The historical town of Jugra in Kuala Langat, bordering the far reaches of Selangor, was once the state’s royal town in the late 19th century. Today, it’s a far cry from its glory days, ever since the center of administration shifted to Klang, and then Kuala Lumpur. Now a sleepy backwater town, many of its once magnificent palaces and buildings have fallen into ruin. There are still a few attractions for the curious traveler, though.
It was roughly an hour’s drive from KL, most of it through small trunk roads that pass by quaint villages. While heading up to Bukit Jugra, or Jugra Hill, we were ‘ambushed’ by a herd of cows ambling down the road. 😀
Jugra Hill is now a hotspot for cyclists, hikers and paragliders, but it was once a landmark for travelers and sailors navigating the Straits of Malacca. A short drive up and we came to the lighthouse at the top of the hill. Unfortunately it was closed for the weekend coz of the Raya holidays.
Breathtaking views of the river and the surrounding palm oil plantations! There are a couple of benches up here for people to sit and enjoy the view, but do beware of monkeys. I got bitten by mozzies in a record 0.05 seconds.
Aside from the hill, there are a few other places to visit in Jugra such as the Royal Mausoleum, a museum and two old Palaces (one in ruins, the other was closed, again, for the holidays) but we weren’t able to visit any of them due to bad timing. Warrants another trip here next time 😀