AMBOHIMANGA PALACE | 0.5 DAYS TOUR
Available languages: English, French (German, Italian, Russian and Mandarin are with a supplement cost)
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
Inclusions:• Hotel pickup and drop-off
• Private vehicle during the tour
• Private tour guide English speaking
• One bottle of mineral water per person
• Entrance site and local guide fees
Exclusions:• Tips and personal expense and none specified items.
• Travel insurance, it is a condition that all clients travelling with GMT+3 must have appropriate Travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover .
Pick up time: 08 AM | Drop off time: 12 PM OR Pick up time: 01 PM | Drop off time: 05 PM
Pick up at your hotel and then depart to visit the Ambohimanga’s Palace, built on one of the 12 sacred hills surrounding Antananarivo, located about 17 km from Antananarivo. Also known as Blue Hill, the Hill of Ambohimanga is the birthplace of the Merina kingdom, which is as a sacred city by the veneration of the royal tombs, different places of worship such as royal pools sacrifice stones, was prohibited to foreigners and pigs. Atop the hill is the Rova or the Ambohimanga’s Palace which is a walled enclosure containing the box where lived the King Andrianampoinimerina from 1788-1810 whose aim is the reunification of Imerina. It has a commanding view of Antananarivo. Queens Ranavalona I and II Ranavalona came there to spend their stay and bathed in sacred basins. This fortress consists of 14 stones portals which 7 are outside and 7 are located inside the village. This large stone wheel is still visible at the entrance of the village of Ambohimanga, which was opened and closed by at least a dozen men from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The enclosure wall was covered with a coating based on egg white. It is found in the royal city, two palaces and a small pavilion, an enclosure for beef, two sacred pools, four royal tombs and the public square. Hill of Ambohimanga houses exceptional vegetation consists of endemic and medicinal plants and sacred groves. Its plains are decorated with paddy field. Ambohimanga is the only site which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It retains its atmosphere of spirituality and sacredness through ancestor worship and traditional rituals. After the tour, drive back to Antananarivo then towards the traditional “Digue” market to buy some souvenirs. Many shops and craft workshops are located in the city or suburbs and offer truly original and unique products but the market “Digue” market is one of the busiest and offers almost everything by Malagasy crafts. After the visit, drive back to your hotel.
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