Lake and wetlands have attracted 167 local and migratory species of birds to nest and breed in the area. Make sure that you bring your binoculars or cameras with zoom lens. The six common bird species are Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Painted Stork, Little Egret and Cattle Egret. Between the months of April and August is the best time to witness the breeding of these six species. If you are here between October and March, you will witness more migrant birds spending time here away from the winter in North Asia.
Unable to resist the natural beauty of Putrajaya, we made a last minute spree in a 9. Sightseeing cruise to appreciate this picturesque city from a boat. This sightseeing cruise is a must-try. Then, you will realize that Malaysia is a modern and beautiful country more than you have ever thought.
This is a cycling tour that will appeal to most families. The route is mainly flat, away from busy traffic and takes only about 8km of slow riding. Children will not only have fun during the tour, but will also receive education beyond the four corners of the classroom.
Cycling Route - D’Nature Putrajaya
This cycling tour package is provided by: Inter-Orient Travels and Tours Sdn Bhd
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