...place you have to visit during each travel you plan...adventure you embrace.
When on Bali if for some reason you have to visit only one landmark it simply has to be Tirta Gangga. It may be not so dramatic as Tanah Lot or Uluwatu it may be not so picturesque as Ulun Danu Bratan or Besakih...but it captures essential spirit of Balinese culture and attitude.
Do not make mistake and visit this temple just as one way-point on your endless race to thick all the boxes which make your travel worth spending your time and money...do not race...do not hurry. Savour the moments spent in Tirta Gangga...make the happening of the visit to this jewel on Bali.
My proposition for you is to travel to the north east of the island (since you are probably going to be located in the south of the island) enjoy a day on Blue Lagoon beach or Tias Bugel beach and spend a night in Candidasa. Black beaches and many good restaurants where you can dine as an emperor.
Tomorrow in the morning...be a early bird. Take your car and be the first or at least among the first to be in Tirta Gangga...to open the festival of light and water...to feel the cold mist on your face and to dip and cleanse your body in the holly water.
Embrace every moment and enjoy in tranquility and spirituality of the place. Although not religious object in the first place (Tirta Gangga was built as a royal palace) it carries certain understated loftiness which you can feel no matter under which God you bow.
In morning blue light with low clouds as a warm blanket around you capture your small piece of heaven before the crowds destroy the essence of this place.
You do not have to know the history behind it...you do not have to connect to the religious points of the place...you just have to see it to believe and feel something sublime wrapped in the confluence of elements.
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