Throwback Tuesday: Magnificent Batur Lake, Bali, Indonesia

“Who could be so lucky? 
Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

Throwback Tuesday this week will be taking us back to my beautiful homeland, Indonesia
And Batur Lake, Kintamani, Bali, is what I have in mind!

Back in 2014, we took a short break to Bali before heading to NYC for our 4-year assignment. Knowing that we would be away from Indonesia for quite sometimes, we really tried to make the best of it. Besides, it's our first time vacationing in Bali as a complete petite family of 4 :).

So off we went for a week in Bali.
We managed to drive around and see more beautiful faces of this island of Gods and Goddesses. We stayed in Kuta and rent a car from Gungde, our dearest Balinese friend who was assigned in my Ambassador's residence in Geneve, Switzerland.
Beside those favorite tourist spots, we went to the Eastern part of the Island as well and visited Tirta Gangga Water Palace.


Tirta gangga, Bali
Tirta Gangga Water Palace

 
In addition to Tirta Gangga Water Palace and Candi Dasa, we went to Batur Lake and Batur mountain.


And after taking some snaps of this magnificent mountain and lake, we took the liberty to drive around the mountain. There are roads on the perimeter of it, heading to its crater, or taking you down to the lake. 

There is one famous village named Trunyan near the lake.
It is famous because of the special treatment Bali Aga, one of the tribes in Bali and living in Trunyan village, gives to the dead bodies. Yes, dead bodies. They have the tradition of laying the dead on the ground, covered by cloth and bamboo cage, and leaving them near the ancient Banyan Tree, or in local dialects called Taru Menyan, literaaly translated as nice smelling tree. Therefore, decomposing bodies are left in the open space like that without
  having putrid smell, believed to be absorbed by the tree. After the bodies are fully decomposed, the bones then remove to special place of stone altar for married couple, or cemetery for singles. Too bad we didn't visit this unique place. I was with my two young kids and it was quite expensive to go to the village as it was very isolated as well.


So instead, we just drove around the mountain and stop for a while 
to take pictures here and there.


The mountainous background, with some volcanic stones, provided perfect ground for a short photo session :p.



We stopped at one of the temples along the way and as always, we were fascinated by the religious way of life of the Balinese people.


So peaceful, yet colorful and rich.

on the beach at the backyard of our hotel

Feel free to check out where exactly Batur Lake is.



That's my #throwbacktuesday, the magnificent Batur Lake, Bali, Indonesia.
Feels like going back there soon for holiday!
Oh yes we will..

What's your wonderful memories today?

p.s : I will keep my Throwback Tuesday features but will post it every Wednesday or Thursday :).

14 comments:

  1. My hometown! the island of gods..

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  2. Hello, Bali looks like paradise. I love the beautiful water gardens, mountains and the view of the lake. Gorgeous scenes and photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead!

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    1. I hope you can visit this place yourself..

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    1. feel like going back here...again and again

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  4. Bali is so picturesque! I would never grow tired of seeing all of that beautiful landscaping!

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  5. Bali terus bikin kangen dan memberi keseruan setiap berkunjung kesana

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