The National Council for Indian Culture NCIC first launched its Divali Nagar-village of lites- celebration in 1986. Its permanent home in the North Chaguanas hosts various events from weddings to conferences ; religious festivals ;Indian expositions and national events. The site is partially constructed and when complete would house the largest...more
Previously a predominantly agricultural town, the market remains at the centre of commerce. Market days are daily with larger ones on Tuesdays and the busiest on Saturdays. Fresh fruits nad vegetables and culinary delights await the visitor. Local Indian Cuisine a must 'doubles' 'roti- fajita like roll filled with your choice of meat or potatoes'...more
The Dattatreya Temple presided by Sri Swamiji is the site of an ornate 'Indian' motif detailed shrine produced by artisans from India and financed by local TrinidadiansThe highly decorated 'Hanuman' Temple located near Carapichaima is south of Chaguanas on the way to the humble 'temple in the sea' @ Waterloo.more
Bargain galore with everything from flea market madness to mall chic the Chaguans Main Street and environs provide it all. Centre City, Mid Center, Price Plaza and Centre Point are the four malls. The best retail is found along the Main Street, just walking along the shoppers on this main arcade is a mind boggling frenzy. Fridays and Saturdays a...more
Originally the setting for nobel literature laureate VS Naipaul's 'A house for Mr Biswas' the north indian motifs of this haveli style mansion can be found a short walk from the cantre of town. Refurbished and reproduced mirror and palster work- the two lions on the upper balcony (re:name of house)- here was the ancestral home of the Capildeo...more
The wetland home of trinidad's national bird-the exquisite scarlet ibis and 200 other avian species. this protected park formerly known as the Caroni Bird Sanctuary-to most locals- is a 20square mile national treasure protected by the Ramsar declaration. The Scarlet Ibis feeds in Venezuela, 11 miles away during the daytime and return to Caroni at...more
Just 5miles south of Chaguanas on the swampy west coast of Trinidad lies the Waterloo Temple- known as the temple in the sea. Originally the site of a 'land' built temple the original structure was demolished by the then Caroni Cane Company as being an illegal buliding. Siewdas Sadhu a Sugar laborer set out to build his temple in the sea via a...more
Located at any busy intersection; street corner; transport hub or mall entrance you will find a trustworthy health approved and badge-wearing roadside vendor selling doubles and other local trini-indian cusine.Doubles itself consists of two golden fried flat flour patties with curried chick-pea(channa)and chutneys/peppersauces/or preserves to your...more
It is very easy to traverse trinidad by color-coded 'maxi-taxis'. Green for Chaguanas; red ,black and yellow along the stretch from diegomartin to Sangre Grande in the north; brown in the south. Check when on island.
They leave when full and one seat per person with no crowding.
The national bus company has an express service to San Fernando & POS.
Share-taxis, 4-passengers and a driver, are cheap and in good condition. These are the faastest way to get around locally to specific points. Alternately these can be hired privately at a 'bargained price'. They are all in really good condition.
The main routes are the north-south Uriah-Butler higher from POS to Chaguanas. It changes name to here Solomon-Hochoy & runs directly to San Fernando.
Along the northern urban corridor known as the 'east-west' corridor a similar dual carriage way runs from Diego Martin in the west to Arima in the east.
The roads are filled with cars and unless you are a local caught in rush-hour when the 30km commute to POS from Cahguanas can take as much as 2hours, you should miss this event.