62675 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
NileGuide Expert tip:
You can either go along on a tour organized by a travel agency or do it on your own for a whole lot cheaper. Hop on the Monorail or LRT to KL Sentral; from there get on the KLIA transit, which makes a stop at Putrajaya 25 minutes later. Hail a cab at the taxi counter outside the Putrajaya Station. The taxi driver will act as your guide, stopping wherever you want for just RM30/USD10 per hour.
Founded in 1995, Putrajaya is the new federal administrative center right smack in the middle of the Multi Super Corridor (MSC). The city's modern Arabic style architecture is what tempts the visitor. Imagine domes and minarets of a variety of hues rising above bridges and lakes. Must visit structures include the Mogul style Perdana Putra that houses the offices of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, the pink-domed Putra Mosque and Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister's official residence. The Botanical Gardens, with its beautifully landscaped grounds, is worth visiting for its 700 species of flora that include local and foreign varieties. Be sure to take a tranquil cruise on the Putrajaya Lake on small 4-6-seater gondola-like boats or on a large 76-seater air-conditioned boat. Dinner cruises are available on weekends.