"Goah Gjah/Kitamani/Basehki/Holy springs" Indonesia Things to Do Tip by mallyak

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  • Goah Gjah/Kitamani/Basehki/Holy springs - Indonesia
  • Mt Batur at Kintamani - Indonesia
      Mt Batur at Kintamani
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  • Traditional sarongs at Besakhi - Indonesia
      Traditional sarongs at Besakhi
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  • The Holy Springs of Tirta Empul - Indonesia
      The Holy Springs of Tirta Empul
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  • Holy temple offerings at Besakhi - Indonesia
      Holy temple offerings at Besakhi
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Goa Gajah (the Elephant Cave), is located in a steep valley just outside of Ubud near the town of Bedulu . Built at least 700 years ago, the cave was rediscovered in the 1920s and fully excavated 30 years later. It is approximately ten kilometres from UBUD and is easy to find as it is by the side of the main road, just East of the crossroads in Teges village.
Kintamani was next on our itinery.On reaching there we were given a view but when the cold fresh mountain air hit me with realization that Kintamani could possibly be a piece of heaven on earth.But sadly it was the end of the tour-just the view!
On to pura Besakhi-For avid temple visitors to Bali, Pura Besakih is a must-go place. It signifies the oneness for the kingdom of Balinese Hindus. Honestly, there are conflicting numbers on how many pura (temples) are there within the massive Besakih complex. .
We heard of the scams here, but our local driver, advised us of the amount wewere to pay etc and we got off scot free without any hassles.
North of Tampaksaring on the road to Kintamani you will see the turnoff to Tirta Empul. It is to here that the Balinese come from all over the island on pilgrimages to bathe in the holy springs and thus cleanse themselves spiritually.
Around the pools an elegantly ornate temple has been built and, whilst we were there, devotees were in prayer and others leaving after finishing their devotion and with even more entering to pray and bathe in the pools. Everywhere you looked in the complex Balinese in ceremonial attire carrying offerings and receiving blessings were prominent as were a multitude of Pedanda's.

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  • Updated May 28, 2007
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