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Monday, October 25, 2010

BALI CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

BALI CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
This is the way to see Bali..
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Length: 8 Days
HIGHLIGHTS: Private full day Furniture & Art Tour, Alas Kedaton Holy Monkey Forest, Sidemen, Putung Point, Tirtha Gangga, Tenganan, Besakih Mother Temple, Bat Cave, Court of Justice.
This Bali Discovery tour visits some of Bali's most interesting and reputable purveyors of furniture and local artwork. Visit to Alas Kedaton Holy Monkey Forest, where hundreds of "tame" and very mischievous monkeys live in the forest surrounding the temple.
Sightseeing tour via Besakih Mother Temple, Bat Cave, Court of Justice. Sightseeing tour of Sidemen, Putung Point, Tirtha Gangga, Tenganan.


Day 1 Arrival
Meet and great service at the airport. Private transfer airport – Sanur area. Evening: Kecak Dance Performance & Dinner at local restaurant. The hair-raising sounds and rhythms of the kecak form the most lasting, haunting memory for many visitors to Bali. Men and boys sitting in concentric circles slide into trance as they chant and sing in lively counterpoint, the only music to accompany a dance re-enactment from the Hindu epic Ramayana. Eerie shadows cast by the light of torches and the sound of this chorus of human voices – make for an evening not soon to be forgotten.
Dance performance followed by a sumptuous Balinese Dinner served in the Sanur Beach area.

Day 2 Private full day Furniture & Art Tour
Breakfast at leisure. Private full day Furniture & Art Tour. Lunch at Bumbu Bali. Evening & Dinner own arrangement. Shop 'till you drop! This Bali Discovery tour visits some of Bali's most interesting and reputable purveyors of furniture and local artwork.
This shopping tour includes:

Jimbaran Gallery, Jimbaran. One of the most extensive and eclectic ranges of goods on the island including furniture, handicrafts, antiques, paintings, ceramics, wooden houses, panels and interior accents. A treasure trove for the bargain hunter.
Keramik Jenggala, Jimbaran. Sells an extensive range of ceramics and household accessories with exclusive designs for leading hotels, restaurants and decorators worldwide. Jenggala’s Ceramics and have received both regional and international critical acclaim.
Warisan, Kerobokan. A wonderful collection of fine antique wares including furniture, jewelery, interior collectibles and old batik.
Christy, Kerobokan. An excellent range of new and renovated furniture made from teak wood.
Royal International Taylor. One of Bali's most highly regarded tailoring shops.
These are just some of our suggestions - feel free to design your own shopping expedition!
Day 3: Sightseeing Tour
Breakfast at leisure. Private transfer Sanur to Candidasa/Manggis w/ sightseeing tour via Besakih Mother Temple, Bat Cave, Court of Justice. Lunch at local Restaurant. Evening & Dinner own arrangement. Every Balinese must, at least once each year, make a pilgrimage to Besakih Temple, the island's Mother Temple on the slopes of Mt. Agung and regarded as the "belly button" of the world. The temple, dating from the 8th century, is comprised of 3 main complexes dedicated to the Hindu Trinity. In the mid-1960's during a major religious ceremony attended by then President Sukarno, the mountain suddenly erupted. Volcanic lava flowed towards the temple only to split and skirt around the temple's side. To many, the signs were irrefutable, the Nation's Leader had lost favor with the gods. As one of Bali's most sacred spots certain protocols of dress are required when visiting Besakih temple. Your Bali Discovery guide will be on hand to provide you with a sarong and reverently lead you through this special site.
This full day program also includes:

Celuk - Home of the Silver works industry, a village offering outstanding bargains in hand wrought silver and gold jewelry.
Bukit Jambul - gorgeous rice-terraced fields offering the perfect stop for "lunch with a view."
Goa Lawah (bat cave) – believed to have a sub-terranean connection to sacred Mt. Agung.The roof of this cave is blanketed by thousands of bats. An awesome sight, especially if the resident pythons have crawled out on a ledge to "eye" the tourists and worshippers.
The Court House of Justice at Klungkung - constructed in the late 18th century, the walls and ceilings feature paintings depicting the "karma" of horrors awaiting those who do evil while on earth. Nearby,the adjoining Bale Kambang - a floating palace set in a small man-made lake.
Day 4: Day at Leisure
Breakfast and Day at leisure
Day 5: Sightseeing Tour
Private transfer to Candidasa/Manggis to Ubud w/ sightseeing tour. Sidemen, Putung Point, Tirtha Gangga, Tenganan. Lunch at local Restaurant. Evening & Dinner own arrangement. A fascinating tour to the eastern part of the island, visiting the ancient Court House of Justice at Klungkung. Constructed in the late 18th century, the walls and ceilings are covered with paintings depicting episodes and scenes of the horrors awaiting those who do evil while on earth. Nearby, the Bale Kambang (Floating Pavilion) and museum complex. This full day tour also includes:
Sidemen
A magnificent view of rice terrace in an area largely untouched by modern development.

Putung Point
A hill top vantage with a beautiful coastal view.

Puri Agung Palace
The Royal Palace of King Ngurah Jelantik built in the 19th century.

Tenganan
An original Balinese 'aga' village with a distinctive culture whose strict mores and cultural taboos are still enforced on these residing there.

Day 6: Day at Leisure
Breakfast and Day at leisure
Day 7: Mengwi Temple, Kedaton & Tanah Lot Temple Tour
Breakfast and Day at leisure. Afternoon: Mengwi Temple, Kedaton & Tanah Lot Temple Tour. Dinner at Warung Tugu. Bali has been called the "island of a thousand temples." This program visits some of Bali's most sacred and picturesque temples. A half-day tour with a visit first at the Royal Temple of Taman Ayun at Mengwi. Built in 17th century, this impressive and spacious temple is surrounded by a wide moat, creating the sensation of standing in the middle of a lake. The temple itself has three ascending courtyards, each representing an increasing level of perfection in the Bali Hindu cosmos.
Later, a visit to Alas Kedaton Holy Monkey Forest, where hundreds of "tame" and very mischievous monkeys live in the forest surrounding the temple. The final stop of the day will be at the dramatic Tanah Lot sea temple. This is one of the splendid temples in Bali. Perching atop an enormous rock, it is completely surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean during high tide. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch the sunset over this temple.

The "Waroeng Tugu" is a lovingly exact recreation of a early 1900's traditional Javanese Kitchen and "waroeng" located at the picturesque Tugu Bali Hotel. Available only on an advance booking basis, the "Waroeng Tugu" sits in a tropical garden under a rustic open-sided pavilion surrounded by Javanese mystic figures in statue

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