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Feeling little adventurous?

Never thought that an ATV ride can be so thrilling and super adventurous. When we talk about Bali, we only visualize rice terraces, temples and beaches. But it offers so many adventure sports and sea sports that will blow your mind. Although we did many water sports, but the one we are talking about today is ATV ride in UBUD. Honestly speaking, I wasn’t very keen on going for it especially after experiencing amazing river rafting. My kids wanted to go so my husband and I decided why not!

It started with us recieving instructions on how to use brakes & handles of ATV and yes they also asked us not to overtake each other at any time and not race. We were all 10 to 12 ATVs together and it all started with giggles and laughters of kids and ladies involved. They took us around beautiful village which looked straight out of a coffee table book – So clean & asthetic. Then they manuvered us towards farms with rice growing and beautiful mountains setting as ideal backdrop. Mind it, the ATVs are quite heavy and not very easy to handle. There were inital hiccups but we were managing well.

The rice farms were scenic and it was all nothing short of a movie scene when the instructer flagged us to stop at a curve and started running passing us without saying anything. We thought the last ATV might have stopped working so he is going to help them. A farmer then shouted ” Fsy2ihdwhdhkbc,naskhdshdugskdjsbaklnjdlsjhldhskdhsl’ Of course we did not understand 🙂 But he kept showing two fingers upwards and then down thumb. Little did we know that our dear friend alongwith his wife had jumped the ATV down around 5 Ft in the rice paddies. Fortunately they were not hurt and they were able to pull them out.

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An ATV ride in Ubud will take you through some of the most stunning natural environments in the world. You’ll travel through lush jungles, rolling hills, and picturesque rice paddies. Along the way, you’ll get to experience the sights and sounds of Bali up close and personal. Not only that, but you’ll also get to enjoy some thrilling off-road riding, making the experience even more exhilarating.

When you’re looking for an ATV tour, be sure to find one that fits your skill level and interests. There are beginner tours that are perfect for first-timers, as well as more challenging rides for those looking for a more extreme adventure. No matter which tour you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a blast.

So if you’re looking for an exciting way to explore Ubud, then an ATV ride is definitely the way to go. Just make sure you book a tour that fits your skill level and interests, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Gates of Heaven : Most Instagrammable Place in Bali

You’ve certainly seen photos of this location on Instagram, where the gate and clouds appear to be floating above water in a beautiful mirror-like reflection known as the “Gates of Heaven.” I’m sorry to disappoint you, but there is no pool of water. All of those reflection images were staged using a pocket mirror. A clever local sits here all day and takes the identical photo of each person who who pays and is willing to wait for at least an hour as there is a long queue to get this intagrammable spot picture.

The gate is also referred to in the west as “The Gates of Heaven,” and the entire setting is quite lovely. Approximately two hours from Ubud and two and a half hours from Canggu, the gates and its temple are situated in the eastern highlands of Mount Lempuyang.

Although the complex contains 7 distinct locations or temples, most visitors only throng to the “Gates of Heaven.”

The above photograph shows the temple bang opppsoite of the famous “gate” and the stairs take you up to the temple. The other temples are also quite lovely, so it is absolutely worthwhile to see them as well. You must ascend 1,700 steps to reach the mountaintop location of the steepest one. We did go and offered prayers and must say it was worth it.

Little bit of History

As per wikipedia, the establishment of places of worship around Mount Lempuyang is believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island of Bali.The puras of Mount Lempuyang, represented by Pura Lempuyang Luhur, the highest temple in the area, is grouped one complex of pura which represents the Pura Sad Kahyangan Luhur Lempuyang. The temple groups are considered as part of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad, or the “six sanctuaries of the world”, the six holiest places of worship on Bali. According to Balinese beliefs, they are the pivotal points of the island and are meant to provide spiritual balance to Bali.The temple groups of Mount Lempuyang is also one of the group of temples in Bali known as Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana. Each of the temple in the Pura Kahyangan Padma Bhuwana marked each of the eight cardinal directions. Pura Lempuyang Luhur represents the direction of east (purwa) and the color white. This direction is associated with the domain of Balinese the god Iswara.

Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang was restored in 2001.