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Besakih Temple, Karangasem

(1.9/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit Besakih Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Karangasem attractions using our Karangasem family vacation planner.
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  • + beautiful temple complex but: after payment of the admission fee, I should put my name in a list directly at the next table next door and pay 100,000 RPH. It was very professionally done, looked as if it belonged to. Upon my request, you told me that this is for the Guide. I had to long debate that I want to go without a guide. What was finally possible. Before a woman in the parking lot with heavy emphasis was trying to sell a sash for the Sorong me. My own sarong alone is not sufficient, because today was a ceremony. More followed this lie. Of course, there was a ceremony (probably there are every day). But you must wear a sash to the sarong to visit the temple. The path to the actual entrance steeply uphill and is lined with stalls and toilet signs. As soon as you look to one that goods be one immediately offered. To shorten the walk moped riders are also very brisk. They suggest that it is a long way. Yes, it is steep. As the temple complex also. But the drive to the temple, a little movement is surely good. :-) I went very slowly and it took about 10 minutes. Directly before the ticket check, a woman tried me to push an Ofergabe in his hand. The seller told me that I must install with a sacrifice. I should not enter the temple without... At the subsequent ticket control was explained to me that I should enter the temple with temple guardian. Without this, you should enter only the latest plateau. I said that I would do just this and entered the temple. The temple guardian came behind me and now cheaper offered me his services (now for 60,000 before 80,000)... Let me then - arrived at the first plateau become tired by the discuss - a on an other temple guardians for 50,000. The visitors who were on the road without temple guardian, were there ever. They knew that's why where they may photograph and therefore needed no Companion. A rogue who here bad thinks ;-) At least 10 times post cards were offered by Hall, little girls me. Several times I was asked euros to exchange coins in RPH. Bottom line: If you look across the surrounding waste, crowds of tourists and tourist ripoff, you will find beautiful photo opportunities. Spirituality but hardly.
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  • We were hesitant to visit based on the reviews and a warning from the driver we hired for the day but decided to check it out anyways based on some of the tips here. We told our driver to stay in the ...  more »
  • Besakih temple, the most important and revered of Bali is certainly impressive, beautifully restored, absolutely worth visiting. But you'll have to accept a certain degree of irritation being there. T...  more »
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  • Although, we had read about scam and received a detailed warning from our private driver. Nothing prepared us for the frightening experience at this temple. Even though you buy tickets for the temple at the roadblock and are free to roam the grounds if you are properly dressed, the locals are EXTREMELY aggressive if you do not use their guiding service. Our driver warned us that guides are NOT mandatory, but, if we wanted one not pay him more than 20,000ir. but, some guides will demand 400,000ir at the end. We kindly refused all guiding services along the way. As we were about to go up into the temple area, a rejected guide began loudly SCREAMING at us and demanded that we leave the grounds immediately and that the police were coming to arrest us. Other tourists ( without guides) came to our rescue and he backed off. We proceeded, but when we got to the very top temple, 2 men dressed in white maintenance uniforms, sweeping the cement, asked if they could bring us incense and offerings ( for a fee) to meditate. We politely refused. They tried to block our way, rudely told us to leave immediately and that photo's were not allowed. We felt unsafe and decided to leave the temple. Being very well travelled, we have never been treated like this in any country, nor anywhere else in Bali. Frankly this type of temple is everywhere in Bali. These temples are not well maintained and you will not be missing anything if you avoid this place. The funny thing is that this is "supposedly" their most sacred temple....what a joke!
  • 1st of all these temples in Bali is joke on Hindi religions. and Besakih is the king of all. Went to get in, Temple gang stopped me to buy /rent sarangi. Now its ok, well. Then they said you must rent Guide. I told them want to spend less than 2 minutes, i dont need guide to rent. Temple Gang told me you cant get in. Now In hindu religion you can get in any temple with any attire, there is no such temple left in india or out of india requires you to have guide !! then i told him to give me ticket back and ask him name, whole team got up and surrounded me, said why why. I am like dude, just want to know. One of gang guy tried to pull ticket back made pieces. ITS SCARY PLACE TO VISIT EVEN AT DAY TIME. MY DRIVER WARNED ME ABOUT THIS TEMPLE AND ITS BULLY GANG BUT I SAID I LIKE TO SEE WHAT IS THE FUSS ABOUT THIS SO CALLED TEMPLE. DONT VISIT AT ANY COST, YOU ARE WARNED
  • This is the biggest temple is Bali. It was interesting to walk around and had many photo opportunities. I don't think it is too different from any of the other temples in Bali, they did start to feel a bit repetitive after the first few. This place is setup for tourists unfortunately; we have to pay entrance per person, pay for parking, then we had to pay for a compulsory guide. We were also pushed into buying offerings and (extra) sarongs, though we managed to decline. This hour long attraction cost us ~300K IDR.
  • Often referred to as Bali’s ‘mother temple’, Besakih is a grand complex of different clan temples and shrines. Regarded as the largest and holiest of the island's temples, it is located at 1,000 metres above sea level on the south-western slopes of Mount Agung. There are at least 70 celebrations held here each year as each shrine has its own anniversary. Exploring the whole site requires a day, however most visits cover only the largest and central complex, the Pura Penataran Agung. Another temple called the Pura Pasimpangan is east of the Pura Penataran Agung, and on the higher slopes is Pura Pengubengan, which has great vistas and is a half-hour walk from Penataran Agung. Sarongs and sashes are provided for a donation fee at the main entrance, while some colourful souvenir textiles are also available for purchase at the many kiosks around the parking complex.
  • The temple is beautiful, but beware of rude locals. But some offerings for the prayer. Once you have that you can climb up to the stairs till the main temple gate. There you can find a temple guardian, expo can help you perform prayer in balanese way. These guardian generally has an odd card. There might be imposters that would try to stop you from even climbing the temple stairs, by saying that you need a local to climb that stairs, but you can walk till the temple gates