Acharya Shree Swamiji Maharaj, along with santos and devotees, arrived at Singapore’s Changi Airport
Acharya Shree Swamiji Maharaj, along with santos and devotees, arrived at Singapore’s Changi Airport via Singapore Airlines flight SQ224 on Wed 12 April 2023. They were welcomed with garlands and bouquets by local devotee as well as devotees who had travelled earlier from Ahmedabad, Perth and Bolton.
After checking-in at their hotel and taking some rest, the group visited Garden by the Bay later in the afternoon. Set in the heart of Singapore’s downtown, Gardens by the Bay is home to a diverse collection of over 1.5 million plants that hail from five different continents. The group admired the large exhibit of exotic flowers and plants housed at Flower Dome - the largest greenhouse in the world as listed in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records.
In the evening, the group were awed by the spectacular light and sound show display at the Supertree Grove. The Supertrees are sustainable vertical gardens housing over 162,900 plants of over 200 species. Seven of the Supertrees are also designed to harvest solar energy.
In the morning of Thursday 13 April 2023, Acharya Shree Swamiji Maharaj, sants and devotees visited some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks such as the Singapore Flyer, Old Parliament House, a beautifully preserved old Chinese Temple and Marina Bay Sands. The group also visited Merlion Park which displays the city’s national icon - the mythical Merlion. The Merlion combines two elements of Singapore’s identity - its body symbolises the fishing villages of Singapore’s past, while its lion head is a symbol of Singapura (“lion city” in Sanskrit). The group returned to the hotel for a short break before leaving for Sentosa island in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, the group hopped on the cable cars for an amazing journey above the hills at Mount Faber Peak, soaring over the jungle across the beaches and over the Keppel harbor, finally landing on Sentosa Island.
At Sentosa Island, the group visited Madame Tussauds Singapore which houses life-sized sculptures of some of the world’s most notable individuals. It also took the visitors through time to explore how people lived in Singapore in different eras across a period of nearly 200 years.
The group then proceeded to the S.E.A Aquarium to view the marine animals and creatures from the deep before embarking on a local tram for a tour of each of Sentosa’s three beaches - Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong – each holding their own unique charms.
The group finished the day at the Island on a spectacular note with the award-winning Wings of Time show. This spectacular light water show is about friendship and courage with spellbinding laser, fire and water effects set to a majestic soundtrack.
The group returned to Sentosa by coach in the morning for a full day of thrilling rides and non-stop excitement at the Universal Studios Singapore. Santos and devotees battled evil with Optimus Prime and the Autobots aboard Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, before seeking adrenaline rushes on the iconic rollercoaster rides like Revenge of The Mummy at Battlestar Galactica Human and Cylon - the world’s tallest duelling roller coasters, and enjoyed soaking themselves on the dino-filled waterways of Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure.
After a full day of fun, santos and devotees returned to the hotel. Some of the santos and haribhaktos took the opportunity to take a much-satisfying dip in the hotel’s swimming pool before freshening up and joining Acharya Shree Swamiji Maharaj for the final Sandhya Aarti and Niyams of the tour.
A visit to Singapore would not have been complete without visiting the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck which the group got the opportunity to visit during the morning of the final day. Located 56 storeys up from the heart of the Marina Bay area, the giant 1-hectare SkyPark Observation Deck boasts scenic views of the panoramic vistas of Marina Bay and Singapore’s world-class cityscape.
After spending some time admiring the bird’s eye view of the beautiful city, the group onboarded the coach for the final time enroute to Changi Airport. The group checked-in much earlier to enjoy some of the spectacles that Changi Airport has to offer, including the idyllic Shiseido Forest Valley which houses intriguing plants from all over the world with the spectacular Rain Vortex waterfall at the core. The Rain Vortex at the Jewel is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall cascading down seven storeys.
After having a late lunch at one of the tranquil gardens within the airport, the group proceeded to Immigration where devotees bade farewell to santos and Acharya Swamiji Maharaj, seeked His divine blessings and proceeded to their respective boarding gates. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj and santos, along with devotees accompanying them, departed for Ahmedabad on flight SQ504 flight at 18:35.