I’ve been to London several times. After a while, you go a bit off of the traditional tourist sights like the Tower or Westminster Abbey (especially paying to get in!). When I went with Rambo for a long weekend to London, I started looking for different things to do in London. Because the city has so much to offer, I knew it wouldn’t be too hard to find something truly different for me.
And I found just what I was looking for in Neasden – the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (known colloquially as the Neasden Temple). A gorgeous Hindu temple just waiting for me to come and discover it’s beauty!
For obvious reasons, photography wasn’t allowed. So you’ll have to take my word on this one.
The temple was gorgeous and serene. There was a lovely exhibit about Understanding Hinduism which I found compelling. The craftsmanship involved in making the Mandir and the Haveli is beyond impressive. I could have stood and stared for hours.
The Temple is a little confusing to get to, but there are loads of signs from the moment you step off the Tube. It does cost to go in but I think it was like £2 or something similar and on reflection that might only be for the Understanding Hinduism exhibit. Be sure to dress modestly as this is still a place of worship and be prepared to take your shoes off to walk around. They have like a million cubbyholes for shoes – so remember where you leave yours. Also, you’ll check your bags and cameras at the gate when you step on to the property.