BALI, Indonesia – This week, we're traveling to Bali, inspired by an incredible trip to Ubud we're giving away with Como Shambhala Estate, Cathay Pacific Airways, and L-Atitude.
We thought a little armchair travel was in order. To whet the wanderlust.
Selling flower petals at the Ubud market.
The dance of the Yellow Moths.
Hard to tell what's cooler: the gold headwraps or the colorful textiles.
For example, there's odalan (Temple's birthday), the Hindi religious festival celebrated every 210 days in Bali to commemorate the anniversary of a temple's consecration.
Bali is home to Indonesia's largest population of Hindus. That translates to lot of religious festivals celebrated with elaborate costume and dance.
Tanah Lot is one of seven sea temples along the Balinese coast, built on a rock formation near Denpasar in southern Bali.
Ulun Danu is a major water temple ("pura") in Beratan primarily used to make offerings to Dewi Danu, the Balinese water, lake, and river goddess.
Temple complexes in Bali support surrounding agriculture through the traditional irrigation system, subak, which is tied closely to the Hindu religion.This temple serves as a main source of irrigation in central Bali.
Here's the scene at the Uluwatu temple: Monkeys approach tourists, who in turn feed them nuts. Some people also give the monkeys bottles of water or soda, and the performing monkeys open them and drink up. It's all super cute. Until, that is, the monkey snatches your purse, sunglasses, phone, and wallet — and runs off with them. And you find yourself trying to bribe the monkey with more food to get your stolen goods back.
Monkeys run free around the island. They're largely harmless, but highly playful (read: naughty). This preening monkey only looks innocent. Please do not feed.
If you went to Bali, you'd photograph a lot of rice fields, too.
Long grass, village huts, rice fields.
Rice cultivation is the main agricultural business in Bali. Smaller crops grown in the area include Arabica coffee, fruits, and vegetables.