With more than 1,000 years of age, the Besakih Temple located on the slopes of Mount Agung is the most important temple in Bali. Twenty-three temple buildings form a complex where the 17th-century Penataran Agung Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the most significant.
Tourists are not required to bring a tour guides to explore the Pura Besakih complex and the entry fees for visiting are very affordable. However, considering that this site is a complex of Hindu temples with a long history and almost without a nameplate in each area, a visit to this temple accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide will broaden the knowledge of the most important temple in Bali.
Tourists who came to visit Besakih Temple usually combined their visit with Kintamani to see Mount Batur and Lake Batur, and visits to eastern Bali such as the Tirtha Gangga and Sidemen water palace. When the activities of Mount Agung are very active, the access to the Pura Besakih may be restricted for safety.
To make it easier to visit and to be easier and avoid the hassle of bargaining to rent a sarong, wearing long pants or a skirt that covers the legs is very practical. To go to the temple location from the parking lot it is quite far and the road is a bit steep and there are many stairs. Many parts of the temple complex are restricted to devotees who worship only.
Besakih Temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bali. The tourists began to flood this place from 9:00 am, therefore it might be better to enjoy this tour to Pura Besakih in the morning. There are colorful ceremonies most of the year because each temple in the Besakih complex has its own “birthday” ceremony. Full moon and new moon are good times to see Hindu worshipers worship even though tourists may need to wear ceremonial clothing.