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Address: Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, 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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Great potential, but shabby guides

We hired an official guide to learn more about the temple and to be harrassed less. Unfortunately, our guide spoke only little english, had little to tell and even asked us to... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After I read all the reviews, I must say I was expecting worst However , whoever didn't get a sarong , make sure you buy it for 50,000 not more as they start with 300,000 We paid tourism fees at the beginning , then we go to big the sarong and then we make a donation to the temple (... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Glad that we read before and were prepared for the rip off attempts. The temple offers lovely views but the experience is all ruined by shabby locals who sell their own Gods and religion to earn some bucks. Only instance where we hated Bali.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very grand temple, it is one of the important temple of Bali as well. Mount Agung forms the backdrop of this temple, good for phototaking at any angle. Sarongs and a guide are needed as well, both are charged with a fee. The guide will use his best of knowledge to communicate in English and perform some basic praying for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visiting the "Mother-Temple" is for sure worth it, but be aware it can easily end up in a rip off. We paid 10000 IRP as an entrance fee to be allowed to drive up to the parking lot, there we had to rent Saroongs for another 15000 per person. After that we've been guided to another gate where we had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This large temple complex is very impressive and beautiful. There are three main temples (honoring Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu) as well as many smaller temples and family temples. This is the 'mother temple' for the Balinese and central to worship. A large funeral/purification rite is held once a year when a large part of Bali comes to the temple. We... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We hired an official guide to learn more about the temple and to be harrassed less. Unfortunately, our guide spoke only little english, had little to tell and even asked us to double our tip at the end of the tour, despite having already paid the official fee for both him and the guides' organization at the start. Without a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To be frank, the temple is stunning and not to be missed when in Bali. What really takes away a lot from the experience is the frequent attempt to rip off tourists. After paying the official entrance fee of Rs. 15000 they stop you at a Bo oth telling that it's not allowed to enter alone but only with a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple is really beautiful. The only problem is the locals. They make it difficult if you want to walk around alone. They insist on you having what they call their guides guardians. I went early in the morning 9am and it wasn't so bad. I say if you visit go early morning. The locals are still setting up and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful location on the slopes of Mt Agung - said to be the most holiest of holy places in Bali - lovenly referred at "the mother temple/s". On arriving there with our Balinese driver we were rushed upon by children wanting to sell us umbrellas and sarongs, others their guide service and might add asking ridiculous fee for Bali...thankfully our... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is nice enough and it's pretty old. Personally I think Borobudur and Prambanan are much better. But it's impressive. However the local people are very aggressive. We paid for tickets (rp15000) and then basically you are forced to pay again because you are required to have a local with you. Like as if they own the temple or... More 

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