The morning is free at leisure for your own relaxation.
In the afternoon, you take an amazing journey on the old but well-kept, open-sided VWs. Progressing at a slow pace, you will enjoy to the fullest the enchanting Balinese scenery. From Ubud, the journey follows rural routes, visiting Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul Temples.
Late afternoon, you return to your hotel in Ubud.
Gunung Kawi refers to a series of 11th century tombs cut from the rock face. To reach it, you have to walk down a steep flight of some three hundred steps, through a massive rock-hewn archway, all the way to the sacred Pakrisan River. It is an impressive spot, completely enshrined in a lush valley.
There are lots of theories about the origins and function of the Gunung Kawi tombs or candi, and they are considered sacred. Most likely they were erected as memorials to kings from a long lost era, possibly the 11th century, and their queens. Before crossing the river, turn sharp left to the Queens` Tombs, a series of four huge, square-tiered reliefs, chiseled from the riverside cliff face to resemble temple facades.
After crossing the Pakrisan River, you enter the actual Gunung Kawi temple complex, which contains an unusual cloister, complete with courtyard, rooms and cells, entirely cut from the ravine rock wall. This was probably built for the holy men who looked after the five royal tombs at the back of the temple complex. These are in better condition than the Queens` Tombs, and you can see the false doors and facades quite clearly defined.
Tirta Empul Temple
All Balinese make regular pilgrimages to Tirta Empul. They come seeking to cleanse themselves spiritually and to cure their physical ailments by bathing in the holy springs, which have been considered sacred since at least the tenth century. The shallow red-brick bathing pools are sunk into the ground of the outer courtyard of a temple, fed by water from the springs in the inner sanctuary.
Men, women and priests each have their own segregated sections in which to immerse themselves, though most modern devotees just splash their faces and smile for the camera.
Bathing in holy water at Tirta Empul Temple (Ritual Bath)
Tirta Empul is divided into 3 courtyards. At the first courtyard there is also the pool for public bathing and tourists can enter the pool. The water source at Tirta Empul is believed to be the source of life and prosperity.
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If you would like to join the bathing ritual, please prepare your own towel and clothes for changes. And please do not use swim suit.