It’s very exciting that the Bali Culture Officeis making a comprehensive documentary film on Pura Besakih, which is considered to be the mother temple in Bali. You will find Pura Besakih on the slope of Mount Agung in Karangasem regency. After all, this is one of the most popular destinations by tourists headed to Bali.

“We are now conducting research and studies on Pura Besakih to get insightful coverage on the temple,” said I Wayan Dauh, head of the office’s film and licensing.

Pura Besakih is an absolute must to visit. It signifies the Kingdom of Balinese Hundus oneness. There are numerous puru (temples) in the Besakih complex, which is massive. Many tourists guides mention 28 temples although some say as many as 38 temples exist there.

For non-religious visitors there is an admittance fee. The price varies depending on how good you can bargain. That said, the money goes to the pura so why not just pay the fee and enjoy.

You will be assigned a temple guide. The walk up the steep hill can be tiring – so now you have been warned, but worth it! There are motorcycle rentals offered along the way.

Once you arrive, your guide will begin the narration. There’s much to see throughout the temple. Along the way, be prepared to be encouraged to make donations throughout the temple. This can be awkward for some tourists but if you know that it’s coming you can just take it in stride and consider it part of the experience.

Be sure to tip your guide when you are done. The guide is not paid from the donations you make, a common mistake tourists make. While some do not like the pressure for donations, let’s be honest, where else can you enjoy such an amazing experience and take away so much? It really is a one of a kind experience and those donations are likely going to a good cause whether to pay staff or to keep the puru in good shape, so why not just go with it?