'The trip ended with a lot of fun and exciting stories to share. We missed the Komodo National Park and Manta Rays!! But i'm sure it would have been a very beautiful experience if not the wrong time of the year!!!
Chaitanya Bodapati's diving video in Bali,earlier this year with Bali Aqua.Video edited by EpicMakers.To transform your holiday videos into epics, write in to firstname.lastname@example.orgCheck us out on www.epicmakers.com
The summer break was coming and so was my anniversary so was trying to find a place to go. After much deliberation zeroed in on Bali the most prominent island gateway in Asia. The place whose beauty lies in the proud fact that it has everything you can ask for. Hills, Volcano, still water beaches and off course the famous surfing joints with awesome high tides. It has emerged as one of the most favored destinations for adrenaline junkies looking to ride some awesome waves at fraction of cost involved in spending at similar places all over the world.
Bali can be one of the most spiritually rewarding and renewing destinations you can embark on a spiritual odyssey to. Known for its yoga retreats, healthy organic eating, and spiritual healers, your spiritual journey offers you a chance to heal, to release, to grow and to surrender your stress on a beautiful island firmly rooted in the quest for continued spiritual growth and the practice of mediation.
Day 5: Back to IndiaIt was our last day in Bali so we decided to have Balinese massage one more time. Since airport was far from Ubud and due to heavy traffic jams we were advised to leave early after having delicious breakfast. Our owner dropped us to Airport. We loved Balinese hospitality. Our beautiful trip came to an end and we took lot of memories with us to cherish.
Where: IndonesiaWhat to do: After a night of hitting the beach shacks and swanky clubs in Seminyak, head to Grocer & Grind for a hearty breakfast. Take a break from the western charms of Seminyak by visiting Pura Petitenget Temple, which will give you a dose of Balinese culture without going too far from the town. Head to the coasts of Pulau Nias and Krui for surfing lessons or Ubud for rafting on the Ayung River. Keep a day for exploring Ubud on foot, walking through the sleepy towns and iconic temples to get a deeper understanding of Balinese culture.
You've been to Goa? Bali is cleaner and better. This Indonesian island is primarily known as a honeymoon destination to the Indians, but surprisingly it's connected to us in a lot more ways than that. According to the 2010 census, 83.5% of people on the island follow Hinduism, making it easier for all of us to saunter onto the beaches thinking of them as our own. Known as the 'island of the gods,' the locals are a peculiarly warm breed probably believing the age-old Indian saying Atithi Devo Bhavah, making the city one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the world.Famous for: Beaches and religion.Things to do: Chill at Seminyak Beach. Visit the ancient Hindu temple Uluwatu.Weather in January: 26 degrees celsius is the average, making the climate perfect to roam around topless on the beaches.Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 35,000For more details, read this.
It was around 9 in the morning when we landed in Denpasar International airport after hot and happening Cruise in Singapore. Despite spending 3 days and 2 nights in Singapore, fresh air of Bali made me feel like this is just the beginning of our honeymoon. We were so happy that we forgot to indulge in our mandatory couple fight for a while.Bali is super friendly to tourists. Starting from smooth immigration process till the end of our trip, it felt like each and every one in Bali is well trained in tourism. Our visa on arrival on Indian passport was absolutely free unlike our expectation that it is going to cost a bit. Policies keep on changing so you better check it for the updated one when you plan to Visit Bali. But anyways, Indonesia is one of the places where Indians feel like millionaire on a temporary basis and thus, any expected expense would not bother you much. When we traveled on June this year, the currency conversion was something around 1 INR = 196. 891 IDR.Drinks gave us mini heart attack :P No no! Please don’t take it literally. It was not the drinks but the cost of drinks which gave us mini heart attack. It so happened that while I was busy planning to go to the nearby washroom to groom myself up to cover up the disaster done to my beautiful face due to a few hours of flight, my smart husband decided to opt for smarter option. I noticed him walking towards the duty free liquor shop. We were too excited to see the label with pretty decent amount stuck against our favorite bottles. With briskness, I lifted two bottles and placed inside our shopping bag. While standing in the cash counter Que, I noticed a weird look of one of the salesmen. My exaggerated curious mind tried to study his looks and concluded that he is giving us a very discriminatory look something like, “what are these poor couple doing here in this expensive shop!” I alerted my husband. As expected, my husband didn’t bother to care much about my wild thoughts. Finally, in the counter the secret of that weird looks was unveiled. The price attached to the bottle was not even a miniature part of the total price. Liquor is subjected to 200 to 300% tax in Bali! The one which we lifted had 300% tax to it. But obvious, we could dare to lift only one bottle and got busy in appreciating ourselves for carrying extra bottle from Singapore airport.We opted for two different resort/villa in two different placesWhile in Nusa DuaWe didn’t want to miss out on different types of excitement provided by different locations of this enchanted Island. Thus, we split our seven days and six nights stay and stayed in two different parts of Bali.From the airport, our first destination was Melia Bali- The garden Villas resort in Nusa Dua. Melia Bali is a luxurious humongous beachfront resort and spa with stunning ambiance for every kind of tourist ranging from family, couple or groups. It is situated in Southern part of Bali around 14 kilometers from the airport. It has numerous restaurants with different kinds of international cuisines including a beachfront restaurant where most of the activities are organized. It was so welcoming and refreshing environment that we decided to not go out on the first day and instead explore the Resort and its nearby places. Our evening ended beautifully with amazing dinner in the beachfront restaurant of the Resort and a few glasses of cocktails relished lazily listening to relaxing sound of waves while seated on the huge couch beside the tranquil beach.
Quickly these 3 days were over and I boarded Jetstar from Singapore to Bali. Pilot made announcement of landing and my heart was in my mouth because it was all sea. I was thinking are we landing in water ?? By the time we touched the runway. I looked outside my window & again thought what a perfecto location of airport. Hired a cab to stay in Grand Hyatt Bali. Yes, we are millionaires there but if you don't have the knowledge of currency then you might land up in crises. Paid him IDR 100000. Bali is the perfect blend of sun, sand & sea. Got tanned too. F