There goes without saying that Indonesia is famous for its magnificent beaches, which beckons millions of tourists every year. However, one simply can’t ignore their hundreds of impressive temples. Be it Pura Taman Saraswati or Uluwatu Temple. Their exquisite architectures will leave you awe-struck. My joy for discovering prominent Hindu temples in Bali was an exhilarating experience.
Every temple has a history to tell. Observe them deeply and you will experience spirituality awakening inside you. I have clicked hundreds of images of the famous temples, which might entice you take a trip to Indonesia.
But before visiting a temple, there are certain rules one should keep in mind. Respect the deities and don’t touch them. Dress properly. Yes, it is mandatory. If you forget to dress properly, many temples also offer clothes with which you can cover yourself.
Some of Bali’s famous temples are
Taman Ayun Temple
Pura Taman Saraswati Temple
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Sari Amerta Batik is one of Bali’s well-known shopping complexes famous for its batik products.
A large number of tourists visit the complex daily to witness the rich and exquisite batik products displayed here. Situated in Batubulan, the complex offers foreign tourists an opportunity to get familiar with the process of designing the batik products.
Various batik products both for women and men are available inside the complex. Don’t expect bargaining, as the rates of the priceless products are fixed. If you are a big fan of hand-made products then this is the place you should visit once.
Besides clothes, colorful paintings are also available for sale at the complex.
To make you familiar with the process of designing the Batik products, below are some of steps that these products go through before becoming a final product –
Making designs on the white material:
a. Copying the original designs; b. Directly without copying before.
Covering designs with wax (klowong) on both sides.
b. Filling designs with ornaments and small dots.
c. Covering some special part of the designs to get the second color (sawuk)
d. Covering some special part of the designs to get the third color (tembokan)
Traditional colors like blue, brown and light yellow are used for a better appearance.
All most all travel agencies in Bali can arrange a short trip to this complex.
To my disappointment, I could not get pictures of batik products as photography is prohibited inside the complex.
My trip was sponsored by Om Tourism – one of India’s leading travel agencies.
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While Bali is famous for glitz, glamor and edgy nightlife, Ubud draws tourists from all over the world because of its serene greenery, plenty of yoga institutions and temples.
Compact in size, Ubud is a perfect place to spend some quality, peaceful and relaxed time. I spent just a few hours there, but it was enough for this small town to impress me.
Considered by many as the cultural hub of Bali, Ubud’s lush paddy fields impressed me the most. Ubud has become very popular among the tourists in the recent past. People from all genre come to this place in quest of tranquility, which this town provides happily. It has become a laid back cosmopolitan community over the past few years.
One can spot a lot of chic boutiques, restaurants and cafes while strolling around the town. If you are fond of yoga and meditation, then this place is worth visiting.
How to reach Ubud: Ubud is 14km drive from Bali. Once you arrive at Denpser airport, you can find lots of taxis. Make sure to bargain before stepping into the taxi. If you are a budget traveller, you can reach Ubud by shuttle bus, which you can find outside the airport. Alternatively, your hotel can arrange a taxi for you.
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