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Discovering Bali and Lombok

Two Compact, neighboring islands nestling within the Indonesian archipelago, Bali and Lombok present visitors with a rare and idyllic holyday destination. Ancient volcanoes stand sentry over thick tropical jungle and deep river gorges, all fringed by fertile rice fields and seemingly endless beaches. These natural splendors are combined with an exotic history, defined by ancient palaces and sacred temples, and a diverse secular heritage of arts, music and crafts. These two pages highlight the best cultural, sporting and natural attractions in Bali's four regions and on Lombok, from ritual ceremonial customs and mountain trekking to surfing and a vibrant nightlife.


South Bali  

kuta beach the best and famous for surfing

     
High-Performance Surf beach  
Bustling Capital of Denpasar  
Historic Sanur  
Kuta and Seminyak Resorts  

The sweeping, white sand beaches of south Bali offer world-class water sport facilities, including some of the best surf break in the world. It is also the location of Bali’s busy capital city, Denpasar home to colorful street market and indigenous art in the Bali Museum.
The nearby historical village of Sanur was Bali’s original tourist enclave; this restful, family destination is characterized by shady lanes, majestic trees and a 5-km (3-miles) shoreline within a gentle, reef-sheltered lagoon, The ambience is mellow and cosmopolitan, In contrast the once sleepy fishing village of Kuta is a cheerful jumble of closely packed pubs, discos, restaurants and juice bars. This is a good place for souvenirs and surf gear, and is also well served by money-changers and budget hotels.
Just north of Kuta, Seminyak lays claim to the highest concentration of fine-dining restaurants on the island, together with a wide choice of chic cocktail bars and nightclubs. Elegant shops and luxury spa resorts also predominate here.



Central Bali   rice terraced at tegalalang village
     
Ubud’s cultural traditions  
Exclusive retreats in Ayung River Gorge  
Elephant conservation  

Central Bali is blessed with many of the quieter features that draw people to this beautiful island – dazzling, terraced ricefields, unspoiled villages, art and craft communities, and ancient temples and places. The remarkable town of Ubud is the island’s centre for musical and dance performances and numerous art galleries and craft shops line the streets. The town’s Museum Puri Lukisan houses an inspiring collection of prewar and contemporary Balinese art and woodcarving, while its palace, Puri Saren hosts traditional dance performances every evening. The annual Ubud Writers and Reader’s Festival attracts lovers of literature from all over the globe.
The spectacular Ayung River Gorge renowned for its luxurious boutique hotels and exclusive hideaways, and the river is the setting for action-packed white-water rafting trips. The Elephant Safari Park, at Taro, in the jungles of central Bali, is regarded as the best of its kind in the world, raising awareness of elephant welfare and conservation in the wild.


East Bali   mount agung the biggest volcano at bali
     
Sacred volcano, Gunung Agung  
Dive sites and coral gardens  
Ancestral stronghold of Tenganan  

Dominating East Bali is the resplendent summit of Gunung Agung, Bali’s tallest and holiest Volcano, dwelling place of the Gods and a challenging trek. Pura Besakih, Bali’s largest and most important temple, lies on its slopes.
The east coast winds around steep headlands and sheltered cover. This laid-back area features some of Bali’s best coral reefs and dive sites, rich in marine life. Among them, Candi Dasa is quiet seaside destination and great base from which to visit the religion’s ancient sight, temples and places.
The neighbouring village of Tenganan is a 700-year-old walled community hidden within the hill, where residents practice a time-honored lifestyle of ritual and ceremony. Kintamani village offers spectacular views from the rim of the giant caldera which encircles Bali’s most active volcano, Gunung Batur.


North and West Bali   tanah lot temple located at the rock in the sea
     
West Bali National park  
Dolphin-watching trips  
Ancient Volcanic lakes  
Pura Tanah Lot see temple  

North Bali rests within the rain shadow of the central mountain range, while west Bali’s the island’s least-populated area, characterized by impenetrable highlands.
West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat), cover 77.000 ha (190.000 acres, of savannah, rainforest, coastal flats and coral reefs, and is home to numerous species of flora and fauna. On the north coast , Lovina has a pretty black sand bay and the opportunity for early risers to sport dolphins off the coast.Inland, the quiet waters of the picturesque Lake Bratan lap around a mystical, tiered temple. Nearby Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan border primeval rainforest.
Pura Tanah Lot, a venerated sea temple perched on a wave-lashed rock, is hauntingly beautiful at Sunset.


LOMBOK   handmade pottery at lombok
     
Trekking Gunung Rinjani  
Sasak Festivities  
Marine Life of the Gilib isles  

Only 35 km (22 miles) of sea separate Bali and Lombok , but the physical and cultural distinctions are considerable. Towering mountains, awe-some waterfalls, magnificent coral reefs, a colorful Sasak culture, and a rare unspoiled tranquility are among Lombok ’s many charms. Its uncommercialized attractions include trekking the mighty Gunung Rinjani which forms the second highest peak in Indonesia .
Lombok ’s way of life exposes the integration of Sasak Muslim and Balinese Hindhu traditions. Visitors are welcomed at splendid festivals such as the Sasak Bau Nyale ceremony, when hundreds of people assemble on the beach to celebrate the annual spawning of the sea-worms.
Artisans produce remarkable handicrafts: decorative textiles, rattan basket ware and distinctive , handmade pottery. The abundant marine life of the tiny Gili isles is a great attraction for divers.


The Islands Religions


The majority of Balinese are Hindu. Most of the Sasaks, the indigenous people of Lombok, practice orthodox Islam. However, permeating religious practice on Bali and Lombok are animistic beliefs and a sense of the supernatural. Ancient agricultural and mountain cults are reflected in temple and village architecture, and in rural rituals. There are Muslim and Christian minorities in Bali’s towns and coastal areas and a smaller number of Buddhists.

Traces of Ancient Cults
In Architecture and ritual practice, the farms and belief of prehistoric Indonesian Societies are still visible today in modern Hindu and the tradition of rural Lombok.

Hinduism

Balinese Hinduism has elements not only of the Shivaite Cult, but also of animism and Buddhism. Deities are believed to visit the human realm on ritual occasions. Temples hold odalan (anniversary festivals), during which gods are honored with offering, music and dance.

Islam
Most people on Lombok are Muslims. Like the majority of Indonesians, they follow a traditional form of Islam which often incorporates underlying folk traditions. In some of the more isolated parts of the island, the Sasaks adhere to a form of islam know as Wetu Telu, mixing Islamic beliefs with pre-islamic, indigenous and Hindu-Buddhist elements. Like Balinese Hinduism, Wetu Telu ascribes great power to the spirits that dwell within nature.

Buddhism

Although certain Buddhist cults flourished in Bali at around AD 1000, it was not until late in the 20 th century that mainstream Buddhism gained any significant presence here. Buddhists are still a small minority.

Christianity
Small community of Protestants and Catholics are to be found in west Bali, where they resettled after conversion by missionaries in the early 20 th century. Many Balinese people of Chinese descent are Christian.

Religion in Community Rituals
In Bali and Lombok religion plays a part in rituals such as weddings, funerals and coming-of-age ceremonies, which require the participation of an entire village. In Muslim Lombok, the most festive rituals are circumcision rites, undergone by boys around the age of eleven.

Traditional Beliefs

Animism and ancestor worship are strong undercurrent in Balinese life, even in local Hindu observance. The Balinese term sekala niskala (“visible-invisible”) sums up the idea that the physical world is penetrated by a spirit world. The spirits, loosely described as “gods” and “demon”, are honored almost everywhere with offerings made of flowers and other materials. The invisible world is represented in many vivid symbols. Ancestors are deified in complex rituals and venerated at domestic and clan temples.

Animism
Large stones, trees and other powerful-looking natural objects are believed to be favored dwellings for invisible beings. To keep these spirits content, a shrine or small temple may be erected for them. Buta Kala (ground spirits) are demonic energies that cluster at crossroads, graveyards, rivers, in certain trees, or wherever there is an important life event such as a birth, a death or an accident. They are appeased with offerings that contain meat or strong drink.

Magic
Fear of the supernatural feeds a widespread fear of witchcraft. Practitioners of Balinese “black” and “white” magic may engage invisible power such as buta kala (ground spirits) to heal or harm. Household offerings are made to the spirits daily.

The Rice Goddess
The Hindu Goddess of prosperity, Dewi Sri, became identified in Bali with the rice spirit of local belief, and she is honoured in the fields, the granary and the rice basket. Her image in offering and textiles is known as the cili motif. According to tradition, after the daily meal has been cooked, tiny rice offerings must be set out before food can be consumed.

Barong and Rangda
The dragon-like Barong (representing order, harmony and health) and his demonic counterpart Rangda (associated with chaos, illness and harm) are guardian effigies. They are periodically “awakened” to restore the spiritual balance of a village by means of a ritual battle culminating in wild trance. Devotees of the Barong attack Rangda with their keris daggers. Rangda’s power turns the daggers against the attackers; the Barong’s power prevents the blades from piercing their bare skin.

“high” and “Low” spirits
The Balinese believe that human beings can help keep “high” and “low” spirit in balance through making ritual offerings to both. For the Balinese, the universe is dualistic in nature, a play of ever shifting opposites. This opposition is symbolized by the black-and-white checked textile known as poleng, in which statues and other objects thought to be magically charged are often wrapped.

Village Life

The Balinese village is one of the Island’s most visually distinctive features. It is essentially a religious community, organized around a core of temples. Village land is considered to be a bequest of the founding ancestors, who are worshipped as local deities. Private life is largely ruled by Adat(village customary law). Every married couple is to belong to the banjar (community association); among the banjar’s duties are funerary rites for village members. Not to belong to a banjar is to risk perdition in the afterlife.

A Village House Compound

Village land is divided into uniform residential plots or compounds enclosed on all sides by a wall of clay or brick. Living quarters are enclosed pavilions for sleeping and stored, with large verandahs for work and socializing. The courtyards are generally floored with packed earth, and kept free of vegetation except perhaps for a few ornamental flowers or a decorative tree. Most compounds house extended families of the male line. They may not be sold. Upon the death of the occupant, if there is not heir the property reverts to the village.

House Gates

The range of gates lining the narrow streets is one of the most striking features of a Balinese village. The gate is traditionally positioned towards the kelod (seaward, or downhill) end of the house compound. The degree of architectural elaboration generally reflects the material status of the family living in the house.

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