Wonderful Indonesia

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Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia. It has the biggest and most diverse archipelago in the world covering 2 million square kilometres from Asia to Australia.

This tropical country is made up of over 18,000 islands, but only 6,000 are inhabited. It boasts dramatic landscapes, like Sulawesi’s magnificent coastlines with white sandy beaches, as well as amazing diving spots and high mountain ranges with almost 100 volcanoes.

It is a land filled with adventurous locations, offering travellers an endless array of intriguing and exciting sites to explore, unwind, and be mystified.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

History

It is believed that Indonesia’s first migrators were Austronesian people who migrated from Taiwan

It is believed that Indonesia’s first migrators were Austronesian people who migrated from Taiwan

Indonesia’s first immigrants are believed to have been Austronesians who migrated from Taiwan between 2500 BC and 1500 BC. They were apparently very skilled in maritime travel, and they came looking for new fertile land for agriculture. They eventually surpassed the less-developed indigenous population at that time. Indonesia’s strategic location also made it ideal for international trade with the Indian and Chinese kingdoms.

In the early centuries AD, a few smaller states flourished. One of them was Tarumanagara, which produced some of the earliest discoveries of writing inscriptions on the island.

The Srivijaya kingdom, established in Sumatra in the 7th century BC, introduced Hinduism and Buddhism to the land. The invasion of King Rajendra Chola from Tamil Nadu (South India) in the 11th century led to the fall of Srivijaya’s Sailendra Dynasty, which coincided with the return of the great Buddhist scholar, Atisha, in 1025, from Sumatra to India and Tibet. By 1414, this kingdom of Srivijaya had completely ceased to exist.

This is a carving from the ancient temple of Borobudur, showing a Srivijayan ship

This is a carving from the ancient temple of Borobudur, showing a Srivijayan ship

During the slow decline of the Srivijayan kingdom, Islam made its way to Indonesia, and a new power arose. The Majapahit Empire was ruled by the powerful military leader and prime minister known as Gajah Mada. During his reign, Indonesia experienced a Golden Age, which expanded to the southern Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Bali, and Borneo.

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive after Marco Polo, who passed by in the late thirteenth century. The Dutch took over in 1602, colonising Indonesia for the next 350 years. The British temporarily held the land from 1811 to 1816 before relinquishing it back to the Dutch.

When the Dutch was in control and living with the natives, they placed themselves in a higher social class and were quite cruel at times. In the early 20th century, various nationalist groups joined forces, and Sarekat Islam was formed. They organised a mass movement that grew to 93,000 members within a few months. The Dutch attempted to suppress them, but they rose up and overthrown the Dutch leadership.

Dutch rule ended with World War II and the Japanese occupation. On August 17th, 1945, after the Japanese surrendered to Allied forces, Sukarno, the forerunner of the nationalist movement, declared Indonesia’s independence. He then became Indonesia’s first president. Sukarno made a bold decision in changing Indonesia from a democracy to an authoritarian state and managed to preserve the power of the Communist Party of Indonesia against opposing military forces.

In the mid-1960s, there was an attempt to overthrow Sukarno. The army retaliated, and almost 500,000 people were killed. In 1996, Sukarno’s efforts to restore democracy was destroyed by the Communist Party, and he was forced to surrender to General Suharto.

 

Location

Map of Indonesia. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Indonesia. Click on image to enlarge.

Indonesia sprawls across the Equator belt between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It borders Malaysia in the north, Papua New Guinea in the East, and Australia in the south. Other neighbouring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Palau, Vietnam, and Thailand.

 

Regions

Indonesia is massive. With its 18,000 plus islands, Indonesia provides up to 108,000 kilometres of beaches. From Aceh (West) to Papua (East), it covers more than 4,000 kilometres (2500 miles), which is the distance between New York City and San Francisco. Indonesia sits on the western rim of the Ring of Fire. It has more than 400 volcanoes, both on land and under the sea, of which 130 are still active. The Indonesian province of Papua is located on the island of New Guinea, which is the second biggest island in the world.

Here is a list of the different provinces in different regions of Indonesia at a glance:

  • Kalimantan (Borneo)

The world’s third largest island contains Kalimantan, where you will discover wild uncharted tropical jungles, home to the orangutans, mighty rivers, and natural paradise landscapes for the adventure traveller.

  • Sumatra – Bangka-Belitung and Riau Islands

The sixth largest island in the world is home to over 40 million inhabitants. It is filled with a wealth of natural beauty and culture. Wild and rugged, it is also the home of many endangered species.

  • Java (and Madura Island)

The nation’s capital, Jakarta, is located on this island, which is also considered to be the heartland of the country. Though it is not a very big island, it is home to a significantly large percentage of Indonesia’s population. This is also where you can discover cultural treasures in places like Yogyakarta, Prambanan, and the sacred Borobudur.

  • Bali

This place does not need much introduction. It is just paradise. With its legendary beaches, amazing marine life, breathtaking highlands, and exotic culture, Bali is one of the world’s most popular destinations.

  • Sulawesi (Celebes)

This island has some of the most interesting and diverse cultures in Indonesia, like the Toraja. It is also rich in flora and fauna and offers world class diving spots against a backdrop of spectacular lush green forest.

  • Maluku (Moluccas)

The historic Spice Islands, Maluku is famous for its nutmeg trees and the active Gunung Api volcano. The islands have not been explored much and are still unknown to the outside world.

  • Nusa Tenggara

Also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands (Southeast Islands), this is another great diving spot that is also home to Komodo dragons.

  • Papua (Irian Jaya)

One of the most isolated places on earth, Papua is the western half of New Guinea Island. The island is covered with scenic mountains, thick forests, swamps, and dense wilderness.

 

Population

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Indonesia has 257.6 million people, and it has the largest Muslim population in the world. The largest ethnic groups are the Javanese, which makes up 45% of the population. The Sundanese comprise 14% of the population, followed by the Madurese at 7.5%. The rest is made up of Acehnese, Balinese, Minangkabau, Iban, Dayaks, and 3000 smaller ethnic groups inhabiting the huge land.
The Indonesian Chinese is another ethnic group found throughout the country. They are known as Tionghoa, and they make up 3% of the population, which around 6-7 million people.

 

Climate

Indonesia is a tropical climate country. It is mostly hot and humid all year round. It has two main seasons: rainy and dry season. However, it still rains during the dry season, though not as heavily or frequently.

    1. Dry Season– April to October
    2. Rainy Season- November to March

The temperature in the coastal areas average around 28°C. In the mountain and inland areas, the average is 26°C. In the higher mountain regions, it can go down to 23°C. Humidity is quite high and ranges between 70% to 90%.

Typhoons can sometimes occur in Indonesia between September and December, causing rainstorms and heavy winds. Not every typhoon is a strong one, and they usually happen during stormy seasons. Just be on the alert and find out about safety precautions in your area.

 

When to visit

Depending on which part of Indonesia you are visiting, the best time to visit may vary. Here’s a quick glance to help you decide.

Java- The best time to go is between April and October. The rainy season lasts from November to March.

Sumatra- The best time to go is from April to October. Like Java, Sumatra’s rainy season is from November to March and the monsoon season can cause some roads to become inaccessible.

Bali- The best time to go is from October to March. Although it is monsoon season, you can still expect plenty of sunshine and blue skies. August to September are their driest months.

Nusa Tenggara– Their wettest months are from November to February, and the dry season is usually August and September. The duration of the dry and rainy seasons are different in each island. Hence, it all depends on what you prefer. It would be best to ask your travel agent for more advice. As a rule of thumb, the closer the island is to Australia, the longer the duration of the dry season.

 

What to wear

Lightweight cotton clothing is always best when visiting a tropical climate country like Indonesia. Just be sure to bring along an umbrella or a raincoat when you are out and about, in case of sudden downpours. You will need a sweater if you are visiting the mountainous inland areas. It is always good to be prepared for humidity and high temperatures.

 

Culture and Customs

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Looking at its history, we find that Indonesia has been shaped by multiple foreign influences together with its indigenous customs. Although Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, other religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism, also play a strong influence in their culture. The Hindu influence from the former Majapahit Empire seems to provide the foundation for many of Indonesia’s cultures and traditions across the country.

With over 300 ethnic groups spread out over 18,000 islands, it is no wonder that the government came up with the national motto of “Unity in Diversity” to maintain harmony amongst its peoples.

 

Language

Indonesia’s official language is Indonesian or ‘Bahasa Indonesia’. It is a standard dialect of the Malay language that was established when Indonesia gained independence in 1945. Although Indonesian is their official language, the locals still maintain and speak their regional dialects, such as Javanese or Minangkabau. They will usually speak their dialects when they are at home and mingling with their community while Indonesian is used at work and school.

 

Hierarchy

As in most Asian cultures, hierarchy is very important in the Indonesian culture. Hierarchical relationships are very much stressed and upheld, and respect is often shown to those with status, position, power, and age. This is something you will see in the villages as well as in the urban cities and workplaces whereby those who are most senior are expected to lead and make decisions.

Superiors are often called bapak, which means “father” or “Sir” for men, or ibu, which means “mother” or “madam” for women. Although it is common for those who are senior to make decisions, the Indonesians also strongly advocate group discussion and consensus to maintain a strong cohesive and harmonious relationships amongst teammates.

 

‘Loss of Face’

When in Indonesia, you need to understand that their cultural concept of ‘loss of face’ is very important. It means shame or embarrassment, and it should be avoided at all times. You should never mock or insult anyone, and any issues or problems should be privately addressed to make sure that the person does not ‘lose face’. Because of this, Indonesians have become very skilled at communicating indirectly. This means that they do not always mean what they say and they can say ‘no’ in ten different ways. They can even say ‘yes’ to you, but it will still mean ‘no’.

 

Etiquette

Meeting or Greeting

  • Greeting someone is a sign of respect and it can appear to be formal. A handshake is commonly used to greet someone followed by the phrase “Selamat”.
  • After a handshake, they may give you a slight bow or place their hands on their heart.
  • When introduced to a few people, you should always greet the eldest and most senior person in the group first.
  • Titles are important in Indonesia. It shows the person’s status and should be used to address the person together with his/her name.
  • You may come across some Indonesians with only one name, but it is becoming more common to have a first name and a surname now.
  • You may also come across Indonesians with nicknames. This is because many of them, especially those from Java, have extremely long names that are then shortened for convenience in conversation.

Gift Giving Etiquette (for ethnic Indians)

  • Use only the right hand when offering gifts.
  • Bright colours signify good fortune, so it is good to wrap gifts in red, yellow, or any other brightly-coloured paper.
  • Avoid giving leather products to a Hindu.
  • Do not offer alcohol to people whom you do not know well unless you are certain that they do drink alcohol.
  • Do not open gifts immediately after you receive them.

Dining Etiquette

  • Dining is a pretty relaxed affair, depending on the occasion and setting.
  • As a guest, your place at the table would have been chosen in advance, so it is best to wait to be shown to your seat at meal times.
  • Usually, dishes served are shared and placed in the middle of the table. It is customary to serve the guests or the elders first. After that, it is not considered rude if you help yourself.
  • If food is served in a buffet style, then guests will be asked to help themselves first. It is polite if the guest insists that others go ahead of him/her, though we hardly see this happening.
  • During formal dining situations, men are usually served first before women.
  • Before you start eating, it is polite to wait to be invited to eat.
  • Usually, the only utensils placed on a table is a fork and a spoon. Depending on the situation, though, some people may use their hands to eat.
  • When passing food or eating, use only your right hand.

 

Arts

The wayang kulit (shadow puppetry) is made from very intricate and detailed cut-outs and used to act out scenes from folklores

The wayang kulit (shadow puppetry) is made from very intricate and detailed cut-outs and used to act out scenes from folklores

The wayang kulit (shadow puppetry) is probably the most distinctive and unique Indonesian art. It is made from very intricate and detailed cut-outs, and used to act out scenes from the ancient Mahabharata and Ramayana times as well as to tell stories of popular folklores. It is accompanied by the gamelan orchestra, which produces very complex metallic rhythms. The music backs up the puppetry performances, which are usually presented during special occasions requiring traditional entertainment and religious ceremonies.

Indonesia’s culture is also intertwined with the Malays, which is where unique items such as the kris daggers and batik fabric originate. Due to the influence of Islam, the Arabic culture has also been adopted into their culture.

 

Visas

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Most travellers can get a visa on arrival for USD35 at all common entry points from Java to Bali and so on. There are three types of visa offered for entering Indonesia:

  • Visa Waiver/ Visa-Free (non-extendable visa and only good for 30 days)– This applies to citizens of 169 countries as of July 2016. To find out if your nationality is eligible for this, please go to https://indonesia.visahq.com/
  • Visa-on-Arrival (extendable visa)- Costs USD35, which you pay on arrival, and you will get a visa in your passport immediately.
  • Visa-in-Advance– You may obtain this advance visa at an Indonesian embassy in your country before your arrival. Your travel agency will usually help you with this. You need to ensure that your passport has a minimum of 6 months’ validity and at least one or more blank pages. The rules are the same for any visa extension that you wish to apply for while in the country.

Take Note: Visitors entering with a visa waiver and visa-on-arrival must enter via specific ports of entry. A visa is required if you enter via other ports, regardless of whether you are from a country entitled to a visa waiver or a visa-on-arrival. To find out more, please go to http://www.indonesia.travel/en/post/visa-free-for-169-countries-to-travel-to-indonesia.

 

Food

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You can expect a vast variety of food, rich in spice and intense flavour, from all across the nation and its 18,000 islands. For example in West Java, Sundanese cuisine consists of fresh vegetables and herbs which are eaten raw. Padang cuisine in Sumatra is well-known for its spicy and strong flavours from the Minangkabau culture, which can also be experienced in Malaysia. The Christian Batak and the Hindu Balinese people are pork eaters while, north of Sulawesi, the Manahasa people eat almost everything.

As Indonesia is a Muslim country, you will find that most of their dishes are Halal, which means it does not contain pork, except for Balinese cuisine such as the famous babi guling (roast pig).

Rice is the main staple diet of the Indonesian people, and it is prepared in various ways. Below are some of the unique and popular rice dishes that must be sampled.

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Nasi Kuning – A rice dish spiced with yellow turmeric and usually served during special ceremonies. The rice is shaped into a cone called a tumpeng. It is served with a variety of side dishes such as an omelette, sambal (fried tempeh and potatoes in spicy sauce), serundeng (grated coconut and spices), urap (vegetables), teri kacang (fried anchovy and peanuts), and perkedel (potato fritters) with fried chicken or shrimp.

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Nasi Padang – Steamed white rice served with a variety of curry dishes and assorted toppings. This dish originally came from Padang, but it is now available everywhere in the country with many variations to its taste.

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Nasi Timbel – Steamed white rice wrapped in a banana leaf, and commonly served with Sundanese food.

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Nasi Uduk – Sweet rice cooked with coconut milk, usually served with omelette and fried chicken, and is a very popular breakfast dish.

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Bebek Goreng – This is a classical Balinese duck rice dish served with steamed vegetables and sambal during special occasions.

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Indomie – Indonesia is also home to the world’s largest instant noodle manufacturer –Indomie (Mi Goreng or fried noodles) can be found almost anywhere. It is popularly served at local hawkers and comes with a fried egg on the side.

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Bakmi – Thin egg noodles usually served with your choice of toppings, such as chicken or mushrooms.

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Bakso/ baso – Pronounced “BAH-so”, these noodles are cooked in chicken broth and served with meatballs.

Soups– Soups are also known as soto. Here are few local favourites.

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Rawon – A spicy beef soup from East Java with a nutty flavour. It’s a dark colour soup, and the base is prepared with a lot of garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric, and chillies.

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Sayur Asam – A refreshing sour soup with vegetables cooked in tamarind broth and local spices.

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Sayur Lodeh – A Javanese vegetable soup dish prepared with coconut milk and usually contains fish.

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Soto – A popular meaty soup with a spiced broth with regional variations. Local hawkers commonly serve the soup broth with your choice of chicken, beef, or goat. In Jakarta, you will find Soto Betawi, originally from the indigenous Betawi people, which is made with sweet, creamy coconut milk.

 

Some Popular Unique Main Dishes

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Gado-Gado – The word gado-gado means “mix”, and the dish itself contains a variety of blanched vegetables together with boiled eggs, potatoes, tofu, tempeh, and crackers served in a thick tasty peanut sauce. This dish is a very popular local salad that can also be found in Malaysia.

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Gudeg – A signature dish from the royal city of Yogyakarta. This is a sweet dish made from jackfruit that is boiled with spices, coconut milk, and palm sugar. It is a vegetarian dish and can be eaten on its own, or with boiled egg, tempeh, and meat dishes cooked in similar fashion.

 

Health Precautions

If you are going to be travelling in Indonesia for an extended period, it would be wise to get the necessary vaccines.

Even though malaria is not present in Java or Bali, you should still ask your doctor about vaccinations if you are travelling to uncommon destinations.

Dengue mosquitoes can be found everywhere. There is no vaccine for dengue, so please make sure you bring along a good insect repellent.

The most common vaccine that travellers normally get is for Hepatitis. Be sure to drink bottled water and use thoroughly boiled water for your hot beverages.

In recent years, there have been reports of Avian influenza (bird flu), but the outbreaks are sporadic. Those living in rural places and dealing with live or dead poultry are more at risk. In any case, it is always best to check with your doctor on the necessary vaccines required before travelling.

 

20 Great Places to Visit

 

1. Ubud

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Situated on the uplands of Bali, Ubud is famed for its artsy and creative scene and is heavily considered one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. This small artistic town is surrounded by lush rainforest and beautiful terraced paddy fields with many Hindu temples and shrines found in every corner.

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There are hundreds of little shops selling all kinds of arts and crafts, from antiques and textiles to jewellery and paintings. You will also discover some of the best art museums and galleries in the country here.

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Ubud is also home to many artisans specialising in woodcarving. They can be found in villages like Penestanan, Peliatan, Campuhan, and Batuan.

If you want to unwind completely, relax, enjoy good food, shop for unique arts, then there is no better place than Ubud. Considered one of Asia’s top spa destinations, most travellers end up staying for months as they love it so much.

Take note: Like any other temple in Indonesia or when visiting a holy place, it is important to dress respectfully. The dress code is always a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body and a sash worn around the waist. Women who are having their periods are prohibited from entering any temple or sacred site. They can enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters of the temples only.

How to get there

Ubud is in the middle of Bali. After you arrive at the Denpasar airport, which is in south Bali, you can rent a car, take a taxi, or ride a bus to Ubud. The journey takes about 90 minutes as the roads are not very wide and they damage easily due to harsh weather. Usually, hotel transfers are available, so there will be someone waiting for you at the airport. When in Ubud, the best way to travel around is by renting a motorbike.

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodations in Ubud from luxurious 5-star hotels and resorts to the more budget backpackers guesthouses. Further research should be done to find a place that suits your needs and budget. Here are two examples.

  • Beji Ubud Resort

Address: Jl. Sangingan, Bali, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 971166
Website: http://bejiubudresorts.com/

  • Villa Saraswati

Address: Jl. Rsi Markandya, Jl. Mpu Beradah, Banjar Payogan, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 821 47850410
Website: http://villasaraswati.com/

 

2. Borobudur

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One of the Seven Wonders of the World is an ancient sacred Buddhist site located on the island of Java. Borobudur sits majestically on a hill overlooking breathtaking lush green fields and the Menoreh mountain range. Built during the Sailendra dynasty in the 9th century, the temple’s Gupta architecture reflects influences from India and the local culture.

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At 123 x 123 meters, Borobudur is massive. Its monument has 504 Buddha statues and is considered the world’s most valuable treasure. The stonework on the temple is so incredibly unique; there is nothing else like it. Without cement or mortar, each stone interlocks with another. No glue was used to hold them together, and it remains strong till today, even after centuries of neglect. The whole temple was buried under volcanic ash until it was rediscovered in 1815. During the 1970’s, the Indonesian Government, together with UNESCO, took eight years to restore Borobudur to its former glory.

How to get there

The easiest way to get to Borobudur is to rent a car or join a tour group. It will take about an hour to get there by car. However, there are regular buses heading there from Magelang via Muntilan.

The temple ground is best explored by foot. There is a toy train that shuttles visitors around the temple, museum, and entrance that cost Rp5,000.

Address/ Location: Jl. Badrawati, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Phone: +62 293 788266 or 024 8646 2345 (Call center)
Entrance Fee:

  • Adult (non-Indonesian)– Rp 325,000 since June 2017
  • Registered student (non-Indonesian)– Rp 190,000 (ISIC or university card is required).
  • Indonesian adult– Rp 30,000 (including foreigners with Indonesian work permit)

Borobudur and Prambanan temple visit– Rp 420,000 (package tickets are available at the temple entrance and they are valid for two days from the date of purchase).
Opening Hours: 6am – 5pm
Website: http://borobudurpark.com/

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodations available near and around Borobudur. We recommend you do further research to find a place that suits your needs and budget. Here are two examples.

  1. Villa Borobudur

Address: Dusun Pete RT003 RW 003, Majaksingi, Magelang, Borobudur, Magelang 56553, Indonesia
Phone: + 62 851 00525520
Website: https://villaborobudur.com/

  1. Tingal Laras Art House Homestay

Address: Tingal Kulon 2/2 Wanurejo, Borobudur, Magelang 56553, Indonesia
Phone: +62 812 2990750
Website: https://goo.gl/SVZ5zy

 

3. Tanah Lot

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One of Bali’s most treasured landmarks and must-visit sites, Tanah Lot Temple sits uniquely on a natural rock formation off the shore of the island of Bali. The name Pura Tanah Lot literally means Tanah Lot Temple, and it is home to an ancient Hindu shrine.

Tanah Lot was built by Dang Hyang Nirartha, also known as Pedanda Shakti Wawu Rauh in the 16th century. He was a traveller and a Saivite (Hindu) religious figure in Bali. He was travelling around the south coast of Bali when he stumbled upon this island of rock. He found the setting beautiful and decided to rest there. Some nearby fishermen saw him and brought offerings to him. He spent the night on the little island. The next day, he told the fishermen that this was a holy place to worship the sea gods and that they should build a shrine on the rock. The rest is history. At the bottom of the rocky island are venomous sea snakes that are believed to guard the temple against intruders and evil spirits. The whole temple is protected by a giant snake which Niratha created from his selendang (sash). Tanah Lot temple is one of seven sea temples around Bali, and the view of the sun setting behind the temple is a magical sight not to be missed.

Take Note: Like any other temple in Bali or when visiting a holy place, it is important to dress respectfully. The dress code is always a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body and a sash worn around the waist. Not to worry if you forgot, at the entrance of the temple, there will always be sarong rental services. Women who are having their periods are prohibited from entering any temple or sacred site. They can enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters of the temples only.

How to get there

Located in the north-west, Tanah Lot is around 45 minutes’ drive by car from Seminyak, Kuta, or Legian. If you are coming from Ubud, you can get there within 30 to 40 minutes.

If you are taking a taxi from Kuta, it can cost you around Rp300,000. Depending on how well you bargain, it can go down to Rp100,000.

Once you’ve reached the temple, you will walk through rows of Balinese market and souvenir shops set up along the path down to the sea. Restaurants have also been set up on the mainland.
There are plenty of tour packages available, so please check with your hotel.

Address/ Location: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 880361
Entrance Fee: Adults- Rp60,000; Children– Rp30,000
Opening Hours: 7am–7pm

Accommodation

There are a few accommodations around Tanah Lot. Below are two examples of the nearest ones. If you are on a budget, you can choose to stay near the surrounding area in Tabanan, where there are smaller hotels and private villas. We recommend you do further research to find a place that suits your needs and budget.

  1. Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

Address: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Tabanan, Bali 82171, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 815900
Website: https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/indonesia/nirwana-bali-resort.html
Note: Pan Pacific is just 5 minutes’ walk to Tanah Lot Temple, a 15-minute drive to Seminyak, and a 1-hour drive to the Ubud Art Centre and Museum Gallery.

  1. Dewi Sinta Hotel

Address: Taman Wisata Tanah Lot, Kediri, Tabanan, 82171 Tanah Lot, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 812933
Website: http://www.dewisinta.com/
Note: Dewi Sinta Hotel is just a 5-minute walk to Tanah Lot Temple.

 

4. Kalibiru National Park

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If you are in Yogyakarta and wish for some adventure, check out the Kalibiru National Park which offers outbound activities such as rock climbing, tightrope walking, zip-lining, and trekking paths.

Located in the Menoreh Hills, at 450 meters above sea level, the park offers a lot of beautiful photo opportunities. One such site is on a treetop with a backdrop of lush green mountains, hills, and lake – perfect for selfie lovers and travel bloggers.

How to get there

Around 30 kilometres from Yogyakarta, the roads heading to Kalibiru can get pretty steep so it is recommended that you hire a taxi, which cost around Rp500,000 for half a day (12 hours) and can take you anywhere you want to go. Otherwise, you can enquire with your hotel as most of them usually offer rides that do not require a half-day booking.

You can also get there by bus or by train. Take the Trans Jogja bus from Giwangan bus station to Wates City. After that, rent a motor taxi up to Kalibiru, which is 10 kilometres from the bus station. This may be the cheaper option, but it also takes a lot of time.

Alternatively, the easier and faster option is to take the train from Tugu Railway Station and catch a train to Wates Railway. When you arrive, hop on a motor taxi.

The best time to go there is in the mornings and during weekdays as it gets very crowded on the weekends. Many locals like to visit this park, and the place gets more popular each year. They will also close the tree spots at around 4pm-5pm, so it’s best to get there early.

Address/ Location: Kalibiru, Hargowilis, Kokap, Hargowilis, Kokap, Kabupaten Kulon Progo, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55653, Indonesia
Phone: +62 813 92947249 / 813 92023122
Entrance Fee: Rp5,000/person on weekdays OR Rp10,000/person on weekends
Photo Spots- There are a few photo opportunity spots, and they range from Rp10,000 to Rp15,000 to get there.
Adventure Package- Rp35,000 / person (includes zip-line, climbing, sling, spider web, and hanging bridge)
Opening Hours: 6am –5pm
Website: https://wisatakalibiru.wordpress.com/

Accommodation

There may not be many hotels near Kalibiru National Park but, rest assured, there are plenty around in Yogyakarta. Below are two examples. You should do more research to find a place that suits your budget and requirements.

  1. The Westlake Resort Yogya

Address: Jl. Ringroad Barat | Bedog Trihanggo, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55291, Indonesia
Phone: +62 274 2820666
Website: http://www.thewestlakejogja.com/

  1. Rimbono Homestay

Address: Nglinggo Samiigaluh, Pagerharjo, Samigaluh, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Phone: +62 822-2622-8323
Website: http://www.dewisinta.com/

 

5. Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls

The mesmerising 40 meters Tiu Kelep waterfall

The mesmerising 40 meters Tiu Kelep waterfall

Located north of Lombok, at the foot of Mount Rinjani, are two gorgeous waterfalls that are becoming very popular. Discovering these layered waterfalls that are set among the lush tropical rainforest is like finding a piece of paradise on earth.

The beautiful Sedang Gile 70 meters Sedang Gile waterfall

The beautiful Sedang Gile 70 meters Sedang Gile waterfall

Enjoy a good hike up to the falls, crossing three rivers and rocky trails. The first waterfall is Sedang Gile which is a 70-meter waterfall. The second waterfall is Tiu Kelep, which is a 45-minute hike above Sedang Gile. When you get to the second fall, you will be captivated by the 40-meter fall of Tiu Kelep. This is where most people plunge in and enjoy the cool waters, and feel refreshed by the misty breeze from the falls.

According to the locals, the waterfall is believed to help heal many diseases and keep you youthful. They also believe that if you speak too loudly, the flow of the water becomes bigger.

How to get there

The drive from the capital city Mataram will take two and a half hours. You can arrange transportation or hire a taxi from your hotel to the waterfalls. Once you arrive, it takes ten to fifteen minutes to hike to the first waterfall, Sendang Gile.

Take Note: It is recommended that you wear sturdy soled shoes when hiking, and sandals when crossing the rivers. It can get pretty crowded during weekends and public holidays, so try to avoid heading there during those times. Even when it’s crowded, though, it is still worth the trip!

Address/ Location: Gunung Rinjani National Park, Senaru, Lombok 83354, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: Rp10,000 per person, and Rp50,000 for an experienced local guide
Opening Hours: 7am – 5pm
Website: NIL

Accommodation

There are a few hotels near the waterfalls. Below are just two examples. We recommend you do further research to find a place that suits your budget and requirements.

  1. Rinjani Lodge

Address: Jalan Periwisata Senaru Bayan, 83354 Senaru, Indonesia
Phone: +62 819 07384944
Website: https://www.rinjanilodge.com/

  1. Anak Rinjani Guest House

Address: Jalan Pariwisata, 83354 Senaru, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/opXH51

 

6. Gili Islands

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This is the most popular destination in Lombok, especially among the backpacker tourists. The island welcomes you to its laid-back pace of life and offers white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters that are a rival to Bali. Snorkel with turtles at the turtle sanctuary, and explore the many beautiful diving spots.

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The island also has an abundance beachside cafes, restaurants and bars that serve international to local favourites. It is considered to be a more relaxed island compared to Bali, but it still manages to stimulate your senses. The island has a strong commitment to the environment, especially in protecting and conserving its reefs. Many travellers have fallen in love with the island and end up making it their home and setting up businesses. The best part about this island is that there are no cars, no motorbikes, and no traffic!

How to get there

Fly to Bali and then take a boat to Gili Islands, which is by far the fastest way. Do check out https://www.gilibookings.com/ to get more information, book your tickets online, and see seat availability. For cheaper ticket and budget operators, go to https://www.gilitickets.com/.

Alternatively, you can take the ferry that leaves every hour from Padang Bai to Lembar Harbour. It runs 24 hours a day and is used by many locals. It is a very basic service, and the journey is very slow. After you have arrived in Lombok, you will have to take either a car or a boat from Bangsal Harbour for the 2-hour ride to Gili Islands.

From Lombok to Gili Island, you can charter a fast boat, which only takes 35 minutes to get there. The best way is to walk up to the nearest travel agent and enquire about their transport packages.

  • Take a shuttle bus or taxi to Bangsal Harbour, which is about an hour from Mataram Airport, then take a public boat.
  • From Bangsal Harbour – charter a boat
  • From Senggigi Harbour – charter a boat (1-2 hours)
  • From Teluk Nare – charter a speedboat (30 minutes)

Here is a good website with good tips from the locals: http://ingili.com/how-to-get-to-gili-islands-from-lombok/

Address/ Location: Off the north-west coast of Lombok
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: http://www.gili-paradise.com/

Accommodation

There are many accommodations to choose from in the Gili Islands. From luxurious 5-star hotels to cheaper options, there is a place to suit your particular budget and requirements. Below are just two examples.

  1. Jambuluwuk Oceano Resort

Address: North Gili Trawangan, West Nusa Tenggara 85532, Indonesia
Phone: +62 370 6194854
Website: http://www.oceanojambuluwukresort.com/

  1. Alam Gili

Address: Gili Trawangan, Gili Indah, Pemenang, Kabupaten Lombok Utara, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 370 6130466
Website: http://www.alamindahbali.com/alam_gili.htm

 

7. Candi Prambanan

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An aerial view of the massive Candi Prambanan

An aerial view of the massive Candi Prambanan

Not far from Borobudur is the massive Prambanan Temple, which was built in the ninth century by the Mataram Kingdom. It is the biggest Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia, and an indication that Buddhism and Hinduism lived peacefully alongside each other. An icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage, it was declared as a World Heritage site in 1991 by UNESCO.

The beautiful Candi Prambanan on a full moon night

The beautiful Candi Prambanan on a full moon night

Prambanan temple was lost and neglected for hundreds of years. It was only rediscovered by a Dutchman, CA Lons, in 1733. Today, Prambanan is perhaps one of the most beautiful Hindu temples in Indonesia, showcasing amazing craftsmanship in a building with such complexity and grand structure. The temple grounds measure 39.8 hectares and include Prambanan Temple (also known as Loro Jonggrang), Bubrah Temple, Sewu Temple, and Lumbung Temple. Within Prambanan Temple itself, there are 240 temples. The temple stands at 47 meters high and is visible from a distance.

How to get there

Yogyakarta or Semarang would be the closest cities to Prambanan. There are numerous domestic flights there from Jakarta or the bigger cities in Indonesia. Air Asia is the first international airline that flies direct to Yogyakarta from Kuala Lumpur.

From Yogyakarta, you can rent a car to Klaten, which is within walking distance of the temple. If you are tired of walking, you can always take a ride on the rickshaw called Becak, which will take you right to the front of the temple gates.

The best time to visit is early in the morning before the afternoon sun and heat rises.

Address/ Location: Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Phone: +62 274 496401
Entrance Fee: Adults Rp252,000; Registered Student Rp126,000
Note: Your entrance ticket entitles you to a complimentary tea/coffee/water, and a sarong will be provided upon entry. You can also hire a guide for Rp75,000, which is probably a good idea since this is a complex monument.
Opening Hours: 6am – 6pm
Website: http://borobudurpark.com/

Accommodation

There are several hotels near Prambanan and plenty in town, ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to more economical options. Below are just two examples of the ones near Prambanan. Most people would stay in Yogyakarta and take a taxi to Prambanan. We recommend that you do your own research to find the perfect place that suits your budget and requirements.

  1. Poeri Devata Resort Hotel

Address: Klurak, Taman Martani, Kalasan, Sleman, 55571 Prambanan, Indonesia
Phone: +62 274 496453
Website: NIL

  1. Rumah Desa Homestay

Address: Ngangkruk Baru, Gang Akasia, No 51, Rt 25, Rw 08, Tlogo, Prambanan, Klaten, 57454 Prambanan, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/Ey2G8y

 

8. Komodo National Park

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Fancy seeing some dragons? Then, head over to the Komodo National Park which got its name from the komodo dragons living on this island. There are at least 2,500 komodo dragons on this island and, because of their rare nature, the island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

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The park is located in East Nusa Tenggara, which consists of many smaller islands covering 1817 kilometres of marine and land areas. The three major islands are Komodo, Rinca, and Padar, which is also home to many other important terrestrial species as well as aquatic life.

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There are around 385 species of beautiful corals, 70 types of sponges, 10 types of dolphins, 6 types of whales, sharks, stingrays, and green turtles at the Park. It is no wonder that the Komodo waters are known to be one of the best diving spots in the world. A marine reserve was recently established, but there are still many undocumented species and areas yet to be explored.

How to get there

There are daily 1.5-hour flights from Bali to Labuan Bojo. There are also inter-island motorboats which you can take from Sape in West Nusa Tenggara which operates every day, except during bad weather. The Pelni ship, which comes from Bali and Lombok, will also stop over here every two weeks. For more information, you can go to http://komodonationalpark.org/pnk/how_go_to_komodo.php

Address/ Location: Komodo, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, Nusa Tenggara Tim., Indonesia
Phone: +62 274 496401
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: 6am – 6pm
Website: http://www.komodonationalpark.org/

Accommodation

There are many accommodations near Komodo National Park which you should make use of as Komodo dragons are known to enter camping tents and may cause harm. Below are just two examples of the hotels near Komodo. You should do your own research to find accommodations that suit your budget and requirements.

  1. Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge

Address: Jl. Pantai Pede Km., Gorontalo-Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 7474205
Website: http://bajoecolodge.com/

  1. Luwansa Beach Resort

Address: Jl. Pantai Pede, Komodo, Labuan Bajo, Flores 86554, Indonesia
Phone: +62 385 2443677
Website: http://labuanbajo.luwansahotels.com/

 

9. Mount Bromo

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Mount Bromo in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is about 4 hours from Surabaya, the capital of East Java. The park covers 800 square km, and Mount Bromo stands at 2,392 meters tall. Although it may be small compared to other volcanoes, you will be in awe with its stunning views and dramatic landscapes when you get up there.

There is a legend that surrounds Mount Bromo about a fifteenth-century princess named Princess Roro, who was the daughter of the Majapahit King Brawijaya. She and her husband had escaped from marauding Islamic forces. They hid and took shelter at Mount Bromo where they established a new kingdom called Tengger. Their kingdom prospered and flourished. Sadly, the royal couple did not bear any children, so there was no heir to the throne.

Upacara Kasada – a ceremony held every year where people make offerings to the God of Mount Bromo since it swallowed Prince Kesuma

Upacara Kasada – a ceremony held every year where people make offerings to the God of Mount Bromo since it swallowed Prince Kesuma

Desperate, they went up to Mount Bromo to pray for help. After many days, the crater opened, and the God Hyang Widi Wasa answered their prayers. He said that he would grant them children upon the condition that their youngest child is given to the mountain as a sacrifice. They agreed and went on to have 25 children. However, when the time came to sacrifice their youngest, Prince Kesuma, they could not go through it. They broke their promise and angered the God of Mount Bromo, causing a terrible eruption that swallowed Prince Kesuma into the crater. From then on, Kesuma’s brother and sisters started making offerings at the crater once a year to appease the God – a ceremony that is still observed to this day. This famous ceremony is the Upacara Kasada, and it is held each year on the full moon of the 12th month, based on the Tenggerese calendar.

Gorgeous Milky Way at night at Mount Bromo

Gorgeous Milky Way at night at Mount Bromo

Take Note: Temperatures are 20°C and below around the park. At night, it can drop to zero. You may experience some rain, especially during the monsoon season from November to March. Please wear the appropriate attire and keep warm and dry when going up Mount Bromo.

How to get there

You can fly direct from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali, and Jakarta to Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. After that, go to the nearest travel agent and book a package to Mount Bromo.

Alternatively, you can rent a car, grab a map, and drive 2-3 hours, using the Probolinggo to Ngadisari route, to get there. You should plan to leave Surabaya at 11pm or midnight so that you will arrive in time to witness the magnificent sunrise. Many travellers would stay overnight at Prigen to make sure they do not miss the sunrise, and to be on the crater rim before it happens.

Address/ Location: Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia
Phone: +62 341 491828
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm
Website: http://bromotenggersemeru.org/

Accommodation

There are quite a few accommodations near and around Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, ranging from the cheap to the luxurious. It’s best to do your own research to make sure you find accommodations that suit your budget and requirements. Below are two examples.

  1. Smbromo hotel

Address: Jalan Raya Bromo, Ngadas, Sukapura, Bromo, Bromo, 65157 Indonesia
Phone: +62 335 4513559
Website: http://smbromohotel.co.id/

  1. Jiwa Jawa Bromo

Address: Jl. Raya Bromo, Wonotoro, Sukapura, Probolinggo, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park 67254, Indonesia
Phone: +62 335 541193
Website: http://www.jiwajawa.com/

 

10. Lake Toba

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This spectacular volcanic lake is the largest in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest in the world. In the centre of the huge crater lake is an island – Pulau Samosir – that is even bigger than Singapore. Lake Toba covers 1,145 square kilometres with a depth of 450 meters, making it more like an ocean than a lake. It is no wonder Lake Toba is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world.

Lake Toba’s Samosir Island is bigger than Singapore

Lake Toba’s Samosir Island is bigger than Singapore

Explore the magnificent Sipisopiso waterfall at 120 metres

Explore the magnificent Sipisopiso waterfall at 120 metres

Lake Toba is a perfect place for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy its beautiful and refreshing environment with scenic mountains surrounding the pristine lake. It is also famous for its Banana Pancakes trail. The lake sits at 900 meters above sea level, so the weather here is simply cool and refreshing, which is a good change from the heat and humidity of the city.

A magical scene - cooling morning mists at Lake Toba. Here visitors can truly relax and enjoy Lake Toba’s pristine lake and natural surroundings

A magical scene – cooling morning mists at Lake Toba. Here visitors can truly relax and enjoy Lake Toba’s pristine lake and natural surroundings

Take Note: The lake is very popular with Chinese tourists, especially during Chinese New Year, which is when the demand for accommodations drives the prices astronomically high. Book early or avoid going there during the Chinese New Year period.

How to get there

Travellers usually fly into Medan Kuala Namu International Airport, and then rent a car or take a taxi to the town area, Parapat. It takes 4 hours by car and 4-6 hours by public bus to get there. There are many travel agencies in Medan that can help you organise your journey and car rental services.

Once in Parapat, take the ferry to Samosir Island, which leaves every 1.5 hours. It will take you to either Tombok or Tuk Tuk village, where more accommodations available.
If you wish to take the bus, head for Amplas bus terminal to catch a bus to Parapat for Rp40,000. An air-conditioned bus is Rp70,000. Then, take the ferry to Samosir Island for Rp15,000, which will drop you at your hotel.

You can also get to Lake Toba by train, which is probably the best way to travel if you are not in a rush and wish to enjoy the scenic view along the way. You will also get to experience the lifestyle of the locals when you travel by train. Don’t worry about food as many food vendors come in and out of the train selling all kinds of refreshments. From the airport, take a taxi or becak to Lapangan Merdeka and Setasiun Kereta Api Medan – you may need to write this down so you can show them. It is 1.5 hours by taxi and costs around Rp150,000. There is only one train that leaves for Pematang Siantar/Siantar at 1:30 pm and it costs Rp40,000 for a 4-hour journey that stops at every station. Once you have arrived, you can either walk, take a taxi or becak (trishaw) to the bus and taxi hub to get yourself to Perapat.

Address/ Location: North Sumatra, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: http://www.indonesia-tourism.com/north-sumatra/toba_lake.html

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodations around Lake Toba, especially in Tuk Tuk village where it is most concentrated. You can choose from budget hotels to luxurious resorts. We recommend you do your own research to find an accommodation that suits your budget and requirements. Below are two examples.

  1. Mas Cottages

Address: Tuk Tuk Pinda Raya, 22395 Tuk Tuk, Indonesia
Phone: +62 625 451051
Website: http://mas-cottages.blogspot.my/

  1. Toba Village Inn

Address: Tuktuk Siadong 1, 22395 Tuk Tuk, Indonesia
Phone: +62 625 451346
Website: http://www.tobavillageinn.com/en/Welcome.aspx

 

11. Uluwatu Temple

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Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is perched on a very steep 70-meter cliff that projects into the sea. It is one of the six key temples of the Sad Kahyangan Temples, which are believed to be the main spiritual pillars of Bali.

Located in Pacatu Village, a sub-district of Kuta, some believe that the temple was built by Empu Kuturan in the 9th century AD. Others believe that the temple was built by Dang Hyang Nirartha, a Hindu monk from the Daha Kingdom in East Java. They said that after Dang Hyang Nirartha completed building the temple on Pecatu Hill, he went on a spiritual journey around Bali, came back to Uluwatu Temple, and passed away there. He went into meditation (moksa), left this worldly life to enter heaven (Swargaloka), and his body disappeared with him. The Hindus believe that he has achieved liberation.

The Balinese Hindus believe that the temple protects Bali from evil sea spirits and has dedicated this temple to Siva Rudra/ Shiva. The renowned beautiful temple is one of the must-visit sites in Bali, especially during sunset with views that overlooks the magnificent Indian Ocean. The traditional dance called Kecak and Fire Dance is performed daily at the cliff-top stage from 6pm to 7pm. The performance is mesmerising with the sun setting in the background. A small fee is charged to visitors (USD10/person) who wish to watch the performance.

The traditional dance called Kecak and Fire Dance or Monkey Dance performances is something worth catching when visiting Uluwatu Temple

The traditional dance called Kecak and Fire Dance or Monkey Dance performances is something worth catching when visiting Uluwatu Temple

When you are there, watch out for the hundreds of monkeys roaming around. They may look tame, but they are very aggressive. They are also good at grabbing food off your hands and snatching your belongings to barter for food. So, be warned and guard your items. Try not to wear any jewellery that can be snatched off of you.

Take Note: Like any other temple in Bali or when visiting a holy place, it is important to dress respectfully. The dress code is always a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body and a sash worn around the waist. Not to worry if you forgot, at the entrance of the temple, there will always be sarong rental services. Women who are having their periods are prohibited from entering any temple or sacred site. They can enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters of the temples only.

Address/ Location: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: Rp40,000
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm
Website: NIL

How to get there

From Kuta, you can take a 30-minute taxi ride which costs about Rp50,000 for a one-way trip. There is no public transportation available, so make prior arrangements to ensure your ride is waiting for you. Joining a tour group may be a cheaper option.

Due to its unique location, you will need to take the long, stone stairway to reach the temple. The temple faces the east, unlike most Balinese temples which face the west or south.

Take Note: Like any other temple in Indonesia or when visiting a holy place, it is important to dress respectfully. The dress code is always a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body and a sash worn around the waist. Women who are having their periods are prohibited from entering any temple or sacred site. They can enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters of the temples only.

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodations surrounding Uluwatu Temple ranging from 5-star hotels to cheaper options. We recommend you do further research to find an accommodation that suits your needs and budget. Below are two examples.

  1. Uluwatu Beach House

Address: Jalan Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu, Pecatu, 80361 Uluwatu, Indonesia
Phone: +62 877 61680760
Website: http://www.ulubeachhouse.com/

  1. Puri Kelapa by BukitVista

Address: Jl. Batu Jaran, 80361 Uluwatu, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/YYdgfj

 

12. Tana Toraja

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Step back in time when you visit Tana Toraja, located in the south of Sulawesi Province, and experience one of Indonesia’s richest and oldest ethnic groups. See their unique architecture of intricate carvings and boat-shaped houses called Tongkonan.

The most attractive part about Tana Toraja, though, is the very warm and welcoming people. Although more than half of the Toraja people are Christians, they still proudly uphold and preserve their culture, which is Animism, to this day. Their adherence to their culture can be seen in the way they greet and welcome guests as well as during funeral ceremonies.

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Toraja people bury their dead in small cave tombs carved on the edge of a cliff. Puppets (Tau Tau) are placed in front representing the deceased

Toraja people bury their dead in small cave tombs carved on the edge of a cliff. Puppets (Tau Tau) are placed in front representing the deceased

Dead babies are buried inside a growing tree trunk. The locals believe that the wind will carry their souls and nature will absorb their body

Dead babies are buried inside a growing tree trunk. The locals believe that the wind will carry their souls and nature will absorb their body

The Toraja people have a special way of celebrating someone’s life, which may be too gruesome for some. Their death ceremonies are huge events that can last up to a week, with many ritual dances and buffalo fights. Animals such as pigs and buffaloes are slaughtered and sacrificed for the deceased. Finally, the body is placed in a small cave tomb with an figurine (Tau Tau) placed in front of them. Some are buried inside a hollow tree, and some are placed in a bamboo frame hanging from a cliff, exposed to the elements.

This sleepy rural region with scenic mountains and green valleys offer some of the best home-grown Arabica coffee – something not be missed by all coffee lovers.

How to get there

Three times a week, there are flights from Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar to Tana Toraja. They cost around Rp775,000 with flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Do double check with your local travel agency for the latest information at the time you are travelling.

Taking the bus from Makassar costs around Rp70,000 for a regular bus and Rp150,000 for a bus with air-conditioning. Most of the buses are clean and comfortable, so you can relax during the 8- to 10-hour journey.

You can also rent a car or a taxi for a more comfortable journey, which could cost you Rp850,000 – Rp1,200, 000 for a one-way trip.

Address/ Location: 328 kilometres north of Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi Province, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: NIL

Accommodation

There are accommodations available around Tana Toraja ranging from luxurious hotels to budget hotels. Here are two recommendations but we would advise you to do further research to find what suits you.

  1. Toraja Heritage Hotel

Address: Jl. Ke’te Kesu’, 91831 Rantepao, Indonesia
Phone: +62 423 21192
Website: http://toraja-heritage.com/

  1. Luta Resort Toraja

Address: Dr Ratulangi Street No.26, Rantepao, 91831 Rantepao, Indonesia
Phone: +62 423 21060
Website: http://www.torajalutaresort.com/

 

13. Tanjung Puting National Park

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Map of Tanjung Puting National Park

Map of Tanjung Puting National Park

Your visit to Indonesia would not be complete without visiting the orangutans, and one of the best places to visit them is in Tanjung Puting National Park, which is also known as one of the natural wonders of the world.

Tanjung Puting is the largest and most diverse protected forest that covers most of southern Borneo. It is 3,040 square kilometres of swampy terrain, dryland dipterocarp forest, heath forest, mangrove, secondary forest, and coastal beach forest with black water rivers flowing out into the Java Sea.

In the 1930s, the park was set to protect the orangutans and proboscis monkeys by the Dutch colonial government. Then, in 1977, it was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and finally became a national park in 1982. It is home to the gentle orangutans as well as many other wild animals such as macaques, gibbons, sun bears, clouded leopards, wild boars, sambar deer, porcupines, and 220 species of birds. Today, Tanjung Puting National Park is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations and should definitely be on your travel itinerary!

How to get there

There are daily flights from Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia to Pangkalan Bun. Visitors must take a boat from Pangkalan to Sekonyer River to explore the park, and these boats will actually accommodate you during your entire visit in Tanjung Putting.

It is best to pre-arrange your tour from your local agencies. Many tour agencies run cruises from Pangkalan Bun. Booking in advance provides a hassle-free experience as they will pick you up from the airport and send you straight to the river.

Address/ Location: Teluk Pulai, Waringin Barat, West Kotawaringin Regency, Central Kalimantan 74181
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: https://orangutan.org/rainforest/tanjung-puting-national-park/

Accommodation

There are a few places you can stay in or near Tanjung Puting National Park. Be sure to do extra research to find the one that suits you and your budget. Below are two examples. If you need to search for more, this is a good site to check out: http://www.tanjung-puting.com/lodging/.

  1. Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge

Address: Sungai Sekonyer, Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting, Kumai, Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 4719383
Website: http://www.ecolodgesindonesia.com/

  1. Yayorin Homestay Ecolodge

Address: Jl Bhayangkara, km 1, Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia
Phone: +62 0532 29057
Website: www.yayorin.com

 

14. Kalimantan – Borneo

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Kalimantan is the place to be for all you nature lovers out there. As the third largest island in the world, with five Indonesian provinces, there are endless places to explore. It is home to 12 million people, has no volcanoes, and is protected from tsunamis. This makes it one of the most biodiverse islands in the world.

Known for its lush ancient forest and home to some of the world’s most beloved endangered species; orangutans, gibbons, hornbills, Kalimantan is a wealth of natural wilderness.

When you are in Kalimantan, one of the best way to experience local life is to stay in a Dayak’s longhouse

When you are in Kalimantan, one of the best way to experience local life is to stay in a Dayak’s longhouse

The best way to experience Kalimantan is by experiencing local life. Try living with one of Kalimantan’s indigenous people, the Dayaks, in their longhouses and embrace their warm community lifestyle, which I am sure, will be an eye-opener.

Map of Kalimantan

Map of Kalimantan. Click on image to enlarge

The cities of Kalimantan at a glance:

  • Balikpapan– The Oil City of Indonesia.
  • Banjarmasin– This is the biggest city in Kalimantan, and it is famous for its floating market.
  • Pontianak- This city is mostly populated by the Chinese, Dayak, and Malay peoples. There are also some minorities such as Bugis and Javanese.
  • Palangkaraya– The capital of Central Kalimantan.
  • Samarinda- The capital of East Kalimantan.
  • Tanjung Selor– This is a district in Bulungan Regency in northern Kalimantan.
  • Tarakan- The capital of North Kalimantan. There is a visa-free border crossing here between Indonesia and Tawau in Sabah, Malaysia.

How to get there

You can catch a flight from Sepinggan International Airport (IATA: BPN) to Kalimantan. There are also many direct domestic flights from major cities in Indonesia, except Bali. There are also flights from Kuala Lumpur (Air Asia) and Singapore (Silk Air).

Kalimantan’s regional airport in the south, Syamsudin Noor Airport (IATA: BDJ), has many connecting flights to major Indonesian cities like Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Yogyakarta, Makassar, Pontianak, and Balikpapan.

Address/ Location: Southeast Asia
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: http://indonesia-tourism.com/

Accommodation

It all depends on which part of Kalimantan you are visiting as there are five provinces and seven major cities. We highly recommend that you do further research based on your travel plans. Here are just two examples of the many more that can be found online.

  1. Swiss-Belhotel Tarakan

Address: Jln. Mulawarman No. 15, Tarakan 77111, Indonesia
Phone: +62 551 21133
Website: http://www.swiss-belhotel.com/en-gb/swiss-belhotel-tarakan

  1. Harris Hotel

Address: Jalan Gajah Mada No.150, 78121 Pontianak, Indonesia
Phone: +62 778 7498888
Website: http://pontianak-pontianak.harrishotels.com/

 

15. Gunung Rinjani

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Indonesia’s second highest mountain after Mount Kerinchi, Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano that towers over Lombok. Many travellers come here to climb the mountain because reaching the top is said to be the most exhilarating experience ever. Standing at 3,726 meters tall, the climb may be quite challenging but, once you have conquered it, the view makes it worthwhile.

The mountain is believed to be sacred. Even its name, Rinjani, which means ‘God’ in Javanese, is divine. Within the mountain is a crescent-shaped lake named Segara Anak that is considered to be holy. Every year, the Hindu Balinese will make a pilgrimage here and perform a special ceremony called pekelan. They would offer jewellery to the mountain spirit and, on full moon nights, they will come here to pray.

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Located within the Gunung Rinjani National Park, Rinjani attracts many trekkers from all over the world to its breath-taking vistas and explore its diverse tropical flora and fauna.

How to get there

The most popular entry point is via the Senaru village, which is on the north side of the mountain and closer to the main resort areas. Another entry point, which is close to the summit, is Sembalun Lawang, on the east side of the mountain. You can access both these villages from the main north coast road.

From Padang Bai Bali, the best and cheapest option is to take the ferry. It costs Rp45,000, operates 24 hours a day, and takes 4 hours and 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the fast boat, which takes only 2 hours and costs Rp250,000. The first boat leaves at 8am, and the last boat leaves at 1:30pm.

From Lembar Harbour, you can take a 45-minute taxi ride for around Rp35,000, depending on your negotiation skills. You can take the bus for Rp15,000 if you arrive during the day. Night buses cost Rp30,000.

Other options include taking a taxi to Senaru, which will take about 4 hours. From Mataram to Senaru, the cost is Rp350,000, which is also negotiable.

Address/ Location: Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani, Jl. Arya Banjar Getas, Lingkar Selatan – Ampenan, Lombok Barat-NTB Indonesia
Phone: +62 0 370 660 8874
Entrance Fee: Rp150,000 per person
*To check on the trekking packages offered, please go to the website below.
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: http://rinjaninationalpark.com/

Accommodation

There are several lodges and hotels available near Mount Rinjani. Below are two examples. We recommend that you do further research to see what suits your budget and needs.

  1. Lembah Rinjani Villa & Resto

Address: Sembalun Lawang, Sembalun, Sembalun Lawang, Lombok Timur, Kabupaten Lombok Timur, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 83656, Indonesia
Phone: +62 818 03652511
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/lembahrinjani/

  1. Pondok Senaru Cottages

Address: Jl. Pariwisata, Senaru, Bayan, Kabupaten Lombok Utara, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 80335, Indonesia
Phone: +62 818 03624129
Website: http://www.pondoksenaru.com/

 

16. Banda Islands

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The Banda Islands used to be known as the Spice Islands. Located between Sulawesi and Papua, it was famous for its spices, especially nutmeg. The island was first colonised by the Portuguese and then the Dutch, who fought the Spice War with the British. Today, it is one of Indonesia’s most treasured islands with vibrant multi-coloured coral gardens and many untouched beaches.

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The Islands consist of a cluster of ten islands. With depths reaching more than 6,500 meters, it is a haven for divers all over the world. Its pristine crystal clear waters give many the opportunity to spot the many beautiful marine life such as sea turtles, sharks, Ambon scorpionfish, whales, lobsters, and more.

How to get there

This island is really off the beaten track. First, you will need to get a flight from one of the major cities in Indonesia to Ambon. There are several flights a day, so do check with your local travel agent. After reaching Ambon, you have these options:

  1. Take a flight to Banda islands in a tiny 12-seat plane for Rp300,000. AviaStar has an office in the Ambon airport and offers direct flights, but you need to make advance bookings.
  2. Taking a fast boat from Ambon to Banda Islands is perhaps the best way to the island. You will need to contact Mutiara Guesthouse for more information about this Rp510,000 boat trip.
  3. You can sail to the Banda Islands on a huge Pelni ship. It sails from major ports in Indonesia and would go from Ambon to Bandaneira (Banda) every two weeks. The journey takes 8 hours. For more information, it would be best to check with your travel agency. So far there are two ships, Tidar and Kelimutu. The cost is Rp110,000 for an economy class ticket. You may want to consider taking the First Class option as there have been many incidences of robbery.

Address/ Location: 140 kilometres south of Seram Island and about 2,000 kilometres east of Java. The island is part of the province of Maluku.
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: NIL

Accommodation

There are several lodges and hotels available in the Banda Islands, and some of them have to be checked out when you are there. Below are two examples found online. We recommend that you do further research and check with your travel agent to help you make the necessary arrangements.

  1. Cilu Bintang Estate

Address: Jl. Benteng Belgica, RT. 02, Desa Nusantara, Kec. Banda Neira, Nusantara, Banda, Kabupaten Maluku Tengah, Maluku, Indonesia
Phone: +62 813 30343377
Website: http://cilubintang.com/

  1. The Maulana

Address: Jalan Pelabuhan, Desa Nusantara RT3, Nusantara, Banda, Banda Naira, Maluku 97593, Indonesia
Phone: +62 812 12216044
Website: http://www.themaulana.com/

 

17. Sacred Monkey Forest

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Sacred Monkey Forest, or Ubud Monkey Forest, can be found in the Balinese village of Padangtegal. A popular attraction in Ubud, the temple is set in a beautiful lush green natural sanctuary. It is home to around 700 long-tailed macaques. Conveniently located to Ubud Town Centre, it is within walking distance from many resorts, guesthouses, cafes, and restaurants.

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Walking around the park is very relaxing and enjoyable as you see many playful monkeys swinging from the leafy nutmeg trees. Some of them are friendly enough to come up to you and sit on your shoulder. The park also presents many beautiful ancient temples with guardians covered in moss, creating a mystical and enchanting experience.

The locals believe that the Monkey Forest is sacred ground, and an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservative centre. There are around 186 species of trees in this 12.5 hectares of natural forestry.

Take Note: Like any other temple in Indonesia or when visiting a holy place, it is important to dress respectfully. The dress code is always a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body and a sash worn around the waist. Women who are having their periods are prohibited from entering any temple or sacred site. They can enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters of the temples only.

How to get there

If you are staying in Ubud, walking is the best way to get there. You can start from the Ubud main road and turn into Jalan Hanoman. This will lead you to a right turn that takes you to the sanctuary.

If you are coming from other parts of Bali, like Kuta, hop into a metered taxi or rent a car.

Address/ Location: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 971304
Entrance Fee: Rp50,000 (Adult); Rp40,000 (Child)
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6pm daily
Website: https://www.monkeyforestubud.com/

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodations in Ubud from luxurious 5-star hotels and resorts to the more economical back-packers guest-houses. Further research should be done to find a place that suits your needs and budget. Here are two examples.

  1. Komaneka at Monkey Forest

Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 4792518
Website: http://monkeyforest.komaneka.com/

  1. Villa Indah Ubud

Address: Jl. Raya Kedewatan No 25, 80361 Ubud, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 975490
Website: http://www.villaindahubud.com/

 

18. Tirta Empul Temple

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Located in the Balinese village of Tampaksiring, is a lovely Hindu Balinese water temple. The temple has a bathing pool which is famous for its holy spring water. Ever since it was built in 962 AD, the Balinese Hindus will go there to have a ritual purification bath.

The Balinese devotees believe that this spring water was created by the Hindu god Indra and that it contains healing properties. The source of this spring water in Tirta Empul Temple is said to come from the ground, which flows continuously. The main attraction at this temple is the rectangular stone-carved pool that is filled with koi fishes and features 12 fountains spouting out the sacred spring water.

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It may be tempting watching the devotees bathe, but the purification bathing ritual is meant for pilgrims and devotees only. If you are really interested in this ritual, you may consult with your guide who can then request the temple authority for more details on your behalf.

Take Note: Like any other temple in Bali or when visiting a holy place, it is important to dress respectfully. The dress code is always a traditional ‘kamen’ wrap around the lower body and a sash worn around the waist. Women who are having their periods are prohibited from entering any temple or sacred site. They can enjoy the sights and attractions in the outer perimeters of the temples only.

How to get there

From Denpasar Bali Airport, it is just about an hour drive. From Ubud, it is a 30-minute drive. The best way to get there, if you are not staying in central Bali, is to take a metered taxi. Otherwise, walking there is a breeze.

Address/ Location: Jl. Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: Rp15,000 (Adult) and Rp7,500 (Child)
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm daily
Website: NIL

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodations in Central Bali around the temple. You can choose from luxurious 5-star hotels and resorts to the more economical hotels. We recommend that you do further research to find a place that suits your needs and budget. Here are two examples.

  1. Anahata Villas & Spa Resort

Address: Br. Umah Anyar-Tampak Siring, PO Box 1011 Ubud, Indonesia
Phone: + 62 361 8987991
Website: http://www.anahataresort.com/

  1. Alam Sembuwuk Resort

Address: Jl. Raya Pejeng Kawan no. 45, Banjar Sembuwuk, Desa Pejeng, Ubud 80552, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8987859
Website: http://www.alamsembuwuk.com/

 

19. Ujung Kulon National Park

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Ujung Kulon National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Located 300 kilometres from the capital Jakarta, Ujung Kulon National Park comprises of 78,619 hectares of land and 44,337 hectares of seas. The park has one of the world’s most unspoilt natural ecosystem. And, one of the reasons why the national park’s ecosystem of flora and fauna is so well preserved is because there is very little human interference.

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The most precious feature of all is the majestic one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sundaicus), commonly known as the Javan Rhino. These rhinos are classified as critically endangered in the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.

Besides the Javan Rhino, the National Park is also refuge to many other unique wildlife, such as surili, dhole/wild dog, the Owa Jawa monkeys, silvery gibbon, banteng bull, Javan leopard, Javan lutung, Javan mouse-deer, and more. There are also over 72 species of reptiles and amphibians and 240 species of birds that make Ujung Kulon their home.

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Unlike other parks, Ujung Kulon National Park encompasses rich vegetation from the sea coast to tropical mountains. For nature lovers, the Ujung Kulon National Park is a must on the travel itinerary.

How to get there

There are two options for you to get into Ujung Kulon National Park.

  1. Charter boats from Carita Beach, which takes about 2-3 hours to reach the national park representative office and accommodations.
  2. Rent a car and go via Labuan to Tamanjaya or Sumur. Entrance ticket, insurance, and general information about the park can be obtained from Ujung Kulon National Park’s office, which is located in Tamanjaya Village. You can arrange all the requirements you need for your visit at the office such as boat rentals, local guides, porters, and more.

Address/ Location: Jl. 51 Independence Pioneers district. Labuan, Kab. Pandeglang, Banten. 42264, Indonesia
Phone: +62 253 801731
Entrance Fee: Rp25,000 (excludes fees for roaming around the lowland forest areas)
Opening Hours: The Park does not have set opening hours, but the park’s offices in Tamanjaya on the mainland and on Peucang Island only operates during the day.
Website: http://www.ujungkulon.org/

Accommodation

There are a few accommodations near Ujung Kulon National Park. It all depends on your budget and requirements. We recommend that you do further research to find a place that suits your needs. Here are two examples.

  1. Tanjung Lesung Beach Hotel

Address: Kawasan Wisata Tanjung Lesung Kav. R No. 14A, Jalan Raya Tanjung Lesung, Tanjungjaya, Panimbang, Kabupaten Pandeglang, Banten 42281, Indonesia
Phone: +62 253 802900
Website: http://www.tanjunglesung.com/

  1. Bunar Tunggal Villa n Resto

Address: Jl. Raya Tanjung Lesung No. 22 Tanjung Jaya, Pandeglang Banten, 42281 Tanjung Lesung, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/33wWzj

 

20. Jatiluwih Rice Fields

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Your trip to Bali will not be complete if you do not see the famous Jatiluwih Rice Fields. Instead of just sun, sand, sea, and shopping, take a drive out and away from the busy tourist crowd, and discover the beauty of the rest of the island peacefully.

The Jatiluwih Rice Fields may be not be appreciated by many, even though it is the most popular image you see on every guidebook. However, when you do get here, you will be charmed by stunning rice terraces that look like stairs leading up to the sky. The best part is that you will not see anybody here. Perfect for meditation, and for reconnecting with yourself and nature.

How to get there

Located in the middle of Bali near Gunung Batukaru, the only way to get here is by taxi or by renting a car. Alternatively, you could spend a few days here in one of its nearby resorts.

Address/ Location: Jalan Jatiluwih Kangin No. 2, Desa Jatiluwih, Penebel, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia
Phone: NIL
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: NIL

Accommodation

There are not many hotels and resorts around the Jatiluwih Rice Fields, but these two are amongst the few that can be found online. We recommend you do further research to find the right place to suit your budget and needs.

  1. Villa Lumbung Jatiluwih

Address: Banjar Soka Kawan, Desa Senganan, Penebel, Jatiluwih, Senganan, Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 880077
Website: http://www.balinatureland.com/

  1. Batukaru Hotel

Address: Jalan Batukaru Jatiluwih Penebel, Mengesta, Tabanan, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8730471
Website: https://goo.gl/6zYr9v

 

Travel Books on Indonesia

To make the most out of your trip to Indonesia, read up for more tips and information before you arrive. Here are two popular travel books to help plan your trip better and make your journey more enjoyable:

 

Lonely Planet Indonesia (Travel Guide)

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Authors: Loren Bell, Stuart Butler, Trent Holden, Anna Kaminski, Hugh McNaughtan, Adam Skolnick, Iain Stewart, Ryan Ver Berkmoes.

“Lonely Planet Indonesia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take in a traditional gamelan performance, laze on hidden beaches, or hike volcanic peaks; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Indonesia and begin your journey now!”

Website: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia

 

Indonesia (Footprint Focus)

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Authors: Paul Dixon

“Party in Jakarta, trek through virgin rainforest in Sumatra and explore Komodo Island – home to the famous Komodo dragon. Indonesia is truly off the beaten path – come here to wade through jungles, mingle with locals on bus journeys and to have a genuine experience of Southeast Asia. Footprint Focus Indonesia will take you from the warm waters of Lake Toba to the white sand beaches of Bali. This guide includes listings on the best places to eat and sleep, plus information on tours and activities.”

 
Sources:

  • http://wikitravel.org/en/Indonesia
  • http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/asia/id.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chola_invasion_of_Srivijaya
  • https://www.rickshawtravel.co.uk/asia/south-east/indonesia/travel-advice/when-to-go/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Indonesia
  • http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/guides/guide-to-indonesia-etiquette-customs-culture-business/
  • http://www.commisceo-global.com/country-guides/indonesia-guide
  • http://lagunatrip.com/borobudur-entrance-fee-2017-update/
  • http://www.bali-indonesia.com/

 
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  1. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 15, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Indonesia is rich with its cultural diversity, with so many ethnicity across the entire Indonesian archipelago.

    Bali has a unique culture, they like to put their dead into a bull effigy, with offerings and this is then burnt as part of the cremation ceremony. When I went there quite some years ago, there was a huge ceremony to cremate a Balinese princess, the bull effigy was many stories high and the ceremony was very elaborate. It seems peopel who cannot afford to have the elaborate ceremony done, would bury their dead, then later when they could afford it will dig up the dead, and then the normal cremation via the bull effigy will be affected.

  2. Anne Ong on Jul 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Very beautiful and interesting Indonesia. Love the beautiful scenery,pictures and food. Looks really yummy and hope to have a chance to try them anywhere around malaysia. And thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for the very interesting explaination about Indonesia._/\_

  3. Pastor David Lai on Jul 5, 2017 at 4:01 am

    What a comprehensive list of places to visit in Indonesia. So far, I have only been to Bali once and that was indeed a fortunate experience as I went travelled there with Rinpoche. Aside from returning to beautiful Bali, I would like to travel to other places in Indonesia like Borobuddur, which unfortunately, I have never been to. It’s to set eyes on the ancient Buddhist structure that’s so old and yet so nearby, within the South east asian region that is.

    The other place on my Indonesian bucket list that is interesting is actually the temple of Prambanan here on this list. Love the ancient stone masonry and the unearthly beauty and symmetry of the structure. It kinda reminds me of Angkor Wat on a smaller scale. I think there are other ancient temples in Indonesia to explore and some are even Buddhist and all this reflects Indonesia’s glorious past.

    I think as Rinpoche once said, that if we have to go on holiday, it would be good to go to places that are spiritual or that enriches us. That’s how I see the many ancient places in Indonesia and Bali as a whole. The good thing about Indonesia is the fact that it is nearby.

  4. Samfoonheei on Jul 4, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world with over 17508 islands and each certainly has its own unique and place of interest. There are so many unspoilt beaches and beautiful places in Indonesia which has plenty to offer for every tourist.From stunning beaches and multicolored lakes to active volcanoes and diverse wildlife..So much so foreigners and local tourists loves to visit.Every years there’s thousands of Australians alone visiting the beautiful Bali Island.
    I have been to Lake Toba and Bali Island , would like to see more of the beauty in times to come……places like Borobudur.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing…..the beauty of Indonesia.

  5. Fong on Jul 3, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    A comprehensive travelogue on our neighbor. It really is a beautiful country filled with spirituality of more than one religion. And, they co-exist harmoniously. Their food is very unique and intriguing with its blend of spices of the region. A food that reflects the complexity and harmonious balance of its people.

    Love the fact that they still have a lot of nature left to explore. Indonesia has some world renown sites for tourists. Love Bali and the Komodo National Part. But, I think I’ll skip Tana Toraja. A bit too adventurous for me. Love the various island like Banda Island with its pristine waters.

    Thank you for a very interesting armchair visit to Indonesia.

  6. Stella Cheang on Jul 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Indonesia is our exotic neighbor, who is rich in culture, art, and natural resources. Due to the long line of influence from the natives, Hindus, Buddhism, Islam, and conquerors from the West, it has resulted in a vast landscape of charming heritages like the Borobudur, Candi Prambanan and the Tana Toraja. What I like most about Indonesia is the people; I have friends from Indonesia who demonstrated passion in life and tenacity in everything they do. Their fighter spirit should be an inspiration many. As an island nation, Indonesia also has many locations to offer for the scuba divers and hikers. These beautifully compiled locations make one great list for anyone who is interested to explore Indonesia! Thank you for this sharing.

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    It is very sad for the Tibetan in exile that after 60 years they are still refugees and not able to have a good environment to develop in any sense. The question is why isn’t the governing body (Central Tibetan Administration) whom has been receiving helps from other countries been able to help the Tibetan in exile in getting good education and get them out of the vicious cycle ? Above article clearly shows that Tibetan living in other countries were given the opportunity to learn and freedom to develop ones talent. I hope the Tibetan in exile understand their position and stand up to fight for their rights and freedom.

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    Very touching…….farmer and his cow for 23 years through thick and thin .A special bond between them even when separated to retirement home we can see how much tears flowing the two of them. True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils.
    After the cow was sent to the retirement home, the cow refused to eat for 3 days till the owner came to show up again. Amazing the cow started eating after met up the farmer. There must be a direct relationship between these two of them.
    Animals have feelings too ,and they needs our care ,love aswell.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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    Is really heart breaking to watch this video ,how horrible and sad how those chickens, turkeys ,cows, cattle ,pigs and died suffering so much pain and abused. I almost in tears how can the slaughter men did it…..so cruel. The chicken is the worst abused animals ,suffered cramped, bitten by the owner before been slaughtered. Having the throat slit alive or scalded alive.
    Cattle horn were piled off, injuries on them left alone. Thousands of cows or cattle were not able to walk before going to the slaughtered house. Pigs suffered the same faith, throw against the wall. Many pigs suffered injuries and so forth. Those who are so sick and cannot made to the slaughtered house were shot dead. Some are burned alive.
    Choose vegetarian ,live healthy and safe those poor aniamals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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    Wonderful platform for Rinpoche to share with more people having an account of FB. From there they can have live streaming to express each individual opinion on certain interesting subject. Having these live streaming Rinpoche did a lot of sharing with people of different walks of life ,his biography, his spiritual journey, meeting his Guru and on the practice of Dorje Shugden .It s a powerful way to spread Dharma knowledge through social media. It can be shared by many and since the video is saved ,the viewer could see from time to time to get a better understanding .
    These live streaming lasted for 3 hours with many beautiful comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. We love HH Dalai Lama and we love Dorje Shugden ..Please resolve the Dorje Shugden issue as soon as possible. and please end the suffering, segregation and prejudice.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-tsem-rinpoches-first-live-streaming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:30 PM
    This is great move by Gucci and I hope it will encourage more brands to follow suit. We do not need to have animals fur on our body to look pretty and to prevent us from cold. We have many options. Choose one that does not harm and bring suffering to other beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:22 PM
    This is horrible and it is a shame that we human can do such actions that bring tremendous pain to the animals. We should stop using leather products and this will directly stop the demand of leather goods. I hope authority of respective country will implement rules to protect animals welfare. It is only when there are laws that people will stop such act.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/where-does-leather-come-from.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:04 AM
    Interesting someone like Rob Lowe a famous actor actually told he came face-to-face with Bigfoot was with his two sons .No proof and details given to support his encounter. Whether for publicity his coming show no one knows. He was filming his new paranormal documentary series when he said he saw it. It does not matter at least it helps to raise awareness of that Bigfoot do exist. Good in way more people will come to accept it and will further investigate its existence of Bigfoot. It also encourages people to start thinking broadly of possibilities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/rob-lowe-face-to-face-with-bigfoot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:03 AM
    Well,I have read news of Bigfoot sightings in the jungles of southern Malaysia before years back. Interesting as our country do have the sighting of Bigfoot too.It seems that Bigfoot can be found anywhere in this world. To many people, Bigfoot is the stuff of nightmarish folklore. Described by hundreds of alleged eyewitnesses as an ape-like creature that stands nearly eight feet tall. There is a number of sighting by the locals and may be linked to environmental changes and the shrinking jungle. This has attracted world attention, having teams from different countries and our local government as well. The research scientists, has been trying to verify Bigfoot’s existence so far none has really performed intensive research on this matter. Historical records show eight claimed sightings of enormous apemen or Bigfoot or oversized apes. Despite numerous sightings, photos and footprints , there has never been conclusive proof that these creatures exist in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bigfoot-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:02 AM
    Alarming height and shocking to know there is microplastic contamination in our drinking water after scientific investigation has discovered that.
    Glad to know scientists are doing more for research on the implications for health. At least we could know more knowledge and more aware of all plastics fibres in our tap water. All this while we have been drinking . Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs. That is bad for our health. Plastic fibres have infiltrated the drinking water of cities and towns all over the world. Our oceans are littered with plastic, which is killing whales and other marine mammals, and contaminating fish. Previous studies have shown when people eat seafood, they are also eating high levels of microplastics, not to mention taking in a lot of mercury as well
    Many people have involved to make a change for a better environment for the generation to come. Educating the people from school children to the people on the streets the safest ways of garbage disposal will be a wonderful start. We should all take responsibility to care for the environment and help raise awareness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 01:51 AM
    In Buddhism, before become an enlightened beings, all living beings have to experience the suffering in taking rebirth for many lifetimes and each of the rebirth, we must have father and mother. It is possible that our previous lifetime’s father and mother have taken rebirth in other forms such as animals, hungry ghosts and etc in this lifetime. Due to this reason, we should love and treat all sentient beings well as everyone might once been our father or mother in the previous life. We owe them kindness and therefore we should practice dharma and help to liberate them from suffering and lead them to enlightenment.

    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/five-ways-to-love-more-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 10:27 PM
    Rinpoche’s blog has so many interesting topics and articles. Be it heavy and technical or light such as traveling tips, all are very useful and informative to the readers. I appreciate Rinpoche and writers team hardwork in giving us vast information and opportunity for us to learn and improve our dharma knowledge.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
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These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
yesterday
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
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Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
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Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
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This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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