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Besakih Temple, Karangasem

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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 Karangasem attractions using our handy Karangasem driving holiday planner.
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  • Mean people only trying to rip you off. Avoid it if you can. It's not worth time or money, you'll only have a bad experience.  more »
  • Symbolic to visit nice. Place shared between three religions: quite, Hinduism, Islam. Very quiet, despite the many visitors. Ideally located on the edge of a large lake. Calm, soothing.
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  • It is a perfect and feared that they would harass local companions. In fact bought 2 tickets to 60000 (include: admission, guide and delivery to the gates of the bike back on foot). No one pestering (we had our sarongs) truth had to buy 2 offerings for 50000 (if there were would be cheaper, and so without selecting resemble good). The Guide tried to told and given that ogibal in uniform shirt to us did not even try to come. Fear is not worth the temples are very beautiful.
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  • Largest temple in Bali. There are several steps. Those who worship are only allowed inside the temple. Local guide and sarong comes with entry fee. Nearby town was effected by volcano errupting so be prepared for several younger children selling postcards. Beautiful temple and scenery
  • This temple is on the slope of Agung volcano. The entry ticket is a combo of entry +local guide + sarong (piece of cloth to drape around the waist..without which you are not allowed inside the temple). I am not sure if we can take only entry + sarong and skip the guide part. Since we already paid we took a local guide and we were a little disappointed. But that was ok considering they learn English only for tourism.
  • Use Jl Entry Pura Besakih to entry the temple, those “local mafia” at this entrance is much more “friendly” compare with another entrance. They charged me 70K. i wonder why Indonesia tourism board doesn’t take any action agains those “local mafia”, i guess is because of they dont want this holy temple to become tourist crowded. By the way, i already sent an email to Indonesia tourism board, hope more tourists will send them an email to get their attention.
  • The place is really beautiful! I drove motorbike from kuta to Besakih, the journey was awesome, but when we were there too many scams from local. We cant enter the temples without locals asking some tips. Meh!
  • Besakih is a place to avoid. It would be a fabulous place to go to, if it was not for those people who want to take advantage of you there. Horrible experience.

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