GunungAgung, Bali

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Standing majestically on the east coast of Bali is the island’s highest mountain: GunungAgung or even Mount Agung, located in the area of Karangasem. Using its summit reaching a height of 3, 031 meters above sea level, Mt. Agung affects its encompassing climate. Its western slopes catch the rain clouds making the west side rich and lush, while its southern slopes stay bare and dry. The Balinese believe Mt. Agung is the home of the gods and the volcano consequently is revered as sacred. It’s on this mountain mum of all the temples in Bali is located, known as PuraBesakih.

Entering the temple, one needs to climb hundreds of steps before reaching the gate. But, fortunately, other staircases with easier climbs can be found to make it simpler for females carrying vast mountains of offerings on their head to accomplish the temple. Best time to visit Besakih is at Galungan celebrations when the entire entry and temple is beautifully adorned with tall bamboo poles, coconut leaves, and blossoms, while innumerable girls in a neat row, in their best white suit, gracefully carry piles of colorful flowers and fruits in their heads. While controlling protectively in the backdrop of the temple looms Mt. Agung

Agung. That spectacle is never to be forgotten. Though Mt. Agung inspires peace and tranquility, however, after one hundred years of slumber, on 17 March 1963 the volcano burst violently, spewing lava and ash materials eight to ten km high to the air while pyroclastic clouds rolled down all regions of the mountain. People perished. Together with the whole Surrounding down to Kintamani was blanketed for weeks in deep gray ash. But astonishingly, the ash brought fertility, and big yams grew from the volcanic substance.

However, the landscape is now fertile and green, and Mt. Agung turned into a tough mountain to climb. There are two avenues that trekkers might follow, the steepest and roughest function as the road right by PuraBesakih. The 2nd is along its southern summit starting from PuraPasirAgung. Reaching the top one has a spectacular see on Bali with at the east of the island of Lombok with its volcanic peak of Mt. Rinjani.

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