Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Bali Panorama

Most people come to Bali to experience the marvelously rich culture heritage; some come for the beaches and the waves; some come for meeting and convention; others for pure relaxation. But if you are a nature lover don’t miss Jatiluwih, is a breathtaking panorama of genuine and fertile rice fields stretch from the foothills of Batukaru volcano to the south coast.

It is located at the western district of Tabanan. This western uplands of Batukaru are famed for magnificent landscapes. The view from the mountain village, Jatiluwih, takes in the whole of South Bali. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name, which means “Truly Marvelous”. A wonder of the world. It’s worth a venture.

You can initiate your trip in the morning leaving the hotel at 09.00. A.M. There are many ways to see Bali and each serves its own purpose well. Motorcycles are a pleasant (but extremely risky) way to see the countryside and cooler than ride in a car. Jeep and minivans are also available for hire – with or without a driver. It is advisable to settle the price with the driver before starting on a journey.

After passing the town of Tabanan the road takes you to the north through the villages of Wanasari, Jegu, Buruan and Wangaya Gede. On the route you will be amazed by the wonderful rural ambience; farmhouses, characteristically, a little shrine to place offerings dedicated to Dewi Sri the Goddess of rice, plowing, flocks of ducks that are brought to bathe and feed all day in the flooded paddies, and harvesting, that one pictures when remembering Bali. The cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking features of the landscape.

If you see farmers are working the rice, planting or harvesting, and if you are interested in experience it, you can stop and joint them, you will be welcomed gladly. “Alo turis, alo turis!” followed by giggles is the standard greeting from children everywhere on Bali. Older people will be more sedate but their curious eyes will follow you, as will their more modest greeting of “mau kemana” (where are you going). Traveling in Bali can be exhilarating and getting off the beaten track can take you right to the heart of Balinese life, although you don’t have to stray far to feel it.

On the route at the village of Wanasari there is a butterflies park, you can stop and watch various kinds of colorful tropical butterflies. And then nearby the temple Pura Luhur is the holy spring of Air Panas, where hot water surges from the river bank. All strange, natural phenomena are believed to be frequented by spirits. Thus, Air Panas is graced by a small temple where people make their prayers with offerings.

The journey continues up the road until it dead ends at Pura Luhur Batukaru (2,278 m / 7,474 ft). Being one of Bali’s most venerated temples, every West Balinese temple has a shrine dedicated to it; it is isolated within its solitary clearing far above the populated farmlands. The dense rainforest of this upland would invite every adventurer to explore it. Wild orchids, healing herbs, fragrant spices and exotic trees could be discovered in this mystical heart and soul of this amazing island.

Then, the last destination (the goal of the journey) is the mountain village Jatiluwih, a breathtaking panorama of genuine and the most fertile terraces rice fields on the island. It is said as the granary of the whole Bali. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name, which means “Truly Marvelous”. The cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking features of the landscape. Stretch from the foothill of Batukaru volcano to the south coast. The cool western uplands, overlooking half the island, offer magnificent views.

On the route to Jatiluwih you can observe many kinds of tropical vegetation; coffee, coconuts, cacaos, cloves, jack fruits, bananas, papayas, sirsaks, an extremely juicy fruit, rambutans, mangoes, durians the smelly fruit, etc. The western upland is the most interesting area to hike. If you love hiking (don’t forget your picnic basket). A true journey to the secret soul of Bali. But if you want to have your meals at a restaurant, continue your travel to the east till you arrive at Pacung, there is a good restaurant offers delicious buffet lunch – with its wonderful sight of terraces rice field and the sacred volcano Batukaru in the distance.

Waka Land Cruise a reputable company has been organizing a sacred adventure to the secret soul of Bali. Travel by legendary luxury Land Rover, on tiny country roads and tracks, through terraced rice fields and untouched rainforest to the real heart of Bali.

So keep in mind the beautiful Bali for your holiday, because it would be worth to venture there.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Hotel Lovina Bali

Aditya Beach Bungalows US$ 36/r/n Bungalow consist of Deluxe sea view cottage, Superior Garden view and standard main building. Each room at Aditya Beach Bungalow is equipped with air condition, private verandah, overlooking the sea
Adhirama Hotel US$ 35/r/n 20 spacious and comfortable rooms offer the luxurious amenities including splendid views, king size bed or twin beds, AC or fans, private bathrooms, hot and cold shower
Aneka Bagus Pemutaran US$ 40/r/n fully equipped with air conditioning, IDD phone, mini bar, hair dryer, hot and cold running water, bath tub, out door shower (in villa only), Color TV, Private safe deposit box
Aneka Lovina Hotel US$ 40/r/n 35 villas and 24 standard rooms with Balinese style. Each room at Aneka Lovina Hotel is fully equipped with air conditioned, private bath (tub and shower)
Bali Lovina Hotel US$ 30/r/n air conditioned, private bathroom with bath tub and shower, hot and cold running water, IDD phone, safety box, Color TV, Video/VCD player, hair dryer, mini bar, terrace, balcony
Bali Taman Hotel Lovina US$ 30/r/n 30 rooms in standard, cottages and 2 suites. All rooms at Bali Taman Hotel featuring air condition, IDD telephone, Color TV, mini bar, refrigerator, hot and cold running water
Celuk Agung Hotel US$ 28/r/n 27 rooms in category of Superior, Suites and Balinese Bungalows. Each room at Celuk Agung Hotel is equipped with air condition, private balcony
Damai Hotel US$ 175/r/n 8 bungalows, in Balinese traditional Balinese style with luxury. Antiquities, teak furniture, textile with re-created Indonesian pattern
Jepun Bali Hotel US$ 80/r/n 34 exquisitely decorated and furnished deluxe room (45 square meters) teak furniture, tiled in cool marble and polished granite bathroom
Kalaspa Hotel US$ 105/r/n 6 private and 2 family Villas hidden among the threes of rain forest, located at the height of more than 1200 meters above sea level
Matahari Beach Resort US$ 217/r/n Large swimming pool (23 m x 11 m) has a depth of 1 to 3 m, Boutique, conference room, gallery, open stage, Massage pavilion, David's dive sport center, Balinese art pavilion
Mimpi Resort Hotel US$ 85/r/n Surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, the spacious ground is connected by pathways leading to luxury and privacy of the courtyard villas
Puri Bagus Lovina Hotel US$ 95/r/n 40 spacious villas, first luxury hotel in the area, in traditional Balinese style thatched roofs, zoo beach front
Puri Lumbung Hotel US$ 65/r/n around 1000 meters above sea level. Puri Lumbung Cottages is a real Bali hotel style with materials taken from local sources to give strong impression of Bali hotel
Sunari Bali Hotel US$ 50/r/n 129 rooms in 19 standards, 77 superior, 25 deluxe cottages, 5 villa with pool, 3 deluxe villas and President Suite
Taman Sari Bali Cottages US$ 40/r/n around 10 minutes drive to West Bali National Park and the peer of boats for sailing to famous diving site of Menjangan island
Taman Selini Beach Bungalows US$ 75/r/n around 10 minutes drive to West Bali Barat National Park and the peer of boats for sailing to popular menjangan diving site.
Waka Shorea Resort US$ 153/r/n 12 Bungalows, 1 Villa of 1-bedroom (1 living room-converts to bedroom), 1 open traditional pavilion

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Bali Global Business

Global Business Calls for New Climate Change Framework
Bali, 13 December 2007 - "There is a real sense of urgency now," said Bjorn Stigson, President of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) at the Bali Global Business Day on Monday. "Regulators need to come up with a clear policy framework, which can then 'guide the investment decisions by businesses', and within which businesses can then 'do the right thing'"
"There is an urgency to act and define a new global policy framework post 2012 to guide long-term investments in technology and infrastructure"
"The private sector is the major source of innovation, technology and investments that can transform the global energy system. We are making investment decisions that will impact the climate issue for 20, 30, 50 years or more into the future. To do “the right thing” we need clarity on the policy framework within which we do our business" said WBCSD President, Bjorn Stigson at the Bali Global Business Day.
"You have made a clear statement that you stand ready to deliver"
"I firmly believe that the engagement of the business sector in fighting climate change is crucial... An international climate change deal for the post 2012 period should therefore be designed in a way that makes sense from a business point of view. But first we need political agreement on the launch of negotiations on such a new climate deal. And that has to happen this week here in Bali" said UNFCCC's Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, during his opening remarks at the Bali Global Business Day.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Jagat Natha Temple Bali

Jagat Natha Temple Bali

One of the most beautiful temples of Denpasar is the Central Pura Jagat Natha, at the Northeast corner of Puputan Square. This this temple comes alive at the full moon ceremony, when worshippers from all over the city gather to bring offerings and devotions. On the main street of Denpasar, its restful shade and gnarled frangipani trees offer a welcome contrast to the hubbub of city traffic. Also, you’ll find the market temple, Pura Melanting, where busy vendors pause

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