We make a stop at the local market to buy some snacks for the trip today: The small, very sweet bananas are a good idea – I get offered a fruit to try that I do not recognize (Mangosteen) – delicious. I buy another 3 of them.
It seems we have a private tour, since no one else has booked for today. First, our guide takes us to a small clothes shop to buy a Sarong. Makes sense, since lending fees are quite exaggerated in most temples. We make a stop on our way to Gunung Kawi at the Tegalalang rice fields – a great view .
Gunung Kawi –
Wow. I had imagined it all to be much more touristy here. Are the only other people to be seen here locals, because we arrived this early? Especially lots of young people are at this temple, dressed in some quite chic traditional clothes. As I walk down the stairs to the temple, I notice a group of guys who like to pose for me in their traditional costume. Yet, thanks to the language barrier, I cannot ask them, but it seems it is some kind of holiday today.
I see a great amount of young folks and also couples in festive garments who came to pray or to enjoy all the nature around the temple. I am pleasantly surprised. After visiting Tanah Lot and Uluwatu I thought that this would be again some sort of tourist attraction, but quite the contrary. Although all the temples in Bali are sacred sites, which are also used for prayers and which should also be given the necessary respect by foreigners, not all temples seem to be visited alike by non-residents.