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Bali: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour

1. Bali: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour

Join a guided day trip to the eastern part of Bali to visit the mother temple of Bali, Pura Besakih, along with Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple and its iconic Gate of Heaven. Enjoy convenient hotel transfers and a lunch stop overlooking Mount Agung. Following a pickup from your hotel, head to the majestic Lempuyang Temple in the eastern part of Bali. Along the way, pass long stretches of beautiful and pristine rice paddies, travel along winding roads, and marvel at breathtaking mountains. Be awed by the magical views of Mount Agung behind the temple. Your own private guide will not only snap cool shots for you but also will also explain the history of the ancient temple as well as the Balinese people and their culture. Next, visit Tirta Gangga, known as the most beautiful former royal water palace in Eastern Bali. Explore the water palace's tiered fountains, gardens, and stone sculptures of mythical creatures spouting water into pools. Outside the palace, soak up views of the lush rice paddies of northeastern Bali. After visiting the water palace, savor a scrumptious buffet lunch overlooking Mount Agung, Telaga Waja river, and the rice fields. When you are finished, make your way to the biggest temple in Bali, Pura Besakih.  Join this tour of Pura Besakih with your guide and learn why it is the most important, the largest, and the holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali, and one of a series of Balinese temples. The temple miraculously survived the catastrophic volcanic eruption of 1963.

Bali: Alternative Temples Small Group Tour

2. Bali: Alternative Temples Small Group Tour

Not keen on the swarming crowds at Bali's main temples? Visit temples that are just as beautiful off the beaten track, meaning fewer tourists, more charm, and the tranquility you seek on this magical island.  Begin at the Kerta Gosa Pavilion in Klung Kung. The intact justice court building formerly used by the high king of Bali will give you some idea of the power and grandeur of the Balinese monarchs before the Dutch arrived. Goa Lawah Temple is up next. Also known as Bat Cave, its complex is built over a hilly outcrop home to thousands of bats and a giant snake king per local legend. Make a stop at Bukit Jambul, known for its panoramic views of the rice terraces. As you must be peckish by now, your guide will slow the pace down for a lunch overlooking Mt. Agung.  Continue your tour to Besakih Temple, Bali's thousand-year-old Mother Temple, perched 1,000 meters high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. It is meant to be the island's largest holy site divided into three main complexes, each dedicated to the Hindu trinity. The last of the temples, Kehen Temple, is a multi-level temple on a hill home to a great Banyan Tree. An untouched gem, it requires a bit of a hike to get to the well-preserved natural sanctuary. Finally, the trip ends with a visit to Penglipuran Traditional Village, a traditional countryside community in the highlands.

Bali: Tirta Empul and Pura Besakih Tour with Transfer

3. Bali: Tirta Empul and Pura Besakih Tour with Transfer

Visit Tirta Empul Temple to learn the history of the temple's formation and take a bath with holy water that comes directly from the ground, to cleanse your mind and invisible impurities so that you become more relaxed and ready to face your tough day. Followed by learning how to make Balinese-style coffee directly from the coffee garden and being able to taste warm coffee or tea which will be very suitable after a cold soak. Swinging high in the middle of the forest with views of the river and hills before we continue our journey. The last place is the largest temple in Bali and the center of Balinese history is Pura Besakih, accompanied by a local guide who will explain every detail of the history of Besakih Temple in detail.

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What people are saying about Mother Temple of Besakih

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 410 reviews

Our guide Agus took us to a number of religious and cultural sites. Agus was able to provide insightful information about Balinese history as well as religious practices which gave us a better understanding of the culture we were participating in during our stay in Bali. He was able to answer all of our questions and queries regarding Balinese hinduism and what the various gods, rituals, rites and offerings are for. Besides the tour itself we greatly enjoyed Agus ability to partake in conversations from a spiritual and philosophical perspective of the differences between western and eastern civilization and what life has been like in his country in the past as well as today. He was more like a spiritual guide and he speaks English fluently

Our guide Ardika was amazing and the Driver Mr Katun made us feel so safe as we travelled the East side of the island! Ardika’s knowledge of the Balinese culture that he was so kind to share is broad and fascinating. He is very professional and allowed us to move at our own pace while still making sure we saw all the best sites and took wonderful pictures for us as well. Highly recommend!

The temple is beautiful, we were lucky because there were hardly anyone there! Then the royal palace was just amazing. It's really very beautiful and the same, there was almost no one. We ate a bit in one of the restaurants and went back to the hotel (the time of Besakih we had already seen it)

My favourite of all the tours we did in Bali was this one. Our driver/guide was Roca and he delighted us with in-depth info into the Hindu and Balinese culture and also became our personal photographer for which we ended up with amazing family photos.

We had a really good driver, Adi, who was very informative and helpful. He helped us with locals when they tried to make us buy offerings to the temples which we didn’t need. I would recommend this tour.