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Besakih Temple, Besakih

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Admire the largest and most sacred of Bali's Hindu temples at Besakih Temple, an important place of worship and an example of Balinese architecture. Situated in an impressive mountainous landscape, the main temple presides over an attractive vista, giving opportunities for photographs of its protruding decorative steps against a captivating natural backdrop. Consider hiring a guide to discover more about the temple's history, and to find the quieter places at this very busy attraction. Be prepared for locals trying to convince you to buy something; some can be quite insistent. Work out when and for how long to visit Besakih Temple and other Besakih attractions using our handy Besakih driving holiday planner.
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  • Firstly, beautiful temple. Amazing views and you could easily find yourself lost within its many walls and pathways. We arrived by scooter and were met by a pleasant-seeming guide going by the name....  more
    Firstly, beautiful temple. Amazing views and you could easily find yourself lost within its many walls and pathways. We arrived by scooter and were met by a pleasant-seeming guide going by the name....  more »
  • Let’s hope you’ve got cash! And a lot of it!!!! “Mother temple” the highest and most valued temple. Yet the people who “run” it posing as guides are not at all in it for your best interests. 60k per.....  more
    Let’s hope you’ve got cash! And a lot of it!!!! “Mother temple” the highest and most valued temple. Yet the people who “run” it posing as guides are not at all in it for your best interests. 60k per.....  more »
  • I love a beautiful ancient temple as much as the next person ,but I resent arriving after many hours of driving to see it, only to find myself confronted by one after another scammers , and very non.....  more
    I love a beautiful ancient temple as much as the next person ,but I resent arriving after many hours of driving to see it, only to find myself confronted by one after another scammers , and very non.....  more »
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  • this is a place full of scams. go there if you have a tour guide who will ensure your safety. we were scammed into a car park and a swamp of people came surrounding us to buy sarong and burnt offering. they charged 100k for a sarong, it was ridiculous. until a boy came and rescued us and brought us all the way to the ticketing booth at the entrance, only then we realized that the ticket price of 60k includes a sarong, just like any other temple. and then, there are other supposed guides who said that we need to be accompanied, of course you don’t have to. so, scams after scams. they don’t deserve any tourist visits, if their agenda is to scam. i asked the ticket booth lady about why they allowed the scam, she was nonchalant. so, it looks like a coordinated scheme of things. visiting a place of worship should be free, yet they charge 60k and full of dramas.
  • Truly a deep dive into Balinese history and Balinese Hinduism. A must-see. The guides are wonderful. Don't forget to purchase a (very affordable) offering to give to the gods at the top. You won't regret it.
  • A supposed-to-be beautiful temple made ugly by people trying to rip your money off left and right. NOT RECOMMENDED. On the admission ticket it is stated that it includes: - one way transport (you will have to walk back to the parking lot on your own or pay extra for a ride back) - a tour guide - sarong rental On your way to the ticket booth there will be sarong vendors forcing you to buy one and not mentioning that it is included with the ticket. Such a shady practice. Then a lady on the entrance forcing you to take offerings for 10k-25k saying that it is customary. No it’s not. Tourists are not even allowed to enter the temple interiors, you just walk around the complex. The tour guide asked for extra tip in advance. Otherwise they simply let you walk around by yourself and leave. Still wanting to go? Think again.
  • Besakih Great Temple is definitely a bucket list for any world traveler. We hired a driver who provided us with sarongs, so we did not have any of the issues the other reviewers claimed. We had an experience of a lifetime, and the gift shop at the top is worth the climb. Don't be greedy and help the community! Everything is affordable in Indonesia...even moreso with foreign currency conversion.
  • Besakih, on the side of Mount Agung, is a special place. If you go here, be respectful, dress appropriately and maybe your guide will get you a blessing in the upper temple. Despite all the "No Drone" signs, I was there during Pandemic and given permission to fly mine. An amazing place in Bali. The center of the universe. I think the Balinese are holding the world together.

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