Trip Start Sep 24, 2008
114Trip End Jun 20, 2009
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Leaving Denpasar was an adventure as it is like being back in India (road rules, what road rules??) and the traffic was a bit mad with scooters overtaking you on both sides! The further we got from the city, the better it got. We arrived in Ubud just an hour and half after (because we got lost!sign post is not great!) and it looks really nice with all the colourful temples on each side of the road. People have little baskets made of palm trees to put offerings and leave them in front of their home or their shops. It is common to be stopped on the road to let a funerary parade pass by with people playing music and singing and carrying the body to be cremated.
29.03.09: We started the day by a beautiful breakfast before going to Goa Gajah, the Elephant cave. It is a cavern which was discovered in the 1920s and is believed to have been Buddhist hermitage. The craving is really nice and we are delighted to see more of the culture. We decided to trek through the jungle to reach Yeh Pulu. There again we got lost but arrived at destination.
We saw other nice temples on the way and then the cravings and paddy fields of Yeh Pulu. Later on, we went to the Monkey Forest sanctuary , a patch of forest inhabited by a troop of cheeky Balinese macaques. They are not afraid of people at all, they steal food from your bag, jump on you. They don't care, they run the place. The place is also a holy place for pilgrimage. Finally we came back to have a swim and taking it easy!!
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