The true Nature & cultural capitol of East Java, Considered to have the best landscapes with mountains, forests & beaches. Very few places can boost of such sight. Here we will be welcomed to a completely different experience. It is said that the traditional dances of Banyuwangi will mesmarise you. We will try & get you a glimpse of the same Reach Banyuwangi in the morning, Take rest for the day with local sigh seeing, Move to Kawah ijen by evening for a visual spectacles of rising flames & the volcano.
As we were walking along the road, I could hear a stereo playing bollywood songs from the 90s with heavy beats. I stopped for a second to make sure I was actually listening to a Hindi song and not hallucinating. So, I crossed the road and made my way to this small food stall/shop. I really wanted to see who listens to Bollywood in the middle of a small town in Java. It turns out, the stall is run by a very sweet middle aged Indonesian lady. I introduced myself and she was very excited and happy to know that I was from India. She told me that she loves Bollywood and her favourite actors are Shahrukh Khan and Ajay Devgan. She had tons of Bollywood video CDs. She also cooked us some amazing Nasi Goreng which is Fried Chicken Rice. As we finished the meal, I went to see her TV and the video which was playing was SRK's Phir Bhi Dil hai Hindustani. I told the other travellers what that song meant and we all had a smile about it. While I was leaving, I asked her if I could take a picture of her and she obliged. She also danced, showed us some bollywood moves and I joined her and we had a bollywood dance party for 5 minutes. It was such a great day and I wish I could see her again sometime in the future.
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Barong dance narrates the story of fighting between evil and good. The masks used are considered sacred items, and before they are brought out, a priest must be present to offer blessings by sprinkling them with holy water taken from Mount Agung, and offerings must be presented. If you're keen to learn more about the culture and beliefs of bali, you can make a trip down Obyek Wisata Budaya Sahadewa for this 1 hour show. The ticket will cost you around Rp 100,000
"So this is the place I should have been for the last two months", was my first thought as I wound my way through a sexily curved hill. Padang Bai is a small, annexed fishing village with a little bay, a secret white sand beach (that's the beach's actual name) a few warungs and guest houses and some deep emerald hills directly behind. Despite its' fishy orientation there's a freshness there that is missing in South Bali. It's the lack of bike fumes and rubbish. Most people pass through on their way to get their rocks off on Gilli-T. Big mistake, this place gets my vibe.
Lake Batur is the widest lake in this island. It lies next to an active volcano. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the lake along with the hot spring by the lake. To capture the glorious sunrise overlooking the lake, you can even opt for a sunrise trekking tour on Mount Batur. Engage in the spiritual mountains while attaining peace amid lush green tress, wide lakes and cold atmosphere.
Its one of the most favourite tourist destination. It has a magnificent view of the Mount Batur, which is still an active volcano and serene calm lake batur flowing down the lane. The temperature here is at least 15 degree less than the temperature of bali. We were fortunate to witness a mesmerizing sight of both rain and sun at the same time during our visit. You may just choose a restaurant with a view of Kintamani to sip a coffee or get high over a few bottles of local Lemon flavored "Bintang" beer.Although we didn’t go ahead for a trek, but for those who love to do it, can actually trek over mount Batur. It is a 2 hour trek to see the sunrise, and the rays creating those sprinkle of diamond dust look on the lake.
Ubud is 40 km from Batur and is said to be a cultural capital of Bali. Ubud enjoys cooler temperatures than the coast. It once served as the major source of medicinal herbs and the healing tradition in still deeply ingrained in the people here. If you are looking for beads, Buddha, barong and Balinese traditional carvings, silver jewelry, pearls, handmade leather bags, Batik scarves and pashminas, Jalan Raya Ubud is the place for you. You will get some of the best deals here. The culturally rich vibe of this area is waiting to entrap you. The traditional market is from 5am until 9am. Spend some time relaxing at Bali Botanical Day Spa with a range of revitalizing treats. At night retreat to Oka Wati’s Homestay which has been sheltering tourists since 1980. Once you are here, you know you are in the right place away from all the noise. Spend a quiet night here in the middle of Ubud in the rustic charm of this house.