Port Blair Local Customs

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    Jama Masjid - the Aberdeen Bazar

    by globetrott Updated Oct 5, 2014

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    In the first moment I had the idea that these buildings would be a mosque, but in fact it is the Jama Masjid Bazar of Aberdeen / Port Blair. I saw it just from a distance, while passing by in a Tuk-Tuk but next time I will try to get inside and take a closer look for it's interesting architecture.
    What I remember about Port Blair is the fact that lots of Shops where closed the day we were there, while a few foodstands and similar in the streets were yet open.

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    Ross Island: a roof made of trees

    by globetrott Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    Take a closer look at my photos here: Obviously there was a wooden construction there first for the roof, then the trees started growing over it untill the artificial roof of that building eventually broke down and only the roots and branches of these trees remained there in just the same shape as the former roof used to be !
    And that new, natural Roof seems to be more stable than any other construction before, even in an earthquake, a Tsunami or Tropical storms.

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    Art Nouveau - Andaman-style ?

    by globetrott Written Oct 1, 2014

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    Opposite of the cellular prison you will find this interesting building with some ornaments that remind me a bit of the Art Nouveau-style.
    The building might have had some Kind of a connection with the prison, maybe some of the staff-members were living there, because I did not see any other old building beeing built so close to the prison.
    In my last 2 Pictures: the entrance to the prison.

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    The Clock Tower

    by globetrott Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    It is quite obvious, that every City that had once been a british colony seems to "Need" a clock Tower and so you will also find such a Tower in Port Blair as well !
    It is nothing special by architecture but interesting to see it when passing by in a Tuk-Tuk. Nowadays every citizen of Port Blair has his/her own watch, but obviously that was not the fact more than 100 years ago, so they needed to have a public clock for everybody to see.
    This Clock Tower is Standing on a roundabout and in my last Picture you will see another funny roundabout that I saw in Port Blair.

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    The monument for the victims of the Tsunami 2004

    by globetrott Written Sep 30, 2014

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    This is the monument for the victims of the Tsunami that had hit the Andaman Islands in 2004 and lots of people lost their lives and families. You will find this Monument close to the Aberdeen Jetty, where the ferryboats are leaving for Ross Island.
    In my last 2 Pictures: another Monument, built for the victims of the "Battle of Aberdeen"
    Aberdeen is that part of Port Blair, where the Cellular Jail is and the ferryboats are leaving for Ross Island.

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    The Millenium Clock

    by globetrott Written Sep 30, 2014

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    There are some great parks and receation-aereas as well in Port Blair and this is one of them, that we passed by in our Tuk-Tuk. It is a pity we had no chance to get any closer but at least I was able to take a Picture of this " Millenium Clock " a nice clock made of flowers.

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    Port Blair - beyond the tourist-sights

    by globetrott Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    Port Blair is the biggest City of the Andaman Islands and it has around 100.000 inhabitants.
    The City was named after Archibald Blair of the British East India Company, who had founded the City in 1789 and gave it first the name Port Cornwallis.
    When you take a look at the map you will see that the Andaman Islands are an outpost in the ocean,and they are much closer to Burma than they are to the mainland of India.

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    laundry - Andaman-style

    by globetrott Written Sep 30, 2014

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    This is one of the places that we passed by while driving around Port Blair in a Tuk-TuK. Maybe all of These White Sheets are from a Hospital or what-ever, there seems to be no better place than drying the laundry along the road on an endless string.
    Pollution is not so very bad in the Andaman Islands and trafic and Population is also quite low there.

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    Holy Cows

    by globetrott Updated Sep 29, 2014

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    You will see "Holy Cows" everywhere in Port Blair and the Andaman Islands and they are running free, sometimes in the streets between the cars, they are searching for Food and seem to eat other things than grass as well, when they cannot find anything else. You will see them searching for Food in the garbage.
    Holy Cows will mostly not be fed by the local People.

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    animals on Ross island

    by globetrott Updated Sep 29, 2014

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    On Ross Island you will also see a lot of local animals and will be able to get really very close to them. In Japan I saw such deer beeing regarded as holy animals and walking freely through some of the temple-districts, BUT I doubt that this is the same case here in the Andaman Islands!
    But whatever the reason is for that, your children will like these deer and maybe you have some Food prepared for them as Cookies for instance (in Japan the deer loved Cookies)

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    Smile

    by Travel2write Written May 13, 2005

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    A smile can get you out of any tough situation. I was amazed how many people want to practice there English with you. The british left a history of english here, and children always want to talk to you! That's what made this place so cool at times.

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