Built in 1849, Aapravasi Ghat is an early reminder of one of the most significant migrations in world history and it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. The stone steps on the dock where indentured labourers or “coolies” walked up to the immigration depot – and into what Mauritian poet Khal Torabully coined as “coolitude” – are the most evocative remains of the site. It also includes sheds for housing new arrivals, an altar for prayers, old privies and a hospital. In Hindi, aapravasi means immigrant and ghat is a place where land meets water.

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