Enjoy the best places to see in Denpasar with a plan including Bali Driver Gede

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Spiritual Tourism





Destination - Spiritual Tourism


It is more than just the nature which makes people visit Bali. The vibration of the great energy in the island has made it the best spiritual tourist destination.Now Bali welcomes more spiritual seekers, healers and those who long for balance in life.

The stable energy flow and holy vibration are developed intentionally since the Balinese people give much attention and respect to the nature, plants, and animals. On each of six month period, the Hindus in Bali hold a special ceremony to show their deep devotion to the plants, which is called Tumpek Uduh, and Tumpek Kandang to show their devotion to animals. Besides the two ceremonies, they still have other holy days to create balance and harmony in the great nature.

The Balinese hold a number of religious ceremonials to mark each successful step in life: birth, childhood, adulthood, marriage till death. One of the famous tourist attractions is Ngaben, the burning of a dead body.


Spiritualist in Bali



Ida Pedanda Gede Made Gunung
Pedanda (the Hindu’s leader) coming from Griya Purnawati, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, is the one of notable spiritual gurus, who are highly respected by Hindu followers in Bali, Indonesia, and even in some countries.

At its green Pasraman, in Blahbatuh Gianyar, he teaches lots of sisya (students) that are eager to learn about the basic life taught in holy book of Weda.

Ida Pedanda Gede Made Gunung is an IHD graduate as he is capable of communicating the philosophy of Hindu’s lessons and how to implement it in daily life.

He also engages himself in routine religious discussions (dharma wacana) to give some motivation and communicate the lessons about life.



Siddhashram Ratu Bagus
Welcoming a better life by tomorrow has been the basic idea of Ashram Ratu Bagus that is led by Siddhashram Ratu Bagus with a focus on bioenergymeditation.

The Ashram highlights its green view over 2.5-ha area at a beautiful location at Muncan Village, Karangasem, and receives daily visit by hundreds of Hindu’s followers that are not only from Bali but also from all other places in the world: Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, United States of America and others.

Showing off the dignity of Mount Agung, this Ashram distributes a tranquil atmosphere. It vibrates a holy spirit emerged from a holy land of ashram ratu bagus, which distributes a positive energy to the surrounding nature and human body.

The peace is united in a positive energy, enticing the visitors to come and stay any longer to learn the bioenergy meditation, which may improve physical capacity significantly. By this method, many people get better feeling.

Here is some place of spirit destination you can visit:

* Ashram Gandhi, Candi dasa, Karangasem
* Anand Krishna Center, Kuta, Phone 62-361-847 7490
* Bali Usada Meditation Center, Sanur, Phone 62-361-289 209
* Bali-India Foundation, Renon, Phone 62-361-224 299

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Musang

COFFEE LUWAK

THE MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE IN THE WORRLD ACCORDING TO FORBES MAGAZINE

Kopi Luwak are robusta or arabica coffee beans which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Common Palm Civet. This process takes place on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago.

"Kopi" is the Indonesian word for coffee and "Luwak" is local name of this animal which eats the raw red coffee 'cherries' as part of its usual diet. This animal eats a mixed diet of insects, small mammals and fruits along with the softer outer part of the coffee cherry but does not digest the inner beans, instead excreting them still covered in some inner layers of the cherry.

Locals then gather the beans -- which come through the 'animal stage' fairly intact -- and sell them on to dealers. It is believed that enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee's flavour through fermentation of some type.

Amuk Bay Bali

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thank you Nicholas Wong



Hi Gede,

Thanks very much for bringing us around during our first trip from Singapore!

We will call you again when we come to Bali next time. Cheers!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thank you Pushpan

Dear Gede,

I would like to thank you for a very memorable and enjoyable trip to Bali. thank you for sharing the culture and the beauty of Bali to us. we will definately return again for more of eco-adventure as we could’t do it this time, 4days is too short to enjoy the whole island.

Dear All,

If you are planning a trip to Bali, please contact Gede to guide you around, he is honest, reliable and a humble person. he will show you more as he knows the road and town extremely well. just tell him what are your interest and he will be able to tell you what is the best place to go.

Most important of all enjoy Bali as its full of beautiful places and beautiful people.

Once again thank you Gede and please do keep in touch.

Warm Rgds,
Pushpan

Bali Architecture

Balinese architecture is not only aesthetically impressive with wood carvings, majestic stone gates and ornate Indian influence engravings, Balinese architecture also has strong spiritual symbolism. Many temples, rice barns and other structures are built according to traditional Balinese rules, called Asta Kosala Kosali, which traditionally were written down in lontar palm books and interpreted by traditional architects called Undagi. This leads to very distinctive designs and architectural congruence throughout Bali’s villages, which all delicately interwoven with the natural surroundings.
In Balinese building, one of the most common features is the Bale , which is an open pavilion with a thatched roof and no walls. The Bale represents the Hindu-Balinese universe. The roof is the 'gods' section, the body is the 'human' section, and the base is the 'demons' section
Other impressively symbolic architectural sites in Bali are its palaces. Since in classical 19th century Bali, the Balinese believes their king was divine, his residence was the puri - a replica of the cosmos and thus a sacred symbol. Balinese palaces are always square, walled, and courts within courts.
In Bali, all buildings have to be brought to life and ceremonially purified in a ceremony called Melaspas before they can be lived in. It is important that all materials – such as the wood, stone and thatch, which have been cut down and killed for the construction, are, as it were, re-incarnated. During this ceremony, many offerings and gifts are made, including animal sacrifices.

Friday, December 11, 2009

BALI CULTURE

The Balinese are an extremely devote and spiritual mix. In fact, in Bali there are over 10,000 temples on the small but densely populated island. The Balinese believe that good spirits dwell in the mountains and that the seas are home to demons. Therefore, most villages have at least three main temples: one of which is the Pura Puseh or ‘temple of origin’, is dedicated to the village founders and which faces to Mt Agung - home to Pura Besakih the mother temple on Bali. Also, each home, rice field or market can have several temples and as well as rice fields. Daily offerings are made at these temples in he form of food, cigarettes, sweets and sometimes even money in order to honor the good spirits and satiate the evil spirits.
Balinese society is founded on the Hindu caste system, though there are several differences. For example, the Balinese do not have untouchables. Instead in Bali, there are four castes; Sundras , the peasants who comprise over 90% of the population, Wesias , the warrior caste, which also includes traders and some nobility, Satrias , the caste of kings, and Pedanas , the holy men and priests (brahman). Amazingly, each caste has its own language; a separate dialect exists to enable someone to address one of unknown caste to avoid disrespect. Luckily, to prevent confusion, the national language of Indonesia (Bahasia Indonesia), is taught in schools and enables everyone generally to communicate with one another.

There are two sub-classes in Bali called the Subak and the Banjar. The Subak controls who will plant rice and when (plantings are staggered so that pestilence is minimized). All farmers or rice paddy owners must join the Subak in their village. As well and more importantly the Subak ensures that all farmers receive just amounts of irrigation water. Meanwhile, the Banjar are in charge of all other aspects of Balinese life such as marriages, cremations, community service and festivals.
In Bali, the birth of a child is attended by the entire family, and a holy man who invokes spiritual powers and aids the delivery. Balinese are named according to its order in the family; Wayan for the first born, Made for the second, Nyoman for the third and Ketut for the fourth. The names are repeated for more than four children.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

KINTAMANI TOUR

Kintamani Tour
Visit Bali Active Volcano
Kintamani Tour is a tour package with an impressive experience to visit Kintamani with breathtaking view of an active volcano and lake. This tour will visit places interest in Bali like Goa Gajah/Elephant Cave, Tampak Siring Temple/Tirta Empul Tample and Kintamani. The tour is also offering you the wide opportunity to see the beautiful handicraft in Bali which is made by local people to bring home for your souvenir. This tour is very comfortable with our professional english speaking driver who is always outstanding offer our best service. It is a private tour with full air-conditioning car transfer and delicious lunch is served on the way of the trip to complete your tour enjoyable.

Kitamani tours, Bali Active Volcano
Places of interest will be visited during Kintamani Tour
Goa Gajah GOA GAJAH
Goa Gajah, Bali ToursGoa Gajah/Elephant Cave is an ancient omission in the form of a cave with the high value of art and history. Goa Gajah is one of tourist destinations in Bali that is visited by a lot of tourists every day. In this place, we will find other ancient omissions like ancient stone idol, douche, temple and others. It owns beautiful relief with a form of face turning around to the left side. We have to descend the doorstep to reach Goa Gajah because this place is located in the river valley. It is a famous place with unique cave and the right place to visit on the tour.



Tampak Siring TAMPAK SIRING/HOLY SPRING WATER TEMPLE
Tampak Siring TempleTampak Siring or recognized also by the name of Tirta Empul is a temple with a big water source residing in the middle of it. The water is clear, clean and holy assumed by the local resident to cure some disease. In Tampak Siring, you will see a Palace of Indonesia State founded by first president. Its place is very beautiful and peaceful that is surrounded by hill. There are many water douche exist in this temple that are using by local people for bathing and purification purpose.



Kitamani Tour KINTAMANI/BATUR VOLCANO AND LAKE
Kintamani, Batur Volcano, Lake BaliKintamani is a name of countryside located in the hill and the beautiful panorama surround it. We can see beautiful panorama from Kintamani to overview the active volcano of Batur Mount and wide Lake of Batur in a valley. It is situated in the plateau area with cool weather surround it. When we stand up at Kintamani, we will be able to see the rural area which is close to the lake. This place is very femous and visited by many tourists everyday.



TOUR ITINERARY
09:00 - Pick up at the hotel
10.15 - Visit Gold and Silver work
10.45 - Visit Wood Carving
12.00 - Visit Kintamani with Batur Volcano and Lake
12.15 - Enjoy lunch at local restaurant in Kintamani
14.00 - Visit Tampak Siring/Tirta Empul Temple
15.00 - Visit Goa Gajah/Elephant Cave
15.30 - Back to hotel
17.00 - Arrive at hotel

Sunday, October 18, 2009

First Trip




Trip for those who like adventure

This is my first adventure to climb a mountain, I often take tourists (guests) to climb but I have never accompanied them, usually I take a nap in the car at the time the the guest is gone, but this time I wanted to have a new experience. Before I left I was really perplexed and also I felt scared. "Would I be able to make it to the top?", because until this time I had never climbed. But my fears were overcome by my wish to know 'what does it feel like at the top (summit) and what is up there'? This question chased away my fear.
The three of us left Kuta at 2 AM, the feelings of fear returned to the point that I was thinking of not going along to climb. But the feeling of wanting to know was greater so the fear disappeared. We more or less covered the distance from Kuta in an hour and a half because there wasn't much traffic so that we could speed up a bit ( go fast) in order to arrive more quickly.
.Finally we arrived at our destination. At the start of the climb there were two trails; the one closer to Pura Jati was for those who wanted to climb to the summit starting from a further distance but a less steep ( flatter) trail. We started our climb from the other trail on the eastern slope of the trek. The air was very cold ( tiang bingung yen 'begitu', so cold, very cold, rather cold?) and it was also very dark. After we met out guide, we started to climb. Before I proceeded onward, I thought "was there anything that we needed that was at the bottom? Food? Drink?". We started to trek in the dark of the night so our guide brought us a flashlight. I was in the first group that left. I was afraid my fears would again show up because before we had traveled 30 minutes, I was out of breath because the trail was becoming steep and rocky. My friends and I walked rather slowly. Below us I was able to see a light that was moving. The closer the light got the more it moved.....the shining light was like a butterfly, the longer the time, the closer it got. Because I was hiking rather slowly, finally that group of tourists with the light went ahead of us. The farther they went the more they were lost in the dark of the night so that all that was seen was the shine of their lights.

The longer I walked, the more I was out of breath. I started to think about stopping because I was really tired, and my legs were feeling really heavy. Luckily, my guide was giving us encouragement, 'Keep going, don't give up'. Our guide kept saying we were already getting close. The color red was already starting to appear in the eastern sky, and I myself slowly walked with the remaining energy I had. The conditions were getting clearer and I began to be able to see around me. The beauty was beginning to appear, before I could only see darkness. The feeling of exhaustion started to be healed by the view that was so beautiful.
The sun began to appear, ...finally I myself arrived at the summit....I was so happy..the feelings of exhaustion disappeared as I was able to see the view from the summit. It was a really really good feeling....the view was so astonishing... beautiful very beautiful. The beauty of the view was worth the exhausting efforts!

Sun Rise at Mount Batur




It's really wonderfull view from the top of mount batur when sunrise

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Kerta Gosa..Bali Klungkung





Kerta Gosa, Klungkung Regency (Taman Gili Kertagosa)
As an ex-kingdom teritory, Klungkung has a lot of Historical Place that interest to visit, one of them is Kerta Gosa. Kerta Gosa is a building (Bale Kerta Gosa) that made at 1686 by the first king of Klungkung, I Dewa Agung Jambe. Kerta Gosa consist of two major Buildings (Bale), whis is Bale Kerta Gosa and Bale Kambang. Named Kambang (kambang=float), because this building surrounded by a pool whis is Taman Gili.
On the roof we can see many of Kamasan Traditional Painting, Kamasan is one of Village in Klungkung Regency. At the beginning, all of the Painting that surround the building, made from Cotton and parba (Klungkung Traditional Cotton), since 1930 the cotton changed with Etermit, and restorated depend of the original artwork and we able to see it until now. The function of Bale Kambang and Kerta Gosa commonly used for Yadnya Ceremony for all of kingdom family.
Other function is for education, that sees from wayang painting the building, because lot of the painting tells the story about Swargarohana Parwa and Bhisma Parwa that tell us about good and bad activity in our life and also reincarnation because of our activity at our past life. There are six rows of painting in there.
Besides than Kerta Gosa, wayang painting also able to see in Bale Kambang, west of Kerta Gosa building. In this building the painting tell us about Story of Ramayana and Sutasoma. At 1930 held a restoration with all of the painting in Kertagosa, and the final restoration held in 1960.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thank you Sandra





We first met Gede through a mutual friend eight years ago and he provided us with an excellent driving service in Bali. Now, with children, we have just returned from another visit to Bali. I had no hesitation in contacting Gede and entrusting our family to his care for our travels on the island. Gede made the travels for us - and particularly the first visit for our sons - memorable and thoroughly enjoyable and safe. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to travel in comfort and safety and learn more about the Balinese culture.

Friday, September 18, 2009

My Guest


Dear Gede,

On behalf of the four family members who used your expert knowledge of Bali on our recent trip, we would like to thank you for making our stay so memorable. You are a very reliable driver, always attending to our needs and taking care of us during the four days we used your service. Your vehicle is very neat and clean, making it comfortable touring around the back roads. Thank you also for helping pack our luggage when we were moving from town to town. You are a true gentleman and I would not hesitate to recommend you as a very good driver. You have a lot of knowledge of Bali and are very helpful to your guests. Thanks for a memorable stay. The Gilchrist & McKeown family.


Dear Gede,

We would like to thank you very much for wonderful trips and excellent guiding during our stay in Bali.
You showed us many great places and now we have such beautiful
memories from them.
It was very nice from you that you’ve chosen non-tourist places for us. Your English is very good and we are very happy that you told us stories from your country.
We will advice everyone visiting Bali to have you as a driver!
Many thanks again and good luck in everything!

Gosia and Rafal

Friday, August 28, 2009

Jati Luwih




Jatiluwih is a beautiful rice terrace unfolding from mountain until the coastal side and to be places of interest to be visited in west part of Bali.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Moon of Pejeng

The moon of pejeng
The worlpd’s biggest kettle drum.

Kettle-drums are the most characteristic artifact o fthe proto-historic Dong-Son culture,which have speeded in the whole south-east asia,peninsulas and archipelago.Those are big bronze piece(diameter:36-126cms,high : 40-92cms),drum profile and coasted with the lost-wax techic.Most of it have been made in North Vietnam during the second half of the last millenennium and some of it have been “exported” to other regions of south-east Al,including Indonesia.
At the beginning of the Christian era,caster in Java and Bali mastered already bronze technics and some kettle-drum found in tehArchipelago are surely Indonesia made.The biggest kettle-drum has been castle in Bali;it is called The Moon of Pejeng,is 186,5 cms high with a diameter between 110cms( matle) and 160cms(tympanon).This kettle-drum still is kept and worshipped in Penataran Sasih temple( village of pejeng).We are sure it has been casted in Bali,because mould fragments with very similar decorative patterns have been dixco erred about fifteen kms from pejeng,in the village of Manuaba.
Kettle-drums are always ornamented with geomaetrical patterns,whichare usually completed with figurative representation.All kettle-drums waer a big star in the middle of the tympanon.But,the moon of Pejeng owns peculiar formal and decorative characteristic too by representation on the mantle of an heart-shaped face,with big eyes and heavy earing…the mon of pejeng inaugurates a new kind of kettle-drums called moko,nad which have been commercialized in estern Indonesia until the beginning of the XX th century.
This unique kettle-drums own its name to the legend whih explain its origins.The Moon of Pejeng is said to be one of the wheel sof the Moon’s chariot( sasish means”moon” in Balinese) fallen on the earth at pejeng.A thief discovered that wheel and urinated on it: he dies consequent and the Moon of Pejeng losted its brightness.The oldest description of this kettle-drum has been published in 1705.It has been written by aGerman naturalist and clergyman called G.E Rumphius having worked of the Dutch East India Company.In 1906,W.O.J Nieuwenkamp,a ducthh traveler and painter,was exceptionally authorized to approach the kettle-drum,to manipulate and to draw it scientifically.
This exceptional piece is fully described and analysed in the books of the world’s best expert on kettle-drums,the archaeologist A.J. Bernet-Kempers.For instance in its Monument Bali/Introduction to Baliness Archaeology&Guide to the Monuments,Singapour:Periplus,1991

BEACH IN BALI

Kuta

As a pearl of Bali, Kuta is one of the best beaches in Asia, with the only waves, which breaks over sand instead of a coral. This most popular tourist destination has succeeded in combining the need of local people and visitors. The original Kuta villagers have involved in the tourism industry for years.Kuta and surrounding offers various kind of accommodation, from simple and cheap accommodation provided by the locals to luxurious accommodation managed by international hotel chain.Kuta’s seas are ideally best for surfing. Everyday both Balinese and foreigners are found along the golden sands of Kuta beach. Kuta area is also completed with various tourist facilities such as restaurants, pubs, bars, souvenir shops, tattoo parlors and travel offices.Along the north of Kuta, Legian street offers a number of high quality boutiques, excellent restaurants, cafes and bars influenced by western style. Exclusive hotels can be easily found in Seminyak, further north of Kuta, while antiques wooden furniture shops in Jalan Raya Kerobokan.

Jimbaran

Jimbaran is another resort near Kuta, which the tourist are quite fond of. It’s a drowsy bay where flotillas of fishing boats blush the panorama.Jogging is widely practiced sport in Jimbaran beach and is especially tempting in the covered glow of sunset. It’s also an admired spot for windsurfing and sailing small craft, which are obtainable for rent.The quietness of Jimbaran is a perfect attraction to spend sometime while feeling the sensation of sea breeze and facing the sunset.

Tuban

Located between Kuta and the airport, Tuban is a nice place to stay. Around Tuban is completed with various type of hotels and many supporting tourist facilities. Tuban beaches are safe for swimming and it is such a perfect place to unwind.

Uluwatu, Padang Padang & Bingin

These beaches are popular among surfers. Lack of supporting facilities is not an obstacle for tourist with adventure spirit to conquer the waves.Now, a number of infrastructure developments have been started to establish in these area. This means as an effort to provide a good accessibility for anyone who come there.

Sanur

The main attraction of Sanur beach are the beaches with their very white sand and the beauty of constantly calm water. Sanur area has all level of accommodation and solid network of infrastructure.Sanur is also the place where the few remaining of Brahman Kuasa villages found. Some of the charming ritual procession such as Bali’s only all-female keris dance is held in this area.The Prasasti Blanjong, an emblazoned pillar here dated AD 913, is Bali’s earliest behind the times relic and is now kept in a temple in Blanjong village, southern part of Sanur.

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is a lovely commune devoted to tourism. The objective of the establishment was to meet all demands of tourism. The most exclusive and well-known remedy in Bali offers the best in terms of tourists structures and services, well-built and efficient hotel complexes with inclusive facilities, golf course with international standards where worldwide competition are also held, luxurious shops and exclusive beaches for tourists only.The village of Bualu, in Nusa Dua area has a picturesque site as well as for its relative isolation from densely populated areas. Most of hotel in Nusa Dua is landmark of the new Balinese architecture.


Nusa Lembongan

Located in the eastern part of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is a popular place for diving and snorkeling. It has a professional dive centers and is an ideal relaxation stop for sailing trips from the mainland. Many small crafts offers day trip to the island.With the backdrop of Mount Agung, the immaculate island has spectacular scenery and offers unforgettable adventure. Nusa Lembongan’s neighboring island, Nusa Penida is less popular and tourism does not play an important role there.


Amed and Tulamben

Eastern part of Bali offers alternative destinations, which are Amed and Tulamben. Amed is a resort town that will bring back the old memory of Kuta. Completed with simple tourist supporting facilities such as Losmen, small hotels and amateur entertainment, Amed is a popular site for snorkeling.With the panorama changing drastically to dry hills covered with scrub, Tulamben is quieter and even more popular for diving. As one of the most renowned diving site in Indonesia, Tulamben offers diverse marine life and magnificent under water world.


Padang Bai

A flawlessly shaped bay cradled by the hills, Padang Bai is a perfect escape in the east of Bali. As a transit harbor to Bali neighboring islands such as Nusa Penida and Lombok, passenger and cargo vessel departing everyday.There are a few losmen provided in Padang Bai. An intimate white sandy beach and lovely harbor scenery will make the holiday in Bali even more romantic.


Candi Dasa

As a recognized resort area for over topical decades, Candi Dasa is an entryway to East Bali. Compared to the resorts in southern part of Bali, Candi Dasa is much simpler.Offering low budget accommodation and few upscale hotels, the main attraction of Candi Dasa is a dazzling landscape of the beach. Blighted by jetties protruding into the water, intended to stop the erosion caused by coral blasting for years.


Lovina Beach

In the western part of Singaraja, long stretch of black sand beach encompasses Anturan, Tukad Mungga, Kalibukbuk, Kaliasem and Temukus villages collectively called Lovina. Lining up of busy losmen and hotels with the depleted shady sea makes Lovina one of the most stirring beaches in Bali.Tranquility, incredible under water world and dolphins are the magnetism of Lovina. From Lovina, visiting Pulau Menjangan, which is a part of West Bali National Park will be interesting for diving lover.


Tanah Lot


Located in Tabanan, just across the boundary of Badung regency, Tanah Lot is the most well-known and photographed temple.A truly remarkable and feature temple, Tanah Lot is built on a stony narrow piece of terrain, which the high tides transform into an island, making right of entry from the land impossible.It is particularly reminiscent at sunset when the illumination, at times a slender thread and others, a dazzling spark, springs back the waves. The beach around Tanah Lot is less comfortable for swimming but great for horse riding and watching spectacular sunset. Although surfing can be done in this area but it’s recommended not for beginner.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bali Ritual


Tumpek Kandang.

Balinese Hindu has a ceremony called Tumpek Uye or Tumpek Kandang.The ceremony is intended to give thanks to God for creating animals,which can be eaten for food.This ceremony will take place at every farm and family compound.This ritual is dedicated to Sang Hyang Rare Anggon,master of all cattle and livestock.
Tumpek Kandang,also pronounced as Tumpek Andang,falls every Saturday of Uye,which occurs every 210 days in Balinese Calendar System.The name Tumpek Knadang is derived from two words-Tumpek means Saturday and Kandang refers to the balinse word for domesticated animal that Balinese highly honor.Those include cows,pigs,Chicken,duck,dogs,and birds.

On this special day,farm animals in Bali also get very special attention;the cows are washed in the river and dressed-up like human beings,with special cone-shaped coconut leaves placed on their horns.The pigs are decorated,with their bellies wrapped white or yellow cloth.The farm animals are fed with delicious food.
This ritual is certainly not an animal worship ritual,The Bainese consider these animals as friend of life and fellow brother created by Gods as liveng creatures.Human life is much assisted by animal,especially in satisfying the needs for food,labor force,religious ceremonies and for in come.For the sake of preservation and prosperity of such animals,the Balinese plead to the gods for the animals well being

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bali Destination

Bali Destination


Air Panas
Kab.Buleleng
In Banjar village, there is a famous site of the so-called Air Panas. It is a sacred hot spring.

Candi Dasa
Kab.Karangasem
The other tourist paradise is located just 2-hour drive from the central beach adventures in Kuta.

Goa Gajah
Kab.Gianyar
The eleventh century cave built on the hillside is one major tourist attraction close to Ubud-Gianyar road.

Goa Lawah
Kab.Klungkung
the bat cave temple, about 7 km of Padai Bai, is one major tourist attraction. It is one of the state temples of Klungkung.

Kamasan
Kab.Klungkung
situated on the south of Klungkung, a tiny village of Kamasan is fully packed with artists' homes and studios. The village is home to traditional Balinese paintings. It is particularly famous as the center of classical wayang paintings that somehow leads back to similar figures of puppets in ancient Java.

Kintamani
Kab.Bangli
One of Bali's most famous village, Kintamani, is located on the scenic regency of Bangli.
The fresh air from the mountain combined with dizzy view is best enjoyed by cycling around the village or trekking.

Menjangan Island
Kab.Jembrana
Besides as part of the National Park in Jembrana regency, it is the home to the unbearable phenomenon of untainted coral reefs that sweep the underwater view in just 100 m-150m off the shore.

Mount Agung
Kab.Karangasem
The towering Mount Agung is the natural decoration that beautifies the eastern regency of Karangasem.

Nusa Penida
Kab.Klungkung
Ater boating for about 40 m off the Bali Island to the far south, the divers will find their underwater paradise around Nusa Penida Island. The visibility is good within 25m-40m dive.

Pelaga Village
Kota.Denpasar
About 800 meters above the sea level and 45 KM off Denpasar at the northern most point of Badung Regency, Pelaga offers you a green and cool sight. An agrotourism walk around the coffee plantation will be the memorable moment and refreshing, too.

Perkebunan Kopi
Kab.Bangli
To differ from the most attractions in Bali the tourists would like to see, the Bali government develops agro tourism which introduces a tour to plantation areas.

Sangeh
Kota.Denpasar
A number of temples in Bali are well known for being the residences of monkey population. Name one is the monkey forest in Sangeh Village, 21 KM away from Denpasar. The resident monkeys are told to be the guardians of Pura Bukit Sari.

Serangan Island
Kab.Badung
The turtle island is just few hundred meters off southern Sanur's coastline. The spectacular reefs were the popular sight for snorkeling activity.

Tegalalang
Kab.Gianyar
About 7 km north of Ubud, Tegalalang village sets itself as the center of painted woodcarvings.

Tejakula
Kab.Buleleng
From Air Sanih, one may continue to visit the east of Buleleng where a small village of Tejakula is located. A series of attractions await the tourists, such as the horse bath, a white stone confection of arches and pillars which is not longer used for the original purpose.

Tenganan
Kab.Karangasem
Tenganan village, an inclusive part of Manggis sub district of Karangasem regency, is located between the hill which lies at west and east part.

Ubud
Kab.Gianyar
About 30 Km off Denpasar and amidst the emerald green ricefields in the stunnning central balinese foothills, Ubud village used to be the center for medicinal sources. In 1920s and 30s, along with the coming of foreign artists, it was booming into a Bali;s prominent art center where greatest artworks were created through the fine brush of talented artists.

West Bali National Park
Kab.Buleleng
from adventure to ecotourism, Buleleng has them all. The national park collects the wild west mysteries of nature where the long-extinct Balinese tiger or rare white Balinese starling makes the park their home.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bali Information

Bali Information


Bali is called the Island of the Gods, and for centuries visitors have come to know its rich cultural traditions and spectacular scenery as a wonderful place to be. People come from all over the world to enjoy this paradise.

Bali's strong cultural history is based on closely related elements such as the unique Hindu religion, the language, the castes, the community life, the land cultivation and beautiful heart-felt expressions of art.

Of the four castes, Brahmana, Satria and Wesia represent 10% of the population, whereas the Sudras (the farmers and craftsmen) represent the great majority. The caste system is still very much alive today, and truly regulates the different levels of the Balinese language along with their religious beliefs.

The Island of the Gods is rich in mystery, beauty, enchantment and serenity with everyone falling under its irresistible Bali spell.

Fabulous rice fields and terraces, volcanoes, lakes, temples and with deeply spiritual and artistic roots make it one of the most often visited places in the world, with a deserving reputation of a true "Paradise on Earth."

Population
The population of Bali is nearly all Indonesian with 95% Balinese Hindu. The average Balinese who deals with tourists usually speaks one of the Balinese dialects in addition to Bahasa (the official language of Indonesia) and English.

Bali Time Zone is GMT + 8 hours.
Located 8° south of the equator, Bali is a tropical climate which is hot year-round. Average temperatures are 30°C (mid-80s°F) and the humidity can sometimes make the heat feel very oppressive.

Bali Weather
Bali has dry and wet seasons - From April to October is the normal dry season then October to March the wet season, but there can be rain any time of the year. The best months to visit Bali are from April to September for lower humidity and rains are light and infrequent.

During the day it is recommended light cotton clothes. For mountain excursions you should take along some warmer clothes.

Swimming in the Sea
Currents and undertows can be strong, so always be sure to swim between the red and yellow flags. Do not swim too far out, and do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach.

Bali Island Cultural and Religious Beliefs
Achieving peace and harmony, while balancing the spiritual and material world is the basic aim in Balinese life. The Balinese are amazing in their intricacy or surprisingly simple in their humility, their love of work and affection bestowed on children they live a life of love, given freely to everyone in a smile or a wave.

Currency in Bali
A unit of currency in Bali is the rupiah. Cash and travelers cheques are very easy to exchange in the major centers. Moneychangers are very competitive, but are warned to check your transaction as some operators can leave you shortchanged. Credit card transactions can take some time and American Express Travelers Checks are hard to cash because they are feared counterfeit. CITI Bank credit cards with a pin number can be used at any ATM. Global AMEX card (the green one with the Trojan head in the center) is the only one accepted. They new travelers checks in credit card form with a pin number are good.

Travel Visas
Visitors from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and most of Western Europe don't need a visa to enter Indonesia provided you have a ticket out of the country and your passport has at least six months validity.

When you arrive you will be issued a tourist card that is valid for a 60-day stay. Keep the card with your passport, as you'll have to hand it back when you leave the country. It is not possible to get an extension on a tourist visa, unless there is a medical emergency or you have to answer legal charges.

There are visas, particularly a business visitor's visa, which may be valid for a longer period. The immigration office is in Denpasar. Always be respectful when dealing with officials.

Telecommunications systems
Telecommunications have improved a lot in recent years. Telephone offices (wartels) can easily be found and local, long distance or international calls can be made from these offices. Internet cafes are everywhere and cellular phone coverage is good. Bring your laptop and hook up for a small fee.

Transportation
Indonesia has left-hand traffic patterns so you are advised not to drive by yourself unless you already have experience with the Asian way of driving. Traffic conditions are completely different to what you know from home and traffic rules are not easily comprehensible for visitors.

Motorcycles and bicycles without lights are an additional hazard in the dark. In Bali always expect the unexpected, always keep your eyes open and your mind on driving.

It is easier, safer and more relaxing to rent a car with local driver to have a worry free trip. You can enjoy the views! Please Note: It is customary to provide your driver/guide with meals when you are out touring all day, but don't worry, food is very inexpensive here.

Food / Meals
With a multitude of restaurants specializing in many cuisines, Indonesian food is the most common and available food across the island. If you enjoy a certain type of food, you are sure to find here in Bali. Beer is popular and cheap so beer drinkers will feel right at home in Bali. The local beer is called Bintang.

Drinking Water
Do not drink water from any taps. Bottled or bottled mineral water is highly recommended for your health.

Sampling Balinese fruit can be a real treat because the variety and quality is extraordinary, is plentiful and quite inexpensive. Be sure to try a few local varieties like: Rambutan, Mangosteen, Salak, Nangka and Durian (smells strong, but tastes just wonderful).

Miscellaneous Customs and Traditions
Shorts and mini-skirts are not allowed in and around temples. It is a custom to take off the shoes in temples, on festival grounds and in private houses. It is strongly recommend following these custom to show your respect for the religious traditions.

You should not touch someone's head (including children), or point your finger at someone as it is considered impolite. For the same reason you should avoid standing with your head above someone you are talking to so when in doubt sit down.

Shaking hands is not customary, except on farewells or congratulations. Intimate touches or embraces are absolutely inappropriate.

Nude or topless swimming and sunbathing is forbidden. If you see Balinese taking a bath in the rivers along the streets you should discreetly overlook them and resist the appeal to take pictures.

When handing over or taking something from someone only the right hand is to be used. The left hand is considered unclean.

Bring books if you'd like to read because there aren't many in English here in Bali.

Shopping in Bali
Famous for its crafts in woodcarving and sculptures; silver and gold jewelry, woven cloth, sarongs, traditional and realist paintings, bone and coconut shell carvings, antiques, basket wares and masks. More recently garment manufacturing has increased making excellent designer garments inexpensively available with quick, reasonable tailoring.

Except in fixed-price stores or restaurants, typical shopping is done by bargaining, which is the national sport that can be a lot of fun! One rule is followed and that is that both buyer and seller should end up satisfied, and not lose face or become angry!

I will also assist YOU by preparing a hotel or villa RENTAL for you
or book rafting excursions and other activities!
If you have any questions you would like answered
please call or email me at the contact info above

Friday, June 5, 2009

About Bali

A B O U T B A L I
source: Wikipedia Indonesia



Bali is an island which is located in Indonesia, also a province of Indonesia. Bali is located between Java Island and Lombok Island. The capital of Bali is Denpasar, located on the south of the Island. In the whole world, Bali is famous by its art and cultural attraction, especially for tourist from Japan and Australia. Bali is also famous as Pulau Dewata.

There are some important places you should visit like Ubud as art centre, which is located at Gianyar; and then Kuta, Sanur, Seminyak, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua is few places that become main destination for tourist for its beach or the accommodation. But if you like to surf, we recommend you to stay at our bungalow, because its location very close to the favourite surf beach located in Tabanan and Soka area.


Masyarakat Bali

The population of Bali is about 4 million people, with 92,3% of the people are Hindu, and the rest is Moslem, Christian, Catholic, and Buddha.

Beside tourism sector, Balinese people also live from farm and fishing. Some of them also choose to be an artist. The language used in Bali is Indonesian language, Balinese language, and also English, especially for those who works in tourism.




In the Balinese Island, most inhabitants had the personal vehicle and chose to use him because the public transport route was not available well except the taxi. Between the Balinese Island and Java, there is available the crossing service of sea which goes through the Gilimanuk port towards Ketapang using the ferry that took time between 30 and 45 minutes. Even so with crossing between the Balinese Island and Lombok, crossing of sea went through the port Padang Bay headed the Lembar took time about 4 hours.

The air transport is served by Ngurah Rai International Airport. The runway and the air craft that come and go are able to be seen clearly from the coast.
Ngurah Rai International Airport



Bali is famous with art in Indonesia, even in the world, whether the dance or the music. Don't miss your trip to Bali without seeing the shows! Before you see it, you can have the sneak peak about the arts below.

Kecak

Kecak Dance

Kecak Dance is the Balinese art dance which was created in 1930s. This dance was shown by many male dancers who sits in circle in certain rhythm shouting "cak" and lifting both arms, which describes the story about Ramayana when the monkey army helped Rama against Rahwana. Kecak came from Sanghyang ritual, which is a dance tradition whose dancers will be in unconscious condition, doing communication with God or ancestors spirits and afterwards deliver their hopes to the society.

The in-circle dancers use square clothes like chess board around their waists. Apart from the dancers, there were also the other dancers who played Ramayana leading figures like Rhama, Shinta, Rahwana, Hanoman, and Sugriwa.

The Kecak dance song is taken from the Sanghyang dance ritual. Moreover, they do not use the musical instruments. The only istrumen used is krincingan (some kind of bells) which are put on by the dancers who play Ramayana leading figures.




Barong

Barong is a character in Balinese Myths . He is the king of spirits that symbolyze kindness. Barong in Bali Myth is the enemy of Rangda. Banas Pati Rajah is the spirit that accompany a child in its life.. Banas Pati Rajah believed as the spirit that make Barong moves. As a protector spirit, Barong sometimes form as a lion .Traditional dance in Bali that tells the battle between Barong and Rangda is very famous and sometimes exhibited as tourist attraction.

Lion Barong is one from the five form of Barong. In every part of Bali Island there are protector spirit for the land and forest. Each Barong that represents each region described as different animals.There are babi hutan, tiger, snake or dragon, and lion. Lion Barong is very popular and comes from Gianyar.
Barong sedang menggaruk seperti kucing
Barong
Hari Raya Nyepi

Nyepi Holiday

Nyepi Holiday is celebrated every Caka New Year (the change of Caka Year), that is on Tilem Kesanga (IX) which is the day of purification of the Gods in the ocean who brought the main core of life (Tirtha Amertha Kamandalu). The main aim of Nyepi Holiday is to come into The Almighty God to purify Bhuwana Alit (human nature) and Bhuwana Agung (the universe).



Ngaben Ceremony

The most interesting ceremony in Bali is a cremation ceremony that called Ngaben. For Balinesse the cremation ceremony is the most important ceremony. According to Bali people, someone who has been passed away should be burnt or diaben so the five components that forms the body can easily turns to its origin.. Ngaben Ceremonial in Bali is a joyfull moment especially for the grown up children. By conducting a ngaben ceremonial for their parents, they feel relieve because they have been succesfuly show gratefulness to their parents.
Ngaben
Anak-anak laki-laki mengenakan udeng, kemeja putih dan kain
Para penari cilik mengenakan gelung, songket dan kain prada

Traditional Costums

Bali traditional clothes are based on activity or ceremony, sex and ages, reflects someones social status and wealth through motives and jewelry ornament of their clothes .

Male:

* Udeng (ikat kepala)
* Kain kampuh
* Umpal (selendang pengikat)
* Kain wastra (kemben)
* Sabuk
* Keris
* Jewelries

Female:

* Gelung (sanggul)
* Sesenteng (kemben songket)
* Wastra clothes
* Sabuk prada (stagen),
* Selendang songket bahu ke bawah
* Tapih or Sinjang clothes (inside)
* Jewelries

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi
Gunung Kawi is a Hindu Temple complex with old omission from the stone era located in Gianyar regency. Based on the inscription of Tengkulak A on 945 saka (Balinese calendar) which is released by Marakata King, the ancient omission complex is located at the Pekerisan River then it is called Katyangan Amarawati. Pekerisan River is also named by Jalu which is according to the inscription chiseled on the above of the biggest temple door sound ‘Haji Lumahing Jalu'. The name of Gunung Kawi is the name given on the omission which is related to the complex of temples because the temple on this area is like the symbol from the mount. There are 3 temples which so called the name as Gunung Kawi in Bali those are Gunung Kawi in Sebatu countryside, Gunung Kawi Temple in Keliki countryside and Gunung Kawi Temple in Babitra countryside. The ancient omission complex of Gunung Kawi is founded on 10 century. It is founded in the era of Udayana about 989 M. At the period of Marakata governance on 1023, the omission which is called Katyagan Amarawati is developed and continued by the governance of Anak Wungsu which is guess lead between the years of 1049 - 1077 M.

Gunung Kawi Temple, Places to Visit in Bali
The ancient omission complex
It is consisted of 2 types:

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Temple Complex.
Gunung Kawi Temple, Places of Interest in BaliTemple complex is consisted of 2 consecutions. The consecution in eastside Pekerisan River is consisted of 5 units and the consecution at west side of river is 5 units, in the north is 4 units and 1 unit is located far in south side separate from the others. On the above of the temple consecution in particular to the Eastside River, there is an article of Kediri word type sounding ‘Haji Lumahing Jalu'. Haji means a king, the Lumah means a temple or Sidha Dewata means to return to the nature of deity and Ing Jalu means in Pekerisan. The Jalu mean the Keris literal. The entire words mean that king is made in temple form at Pekerisan.Gunung Kawi, Hindu Temple Complex, Tourist Destinations in Bali From this article is assumed that this temple is dedicated to Udayana King which is also called Marakata and Anak Wungsu. The temple which is located in the west side of river related to all king concubines. The temples are located far in the south side is attributed to prime minister because in these temple areas existing an article Rakyan which is namely perform for high functionary of empire.
* Buddhist Temple Complex
Buddhist Temple Complex is used as a residence and as place for meditation. It is consisted of some nooks and it is located in the cross east of Pakerisan River. Other nooks are located spread out and near the temple bunch.

Gunung Kawi is a famous tourist destination in Bali with its ancient omission so that this place is the right to visit during your vacation in the island.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tip for travel

Tips for responsible travel
When we visit beautiful places it's natural to want our holidays to have a positive impact on local people and their environments.

Responsible travel is about more authentic holiday experiences that enable you to get a little bit more out of your travels, and give a little bit more back to destinations and local people.

All holidays have positive and negative impacts locally.

Responsible travel maximises the benefits, and minimises the negative effects of tourism.


Before you book your holiday

* Plan your route to minimise carbon emissions - travel by train and public transport where possible, and minimise internal flights. Try our 'I don't want to fly' holidays, or there are some great ideas for train travel almost anywhere in the world on this web site: http://www.seat61.com/
* Minimise flying time and stopovers - the worst carbon emissions are emitted during take off and landing. For the flights that you cannot avoid, offset the carbon emissions of your flight using our carbon calculator . That way the money is invested in carbon reducing initiatives around the world, offsetting the emissions caused by your flight. Read our view on flying here
* Ask to see the tour operator's policy for responsible tourism. All responsibletravel.com members have to have one. Make sure it explains how they minimise environmental impacts and support the local economy.
* Ask your hotel/accommodation our 10 simple questions to see if they really are eco!

Before you travel

* fishingRead up on local cultures and learn a few words of the local language - travelling with respect earns you respect
* Remove all excess packaging - waste disposal is difficult in remote places and developing countries
* Ask your tour operator for specific tips for responsible travel in your destination
* Ask your tour operator/hotel if there are useful gifts that you could pack for your hosts, local people or schools
* Ask your tour operator whether there are local conservation or social projects that you could visit on your trip, and if/how you could help
support them

fishingWhile on holiday

* Buy local produce in preference to imported goods
* Hire a local guide - you'll discover more about local culture and lives, and they will earn an income
* Do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods or ancient artefacts
* Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places - if in doubt ask advice or don't visit
* Use public transport, hire a bike or walk when convenient - its a great way to meet local people on their terms and reduce pollution and carbon emissions
* Use water sparingly - its very precious in many countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people
* Remember that local people have different ways of thinking and concepts of time, this just makes them different not wrong - cultivate the habit of asking questions (rather than the Western habit of knowing the answers). For more ideas on deeper and more responsible travel see here.

When you get back

* Write to your tour operator or hotel with any comments or feedback about your holiday, and local peopleespecially include any suggestions on reducing environmental impacts and increasing benefits to local communities. You will find independent holiday reviews from travellers on many responsibletravel.com holidays.
* If you've promised to send pictures or gifts to local people remember to do so, many are promised and not all arrive!
* Enjoy the memories, reflect on your experience and start planning your next trip!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bali Performance

Dance and Drama
Dance and Drama have played a historically important role in Balinese society.Through this medium,people learned about the tales of the Ramayana,Mahabrata and of other epic stories from Balinese history.The following are brief description of some of the more well-known dance-dramas that can be seen at regular perpormance throughout Bali.

Baris

This is warrior’s dance.It is usually performed by men,either solo or in a group of five or more.

Barong and Rangda

This is a story about the struggle between good and evil.Good is personified by the Barong Keket,a strange but fun-loving creature in the shape of a shaggy semi-lion.evil is represented by Rangda a witch.

Kecak

The most famous of the Balinese dances,originated from the Sanghyang dance choirs,holds its uniqueness in the entrancing ‘Kecak,Kecak’ chant.The Kecak as a dance developed in the 1930s,in the village of Bona

Legong

This dance tells story of princess Rangkesari being heldcaptive by King Lakessmi.Rangkesari’s brother,prince Daha,gather an army to rescure his sister.The Legong is a very classical and graceful dance,always performed by prequbescent girls,who can be as young as eight or nine years old.

Wayang Kulit

Wayang Kulit is one of the great story –telling traditionalof the Javanese and Balinese people.The Wayang Kulit show usually consist of a small four –piece orchestra,which provides the musical accompaniment ,around sixty ‘puppets’,carved out of flat pieces of water buffalo hide,and the dalang or puppet-master.The good characters speak in ancient “ Kawi”,whereas the evil or coarse ones speak Balinese

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Karangasem


Karangasem
Karangasem has so much potential to support the development of its tourism industry.its rich natural settings with mountains,hills,rivers,lush rice fields and lovely beaches abound with the unique daily life of the people and their culture make Karangasem worth to visit.
The regency of Karangasem is one of nine regencies in Bali situated in the eastern part of Bali,coveringnan area of 839,54 sq.kilometers and bordered at the east by Lombok Strait and to the west by Klungkung,Bangli,and Buleleng Regencies.Karangasem itself consists of eight districts named : Karangasem,Manggis,Rendang,Selat,Sidemen,Bebandem,Abang,And Kubu district.Karangasem has an axtraordinary variety of scenic landscape.low and high mountain ranges intermingle with upland remains,and the traditional “Bali Aga” village with their way of life make Karangasem worth visiting.
It is very easy to reach all of the interesting places in Karangasem which are supported by fairly good road conditions,facilities the same at hotels,restaurant,money changers,souvenir shops and others which oen would expect in a tourist environment.
Precisely,Karangasem Regency is located between 80 00’00”-8041’37,8”southlatitude and 115035’9,’9”-115054’8,9” east longitude.The total land surface of this regency is 83.954 Hectare and covers 3 administrative villages,68 traditional villages,52 community groups,and 526 smaller community groups called “Dusun”
The population registration,taken place in 2003,reported that the total population of Karangasem Regency is approximately 388.320 people,consisting of 193.518 men and 194802 women.People of Karanasem make their living in various ways,some are farmer,fishermen,traders,crafsmen,and even active in the tourism field.People in majority are hindu followers who live a very religious life,thus ritual activities can be seen almost everyday in this area.
Karangasem regency is an area with tropical climate which experiences 2 different seasons of dry season ( April-October )and wet season ( Nopember-March).The largest rainfalls in on October,which is in 166 days,with the average rainfall of 182 mm.Its plantations and animal population are grouped in tropical species.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Lovina Tour


TOUR SINGARAJA LOVINA TOUR



It amazing trip to the north of Bali,by visiting Ulundanu Temple at the lake Bratan.Next to Gitgit waterfall while along your journey you will be witnessing clove and coffe plantation at the hill.Then drive down to Banjar Village famous for it’s hot spring water and Buddish Temple.You may take bath in warm spring water Lunch will be serve at Lovina Beach.after lunch we drive back via Pupuan Village for it’s beautiful rice terraces.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ubud Tour


TOUR ( UBUD + MONKEY FOREST )

It’s half day tour offer you special knowledge of the famous art village.Batik painting at Tohpati.Batubulan the stone carving centre.Celuk for its gold & silver smith.Balinese paiting at Batuan.Mas for wood carving.Then visiting Tegallang for witnessing enchanting rice terraces.Let’s share time for going to rest Ubud Monkey fofor Fun.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

JATILUWIH TOUR


TOUR 4 (JATILUWIH TOUR SPECTACULAR RICE TERRACES TOUR )

A full day tour exploring a number of the most beautiful sights of the island.,the first is we visit Batu Karu temple is one of the oldest temple in Bali.Next to Jatiluwih,one of the Bali’s most stuning scenery and spectacular rice field terraces.Having lunch at local restaurant meanwhile you can overlooking undulating rice terraces.Our last stop will be Mengwi temple,the royal temple.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

People


People


Life in Bali is very communal with the organisation of villages, farming and even the creative arts being decided by the community. The local government is responsible for schools, clinics, hospitals and roads, but all other aspects of life are placed in the hands of two traditional committees, whose roots in Balinese culture stretch back centuries. The first, Subak, concerns the production of rice and organises the complex irrigation system. Everyone who owns a sawah,or padi field, must join their local Subak, which ensures that every member gets his fair share of irrigation water. The other community organisation is the Banjar, responsible for arranging all village festivals, marriage ceremonies and cremations. Most villages have at least one Banjar and all men have to join when they marry. Banjars, on average, give membership to 50 up to 100 families and all Banjars have their own meeting place called the Bale Banjar. As well as being used for regular meetings, the Bale (pavilion) is where the local gamelan orchestras and drama groups practice.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Full Day Tour


FULL DAY TOURS.

TOUR 1 ( KINTAMANI AND ART TOUR )

A full day tour wondering the beauty of this island visiting: Batubulan which is famous of it’s magic dance The Barong and Kris Dance.The place also reknown for it’s stone carving.Then you will visit the jewelry marking village of Celuk.Noted for it’s delicately detailed work and fillingree ornamentation;the village of mas,famous for it’s fine woodcarving,and the painters colon at Ubud.The ancient Elephant Cave Temple at Bedulu,set amongst scenic ricefield and natural garden atTegalalang Village.On to Tampak Siring side of Tirta Empul sacred spring and holy bathing pool Kintamani is one Bali’ popular tourist stop where we will get lunch wheli witnessing the fantastic scenery of Mounth batur with its lake.

TOUR 2 ( TRADITIONAL VILLAGE TOUR )

This tour special ofer the traditional village of Bali and how the activities of Balinese daily life.Featuring to visit Batuan Village for its Traditional Balinese house compound.Th following place to visit is Panglipuran,witnessing the traditional village where the entrance gate,size.condition and the lay out of a compound is nearly the same.Next we will visit Kehen Temple which is was built in 13th century.Lunch will be served at Kintamani witnessing the fantastic scenery of mount batur with lake.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

HOLIDAY INFORMATION


Indonesia
The republic of Indonesia, independent since 1945, consists of more than 17,000 islands.
The islands are subdivided into several groups of islands. Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo) and Sulawesi make up the Greater Sunda Islands. The Lesser Sunda Islands are comprised of Bali and the islands further to the east, Maluku and West Papua New Guinea. Indonesia is the world's largest insular State with a surface area of 1.9 Mio. km².
Measured by population, Indonesia is, with 210 Mio. Inhabitants, the fourth biggest country in the world (after China, Indian and USA).

Bali
Bali belongs to the Lesser Sunda Islands. With approx.5.500 km², Bali is twice as large as Saarland. The distance from East to West is 140km, from North to South 80km., with a population of approx. 3 Million.

The religion from most Indonesians is Sunnite Islam, making it the nation with the most Muslims.
Bali, however, is a Hindu enclave. This can be explained by the history of the islands. Following a large number of power struggles between the diverse Javanese rulers, who were followers of either Hinduism or Buddhism, and with the influence of Islam steadily increasing, many inhabitants of Java fled to the neighbouring island of Bali, where a large part of the natives were followers of a local religion, Bali Aga.. . This religion, mixed with the religions from India resulting in the local form of Hinduism which is mainly practised in Bali today.

This relatively self contained social and religious community life is one of the main characteristics of the Balinese which is of great interest to visitors. Furthermore may of the people of Bali are especially creative in arts and crafts. Dance, music, wood carving, painting, basketry, weaving are common skills.
Tourism has become the main economic factor in the otherwise agricultural country. Although the travel industry is concentrated into a few main tourist areas, the constant flow of visitors and the regular contact to foreign cultures influences the everyday life of the islanders to a large extent.
Meanwhile, the influences of the tourist boom are being evaluated and the direction in which tourism will take in the future is being considered. The tour operates are realising the necessity of conservation and protection to ensure that Bali will continue to be attractive to visitors in the future. Additionally the awareness of the importance of socially responsible tourism is becoming more obvious.
Usefull informations from A to Z

Accommodation
Accommodation is available for all requirements from luxury hotel to simple cabin or guesthouse. By package tours the accommodation is selected by booking and individual travellers will have no problem finding somewhere to stay.

Alternative Tourism
The conservation movement of the industrial countries on the one hand and the difficulties of constant expansion on the other have led to a different approach to tourism. Tourism which is gentle, ecological, socially correct and with regard to the future is the answer to the development of the mass tourism, which was a product of the last century. This means to travel keeping in mind that you are a visitor in a strange country.
Prudent travellers can offer a constructive contribution by travelling in such a way as to do the least damage possible to the environment. Most Tour Operators are open to suggestions.

Climate/Weather
Indonesia has a tropical climate with high humidity.
The average yearly temperature in Indonesia is between 25-30°C (77-86°F) Nights are not much cooler.
The seasons are defined by the monsoons and consist of dry season and rainy or wet season.
The rain falls in short, heavy showers, after which the sun shines again. The climate throughout Indonesia varies considerable depending of the area.

Currency
The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (Stand November 2008: 1 Euro = ca. 15.286 Rupiah, 10.000 IDR = 6,64 EUR), with the smallest denomination of 500 Rp being a coin and all other denominations from 1000 to 200,000 being notes.
Travellers cheques in US$ and credit cards are widely accepted but it is advisable to always have enough cash with you. It is possible to change traveller cheques or your home currency into local currency. It is often worthwhile comparing the exchange rates of the banks and money changers.
NOTE: When paying with credit cards a charge will sometimes be added. Prices are often written in US$

Departure
By the departure from Indonesia, an airport tax of 150.000 Rupiah will be charged. This can only be paid in local currency directly at the airport.

Electricity
220 Volt, an international adapter is necessary!

Fauna
The fauna consists of a variety of tropical animals including monkeys, water buffalos, snakes, lizards and numerous birds and insects, but also oxen, pigs and dogs.
Recently conservation has also become an official matter, for although the Balinese farmers use ecological and economical methods, conditions are changing due to influences such as tourism.

Festivals and public Holidays
Although the official calendar the same is as in Europe, Bali also has its own traditional calendars, which is essential to the everyday life of the Balinese.
The Balinese Year or Wuku calendar consists of 210 days with 30 weeks of 7 days.
The saka calendar is based on another calculation and is approx. 80 years behind the western Gregorian calendar, so that 1925 is the equivalent of 2003.
Beside the specific Balinese time calculations the Muslim-Arabian, the old Javanese and the Chinese calendar also apply. Although this sounds very complicated, the traveller is not affected.
Because of the various calendar in use, there are a large number of public holidays and festivals in Bali, having information about the Balinese calendar is helpful when planning to visit one of these festivals.. Independent of the official public holidays following local festivals are celebrated almost daily: funerals/cremations, temple festivals, tooth-filing ceremonies, temple offerings and prayer ceremonies.
Contrary to European habits, travellers are always welcome to take part in these festivals and ceremonies (including cremations) but the proper respect and behaviour is expected.

Flora
Bali lies in the tropics south of the equator and the climate is influenced by the monsoons. The main agricultural product is rice and large areas of land are rice fields.
To the west is a rainforest national park, to the southwest large areas of palm trees combined with mangrove swamps, to the east there are mountains right up the coast and in the north it is mainly flat with numerous lakes. This region is dominated by the volcanoes, along whose slopes little grows.
The Banyan- or Waringin tree is a conspicuous characteristic of each village.
The flora is dominated by useful plants, either as food: fruit, vegetables, coffee, cacao or tobacco, bamboo and palm trees. Flowers such as the bougainvilla are used as offerings or decoration by certain festivals. Grapes are also grown in north Bali and used in the production of wine.

Getting there
A variety of direct flights to Bali are available from Europe.
For those who prefer to take a more indirect route it is also possible to fly to Medan in North Sumatra or to Jakarta in Java and take the overland route. Another possibility is with the shipping traffic between the islands.
Alternatively it is also possible to arrive by travelling over Singapore of Surabaya. From there it is possible to fly to Mataram on the neighbouring island of Lombok, and then travel on to Bali.
When planning your trip it is important to consider your main interest while visiting Bali - culture, water sports or just relaxing. In any case it is relatively simple to spend several interesting and varied weeks on the island. For those wishing to experience the diversity of Indonesia, a tour including visits to other islands is recommended. Because of the long distances within Indonesia it is advisable to make use of the well developed network of national airlines. There is also a train service operating on Java, for example from Jakarta to Surabaya. Otherwise there are also the hoards of buses available from Sumatra to Bali.

Health
The strain a trip to the tropics put on your health should not be under estimated.
Alone the flight from central Europe takes up to 20 hours and the change in climate is extreme.
The average yearly temperature in Indonesia is between 25-30°C (77-86°F) and humidity is high.
In general special vaccinations and precautions are not necessary but tetanus, polio and Hepatitis A are recommended. The decision to take Malaria prophylaxis should be made individually, but it is important to protect against the mosquitoes with sprays and appropriate clothing. The risk of HIV-Aids In Bali is the same as everywhere else in the world.
Although medical care is easily available in Denpasar and other large tourist areas, further inland and in more remote areas western medicine is not so common. It is also possible to be treated by the traditional healer (Balian), the massages are especially beneficial by sprains or broken bones. The traditional medicine in Bali is passed on though generations and is, in many cases, officially supported.
There are no special travel facilities for handicapped people or people in wheelchairs. More information can be obtained from special tour operators for handicapped people.
A personal first aid kit should be included in your luggage and you should check the terms and conditions of your health insurance before leaving home. If necessary take out an additional travel health insurance, including transport back home in medical emergencies.

Insurance
We recommend that all travellers take out insurance to cover cancellation, lost or stolen luggage and medical or hospital costs.
Divers are advised to join DAN or a similar organisation.

Language
Bahasa Indonesia, a Malaysian language, is the language spoken in Indonesia and the official language in Bali is Indonesian.
English is common enough in the main tourist areas, that communication is possible.
However, the mother tongue of the inhabitants is Balinese, which is rooted in Sanskrit, with a separate written language. Tourists are most likely to encounter this language during ritual festivals.
As small tip:
Bahasa Indonesia is the easiest language in the world to learn , and it is possible to learn a couple of words within a short time with the help of a travel dictionary.

Measurement
The official measurement system is metric, although traditional measurement are also still in use.

Passport / Visa
European tourists require a passport which is valid for at least 6 months.
As from 01.02.2004 all tourist require a visa, which is valid for 30days and costs 25,- US$ by arrival in Bali. This must be paid in new bank notes.
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after leaving Indonesia.
All details given here are for information only and we take no liability for changes in the requirements. Please inform yourself by the consulate of the latest requirements.

Telephone
Apart from the possibility of telephoning from the larger hotels, there is also a reliable telephone service from public telephones and fax machines: WARTEL. To use mobile telephones it is advisable to buy a local SIM card

Time difference
There are three time zones in Indonesia. Depending on if we have winter or summer time, the time difference to west Indonesian time is +6 or +7 hours. Between Java and Bali there is a time difference of 1 hour (middle Indonesian time) meaning there is an additional hour difference to England. (+7 or +8 hours).

Tradition/Adat
The Balinese society follows strong rules collectively known as „adat". These include general rules of behaviour and daily life according to the Hindu religion. Although the Indian caste system is not practised on Bali, differences can be seen in the names.
The Brahmins (Ida Bagus / Ida Ayu) belong to the priests, the Satrias (Ratu/Anak Agung/Cokorde) are the aristocracy and the Wesia (Gusti / Si Luh) are the warriors and traders, the Sudras - the majority of the population - do not belong to any caste. By the children of the Sundra caste, their names also indicate the order in which they were born, the first born is called Wayan, followed by Made, then Nyoman and Ketut. By the fifth child the sequence begins again with Wayan, etc.
Ritual regulations determine the daily routine and the religious and social duties of the Balinese.

Useful addresses


Indonesian Embassy
38 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 2HW
Tel. (020) 7499 7661
Fax. (020) 7491 4993
Internet: http://www.indonesianembassy.org.uk/


British Embassy
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 75
Jakarta 10310
Indonesia
Tel. 00 (62) (21) 315 6264
Fax 00 (62) (21) 315 4061
Internet: http://www.britain-in-indonesia.or.id/


British Consulate
Deutsche Bank Building , 19th Floor
Jl. Imam Bonjol 80
Jakarta 10310
Indonesia
Tel. 00 (62) (21) 390 7484
Fax 00 (62) (21) 316 0858
E-MAIL: britemb@attglobal.net


Indonesian Tourist Office
Kanwil X Depparpostel
Kompleks Niti Mandala
Jl. Raya Puputan
Denpasar 80235 Indonesia
Tel. 00 62 (3 61) 22 56 49
Fax 00 62 (3 61) 23 34 75

Vaccinations
When arriving from Europe no special vaccinations or precautions are necessary.
Bali is free from malaria but in Irian Jaya, on the small Sunda islands and in the rainforests of Kalimantan malaria is widespread.
Consult your local doctor, vaccinations against tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B are recommended.

Wining & Dining
Western, or international cuisine is more widespread than local food in the tourist areas.
Various international specialities are available, not only in the large hotels, but also in numerous restaurants. Even sausage and mash or Black forest Gateaux are available - although it seems a shame to go all the way to Bali for such things. Even fast-food-chains are represented, although it should not be necessary to take quick meals whilst on holiday.
Balinese food includes Roast Pork (babi guling) or rice wine (brem balik). Balinese specialities such as fried banana (pisang goreng) or Fish ball-soup (Bakso) are offered at the snack bars and on the beach. Fresh fruit juices (jus) give a impression of the variety of fruits available and a young coconut, direct from the tree, is a refreshment unlike anything obtainable in Europe.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

BALI ARCHITECTURE


Bali Architecture

Balinese architecture is not only aesthetically impressive with wood carvings, majestic stone gates and ornate Indian influence engravings, Balinese architecture also has strong spiritual symbolism. Many temples, rice barns and other structures are built according to traditional Balinese rules, called Asta Kosala Kosali, which traditionally were written down in lontar palm books and interpreted by traditional architects called Undagi. This leads to very distinctive designs and architectural congruence throughout Bali’s villages, which all delicately interwoven with the natural surroundings.

In Balinese building, one of the most common features is the Bale, which is an open pavilion with a thatched roof and no walls. The Bale represents the Hindu-Balinese universe. The roof is the 'gods' section, the body is the 'human' section, and the base is the 'demons' section

Other impressively symbolic architectural sites in Bali are its palaces. Since in classical 19th century Bali, the Balinese believes their king was divine, his residence was the puri - a replica of the cosmos and thus a sacred symbol. Balinese palaces are always square, walled, and courts within courts.

In Bali, all buildings have to be brought to life and ceremonially purified in a ceremony called Melaspas before they can be lived in. It is important that all materials – such as the wood, stone and thatch, which have been cut down and killed for the construction, are, as it were, re-incarnated. During this ceremony, many offerings and gifts are made, including animal sacrifices.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bali-Hindu Temples


Temples

The Hindu-Balinese faith touches every aspect of the people’s life.That’s why,every community has at least a temple.The Balinese word for temple is pura,which is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘a space surrounded by wall’

For much of the year Balinese temples are deserted,but on holy days the deities and ancestral spirits descend from heaven to visit their devotees,and the temples come alive with days of frenetic activity and nights of drama and dance.Temple festival come at least once every Balinese year ( 210 days).

The architecture of Balinese temples reflects the connection of mankind to God,but also to the nature,as reflected in the Tri Hita Karana philosophy.The Balinese temples is open to its environment,with three courtyards in ascending levels of sanctity,replicating the tripartite structure of the cosmos.More than in the actual architecture,the genius of the tempels’builders are found in exquisite carving inspired by the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics,and sometimes from more modern events,like the sculptures from Dutch colonization in the temples near Sangsit in north Bali.

Temples ate often located on impressive hills,mountain flanks,seashore,or even caves,with a felt energy from their surroundings.In most cases,the structures and sculptures date from the 20th century,but hve been appropriated from old sites of worship,usually animist,that may date centuries back.

The largest and holiest temple in Bali is Besakih,located on the slopes of Mount Agung,well over a thousand years old.Steps ascend through split gates to Besakih’s main courtyard where the Trinity shrines are wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings.

The ancient temple of Tirta Empul is built around the sacred spring of Tampaksiring.The temple and its two bathing spots have been used by the Balinese for over a thousand years.Tanah Lot is an important sea temple dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea.Ancient rituals pay homage to the guardian spirits of the sea.Poisonous sea snakes found in the caves at the base of the rocky island are believed to be guardians of the temple.

On the shore of lake Beratan,Ulun Danu is often shrouded in mist and hauntingly beautifu.Uluwatu temple’s real attraction is its location,which is where sheer clifts drop precipitously into the clear blue sea.

Not far the faint-hearted,Goa Lawah temple is located in a cave filled with thousands of bats and is said to lead all the way to Besakih.In mengwi,Taman Ayun temple has its own distinctive pagodas that symbolize the sacred mountain Mahameru,residence of the Supreme God.There’s also Kehen,the sate temple of the Bangli kingdom,one of the finest temples in east Bali.


Last but not least,the Balinese believe that spirits dwell in every element of nature and many places are considered sacred,such as the nutmeg forest of Sangeh.

TEMPLES OF THE VILLAGE

A full-fledged village has to have at least three temples:

• Pura puseh,where the founders of the village are worshipped,always lies in the Kaja sphere,toward th mountains,so it lies on the highest spot in the village.

• Pura Desa,the village temple is built in the center of the village,where Lord Brahma the creator,is worshipped.

• Pura Dalem is considered as the temple for the dead.Lord Siwa,the Destroyer is worshipped here.



VISITING TEMPLE

When entering a temple,you are expected to be politely dressed.You normally need to wear a temple scarf-a sash tied loosely around your waist-and a sarong,long dress,or pants.Priests should be shown respect,particularly at festival.They’re the most important people and should therefore,be on the highest plane,Don’t put yourself higher than them by climbing up on a wall to take photographs.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Constantine from Canada




Constantine from Canada: “Thanks Gede for your efficient and informative tour of East Bali. We had a great day snorkeling and learning about the local culture, something we wouldn’t have seen or done on a regular tour.”

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Denpasar Culture




Denpasar Culture
Denpasar, as the capital of Bali, has a heavy Balinese culture founded in a history of dance and religion and is a wondrous center of temples and musea. The Jagatnath Temple is Hindu and located near the Museum Bali. Known for its towering construction and peculiar shrine, Jagatnath swarms with tourists and worshippers alike. The Petilan Pengerebongan Temple hosts Ngerbong, a traditional ceremony involving a procession of people dressed as mythological creatures that happens once every 210 days, the length of the ancient Balinese year. The Temple of Maosaphit, located close to the Badung Market, boasts an incredibly old terracotta sculptural gem, an archeological find believed to date from the ancient Majapahit Kingdom of East Java. The Sakenan Temple is located on an island in southern Denpasar and is accessible by boat and car. Actually an array of temples, be sure to check out the lush mangrove trees and the beautiful panoramic views that are presented to the visitor of this destination. The Bali Museum, built in 1932, is a four-building complex that exhibits an endless number of artifacts pertaining to Bali’s prehistory, its heritage of dance and religion, and the gorgeous artwork it has created throughout all its past. The museum is open everyday, save Saturdays and holidays. At the Sanur beach, the Museum of Le Mayeur, though established by the Belgium artist Le Mayeur, is dedicated primarily to the paintings of the Balinese woman Nii Pollok, wife of Jackson Pollock who became famous for her dances and artworks. The Sidik Jari Museum is another arts center worth exploring, as is the Taman Budaya (or the Bali Art Center). There are also numerous palaces, sculptures, and other attractions to keep the Denpasar visitor busy enough for a lifetime.
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Denpasar History
Residents of Denpasar know their city by its former name, Badung. Badung was colonized by the Dutch in the middle of the 1800’s—the local raja acquiescing in the hope that, through cooperation with incoming colonists, his district would be left relatively unhurt by Western imperialism; and this maneuver did suffice to keep Badung relatively independent for six decades.

However, in 1906, after a dispute between Balinese natives and Western capitalists, the Dutch prepared to take over administration of the region. Instead of submitting, the raja and his entire royal family committed mass suicide in the face of oncoming soldiers, who afterward proceeded to shoot and kill the remaining retinue and set fire to the palace.

This filial suicide was repeated in other parts of Indonesia in coming years, forcing international pressure on the Dutch to leave the islands, which they basically did around the outbreak of World War One.

In 1936, Badung changed its name to Denpasar.

Denpasar began to economically thrive after the Second World War, and the result has been an increase in people and, therefore, pollution. All the consequences stemming from this mixed blessing of prosperity and population have yet to be fully fall out.
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Denpasar Getting Around
Traversing Denpasar is not too rough going, provided one has some means of transport: sightseeing on foot is rather impractical given the large distances that separate the capital’s numerous attractions from each other. Furthermore, given the high population density, sidewalks and streets tend to suffer from all sorts of traffic as well as both noise and environmental pollution. Driving is definitely a viable alternative. Rental car companies include Hertz, Thrifty, and Toyota Rental Car. And getting from the airport to Denpasar is a cinch; located just ten or so miles out near the resorts of Kuta, a car ride may be a better option than a lengthy (though beautiful) beach walk. Taxi service from the airport is facilitated by the Airport Taxi Service. If you hail a cab, prepare to haggle and be wise enough to insist on the use of a meter. Bus service also runs to and from the airport. Whatever option you think you will choose for getting around in Denpasar, be sure to prepare in advance by mapping out routes, choosing rental car companies, making reservations , and so on and so forth.