Indonesia | Bali – Batukaru Temple

Indonesia | Bali - Batukaru Temple

Bali is one of those touristy places where it can be hard to get away from all the crowds – and let’s face it, it’s not fun sharing with so many people! But if you make the effort, you can still find some hidden spots. Batukaru Temple probably isn’t the most hidden, but we turned up in the late afternoon and had the place to ourselves. We were the only non-locals there when we arrived, and in the hour or two we were there we only saw two other couples. It’s a beautiful temple, surrounded by jungle; some of the statues and buildings have been there so long that they look like they’re part of the jungle now.

As we entered we encountered these three beautiful women who were just leaving the main entrance and gave us a great smile as we passed each other – also not something you always get in the touristy places!

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Indonesia | Woman in Bena Village

Indonesia | Woman in Bena Village | Explore #428 6 November 2017

High up in the hills on the island of Flores in Indonesia are several beautiful Ngada villages, where traditional ways of life are still relatively well preserved. We rented a motorbike for the day and headed out on our own to visit several of these villages.

I came across this woman in Bena village, a short drive from the town of Bajawa. She was sifting through rice, removing the small pieces of husk.

Indonesia | Traditional Weaver

Indonesia | Traditional Weaver

High up in the hills on the island of Flores in Indonesia are several beautiful Ngada villages, where traditional ways of life are still relatively well preserved. We rented a motorbike for the day and headed out on our own to visit several of these villages.

The Ngada villages tend to be centered around an open space with graves and structures commemorating their ancestors.

For some reason Luba village is far less visited than Bena village, even though they are right next door, and this means that the people of Luba are far more open and curious about visitors.

This woman was weaving outside her house in Luba village, a short drive from the town of Bajawa. The village is home to several family clans, and although they are catholic they also retain animalistic beliefs; these are reflected in their weavings and in the paintings and carvings that adorn the houses.

Indonesia | Luba Village Weaver

Indonesia | Luba Village Weaver

High up in the hills on the island of Flores in Indonesia are several beautiful Ngada villages, where traditional ways of life are still relatively well preserved. We rented a motorbike for the day and headed out on our own to visit several of these villages.

The Ngada villages tend to be centered around an open space with graves and structures commemorating their ancestors.

For some reason Luba village is far less visited than Bena village, even though they are right next door, and this means that the people of Luba are far more open and curious about visitors.

This woman was weaving outside her house in Luba village, a short drive from the town of Bajawa. The village is home to several family clans, and although they are catholic they also retain animalistic beliefs; these are reflected in their weavings and in the paintings and carvings that adorn the houses.

Indonesia | Cracking Nuts

Indonesia | Cracking Nuts

High up in the hills on the island of Flores in Indonesia are several beautiful Ngada villages, where traditional ways of life are still relatively well preserved. We rented a motorbike for the day and headed out on our own to visit several of these villages.

I came across this old woman in Bena village, a short drive from the town of Bajawa. She was busy cracking open macadamia nuts, using a homemade tool – some kind of leaf or reed formed into a small pocket at the end, where a nut is inserted, which is then hit against a flat rock to crack the shell.

Bali | Tirta Empul Temple

Bali | Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul temple on Bali is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu. It was built around the year 1000 A.D. Within the temple is a fresh water spring, which is considered to be holy, and so a part of the temple contains a ritual purifying bath, where pilgrims enter the water and bathe at the many fountains. Here a woman is doing exactly that, with some of the hundreds of typical Balinese offerings visible on the ledge above the fountains.

Indonesia | Woman in Luba Village

Indonesia | Woman in Luba Village

High up in the hills on the island of Flores in Indonesia are several beautiful Ngada villages, where traditional ways of life are still relatively well preserved. We rented a motorbike for the day and headed out on our own to visit several of these villages.

The Ngada villages tend to be centered around an open space with graves and structures commemorating their ancestors.

For some reason Luba village is far less visited than Bena village, even though they are right next door, and this means that the people of Luba are far more open and curious about visitors.

I came across this woman in Luba village, a short drive from the town of Bajawa. The village is home to several family clans, and although they are catholic they also retain animalistic beliefs; these are reflected in their weavings and in the paintings and carvings that adorn the houses.