#Bali – Contemporary account of an Ancient Dream!

Bali is the sparkling emerald in the Indonesian archipelago, cherishing stories of Hindu culture. Magnificent temples, elegant dances of mythical characters embellished with folk art, ornate sculptures, an island of naive and enterprising people, embracing both picturesque nature and dangerous volcanoes at the same time!

What is there to see in Bali? Just keep your eyes open and walk around…. everything in Bali is worth seeing!! Drama, dance, music, nature, food, animals, birds, people ………… .. Bali, truly a harmony of contemporary and bygone worlds.

Subak - A UNESCO revered way of paddy farming since 9th Century. Ubud, Bali
Subak – A UNESCO revered way of paddy farming since 9th Century #subak #bali #visitbali
Rice Terrace View, Kamandalu, Ubud, Bali
A stunning fusion of paddy field and resort! Beauty around and within #bali #visitbali #Kamandalu #KamandaluUbud
Indian Ocean from Uluwatu Temple, Bali.
Awe-inspiring Indian ocean – Uluwatu Temple #uluwatu #temple #bali #visitbali
Brhama, Vishnu, Mahesha, Uluwatu Temple, Balli
Lord – Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesha – Uluwatu Temple (God-heads are never kept uncovered in Bali! A tradition signifying ‘His’ cover over our head.) #uluwatu #bali #visitbali
Pura Tanah Lot, Bali – Rock temple of the water God Varuna in the ocean.
Pura Tanah Lot – A magnificent rock temple of the water God ‘Varuna’ in the ocean. #bali #visitbali
Tanah Lot - Bali - Fresh Water Inside the Temple.
Baruna (Varuna) blesses with fresh water inside the ocean! #tanahlot #bali #visitbali
Tirta Empul – A holy spring - Bali
Tirta Empul – A holy spring purifying your soul… Sanctified me as well! #tirtaempul   #bali #visitbali
Goa Gajah - Bali - 11th century cave depicting both Hindu and Buddhist sculptures.
Goa Gajah – 11th century cave depicting both Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. #goagajah #bali #visitbali

Kechak OR Kecak – Dance and singing performed by the devotees of Lord Rama – the Monkeys. A divine atmosphere created through forgiving light of a solo lamp and collective chanting of ‘Chuck Chuck Kechak‘. The play depicts the events from Ramayana, usually performed only in temple premises.

Kecak or Kechak - Bali - Vacant Stage with solo lamp. Traditional Balinese  Monkey Dance.
The vacant Kechak stage… the play is about to begin…. Lights ready… #kecak #bali #visitbali
Kecak OR Kechak - Traditional Balinese Monkey Dance - Prayer before the performance. Priest and Main Performer.
Warding off the evil eye!! Before the play, let everything and everyone be blessed, what a feeling …… the main ape and priest. #kecak #bali #visitbali
Kecak OR Kechak - Traditional Balinese Monkey Dance - Show at its peak. Ubud Bali
The ape army of Lord Rama…… the play gears up… #kecak #bali #visitbali
Sita Kechak - Kecak OR Kechak - Traditional Balinese Monkey Dance - Ubud, Bali
Seetha…. #kecak #bali #visitbali

The slow but rhythmic melodious recitation of archaic notes…, captivates the audience with its unmistakable accent as the artists prepares for the entry.

The final act – War of Divine and Demon – fluid rhythm, upsurging sounds, synchronized movement of Lord Rama and Ravana. Kechak comes to the final stage, the spectators are enthralled! Bali lives the Ramayana…!

Legong – A relatively contemporary dance form. A perfect blend of orchestra and dancer with a splash of colors.

Lagong - Traditional Balinese Dance - Ubud, Bali
#bali #visitbali
Vishnu on Garuda - Lagong - Traditional Balinese Dance - Ubud Bali
Lord Vishnu riding on his Falcon.. #legong #bali #visitbali
Lagong - Traditional Balinese Dance, Ubud, Bali
#legong #visitbali #bal
Nakul and Sahadeva - Lagong - Traditional Balinese Dance, Ubud, Bali
Chinese fans and Indian mythology! A fabulous combination..! #legong #bali #visitbali
Barong - Traditional Balinese Mask Dance. Mengawi - Bali
Barong – Mask play depicting Indian mythology, a gift of the village of Mengawi #barong #bali #visitbali

Coffee Luwak is a unique discovery of nature’s grace. Coffee seeds, which cost around $700 per kilogram, have to be obtained from the excrement of an animal called Luwak! The animal chooses the best coffee seeds, swallows them without biting and then excretes them as is. That is ‘Kopi Luwak’!

Kopi Luwak - World's most authentic coffee beans.
#kopiluwak #luwak #coffee #bali #visitbali
Assortment of homegrown Coffee and Tea - Bali
Assortment of homegrown Coffee and Tea…….#kopiluwak #luwak #coffee #bali #visitbali

Petulu, a small town in Bali. Legend says that white heron birds first came to the village right after the villagers made a great sacrifice for heavenly favours. That legend has become the identity of the village today. Hence these birds are held in high esteem as a gift from God. They enjoy a free will in the village. After 5 pm, about 20,000 white Heron birds flock to the village, and of course, the tourists who come to see them. #petulu #bali #visitbali

Petulu - Bali, A village,  home to heron birds.
The entire villages is transformed into an abode of white birds #petulu #heron #bali #visitbali

The Monkey Sanctuary – Padangtegal #Padangtegal.

Manmade temple inhibited by other two creations of nature – trees and apes. The devotees of Lord Rama.

Padangtegal - Sacred Monkey Forest - Ubud, Bali
#monkeytemple #bali #visitbali
Padangtegal - Sacred Monkey Forest and Monkey Temple - Ubud, Bali
#monkeytemple #bali #visitbali
Playing with Monkey - Padangtegal - Sacred Monkey Forest - Ubud, Bali
Two Devotees of Lord Rama! !!! #monkeytemple #bali #visitbali #sheetaluwach

Plants, Fruits, Animals … Food comes from the whole Universe…. #crispyduck #gadogado #fruits

Good Night - Art in Ubud,  Bali
Bali… A dream you dream with eyes wide open…..! #visitbali #bali

मराठीत पाहण्यासाठी क्लिक करा #Bali – प्राचीन स्वप्नाचे आधुनिक पर्यटन

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