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Besakih Temple

Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
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Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000 feet)Pura Besakih is the paramount Hindu temple on Bali. Located high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung, it has developed over more than a thousand years into a great complex of 22 separate temples, the largest and central being Pura Penataran Agung. The annual cycle of more than 70 rituals, which symbolically link the temples into a whole, culminates in the centenary ceremony called Ekadasa Rudra, last held in 1979. The temple complex, state-supported since the 15th century, has undergone a series of architectural and ritual changes.
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Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
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Reviewed today via mobile

The Temple is ok and reasonably pretty but it is ruined by pushy guides and vendors Right from the get go I had a bad feeling when our driver warned us about the guides. Guides should be free with a discretionary tip, however our guide...More

Thank durhamnewbie
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went here in the morning, so no crowds. Sellers, as everyehere, try to sell you stuff. Wear your own sarong, at Besakih they are very expensive.

1  Thank Martina N
Reviewed 6 days ago

This complex of temples is spectacular to say the least, but it's a fair drive from anything else, especially if your coming from Kuta like we did. So we just combined this with a trip to the hot springs in Mount Batur which worked out...More

Thank Daniel D
Reviewed 6 days ago

The temple is nestled at the foot of Mount Agung, the tallest mountain in Bali. The trip there is uphill and getting more crowded during the season of traditional ceremony of the temple. One needs to wear sarong and climb the stairs to see to...More

Thank Bali-Melali
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple is so far way in the heights. But still so beautiful. The official enterance fee is 60,000/person. but the tour guide tricks you and asks for high donations after he teaches you through the praying ritual on some private temple. Actually at the...More

Thank Mostafa M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been in Bali for close to two weeks, visited a few temples and was enjoying my stay, until I arrived at Besakih temple. The temple itself is nice and it's something to see. The local guide's mafia and other scammers is something else. I...More

Thank swimmer72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with Guide , place is far from Legian where we were based , about 2 hours . Temple is huge against the backdrop of Mount Agung . Unfortunately for us the day was cloudy and the mountain peak was drowsed with white clouds ,...More

Thank Priyabrat12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a huge beautiful temple that not many tourist go. It is the mother temple so it is the most important temple for them on the island. It is very nice and with great views. With your entrance fee you have also included a...More

Thank Laura J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited yesterday, paid 60K each and declined the services of a guide. Walked round most areas only the one area where there was a ceremony on. As most have said these are on every day, and add colour for us tourists. The price of drinks...More

Thank soulboyBognor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Almost imposible to visit alone if you do not have a specific guide with you... but having a guided tour will just make you to waste your time going to areas that maybe you are not interested in, and hearing many times the same information......More

Thank Pece_77
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24 September 2017|
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Response from Enzio G | Reviewed this property |
The entrance fee is IDR 60.000 per person and includes the guide. Some guides do expect a tip but it is not mandatory.
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31 July 2017|
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Response from Natasha09 | Reviewed this property |
You will need a sarong. If you don't have one they can be purchased at the markets around the temple. As women we were wearing sleeveless shirts and there wasn't an issue.
28 June 2017|
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Response from Tharaka C | Reviewed this property |
I travel from Ubud to Besakhi by hired scooter with one of my friend, was the best experience in Bali. You can enjoy green amazing places on the way while riding through untouched classical villages, I suggest you to not to... More