I visited Bali, Indonesia on 30th December 2018 to celebrate new year eve. During this trip I stayed in Ubud for 4 nights.
Ubud is in many ways Bali’s cultural heart. It’s in the cool mountains, just an hour’s drive north of the airport. This traditional country town is home to one of Bali’s royal families. Ubud is also well known as a flourishing crafts centre. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes.
We arrived at hotel 30th Dec’18 late night around 3 am. From airport to Ubud was around 1 hour by road. Finally reach at hotel around 4 am.. Woke up in morning and taken some hotel room images. We stayed at Puri Saraswati Bungalow in Ubud.
The best way to explore Bali is on motor bike which you can easily take on rent. My fist destination was Monkey forest. The type of monkeys that live in the area of The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud), known as the Balinese long-tailed monkey, in scientific called Macaca fascicularis. In English called macaque. There are about 600 monkeys living in this area. The famous Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali is something not to be missed. It’s one of the top things to do in Ubud, but there are some things to know first.
After an amazing visit to Monkey forest it was time for lunch so I went to newly open pure vegetarian Indian Restaurant in center of city. It was home made food and good in taste. After that I visit to Pura taman Saraswati Temple and Goa Gajah Temple Elephant Cave. Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is an archaeological site of significant historical value that makes it a special place to visit. A few kilometers from Ubud, Indonesia, Goa Gajah or the “elephant cave” is a spiritual and cultural attraction filled with Buddhist and Shaivite relics and carvings.
Now its time for cultural show at Pura Taman Saraswati Temple .Pura Taman Ayun is a magnificent temple surrounded by lake, The Taman Ayun “beautiful garden” gives serenity and tranquility for tourists. Here I enjoyed a tradition dance joged bumbung. My day one ends here with good food and a beautiful cultural program there and a new start of another coming year with full of joy and happiness. I am posting some pictures in this blog.
Puri Saraswati Bungalow, Ubud
Monkey Forest, Ubud
After Breakfast, I went rented a motorbike for 3 days and start the trip. My first destination was Monkey forest. The Ubud Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. The village’s residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village. There are many of point of interest that you can see here. Other than around 700 monkeys, you also can see 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares of forest, where will allowing you to get an abundant of fresh air.
Lunch at Roti Daal, Ubud
This is newly opened pure vegetarian Indian restaurant in center of the city and near to hotel. Tried some home made dishes and 2 types of local beer. 🙂
Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, Ubud
Then we visit to this beautiful temple. The temple is a great stopover along your leisure walks through Ubud town, offering sightseeing and photo opportunities with its classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer featuring ponds filled with blooming pink lotuses.
Goa Gajah Temple – Elephant Cave in Ubud
Our evening destination was Goa Gajah Temple. Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud. But easy to drive by motorbike and with help of google map location. Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is an archaeological site of significant historical value that makes it a special place to visit.
Joged Dance, Ubud
Watched Evening Cultural Show at Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, and you have to pay 80,000 IDR per person. Bali has many traditional dances and one of the most fun is the joged bumbung. Tourists will often see and participate in a joged dance.
New Year Eve Party, Ubud
Finish the day with existing new year eve party with Indonesian food, local drinks, dance and lots of fun.