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Address: Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother...

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.

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Unless you are staying somewhere in the zone, its quite a distance to go to unless you are a Balinese Hindu. Despite being properly attired and religioned (is that a word?), we... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
Gurgaon, India

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Tartu, Estonia
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 NEW

We got there by motorbikes from Kuta. 1) It was hard to get there; 2) Local guides wanted a lot of money for the visit, though it was possible to bargain (agreed on 40000 per person, we had 5 people); 3) Guide asked for more money at every possible moment; 4) You have to have a sarong to go there,... More 

Katowice, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

Beautifull place but be careful for conmans. At the last parking everyone will tell U to byu (extremaly expensive) sarong - it is required at the temple complex. Take your own or rent for 50.000 rupees. At main temple gate U will be caught by "regilion community members" ofering U entrance to the temple (70 - 100.000 rupees). Entrance to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

Awesome sights. Many managed tourist attractions. Pushy guides. Expensive guides. Not recommended.Tourist sight managed poorly.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We went to Besakih Temple as it was touted as being the main temple on the island. You'd have thought that with this being so, the abundance of peaceful, compassionate Hindu people there would have made it a pleasurable experience? Not so! We arrived and were charged 15k (IDR) for entry each which I thought was very reasonable. Then we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Okay, so I read the other complaints and here is the low-down from somebody who was just there (this review is being written one day after coming back from Bali). I paid: 15K RP for entrance + 100K RP for the guide + 30K for the motorbike ride to-fro the temple, plus $5 USD and 100K RP for "offering" and... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Unless you are staying somewhere in the zone, its quite a distance to go to unless you are a Balinese Hindu. Despite being properly attired and religioned (is that a word?), we weren't allowed entry on the pretext of some ceremony. We were given some 'local culture' thingy. What can I say... we were warned by everyone, and now you... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Our driver warned us about the guides trying to extort money from us. We spend two weeks in Bali and enjoyed our stay but this place has a lot of bad people. You don't have to pay for a guide and our driver told us that but we were lied to a lot by the people trying to convince us... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

This place is nothing more than a scam and would suggest you avoid at all costs. The locals at the bottom of the temple are vicious in their attempts to extort money from you. From paying exorbitant prices for sarongs to paying for a guide which of course is not necessary. It was so bad that we did not even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Having read all the negative reviews we were a bit leary about what to expect at Besakih. It turned out to be a wonderful day! What the negative reviews did for us was it gave us information with which to control the situation. First, we hired a driver and licenced guide ( we went through balistarisland.com) and asked to customize... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

As a hotel owner i get almost from everybody complainings about the local guides who are working in the area. They are agressive hungry for money and totally not in balance with Besakih temple at all. Its 99.9% a very bad experience for our guests. I will and with me many others not recomended to go there. Even complainings at... More 


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