7 – 17 September 2016
Galungan is one of the most important religious festivals celebrated by the Balinese, marking the triumph of good over evil. Following the 210-day Balinese calendar, Galungan occurs twice a year, bringing ten days of joyful festivities. Immerse in the celebratory atmosphere as the Balinese, dressed in their ceremonial best, honour the spirits of their ancestors, which are believed to return to earth, with prayers and offerings, and the traditional Barong dance is performed in the streets. On the final day, Kuningan, special offerings are made to bid farewell to the ancestral spirits.
During Galungan, locals from the surrounding villages in East Bali also make a pilgrimage to Lempuyang Temple, known locally as Pura Lempuyang Luhur, one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples. The main reason for the pilgrimage is to obtain holy water, which stems from a yellow bamboo plant that grows in shrubs in the inner courtyard of the temple. Situated high on the peak of Mount Lempuyang, the temple is reached via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps. The effort is worth it though to take in the picturesque vistas of the lush surroundings that stretch to Mount Agung, Bali’s highest peak.
Meet at the lobby where our leisure concierge will explain the day’s schedule as well as assist you to don your Sarong.
Arrival at Tenganan Village, also known as Bali Aga Village and take a tour of the area.
Leave Tenganan Village to Besakih Temple to watch the procession of the ceremony.
Arrive at Besakih Temple and take a tour of the temple companied by the local guide.
Head back to the hotel and enjoy a spot of lunch on the way back.
Arrival back at the Hotel.
Chilled face towels
What to bring:
Adult USD 50 + 21% service charge and tax
Single person supplement at +35%
Minimum number of persons: 2