Found on the island of Lombok, Indonesia’s second highest volcano is an amazing sight easily visible from many spots around the island. Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano with eruptions as recent as 2010 – the expansive valleys and topography just adds to it’s beauty. Lombok is found in an archipelago made up of other different small islands, one of which is Bali. Some of the most beautiful coastal scenery and luxurious accommodations are found on this tiny island and it’s one of my top favorite beach spots due to its mixture of luxury accommodations and ancient spirituality found in the surroundings.
Aside from gorgeous resorts and beaches, there are many historically significant sites in Bali. The Pura Tirta Empul, a Hindu temple, is where the native Hindu residents of Bali go to purify with the holy water. The temple dates back to 926 A.D and sits on a water spring which is thought to have curing and cleansing properties.
The Sacred Monkey Forest is surrounded by lush greenery – an interesting place of worship filled with mischievous little creatures that will get close enough to steal anything even the sunglasses on top of your head.
There are many temples to visit in the area, including the Pura Taman Saraswati Temple and the Pura Luhur Ulu Watu, which is a temple dedicated to warding off evil spirits in Bali. The Pura Taman Saraswati Temple was once a private temple for the Ubud royal family and is picturesque with ponds, lotus flowers and carvings, which honor the goddess of wisdom and art, Dewi Saraswati.
The Pura Luhur Uluwata is a sea temple and perfect place to watch the sunset.