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The Mother Temple of Besakih

Jalan Raya Besakih | Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000... more » Owner description: Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000 feet)Pura Besakih is the paramount Hindu temple on Bali. Located high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung, it has developed over more than a thousand years into a great complex of 22 separate temples, the largest and central being Pura Penataran Agung. The annual cycle of more than 70 rituals, which symbolically link the temples into a whole, culminates in the centenary ceremony called Ekadasa Rudra, last held in 1979. The temple complex, state-supported since the 15th century, has undergone a series of architectural and ritual changes. « less
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New Delhi, India
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

If one wants to learn about Bali's religion and cultural profile it is the place to visit. But be aware of the guides who will fleece you and spoil your experience. It sad as we too experienced the same. Something the local government need to rein in these irritating guides and rather have some official trained guides who can tell... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

This is my second visit to Besakih and before going I did read the reviews warning about the aggressive touts. In the end, we had a much different experience than others. Although, I have to admit that we arrived very early in order to take photographs at sunrise (6:00 a.m.), so we had the place to ourselves. Therefore, I can't... More

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Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Rising out of the hillside, the Mother Temple is a memorable spiritual site. The walk to the top of the numerous levels can be tiring but it is definitely worth it for the view and the ambience. This is a unique experience and the hawkers add to the experience.

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Brussels, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

What a terrible, terrible place. My wife and I love Bali but had never been to this temple.None of the positive perceptions you have of Bali remain after visiting this shameful place full of touts, liars, conman, the whole place is a scam, For 2 people 70,000 to get in, 20,000 to rent sarongs, 300,000 for a guide they say... More

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Bali, Indonesia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I really enjoyed teh expereince of vsiiting Beskih temple. We drove up in a hire car and it was an enjoyable trip with great scenary and winding mountain roads. Cheap to enter and no pressure from the local sellers around the car park who are easy to chat to and all come from the local village. Sure some annoying kids... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

No need to explain more. Don't go there. The touts are so aggressive it is just sickening. Some local authority should do something about it. Make an official guide for a reasonable price. Hell, make it a steep price, as long as the "guides" p#ss off. Just to be clear: a guide is not needed. Period.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Mother Temple is a very impressive complex at a beautiful spot. I wish I had read reviews here first as I too had a unpleasent experience with the con men. On the way there our taxi driver explained that we needed a guide. He was a nice guy and we believed him. Not realising that he was going to... More

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Gouda, The Netherlands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were really looking forward to visit this temple, it was a part of our day trip around East Bali. The temple itself is OK, but all the atmosphere around is terrible. For start, before you enter the temple you have to buy a sarong, and of course everywhere you go people try to rip you off! Unbelievable! Throughout the... More

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Local men, who were pretending to be a "tourist guides" were very unpleasant, incompetent, cunning, and aggressive, (when I criticized the ways how they work). They left very bad impressions about that place.

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Beijing, China
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Go early for mountain views, 10 min walk from parking to entrance, no need for motorcycle. Take a Sarong and walk all the way up for the fewest people and the greatest atmosphere. No need to take a "local" to get inside the main part. Everything around is just as interesting and beautiful.

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