Where do the Gods Dwell

An island filled with this much history and culture requires a must-see
excursion to Bali's most important and sacred places. This journey through Bali begins with a two-hour drive to the Mother Temple of Besakih – the biggest and the most important complex of temples in Bali. It's located on the slope of Mt. Agung, the island's highest volcano, believed to be a replica of Mt. Meru
– a mythical residence of the Hindu God of Shiva.

Exploring next on tour is Kintamani – a giant volcanic crater created by eruption thousands of years ago. Inside this ancient crater arose yet another volcano – Mt. Batur, still active today. You will stop at the restaurant on the edge of the crater, where you can have lunch admiring the awe-inspiring view of the volcano.

After lunch, a short jaunt to Tirta Empul, a temple built with holy springs and baths flowing continuously throughout the complex. Brahmins and locals from all over the island use this water to perform ceremonies year-round. The Balinese believe in the water's curative and rejuvenating power and take ritual baths here along with prayer. The next destination is Gunung Kawi, home to thousand-year-old royal tombs and remains of one of the first Buddhist monasteries in Bali. A wonderful place situated in a ravine surrounded by green rice fields, Gunung Kawi is the perfect spot for taking some Instagrammable pictures. You will head back to your hotel in the late afternoon.