Day 1: Touchdown Bali & Awestrucking Jimbaran
Bali happens to be our first trip together, so it's very close to our hearts. Both of us share an ethereal love for beaches and wanted to get lost at an island for our honeymoon. So after a few days of bewilderment, we zeroed in on Bali, the island known for its forested volcanic mountains, pristine beaches, the quintessential rice terraces and coral reefs. Our flight was via Kuala Lumpur and we had a few hours of waiting period at the Kuala Lumpur airport. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Bali was too pleasant and picturesque with views of the dazzling ocean. We landed at Denpasar Airport around 2 pm & boarded a cab to Jimbaran, which was our first stop. Denpasar is the capital of Bali and a very clean, green & well-maintained city. We passed across a giant sculpture in the mid of the city that depicted a scene from Mahabharat consisting of Lord Krishna & Arjun on a chariot. Bali consists of 83.5 % Hindus unlike the rest of Indonesia which has Muslim majority. I was looking forward to see the similarities relating to Hinduism between them & us.
Jimbaran lies 35 km away from Denpasar. We reached there in half an hour. All the way long I was observing their architecture, the people & the small offerings on leaf, kept in front of all houses. Our first stay was at Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort & Spa, which has a very nice location and lies just a few steps away from the beach. We were given a warm welcome and guided to our room, which was exquisitely beautiful with an awesome view of the ocean from the balcony. Some kinda Balinese music was playing in our room, which made us feel very foreign. Finally we were sinking in the feeling of having landed in an unknown island. It was almost 3.30 pm by then & we had not had our lunch. Prathamesh had read in a lot of blogs about the unmissable local restaurants by the beach, so we headed for having some authentic Balinese food.