THE JOURNEY

THE JOURNEY

VISIT GATE OF HEAVEN ,EXPLORE THE TOP OF Mt.BISBIS

lempuyang 2 Lempuyang Temple, locally referred to as Pura Lempuyang Luhur, is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples, on par with Besakih (aka the ‘mother temple’ of Bali). It is also believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island. Definitely a highlight on any travel itinerary for the fit and adventurous, the main temple lies at 1,175m above sea level, up on the peak of the namesake Mount Lempuyang in East Bali. The heights are reachable via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps, with attractions along the way including several other temples and hordes of grey long-tailed macaques that
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Lempuyang Luhur Temple is located in Gamongan Hill, on the peak of Bisbis Hill or  also called Mount Kembar ( Twin Mountain) in Purahayu Village, Abang District, Karangasem Regency. The distance from the city of Amlapura is approximately 22 km, the direction to the north through Tirtagangga to Ngis village in Abang sub-district then turns east to the village of Purahayu. Both motorized vehicles and bicycles can only reach the village of Ngis, then walk to the village of Purahayu and then walk on the hill to the Pura on the top of the Bisbis hill.

THE MYTH AND HISTORY

Lempuyang Luhur Temple is thought to be one of the oldest temple in Bali. Its thought to have existed in pre-Hindu-Buddhist times which were originally sacred buildings made of stone as it found and renovated in 1950. For Balinese ,Lempuyang Temple is believed as home of the Hyang Gni Jaya or known also has Dewa Iswara. There is an few story believed a bright light appeared from this hill was been observed  from outer space, a very bright light shooting to the skies that believed came from something at the eastern end of Bali Island. But it is not known exactly where the light is, but it is thought to be from Mount Lempuyang.

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There are various version about the ‘Lempuyang’ name meaning. In the book published by the Bali Culture Service (1998) entitled ” Lempuyang Luhur ” mentioned, the Lempuyang name comes from the words ” Lampu ” which means rays and ” Hyang ” to refer to God. From the word “lempuyang” or “lamp” which is interpreted by the holy light of God that is bright (shoving / highlighting). Another version says ” lempuyang ” came from Java language, “lempuyang” refers to a kind of spices ( wild ginger ). It is also linked to the village around Lempuyang named Bangle and Gamongan, both of which are similar spices that can be used as herbs or cooking ingredients. Another version also mentions the words ” empu ” or ” emong ” which means keeping. The myth is Batara Hyang Pasupati sent two of his sons and one daughter down to nurture in order to maintain Bali’s stability from various natural disasters. The three sons were Bathara Hyang Putra Jaya finally settled in Tohlangkir (Mt. Agung ) with his area including Besakih Temple, the daughter Batari Dewi Danuh reside at the Batur lake and her palace is Temple of Ulun Danu Batur and Batara Hyang Gni Jaya settled on Mount Lempuyang. However, whatever version of the temple, Lempuyang Temple itself has a very large temple complex, just like Besakih. In various sources of lontar papyrus or ancient inscriptions, there are three large temples which are often referred to besides Besakih and Ulun Danu Batur namely Lempuyang. Lempuyang Luhur Temple, which is located very high on the top of Bisbis Hill or Mount Lempuyang, is thought to include the oldest temple in Bali.

INTO THE PEAK OF MT.BISBIS

Mt.Bisbis elevation are 1.174 m above sea level , theres where the Lempuyang Luhur temple located on the peak of the hills. The best time to hike up is morning around 7 or 8 AM. But most of the time for Balinese to exploring and pilgrimage the whole temple complex in Mt.Bisbis, they will climb at midnight or early morning at 1 or 2 AM. Thats will be exploring round at the belt of Mt.Bisbis until around sunrise 5 or 6AM will be end up at the peak of Mt.Bisbis, known as Puncak Lempuyang Luhur ( the peak of Lempuyang main temple) .According to local and the holy man at Lempuyang ,Mangku Gede Wangi, there are some rule and things that forbidden during do hiking or climb Mt.Bisbis or visiting the main temple,should not be violated when going up to Lempuyang Luhur Temple and if they are violated they will have a bad impact. The prohibition is as follows: from the beginning, thoughts, words, and deeds must be sanctified ,you can’t say rude words when hike or climb. People who considering as un-holly such menstruation women, breastfeeding, children who have not dated milk teeth should not enter the temple or pray to the temple You should not bring gold jewelry, because often if you bring gold jewelry it will disappear mysteriously .Bring food contain pork or eat pork when going to Lempuyang Temple, because pork is considering forbidden or proscribed meat by God of Mt.Lempuyang.

And as it’s considering holy site, and one of the biggest temple in Bali. Respect the rule and always climb up with local or guide is must to avoid any disrespect action or any problem caused by lack information. As we have to remember for Balinese it’s unseen world with unseen rule are exist in the island.

Including wearing sarong and semi formal clothes are must during the trekking, due the trek and the area considering as holy.

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There are four routes to reach Lempuyang Luhur Temple. The easiest trek it can pass Purwayu Village. From this route can pass through the Pura Penataran, Penataran Agung, Telaga Mas, Pasar Agung then to Lempuyang Luhur. Other route by passing Gamongan village, passing the Pura Lempuyang Madya, continue to Pura Telaga Sawang and Pura Pasar Agung. While if start from east side of Mt.Bisbis from Batu Gunung village, the Bukit Village passes through the Angrekasari Temple, passing few holy spring temple such; Tirta Suniamerta, Tirta Jagasatru, Tirta Manik Ambengan, Hyangsari Silatana Temple, Tirta Sudamala, Tirta Empul, Windusari Temple, Pura Pasar Agung (peneling) then to Lempuyang Luhur. The last route are via Jumenang village, passes through the Pura Penataran Kenusut, Pura Pasar Agung (disambangan) and rises to Lempuyang Luhur.

From the normal route via the Puma Penataran Agung Lempuyang or know among tourist as The Gate Of Heaven, its will take approximate 30-40 mins to walk up to the first step of 1700-1800 path leading to the peak of Mt.Bisbis.

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Climb of to the peak will crossing a green lush of gigantic pandanus tree and pines tree forest along the route. In some spot it will be a slippery stones and soil path instead of a stair. And it’s a rest area with small hut will appear after climb 300-500 metres can use as rest area, for stop by inhaling the cool and fresh oxygen, or just drink water. But make sure always pay attention, as after round 700-1000 metres above sea level, a group of grey macaque monkey will be seating along the route hiding or following us just try to get something from us. Some will jump around at the high tree and make noise. Make sure to always put all belonging including water inside the backpack, as the monkey in this mountain are wild monkey which their behaviour are bit different with monkey at Ubud Monkey Forest or Uluwatu. The monkey at Mt.Bisbis and Lempuyang temple are still scare of human, but sometimes they will try to threaten visitor to get some food or water by following them in group. As many Balinese almost every day will go up to the main temple Puma Lempuyang Luhur on top of the Mt.Bisbis, to get a holy water, the offerings will be one of the monkeys target. Bring a wooden stick will help to scare this wild long tail grey macaque monkey.

During rain season, as it’s high area rain can easily fall in sometimes heavily and very quick, make sure to bring also your raincoat.

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THE HOLY WATER INSIDE THE BAMBOO

Once you step in into the main temple, it’s just a small area of temple almost 100m2 as its located on the highest cliff. From main temple you can see Mt.Agung in distance and a green lush of forest and farm surrounding the hill, and the blue water ocean line both Amed bay on Northern east side and Candidasa bay at distance. Please be more respectful as it’s small temple area, and sometimes flood by Balinese who just come to pray or do a procession of get the holy water from the holy bamboo that grows in the temple are, for the purposes of prayer rituals and other ceremonies such as Ngaben cremation. So please give space to this local during they do the procession. And also pay attention with the groups of monkey who will be hundreds of them will waiting for everyone to be careless to take something from the offerings.

This holy water inside the bamboo is believed by Balinese as one of polywater they must had for all highest level ceremony. This holy water called ‘Tirta Pingit’ comes from Sanskrit. “Tirta” means holy water. While “Pingit” means secret. So “Tirta Pingit” means secret holy water. Tirta Pingit is found in Lempuyang Luhur Temple.

27993503_1951528974876712_5463604290658822958_oIn addition to the beauty of the mountainous panorama on the one of east Bali peak, Lempuyang Luhur Temple also presents another unique and mystery, named Tirta Pingit, is found inside the bamboo cluster that grows in Lempuyang Luhur Temple area. There are only 3 (three) bamboo clumps that grow in that place. From this bamboo come out the holy water to be given to Pemedek (devotees who performed the worship ceremony) and tourists who prayed at that place. To get the Tirta, the Pemangku or priest or holy man of the Lempuyang Temple will cut a piece of bamboo, from which the cut bamboo stems will come out of the water for Tirta. And strangely, the bamboo clump never runs out even though it’s often cut. For Hindus and tourists who want to come to prayer to Sad Kahyangan Lempuyang Luhur Temple, one thing that is worthy of preparation is physical endurance, and of course a sincere heart is pure.

If you plan to visit the Gate of Heaven on the foot hill of the Mt.Bisbis, you can also try to visit the peak just to feel the atmosphere and the vibration of this holy site.

Just contact Adimelali or drop us e-mail or call /SMS/WhatsApp to +6281337795381.

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EXPLORE SEKUMPUL WATERFALL, HIDDEN GEMS OF NORTH BALI

41591319_2236411823055091_6638903400954068992_oNorth Bali known as the waterfalls paradise, as Northern Bali is a home to many gorgeous waterfalls. We bring you secret waterfalls that will guarantee you a refreshing retreat. Explore; ,Nung Nung Waterfall, Banyumala Twin Falls, Munduk Waterfall, Blahmantung, GitGit Waterfall, Jembong Waterfall, Sekumpul Waterfall, Aling Aling.
Some of the mentioned Waterfalls in Bali are very famous and popular tourist attractions, but a few of them are also hidden Bali Waterfalls that are harder to reach or not as well known.

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Sekumpul Waterfall is touted as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. It is fairly close to Niagara Falls Lemukih, only about 2 km away. Understandably, the Sekumpul Village and Lemukih Village indeed neighbors. To see Sekumpul Waterfall closely, it takes a bit of effort and struggle. From the parking lot, you have to walk quite far away, down a dirt road, down the hundreds of stairs, and across the river. When you ride a motorcycle, you can still ride from the parking lot (near the ticket window), to the end of the road paving. After paving the way out, the road turned into a narrow dirt road (footpath). Not long down the path, on first stop spot after the ticket entrance counter we can see Sekumpul waterfall very pretty in the distance. That makes this waterfall is different from most waterfalls, Sekumpul waterfalls not just made up of one or two waterfalls. There are at least seven waterfalls are located separate and apart. Seven waterfalls scattered in the high cliffs and surrounded by green trees soothes the eye. Seventh waterfall has a shape and a different height. Absolutely amazing. No wonder its crowned as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali.

Although the hike down to Sekumpul Waterfall is steep and a bit of a workout, it’s manageable for travellers of all ages. On the way down you’ll even be rewarded with a picture perfect spot at the Sekumpul viewpoint.Before you can enjoy the waterfall up close, visitors will be invited to travel on foot after the entrance.Passing through several concrete steps and a handle of iron. This makes the visitors feel safe to descend the hills.When going down the stairs you can hear the sound of a thundering waterfall hitting the pond of water under it. Once down the stairs, there is a bridge with a clear river water below it. Soft tracking shortly after passing the bridge through a small forest and then you get to the waterfalls.

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Sekumpul Waterfall is arguably Bali’s most spectacular cascades, and less visited than some less pretty, because they take a little bit of effort to reach. Accessed from Sekumpul Village, 18 kilometres southeast of Singaraja or 27 kilometres from central Lovina, a steep trek though a valley of jungle vines and fruit plantations, and a lot of slippery stairs, plus a river crossing or two leads you first to two impressive adjacent waterfalls. They fall from two separate sources: a spring and a river, plummeting about 80 metres into a swimmable pool. Backtracking a little, a further 30-minute trek through the valley with more river crossings will have you passing some minor waterfalls then three more dramatic cascades, evenly spaced, but of different heights. This second group of waterfalls is signposted both Lemukih Waterfall (the name of a nearby village) and Gombong Waterfall, however the whole area of seven falls (according to our guide), which possibly includes the smaller falls, is locally referred to as Sekumpul, literally in local Balinese mean “a group” or “grouping”.

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The two biggest waterfalls of Sekumpul are located side by side has a different height and discharge. The highest Waterfall has a height of 80 meters or 262 feet. Two waterfalls are derived from two different springs. The waterfalls on the left comes from the springs while the waterfalls on the right (higher) sourced from river. In the rainy season, the waterfall on the left remain clear while the waterfall on the right side will be murky brown .

On the way up or down to the waterfall we will walk along local houses and their farm with clove, chocolate, coffee and others tropical fruit typically along the path. And we will explore the hidden paradise of Bali and observe the lifestyle of the traditional Balinese people with their culture and faith away from busy world. We can do a stop by for a snack or coffee at locals ‘warung’ ( food stahl), and the best experience is to try making “law-lak” a traditional Bali pancake made of rice with grated coconut and palm sugar. Sometimes the pancake can be in green or white colour. The green colour are made of organic mix water with “kayu sugih” leaves.  You also have chance not just to buy and taste, but to experience the process itself.

During 3-4 hours trek you will be taken through the beautiful surrounding of Sekumpul along the hill where you can see the breathtaking views, then down into the scenic valley, pass through the green rain forest with clove, coffee, cocoa, and tropical fruit plantation. Although the trip was quite extreme and dangerous, it doesn’t stop people to come and see this beautiful waterfall.

Sekumpul Waterfall located in the village of Sekumpul, Sawan district, Buleleng regency, in the northern region of Bali.

The village is within an hour’s drive southeast from Lovina Beach, and approximately a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from Denpasar.

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The best time to visit Sekumpul Waterfall is anytime between mid morning and 2pm to get the best lighting from the sun through the valley. To see the falls at their most powerful, visit during Bali’s rainy season – which runs from October to April.

If you do visit during this time, make sure to take care on the walk down as the stairs can be wet and there may also be slippery rocks.

The falls are still impressive in the dry season between May and September too. A good compromise is to visit around April and May as the falls will still be relatively powerful but the weather will be better at this time of year.

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Key items to remember:

– Do not forget to pack your camera. As its will be a visit to spectacular waterfall and have to pass the water streams and rocky path. It is advised to wear shorts and sandals for this section, or at least pack them with you.

– Please remember to also wear long pants or bring a sarong to cover your legs for the temple visit after visit the waterfall. If you dont have any sarong don’t be worry we will provide during trip or you can get on free of charge or rent one at ticket counter on the temple we will visit.

– Being in good physical condition is required as the tour will involve walking and hiking up steps, as some spot/ object might need to hiking and walking.

– Some of the tour may not recommended for pregnant women or participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.

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The trip to Sekumpul Waterfall can be combining with a few great spot to visit such Twin Lakes , Beratan Lake with Bedugul Temple in the lake, Jatiluwih the rice terrace UNESCO world heritage, Kintamani the highland of Penelokan to see Mt.Batur and Lake Batur or a overnight down in Pemuteran West Bali, Munduk or Lovina in North Bali.

For more info about Tukad Cepung Waterfall and a memorable trip to Central and East Bali trip, please feel free to contact us.

Phone: +62 81 337 795 381 or SMS or WhatsApp. E-mail us to rsv@adimelali.com

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EXPLORE TUKAD CEPUNG,’THE UNDERWORLD WATERFALL OF CENTRAL BALI’ WITH ADIMELALI

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Tukad Cepung Waterfall is definitely one of the most unique spots in Bali. To get there we will walking approximately 2 kilometers from the parking lot or round 30-40 mins on walk, across rice fields, water dams, coffee shops and residential housing. Before finally going down the stairs to the bowels of the earth.

The sun’s rays will illuminate from the cracks of the cave, making a beautiful scenery with river water that reflects sunlight and becomes a light to walk along a small river to the waterfall.

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The cliffs with falling drops water will give a sense of calm, and cool water will make the atmosphere so relaxing, and the sound of the water echoes in the distance. It’s really will bring us to the other world…’the underworld’.

After walking down a small river surround by high cliff about 300 meters walk then we will enter the stone cracks to the location of the waterfall. A fell of stone cliff will be a good spot to capture the moment and becoming a truly beautiful photo.

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This epic waterfall has an adventurous, jungle like trail leading up to it and is famous for its crazy sun rays that shine through! Easy to reach and this waterfall is family friendly and not too strenuous.

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Key items to remember:

– Do not forget to pack your camera. As its will be a visit to spectacular waterfall in a cave and have to pass the water streams and rocky path. It is advised to wear shorts and sandals for this section, or at least pack them with you.

– Please remember to also wear long pants or bring a sarong to cover your legs for the temple visit after visit the waterfall. If you dont have any sarong don’t be worry we will provide during trip or you can get on free of charge or rent one at ticket counter on the temple we will visit.

– Being in good physical condition is required as the tour will involve walking and hiking up steps, as some spot/ object might need to hiking and walking.

– Some of the tour may not recommended for pregnant women or participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.

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Of all the Bali waterfalls, Tukad Cepung Waterfall was the most unique and magical one we visited. It’s becoming a hotspot amongst tourists, as well a very popular Instagram location. So don’t be surprised because in front of the waterfall we have to get ready to wait in line with other visitor to take a photo and capture the moment

It is necessary to climb around huge rocks to reach this beautiful natural sight which makes it not only absolutely beautiful but also quite adventurous.

Best time to visit will be morning, so it’s not too hot when going up and down to the waterfall. If you’re lucky enough to be chasing the waterfall on a sunny day, then you’re in for a treat. The stunning sun rays shine straight through the top of the falls creating natural beams across the canyon like rock formations. You can swim in the waterfall and get pretty close without getting too wet from the spray, so get your cameras ready. Be there around 9 or 10 am will be a perfect time of day to catch the crazy sun rays.

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If you want try local snack, don’t be worry on the way up back to parking lot, a stop buy grab hots from pan “pisang goreng” ( Balinese fried banana) and stop by for coffee or tea will be good idea to enjoying the area .

Why should put Tukad Cepung in your bucket lost of must visit during your Bali visit or Ubud stay ? As it is a must see during your stay in Bali! It leads you away from the touristy spots deeper into the rural Bali! And will be one of your great idea for #instagram post.

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Finding the waterfall is a little adventure itself including a bit hiking and passing massive rocks that reveal an impressive landscape: Tukad Cepung Waterfall, a hidden, charming and absolutely beautiful place, that #adimelali can combining with other visit in Bangli region , Central of Bali. This trip can be a half- or full day trip, depends on how much time you have!

For more info about Tukad Cepung Waterfall and a memorable trip to Central and East Bali trip, please feel free to contact us.

Phone: +62 81 337 795 381 or SMS or WhatsApp. E-mail us to rsv@adimelali.com

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BALI & TOURISM AND DON’T DO THIS IN BALI

BALI AND TOURISM

The increasing number of tourists to the island in the last decade has boosted tourism-related investment. Bali has seen 15 percent foreign tourist arrival growth each year.Last year, more than 4 million foreign tourists visited the destination, excluding foreign tourists traveling to Bali indirectly via domestic flights and sea transportation. The island also welcomed at least 7 million domestic tourists in 2015.

Unfortunately, the development of Bali tourism is not being controlled. We allege that there are many hotels operating without legal permits. The development of new facilities also tends to damage the surrounding environment. Bali is a small island with limited natural resources. It should be managed properly as one island, priorities should be given to tourism development in the others side of island at northern, eastern and western part of Bali. Bali government must improve transportation infrastructure to ease access to other parts of Bali.

Here as local and practitioner in the tourism industry I see the whole island and its tourism sector in a different light. There is a good and an evil to this island resort.

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They came for the Island of the Gods, the special getaway with the mysticism of the jungles and the serenity of the beaches. What they created, with their endless planes of arrivals, was an urban chaos. Traffic, development and overt commercialisation have not only clogged up the infrastructure, they have suppressed much of the culture.

Nowadays especially in southern part of Bali and Ubud, everyday is the new concrete buildings that have sprung up here by the side of the road. And traffic jam not only about rush hour sometimes can be happened by night almost 10pm down southern part of Bali or Ubud. Especially Kuta and Seminyak.

Walk down in Kuta and Seminyak,and it looks air-conditioned, which is always nice after a couple of hours in the sun. But it doesn’t look Balinese… or even Indonesian. It looks like a Bangkok supermall has been merged with an Australian beachside shopping centre. Sunglasses and icecream outside, high-end fashion and fast food inside.

All along the beach strip, international chains are increasing their dominance. The shops which have remained independent are even falling into the homogenous tourist pool, though. Beer holder with Australian football team logo’s, art craft made in China into phone cover and  T-shirt and others souvenir exactly like you also can find in Singapore or Bangkok.

The Balinese, for the most part, seem to be quite content balancing their own beliefs and heritage with the influx of foreigners. Once infrastructure start develop like new Batam or Singapore even, a new Airport with toll road and underpass, it will have a positive effect on a lot of the traffic congestion that visitors and locals currently suffer. But it will also mean it will become easier for tourists to get to some of these further away locations. Perhaps they will bring the commercialisation with them and the corruption will just spread.

HERE SOMETHING YOU PERHAPS DON’T DO IN BALI

Supporting local economic by support local run business will help and create a sustainable tourism for Bali and local there.

Bali is Heaven on earth. Be kind, be thoughtful and be considerate, and you will have a wonderful journey.

Don’t eat Western Food or expecting your own country food. You are in Bali, and the food is fresh and very good. Enjoy the tropical fruits, and more. Tourism does not give huge impact for local worker for decades of tourism in Bali, most of it Bali standard living cost are cheap as local worker are paid quit cheap in Bali. Tip as service charges are perhaps in some restaurant are already included but like small hostel or homestay or wrung perhaps not. As if you can afford to go to Bali, you can afford to be a little generous.

Don’t get annoyed when you are hassled at the volcano, or when you go to visit a temples, or any other tourist place by the hawkers. They need to make a living.

Don’t take drugs or use narcotic in Bali, as a new country rule in Indonesia a death penalty for drug dealer and smugler .This is all of Indonesia and Bali, where the death penalty exists, and there is little tolerance for drugs, and rightly so.

Don’t order drink mix from untrusted source liquor as in many case Bali and Indonesia are very high in mixing alcohol with something that’s can make ill or even very dangerous for your body. Arak, a locally-brewed spirit laced with deadly methanol sometimes, if you don’t know the source always good to avoid.Symptoms from this methanol mix liquor: a headache, blurred vision and nausea. Most of cheap cocktail are use Arak as the base instead of vodka or others well know and licensed spirit.

Don’t expose too much of your upper body out of respect. Don’t point your feet to the altar in the temple either. And don’t take stupid photo pose like climb altar or sitting on altar or even just stone or rock that considering holy for Balinese. You might not will go to jail because of it, but basic for Balinese law is Karma, if you un-respected a respected or holy site a bad Karma will come to you. Balinese also believed in un-seen world and being called ” Niskala ” the un-seen being from un-seen world with their un-seen power and un-seen law can bring a bad luck, sickness, even craziness to deadliness as local believe. And also some social law will apply to you if you posted those stupid photo sitting on altar on your social media. Instead you will haunted by a live time guilty feelings and embarrassing your self don’t start any stupid action or things in considering holy site in Bali.

Don’t self drive or even ride motor bike if you not able or not used in Bali chaotic management. Bali road are narrow, un-predictable ( ceremony may held and all sudden road blocked and need to find short cut, or dogs, pig or cows can cross by in Bali village road) and in some area perhaps internet doesn’t work proper if you plan use your GPS and Goole Map might pointing to wrong direction, asking direction to local Balinese might sometimes not such a good idea as their way to give direction can be confusing, overall west, east, south and north direction are different in every Bali region. Don’t get cranky if people are honking at you. Honking it’s just the way for Balinese to tell their position and warning you if they around, not tell you to speeding or get out of their way. Respect the law, don’t drive in bare naked chest, don’t ride motorbike without helmet and no shirt, well ok some Balinese do that, but thats in their home village. Or perhaps they just finish bathing at nearby beach or public bath or they just a farmer or fisherman came home from work. Balinese will we are proper clothes ,jacket, jumper,short or jeans sometimes shoes and masker if they ride their bike out from their home village or area. So be respect although Bali culture are very open for nudeness but that was an old era of Bali. Not in the city or in very public area, as its considering outback or have no manner.

Don’t haggle for 30 minutes at the markets with no intention of buyingFirstly, you will be exhausted. But more importantly, it’s considered rude. Stick to good haggling etiquette.

Don’t spend all your time in Kuta. Kuta is probably Bali’s most known tourist destination, and for that reason, people think that if they have seen Kuta, they have seen Bali. This is a mistake, because a  lot of people hate Kuta. It gets a bad wrap, and I have to admit, it’s not all lies. Bali is not just Kuta, Bali is much more colourful , variety, beautiful and peaceful than just Kuta. But also don’t not see Kuta , it’s good to explore at least once time for first time visitor to enjoy Kuta and all its hustle bustle. And some people love Kuta. Just remember there is so much more to Bali, so try and combine your time here with other areas in Bali.

Don’t leave your drinks unattended. It’s fine to go to a bar but you just need to smart about it. Watch your drinks, order things you know and stay with people you know. Many bar and club are filled up with peoples who try to take advantage from drunk or stupid clubbers in Bali.

Those are our tips on things not to do in Bali! We would love to hear your tips for Bali, just comment below…. LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN!

 

 

 

 

 

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SUNRISE FROM MT.BATUR

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Mt.Abang and Mt.Agung in the distance from the peak of Mt.Batur

Mt Batur is 1717 metres. Due to high daytime temperatures it’s best climbed early in the morning, when you’ll enjoy the added bonus of catching sunrise from the top.Waking up at 2am so we could watch the sunrise from 1,700 metres. I know climbing Mt Batur is really not that tough. It’s just challenging enough to make our muscles scream for a few hours — but then, before it becomes unbearable, you’ve reached the top.

THE LEGEND & HISTORY

As a secret site for local peoples around Mt.Batur and Kintamani, and generally for Balinese put a high respect during exploring the site is must.

The Bali folklore or legend about Lake and Mt.Batur is about a gigantic being called I Kebo Iwa, once upon a time in Bali as a result of the villagers who could no longer afford to feed him because of the huge body size and high appetite. Finally villagers decided to commit deceit, the village promise would give him a large food feast, as long as I Kebo Iwa would help them to dig up a water source to irrigate their village’s fields. But the promise was just a hoax, when a large and wide hole was dug and water from the ground began to come out to drown I Kebo Iwa, the villagers who had prepared limestone to be thrown at I Kebo Iwa who were continuing to dig the ground so deep into the earth. The villagers know the weakness of I Kebo Iwa is limestone. So that the pile of limestone that thrown to Kebo Iwa’s  hurried him at the bottom of the hole he dig up. And the water kept coming out until it was flooded the village broadly into a lake, that’s the lake of Batur and the land that was dug from the hole by I Kebo Iwa became Mount Batur.

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Around 23,000 BC during the cataclysms that marked the fore last shift of the earth’s poles, an explosion of incredible magnitude formed the gigantic Batur caldera which today has a diameter of ca. 13 km – one of the largest and most impressive in the world. Before that eruption, Mt Batur rose about 3,800 m above sea level and it was thus higher than Mt Agung (3,142 m / 10,308 feet). Another heavy eruption took place around 10,500 BC – at the time of the last shift of the earth’s poles – and formed a smaller, secondary crater with a diameter of ca. 7,5 km in the southeastern part of the larger caldera, nowadays marked by the Bali Aga villages of Songan and the popular panoramic viewpoint of Penelokan, with the current volcanic cone in its centre. The Batur caldera therefore actually consists of a gigantic, double elliptic crater with a total diameter of 10 x 13 km.

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Alie Kouzoukian from The USA on top of Mt.Batur. Photo cred: Alie

Mt. Batur as we know it today was formed by an eruption in 1917; it is a still active, secondary volcanic cone sporting numerous subsidiary vents around its flanks. Measured from the floor of the crater it rises within the circling embrace of the caldera to a height of ca. 700 meter (1,717 meter / 5,633 feet above sea level).

The eruptions of Mt Batur have been registered since 1804 and since that time 22 eruptions of the volcano have occurred. Since 1917 Mt Batur erupted three more times (1926, 1974, 1994), on each occasion shifting a little more to the west, creating new sub craters that are referred to as Batur I, II and III respectively.

Lake Batur is the largest lake of Bali. It is crescent shaped and it can be found in the smaller, secondary caldera of the Batur volcano, right at the foot of Mount Abang. Due to its height not only the temperature of the area is always cool but also the water of the lake.To the local people who live in the small villages around lake Batur, the lake is a sacred site. The communities around the lake live mainly on agriculture and fishing and, in a lesser extent, on tourism.

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Our 50’s and 60’s year old fit clients Mr and Mrs. Thielman

CLIMB MT.BATUR

Mount Batur is a 7.6 kilometer loop trail located near the city of Banjar Toyabungkah, Indonesia that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

If you stay in southern part of Bali ( Kuta,Seminyak,Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Canggu, Sanur) to drive from your hotel or area will be best at 1am to 2am and to be at Mt.Batur start point round 3.30am to 4am in the morning. Or if you stay in Ubud drive to the start point will start at 3am and to be at start point of Mt.Batur at round 4 am. Driving scenic village road of Ubud to Kintamani in the dark and go down from Penelokan village route and drive lake side of lake Batur will heading us to the start point to climb .

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Mt. Batur is the most active volcano in Bali and its last eruption was recorded in 2000. The peak sits at 1717 meters (5,633 ft.) above sea level and offers breathtaking views of Lake Batur, black lava from the last explosion, and surrounding mountains. Whether you love photography or just want to have the best possible experience, the best way to enjoy this hike is by getting up bright and early for the sunrise hike.

The hike is relatively easy with a few steep, but brief parts of the trek. The summit can be reached within an hour to two hours depending on your level of fitness. We have bring some people struggled with this hike, however we also did find it easy and were able to do it with our guest who were in their 50s and 60s. There are two ways to go up, whichever way you do you will come down the other way. The Mt Batur volcano hike approximately 5 km roundtrip. You will walk along some leaves, some dried lava, and some epic paths that look like they were right out of Lord of the Rings.

CLIMB WITH LOCAL GUIDE ARE MUST

As mountain, forest, hills and ocean are consider as holy site for local Balinese. Which dead on the mountain or even injury will considering bring a bad luck to the home of Gods. As Balinese believe mountain and hills are considering as home of Gods. When this thing happened local Balinese will do a cleansing, they will do an offering to ask for forgiveness to the Gods. And this remind as a big duty and also need some money to do the cleansing and ask forgiveness ceremony. It is practically impossible to climb Mt. Batur or others secret site in Bali without local guide or licensed guide. This is not only a tourist attraction and a way you can help support the locals who run and control tour guides up Mt. Batur but also for your safety. Tourists have been killed and seriously injured by falling, mudslides, and even rocks and gas that are spit out by vents.

For your own safety while perhaps the hike was particularly difficult, there is a huge benefit to having a local with you who knows the terrain really well.

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Local guide will guide your path to the top, a flash light to help our visibility during walk in the dark forest and tricky trail, to make sure you get some rest if you tired in some stop point. And once you on top and enjoying the amazing view, your guide will cook your volcano breakfast which can be just an fried or boiled egg and bread, a banana and hot coffee or tea. Meanwhile the sun climb up more and more you will see a very clear of magnificent view of sunrise, the sky turns from black to inky blue to pink and orange. With the light, we can see how far we’ve climbed.Sitting on a stone ledge overlooking the village rooftops, sipping coffee and eating your breakfast. See the faint outline of the island of Lombok in the distance with Mt.Rinjani, and Mt.Abang and Mt.Agung.

When the sun getting warmer, it’s time for the group and family monkeys ( a grey macaques ) come out tanning and just play and jump around, sometimes steal your banana or water. So be careful with your belonging, as they so fast and wild even though look so friendly.

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Photo cred by @alie Kouzokian on top of Mt.Batur

Best stime to climb Mt.Batur for great sunrise are during May through July is deemed the best time to go to Bali, but as long as it’s not raining the sights will be stunning. Since Bali is located so close to the equator, the sunset doesn’t change much. You can expect the sun to be setting from 6-6:30 anytime of the year that you go.

Event thought climb Mt.Batur not just for sunrise, you can also do Mt.Batur for sunset. Which you start climb at 3pm or 4pm and to be on top round sunset time. Experience the different way to explore the area by evening fall also can be great idea.

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BOOK YOUR MT.BATUR TRIP

If you go for cheap you can ride your scooter in the cold and windy midnight or early morning at dawn heading to Mt.Batur start point. But make sure you go up climb with local guide. And dealing will may take hard and crazy times before climb. Or for relaxing and exclusive way you can just ask adimelali to assist your booking include local hiking guide licensed and trusted with transport from your hotel and return or even a whole day trip until your lunch or dinner time escape from hustle bustle of tourist resort where you stay such Kuta, Ubud ,Sanur or Nusa Dua, by take a day trip around area of Central Bali or even to East Bali in 18-20 hrs a day. Book with adimelali will give you much relaxing time with a clear deal at beginning, without hidden, cover or additional charge at the end. It’s always good to book your trip earlier at least 12 hours or one day before due to the trip will start in midnight or early morning to heading Mt.Batur start point.

You can contact adimelali by e-mail at rsv@adimelali.com or WhatssApp at +62 81 337 795 381.

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LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN !