"Besakih." Bali Things to Do Tip by worldkiwi
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Besakih is the most important temple complex on the island of Bali. It is situated 950 metres up the 3000m+ Gunung Agung.
The complex consists of five main temples; one for each of the four elements and their associated gods: Ishwara, Maha Dewi, Visnu, and Braman. The central temple is dedicated to Shiva. There are also extensive family temples separated between the four main castes. Above it all towers the peak of mighty Mt Agung.
The temple is very interesting and we were lucky enough to visit it during a festival that happened every 210 days. However, getting into the temple is a real hassle. In fact, it almost leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. Unlike other temples in Bali, this one is very mercentile. You literally have to barter to get into the temple. Big pressure is put on you to take a guide and the asking price for that is staggering. The last thing I expected was to have to barter to get into a sacred temple. We eventually agreed on RP50000 for a guide for three of us (NZ$10), and he didn't say very much throughout the tour! The temple is full of shops as well. Don't let it put you off visiting, but be warned... money seems to be the most important thing to the people of Besakih.
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