Besakih Temple
Besakih Temple
3.5
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000 feet)Pura Besakih is the paramount Hindu temple on Bali. Located high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung, it has developed over more than a thousand years into a great complex of 22 separate temples, the largest and central being Pura Penataran Agung. The annual cycle of more than 70 rituals, which symbolically link the temples into a whole, culminates in the centenary ceremony called Ekadasa Rudra, last held in 1979. The temple complex, state-supported since the 15th century, has undergone a series of architectural and ritual changes.
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Shruti_Nautiyal
New Delhi, India36 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
While the temple itself is significant, the experience is completely spoiled by the locals. The ticket includes a sarong and a local guide. But, the moment we got of the car we were harassed by locals for buying/renting sarongs from them. Our taxi driver was hand in glove with the locals and not once did he provide us with the info that we will get a sarong with the ticket. Foreigners are not allowed into any of the temples, so basically we just pay the 60k fee to look at the exterior of the temple. The local guides are just after tips and will harass tourists to no end for tips and donations to the temple, even though their fee is included in the ticket.
Honestly, being a Hindu this was my worst experience of a temple. Feel free to skip the visit, you won't miss anything. Specially since they don't allow you in the praying area (except for demanding donation for the temple)
Written 30 January 2023
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wheredoesthefox_stay
Prague, Czech Republic130 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Beautiful temple, but an awful experience overall because of all the pushy aggressive sellers that surround you once you enter the parking lot, try to sell you stuff saying it’s mandatory to access the temple while it’s actually not, wrapping you in sarongs without your consent, shouting at you. Then you are followed by very persistent “local guides” that pressure you into hiring them, even though you can just explore yourself, which is what we preferred. We were however pressured to hire this guide, that did give us some info but we could totally do without.
The impression of this beautiful place is spoiled completely, I won’t recommend going there to anyone. We are happy to explore Bali temples and pay the fees, which are by the way higher for foreigners, but we don’t want to be seen as money bags. Stop harassing tourists!
Written 22 January 2023
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Ezra B
Howick, New Zealand293 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
This could easily be a 1/5, but we left with gorgeous photos which bumps it up by one.

It's a long drive to get there so be prepared. On arrival, you immediately get swarmed by people trying to sell you a sarong. Be firm and decline them - you a given a sarong to wear when you buy a ticket. They also insist on a guide as well as buying a blessing, donating to the temple and tipping the guide. All these expenses we didn't know about or expect coming to the place, so be warned. We didn't have a lot of cash on us so we didn't give much, which the guide didn't hesitate to take us on a guilt trip for. It was an uncomfortable experience overall and we felt rushed through it. I would much rather be able to go at our own pace (which would've been a lot slower, but the guide needs his next of customers right?).

This place comes up a lot as a "must-see" in Bali, but hard disagree from me. Give the place a miss, unless you are fully prepared to pay a lot more than they advertise.
Written 27 December 2022
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Rob S
Gold Coast, Australia984 contributions
Nov 2022
You have to visit the Besakih Temple near the Agung volcano in Bali.
Yes, there is an entry and, yes, you will likely pay a few dollars for a guide, for whatever purpose that will give.
It's a nice visit, commercial, and one of those things one expects in Bali.
Enjoy.
Written 7 December 2022
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Diana D
13 contributions
Nov 2022
This place is about two hours from Ubud in a very isolated area. This is not worth the drive, time or money and let me explain why.

Before our driver even got a chance to park the car, we had about 6 ladies surrounding our cars trying to intimidate and pressure us to buy sarongs and offerings saying that we need it to get into the temples. They would not take no for an answer and became very aggressive by shouting at us to buy it. We still said no and we immediately became uncomfortable. They also were following us even after we said no to try to get persuade us even more.

When you buy tickets to get in the temple, it comes with a sarong you can rent for free. So you don't need to buy one. Now our driver told us that you have to use their local guide to give you a tour, but after some research after our trip, we found out that isn't true and you can tour at your own leisure.

The temple is beautiful. But it was riddled by vendors, cheats and scammers by greedy locals all over the place. Also they make you pay for using the bathroom.. Really? Pay to use the bathroom at a temple? Even went as far as little kids trying to get you to buy postcards and following you around to persuade you. Our "local guide" took us to an area and had us go through a "praying ritual" and then forced us to donate money to the gods because we didn't have any offerings, even went as far as to pressure us to donate on his behalf. Out of discomfort and not wanting to disrespect religion, we obliged but instantly regretted not leaving at this point. He also demanded a tip at the end. We gave him a bad tip, intentionally, for the scam he put us through. And his attitude went bitter real fast with us.

Read up "besakih temple scam" or their negative reviews on platforms like Google or TripAdvisor. It speaks a lot on what to watch out for in the event you choose to come to this temple. It's a beautiful temple unfortunately ruined by greedy locals. You cannot even enjoy the temple without being harassed. While I completely understand the need to make a living, this is a terrible way to go about it.
Written 30 November 2022
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Ethan P
World23 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
This was the most unfortunate experience I've had in Bali. When my girlfriend and I arrived we were swarmed by a group of women who immediately began tying belts onto us without our consent (we arrived in traditional temple garb, dressed beyond appropriately for tourists), and they lied to us saying we needed more clothing because of a special ceremony that was taking place. We struggled to decline as they would not take no for an answer, and after following us for several hundred meters, yelling at us to pay them, we gave them money so they would leave us alone. We later went back trying to get the money back and they were hostile and would not refund us. When we got to the entrance, the fee per person was 60,000 IDR, but we had to pay 130,000 total, overcharged by 10,000 IDR. After we got our tickets a man was very rude to us as he explained that we needed to follow a guide. Our "tour guide" was deeply unmotivated, did not care about us at all, and only spoke to us when it involved money or donations. He did not answer our questions, and did not educate us on the culture, religion, or practices. He insisted we donate, otherwise, "the gods would not hear your prayers". During the time we prayed at the only shrine we made it to, he interrupted us several times and only let us pray for about 70 seconds before making us move on. Overall, we gained nothing except disappointment and a feeling of being unsafe. On the way to the temple gates from the entrance we were constantly being harassed by vendors who would follow us trying to make us buy things as well. VENDORS, IN THE TEMPLE. I cannot stress enough that they do not care about the gods they worship, or the people going there to try and get a better understanding of their religion; they only care about money. My girlfriend and I won't let this impact our view on Bali or the people who live here, but as the "mother temple", this was an awful example and I am heavily put off from going to another temple, if this is the standard.
The temple itself is breathtakingly beautiful however, and we tipped a man who took somw wonderful pictures of us on the steps. Sadly, only go here to impress your Instagram followers; you won't learn anything or feel any closer to god(s) here.
Written 20 November 2022
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Lex
Ubud, Indonesia34 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
I wish the people here were respectful of us and of the location. This is not a place of worship it is a place of con artists and lies. Before even getting off our scooter we (my partner and i) were bombarded by 7 ladies all throwing scarfs and sarongs on us saying we had to have them to enter the temple. we were already wearing traditional temple clothes but they lied and said there was a “special ceremony” luckily we didn’t believe them and kept telling them no and walking away. they followed us over 200 meters constantly yelling at us for money. eventually i gave them some and they went away. our “tour guide” didn’t guide us or give us any information. he walked 20 meters in front of us at all times, gave us no information, didn’t answer our questions, and only spoke to other locals to talk badly about us. the only times he spoke to us was to try to get more money out of us. The architecture is beautiful i only wish i would have been allowed to enjoy it.
Written 20 November 2022
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jayaraman2016
New Delhi, India90 contributions
Jul 2022
It was just a couple of months after the international travel restrictions were lifted, we undertook our journey from Australia during its winter season in early July to Bali to experience not only the pleasant weather but also (being our first visit) to get to know about the people as well as the place. We remember this visit because of the banners at the airport in July displaying forthcoming G20 summit, which is being held now. With pandemic restrictions still in place, we got our tourist visa on arrival with properly managed and well guided at every stage by the airport security staff. Prior to undertaking our journey, we had telephoned the host at the Eden Garden, who arranged our transport from airport on our arrival. It was a memorable stay at the hotel about which I had already shared in my earlier review of July 2022.
We travelled by Taxi by the local Tours and Taxi service near our hotel and went one day to visit the mother temple of Bali (Bali Besakih Temple), which is the biggest Hindu Temple in Bali. The driver was fluent in English and hence there was no problem of communication. There are two wheelers available for hire for those who travel alone. We enjoyed the scenic beauty of the countryside while travelling in a not too broad roads enroute to the temple. The temple complex being largest contains many temples connected with flight of stairs. We spent a serene time in the main temple and visited only a few of the temples as there were too many ascending steps going to all of them. While resting in one of these places, we had an experience of meeting very cheerful and happy looking children who came to us with souvenir photos. When we asked them are they not going to school, they replied that they are having school vacation. When we said they speak good English, they responded by saying, ‘Thank you sir’
Written 15 November 2022
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Sistan V
Kyiv, Ukraine10 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
It was a pleasant trip, we visited this temple during one of the biggest holidays, there were many local and they had a ceremony. We were lucky because we had a local guy who described to us the ceremonial procession as well as the history of the temple. Of course, I want to go back there, because the energy and the beauty of this place is amazing.

You have to wear a sarong to get in.
Written 15 November 2022
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Mike F
Auckland, New Zealand32 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
What a beautiful place to visit! Locals very friendly and helpful and the temple, a true majestic place with views for miles!
Written 12 November 2022
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