The Rock Fort Temple
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After the exhausting day we had yesterday, weâ€™re happy tour leader Digna is lenient enough to decide to leave our hotel a bit later. This gives us a chance to sleep longer without having to hurry like madmen to pack our backpacks, stuff breakfast down our faces and barely have enough time for a decent cigarette.
Weâ€™re starting to get to know our travel companions a bit better, and like always, there are a couple of weirdoâ€™s, a bigger group of people who are all right, and some people we really enjoy spending time with. At the risk of sounding really â€˜couple-mindedâ€™ (which Iâ€™m not, I actually enjoy traveling with a group that mostly consists of single people), thereâ€™s another couple we have a lot of fun with. Their names are Jeroen and Cynthia, theyâ€™re from
Ajit and Lomash manage to drive us around Trichy flawlessly today, I have the sneaking suspicion they have done some research before getting behind the wheel. Within fifteen minutes we arrive at the
Thereâ€™s a fair amount of stairs, but thereâ€™s a lot of variety of sights on the way up, so itâ€™s never too strenuous. A long flight of stairs between the highest tops of the rock remains and the steps are painted in bright red and white. As I understand it, red stands for protection and white for peace and purity.
Once these steps are climbed, we arrive at a plateau with a great view, but thereâ€™s a very last flight of stairs in red and white to reach the small
As soon as we arrive at the tiny building, we see that our travel companion was right. Itâ€™s a very modest temple that can be seen within a few steps. It can hardly withstand a comparison with the elaborate lower temple, but the view of Trichy and the Srirangam temple are amazing.
While Iâ€™m staring at the beautiful surroundings from the seemingly insignificant temple, I think of this saying: â€˜The journey towards the goal is more important than the goal itselfâ€™. Iâ€™m pretty sure itâ€™s a Buddhist saying (although itâ€™s very likely Hinduism has a similar expression), but it definitely applies to the