Little India - Jasmine, Cattle, Spice...and all things Nice - Tues April 4th's weekly walk
Our sixth Tuesday tour sees us exploring the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community - Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, air filled with fragrance of spices and an eclectic mix of houses. But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more!
Your tour starts from Rochor/Perak Road where you will be see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster, section of Little India. You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Ghafoor Mosque. You will see the new hip-quotient of the area, and find out how once old run down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget/backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes/restaurants serving an international menu.
Onto Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo Road/ Kerbau Road (names associated with cattle) to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations, businesses and uncover the significance of each. A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where/how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.