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Enjoy The BaliSpirit Festival

As the BaliSpirit Festival prepares for its 9th year, people from all around the world have started making flight enquiries to attend the 5-day extravaganza of music, dance and yoga.

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Like every year, world famous musicians, dancers and yogis from different parts of the world are going to attend the festival. Over the years, the BaliSpirit Festival has become a melting pot for students, yogis and yoginis, and music lovers.

History

The festival was started in 2008 when the whole planning, set-up and execution took merely 3 months. It was a big achievement for the founders of the festival. They shared a dream of bringing people together, by building and supporting a community by combining the brilliant field of Yoga and the abundant range of dance and music from across the globe.

Events

Located in the magnificent grounds of Purnati Center for the Arts at Batuan which is about a ten minute drive from Ubud, The Dharma Fair along with the Daytime Workshops are held in an open-air location known for its unique and inspiring tropical beauty.  The different yogic variations, asana and styles include Qi Gong, Poi, Capoeira, Silat, Ashtanga, Anusara, Power, Juggling, Laughter, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha. The dance forms are inspired from Indian, Mandala, Balinese, West African and Javanese cultures. The evening concerts of the “One World Stage” will take place at the outdoor stage of Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) at Ubud which offers convenient access to visitors as well as the locals.  The unique line-up of concerts interweaves the contemporary and traditional music of Bali and greater Indonesia with various artists from different genres from across the globe. The BaliSpirit Festival is a celebration of culture, nature and harmony among people from different nations.

Tickets

There are different categories of tickets to choose from, such as the VIP passes which include amenities such as VIP Cocktail Party and VIP Gift Bag etc; Full Passes, which cover 5-days; and Weekend Passes available for both regular and VIP categories. Visit their official website to book the tickets and for more information about the festival.

Top 4 Temples You Should Visit in Bali, Indonesia

Bali is as popular for its temples as it is for its beaches. In fact no trip to this Indonesian province is complete without paying a visit to the region’s grand temples. Here are some of the popular temples in Bali that you can visit while holidaying in the region.

Pura Besakih

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Also known as the “Mother Temple of Besakih”, Pura Besakih is the largest and among the most beautiful Hindu temples in Bali. The temple complex has as many as 23 separate shrines, some of which date back to the 10th century. It is located in southwest side bevel of Mount Gunung Agung and offers panoramic views of surrounding forests and valleys.

Tanah Lot

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Tanah Lot, one of Bali’s most famous landmarks, impresses visitors with its unique offshore settings atop an outcrop. Although tourists are not allowed inside the temple premises, many still visit the area just to enjoy the glorious sea views. Be here on the holy day of Kuningan to experience the revered heirloom pilgrimage and various cultural events at and nearby the temple. Only a 45-minute drive away from Kuta, Tanah Lot is among the top highlights of every Bali holiday.

Goa Gajah

Dating back to the 11th century, this cave complex was initially a site for meditation. A vast complex featuring a mysterious cave, a temple courtyard, ancient bathing pool and a selection of large stone relics, it is now a place of historical and religious significance for the Balinese. Spectacular views of the legendary Petanu River and green rice fields at this gorgeous archaeological site will also delight you.

Pura Luhur

Pura Luhur was built during the 11th century. The temple is situated on the edge of a 70 metre high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. Apart from the expansive sea views, the temple offers an intriguing cultural experience to visitors. Beware of the monkeys here. They are infamous for snatching visitors’ belongings.

Soothe Your Mind and Find Solace at the BaliSpirit Festival, Ubud

baliFind that lost spirit with yoga, meditation, music and a lot more at the BaliSpirit Festival. The eighth edition of this spiritual event is scheduled from 31st March to 05th April, 2015 at Ubud, a beautiful township on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Venues

ARMA Open Stage and Museum and Purnati Center for the Arts are the two locations where workshops, concerts and seminars will be held. The former will host night-time programmes whereas the latter is reserved for the day time activities.

Purnati Center for the Arts: Get up early in the morning to be here and be a part of healing and wellness workshops. This venue also features few healing bungalows and a swimming pool. The hillside temple is among the most prominent highlight of this property.

ARMA Open Stage and Museum: In the evenings, music enthusiasts would do good to head to ARMA or Agung Rai Museum of Arts. The outdoor stage is going to be the podium for One World Stage Concert Series. The line up comprises names like Desert Dwellers, Toni Childs, Farafi and Tarun Nayyar. The venue will also have a splendid night market.

Bhakti Night

The final day i.e., 01st April is dedicated to spirituality. Close your eyes and listen to the devotional chanting by popular, globally acclaimed devotional singers. Australian singers Kevin James Carroll and Murray Kyle will create a magical environment with their heart-touching hymns. Peia and Ajeet Kaur from the US will work their magic too. The latter has even been featured on Billboard. Fans of Persian melodies should buy tickets for Ali Ghamsari’s session.