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Besakih Temple

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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...more
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Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

In all my years of going to bali this was the first time I had ever been to Besakih Temple. We were lucky enough to go with my Balinese family to the temple so we got to go into their family temple to lay offerings...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been in Bali for 10 days, I traveled a lot of different places, met a lot of nice people, I got a very positive impression on this land and people.Since the Besakih Temple is the main and most important temple of Bali, I really...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe we were lucky. I read many reviews on here and most of them seemed to have a lot of trouble with being ripped off. We went there by car. The driver payed 5000 IDR for parking and told us in the car that we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Besakih is the biggest temple in Bali so, in my opinion, a must see. On the way to the temple, my guide told me not to pay for anything offered outside the temple because the local people only do it, to take advantage from the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank deise a
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our driver dropped us in the parking lot. Tickets 60,000 rupiah each. You will be told you need to have a sarong (~70,000 rupiah, subject to your negotiation skills). You can either take the "scooter shuttle" to the gate, or walk up the fairly steep...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Besakih Temple, rightly known as the Mother Temple, is one of the most important temples of Bali. It is revered heavily by the locals. There is an entrance fee of Rp. 60000 per person which includes the rental of a Sarong. As in most of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sharadshrimali61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived at the temple complex at 10:30 am on a Wednesday morning. Experienced no issues/hassles with any pushy tour guides (fake or otherwise). I spent almost two hours at the complex (there are actually MANY temples, and I explored a couple up the road in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Jason S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was disheartened when I read some reviews about this place before. Some of the reviewers commented that although the temple is beautiful and pretty much essential for the Balinese in their daily lives, especially the spiritual one, one could think twice to go there...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

The Temple so nice there have so many kind different Temple,and from besakih temple you can see mount agung so wonderful view!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Hands down better than any other temples, this mother temple is magnificent. The new system is they charge a bit more but includes sarong and tour guide, local one, so your tour guide can’t come in with you, Impressive.

Date of experience: October 2018
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December 20, 2017|
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Response from Rudi M | Reviewed this property |
Open as of January 2018, but on stand by should the volcano erupt again.
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October 29, 2017|
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Response from didiks1813 | Reviewed this property |
Government still set 6-7.5 danger radius from Mount Agung including Besakih...but the danger status has been lowered...
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October 8, 2017|
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Response from didiks1813 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know Besakih is closed effectively since September 23, 2017 due to Mount Agung increasing activity.
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Melbourne, Australia
Besakih Temple and Gunung Agung (5 Replies)
I will stopover in Denpasar Airport for 12 hours from 9:00am to 9:00pm, and want to tour in the East part of Bali to the places like Besakih Temple and Gunung Agung, which I have never been before. Just wonder what is the best way to travel around? If hiring a private car, what is the reasonable price for one day hire and how to find the reliable private car? Many thanks.
August 17, 2018|
Response fromcbimages|
You need a car with driver. Cost around 600,000 per day per car. There are drivers recommended here, please use the search bar above.
New York, New York
2 day Itinerary in Ubud (3 Replies)
Hi, I am traveling to Bali in mid april and am very excited to come to Ubud for the first time. I am having difficulty planning my itinerary since it's a short amount of time in Ubud and I'd like to see and do as much as I can without feeling too overwhelmed. I will be in Ubud for two nights and then I will head to Jimbaran. Here is a planned itinerary. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Day 1: arrive at Denpasar at 3p. Plan to relax at hotel and go to town in the...More
March 02, 2013|
Response fromMangoMunky|
Yes, you do have way too little time planned for Ubud area. But5 what you ultimately do depends on your interests. Your arrival day is fine, but do keep in mind that you will possibly be tired and take a few hours to get to your hotel from the airport and get to a dance performance on your fist night. Balinese dance is very intense with many elements to enjoy (costumes, intricate movements of eyes, neck, body, arms feet, legs, etc and the music is also very intense) so it might be better...More
Vilnius, Lithuania
Need advice about driver from Amed to south Bali via Ubud (2 Replies)
Hi! We plan to arrive from Gili to Amed by speedboat and take some sighseeing on the same day (Besakih Temple, Tirta Gangga ), then stay overnight in Ubud and go to south Bali on the next day with stops for some sightseeing (rice teraces, Monkey Forest) on route as well as some sities in south Bali (Tanah Lot, Uluwatu) with final drop in Kuta. Anybody can help with advice how to choose and find a driver? Which way is better - to find one driver for all those 2 days or one driver for Amed...More
September 12, 2013|
Response fromTrevor G|
We have just returned from our trip to Bali and can highly recommend Nyoman Astawa (info@driver-ubud.com or www.driver-ubud.com). We booked Nyoman based on other reviews on trip advisor, and was really happy with our choice. Nyoman has just upgraded his vehicle and it can comfortably seat at least five (5) passengers and is fully airconditioned. Nyoman was on time for every day that we booked him (he was actually early on every occassion). He provides icy cold bottled water for his...More