Via Tirta Gangga, drive around Mt. Agung, back via Batur and Tejakula
During this trip you will see many different kinds of landscapes. Tirta Gganga offers one of the best views of rice fields and rice terraces. Later on you can enjoy wonderful views of the highest mountain in Bali ( Mount Agung ) and visit the ‘ Mother temple ‘ of Besakih. In the afternoon you will discover the nice area of Mount Batur (volcano area) and the Batur Lake.
Via Tirta Gangga
Taman Tirta Gangga is set in a beautiful landscape, with a stunning view over terraced rice fields to the sea. The weather is cool, providing a restful and soothing atmosphere for tourists wishing to relax here. Taman Tirtagangga is located at Ababi village, Abang District, about 6 km North of Amlapura or 83 km east of Denpasar.
Drive around Mt. Agung
Considered the ‘navel of the world’ by the Balinese, Gunung Agung is the holiest mountain in Bali . Many Balinese believe that the Gods raised the mountain as a place to view the rich parade of life below. This occasionally active volcano (the last major eruption occurred in 1963 with devastating results) stands at 3,142 metres. Bali ‘ s most sacred temple, Besakih, is built on its slope. The adventurous traveller can attempt to climb the volcano between July and October. You have to hire a guide as the route is long, difficult and dangerous.
Besakih Temple Complex consists of 18 temples and a large number of shrines to worship the ancestors’ spirits. It is the ‘ mother temple ‘ and also the biggest temple in Bali. Within the Besakih complex, the major sanctuary is the Pura Penataran Agung. A long flight of steps ascend to the austere split gate. Inside the main courtyard stands the three-seated shrine enthroning the Trisakti, the trinity of Brahma, Visnu and Siwa. Religiously, oneness is symbolised in the Padmasana in Pura Penataran Agung dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi, the Supreme God.
Back Via Mount Batur
The best sights to be seen in this area are made up of a combination of two places:
From Penelokan we are able to admire a majestic (and still active) volcano and see the sparkling blue waters of the lake. Passing the lake, the wakes of boats in the distance indicate where tourists and local people are carried across to Trunyan village, one of the communities of the Bali Aga, or original inhabitants of Bali. Batur is located in the Kintamani district about 32 km from the main town of Bangli.
Surrounded by lovely green hills where the air is fresh and cool, it is no wonder that Sutan Takdir Ali Syahbana, the famous poet, chose this place to construct his Balai Seni, the artistic building of Toyobungkah. Here we can find a natural hot spring on the flank of the volcano which flows into a small pond right on the edge of Lake Batur.
Departure time from Siddhartha: 08:00 am
Return to Siddhartha: approx. 4:00 pm
Included: Guide, entrance fees and soft drinks
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