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Address: Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Tourist trap

The place is interesting for a quick visit, it is tourists trap, everything is expensive,the guides will tell you anything to get you to hire them. We were told that you can not... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my third time visiting Besakih Temple. But this time with my son who would be the first time. He enjoyed it. Amazed with the local that happened to be their praying time some kind of ceremony because lots of local coming for the ceremony. Besakih so beautifully interesting place.

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Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely nice temple, terraces stretching upwards along the mountain. Watch out ! Just after you paid your (cheap) entrance fee, you pass an "official" tourist guide bureau with guys that give the impression that you cannot trespass. The men will tell you that they organise the tours, that you should take a guide. They present it very well, they'll tell... More 

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India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of a kind, the mother temple is a sight to behold! With multiple temples in the campus, a couple of hours spent here will be calming and picturesque! Definitely worth visiting if history interests you!

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Brandon, Manitoba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The temple is situated on Mount Agung, the heightest mountain on Bali. The view is incredible. Walking up to the temple is impressive, like travelling into the clouds. The temple, built over centuries, is a spectacular holy area.

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Bruges, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Worship is not a supermarket. The place is ran by thieves. Upon arrival with a car or minibus you have to pay a normal temple+parking fee. Once out of the car local people come directly to you: you "must" buy flowers to offer in the temple, you "must" give them money. We are used to all sorts of tricks but... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Besakih temple recently on our trip to Bali. We had read on tripadvisor and other places about the challenges that travelers had faced with the local mafia guides and shop peddlers. We had hence decided to go really early to the temple, since we were told that the temple is open 24 hours a day. We left from... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't go!!! Just like the others say this temple has nothing to do with the balinese spirit. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, they lie, cheat and tell you that you have to pay alot of money to have a local guide because 'it's a special day'. (seems like every day is a special day according... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is interesting for a quick visit, it is tourists trap, everything is expensive,the guides will tell you anything to get you to hire them. We were told that you can not go in with a local guide - rubbish. We were told there was a festival and foreigners couldn't in unless they had a local guide - rubbish.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes…I had some doubts before I went to Besakih Temple after reading some negative reviews. Ended up with a great experience and didn’t meet any “mafia” or rude people at all. -You have to pay an entrance fee of 20 000 IDR. -You have to wear a sarong. -You can buy a sarong at the entrance for 50 000 IDR.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Besakih with great expectations but were disappointed since you are not allowed entry into most areas. Since the parking was a little far from the actual temple premises, we paid for a guide who also drove us to the temple. Alas.. the lift was only one way and we had to walk back! This was my first... More 

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