German students relish Hammam
A NUMBER of Bhopalis are known to head straight to the famous Hammam adjacent to Vardhman Park to get rejuvenated after a day of gruelling work, and that is exactly where a group of German students also went to experience the age-old heritage and, of course, for some deep-pore cleansing.india Updated: Mar 24, 2006 14:23 IST
A NUMBER of Bhopalis are known to head straight to the famous Hammam adjacent to Vardhman Park to get rejuvenated after a day of gruelling work, and that is exactly where a group of German students also went to experience the age-old heritage and, of course, for some deep-pore cleansing.
The half-a-dozen students, part of a study group that is currently here, were exhilarated after their Hammam experience and delighted at the treatment they received at the place.
For some of the visitors, it was their first ever visit to a Hammam while some had been to other Hammams in different countries earlier too.
The students went to the Hammam a few days ago, after they had spent almost a month working on their projects here. The dirt and dust, which is comparatively more here than back in Germany, appeared to have taken its toll and the students were in urgent need of some reinvigoration.
“We were advised to pay a visit to the Hammam for getting revitalised for the remaining days of our stay in Bhopal,” one of the students, Stefanie Mauksch, told the Hindustan Times. “We felt really clean and reenergised after the visit to the Hammam,” said another student, Boris Wille.
Boris, who has already been to another Hammam in Turkey, said there were some differences in the two. “The Hammam in Turkey was quite different from the one here, particularly as far as the cleanliness is concerned,” he pointed out. Nevertheless, he maintained the freshness and energy felt after the visit to the Hammam was incredible. Echoing the same feelings, Sascha Hoppe maintained the entire cleansing procedure followed in the Hammam was very effective and he came out refreshed.
“I would definitely go there again if there is time,” Sascha added. Three more students, Isabella Voigt, Anja Huemmer and Katrin Specht, also visited the Hammam and were all praises for it. They were very impressed by the fact that the Hammam has been run as a family business for more than a 100 years.
The students, however, felt the place would have been much better with more hygienic conditions and cleanliness. “The Hammam can be much more attractive with just a little improvement in the sanitation of the place,” said Stefanie. Boris was also little irked that some of the masseurs at the Hammam were slightly heavy-handed.
Nevertheless, most of the German students who visited the Hammam were satisfied with the experience and clearly much more revivified and refreshed than earlier.