"THE MOTHER TEMPLE" Karangasem by indoguy

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.......The most sacred place in bali where It believes that the gods live above it..
....and with the power of the people's prays it keeps bali in balance and harmony...
.....ashamed that they have people that is greedy wanting to make this place as their sources for money,makes this place is little bit hassle to visit..but still worth to visit..it's a must.....

The area where the real bali is still exist

......Living of balinese culture and seeing the most sacred area of bali...also another beauty of bali....which for some people is the best part of bali...you can get almost everythings that you desire to see....
....with all of the beauty and proud,they live in this area....

about it...

KARANGASEM region has a rich variety of older customs found in villages that resisted Javanese influences after 14th century.
The royal family, related to Gelgel, became independent and in the early 1700s challenged Klungkung.
Internal strive led to exile and formation of a rival house in Lombok, which returned to defeat its own family on Bali and the taking of Buleleng.
This real ended when the Dutch subdued Buleleng in the mid 1800s, and a Dutch assisted rebellion in Lombok ousted the royal family in the late 1800s.
By recognizing Dutch superiority, Karangasem remained intact when South Bali was conquered in the early 1900s.
After Mount Agung erupted in 1963 the capital changed name to Amplapura.
The Puri Agung Kanginan palace features a blend of Balinese, Dutch, and Chinese architecture.
To the south are the ruins of the Taman Ujung pleasure palace.

A more intact one is up north of Tirtagangga with swimming pools fed by cool springs and an excellent place to stay.
Outside the town is the coastal tourist area of Candi Dasa, named after an old temple on the hillside, across the lagoon is a Gandhi meditation center.

Snorkeling around a shipwreck is superb up north at Tulamben.
Padangbai has the Silayukti sea temple and the ferry to Lombok.
Tenganan is the only place in Indonesia where double ikat gringsing cloth is woven and where one of the last real native balinese live...
Festivals here and in Dauh Tukad in June - July feature wooden Ferris-wheels and ritual battles with thorny leaves.
Nearby villages of Dauh Tukad, Bungaya, Asak, Timbrah, Perasi, Bugbug, Jasi, Ababi, Seraya, Sangkidu, Ngis, Bebandem and Padangkerta have colorful rituals with ceremonial dances for women and men, trance battles, and spectacular offerings.

Beautiful brocades are woven in Sidemen.
Winding mountain roads through salak snake-skin fruit farms and terraced hills lead to Besakih, Bali's most important temple complex.
Visitors may only see the huge temple from the outside, but the view is gorgeous and the air refreshing.
Mount Agung should only be climbed by experienced hikers with a guide.
That's all a bit about this region which i consider as the best part of bali.

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