I planned today’s adventure when I was still in Scotland. Just a week before I left for Bali I saw these gates on Tripadvisor and decided I wanted to see that place.
The Gates of Heaven are a part of the Lempuyang Temple – one of the very first temple in Bali. The place is very secret and you must rent a sarong and keep your shoulders covered when inside. Women on a moon cycle are not allowed on the temple grounds. The entry is on a donation, but you need to pay to rent a sarong (£0.60p!!)
It is situated on top of Mount Lempuyang in East Bali overlooking the only active volcano on the island – Mount Agung. The volcano is very much awake at the moment, but is behaving as we speak and hopefully will continue to only rumble without any eruption! There are two volcanos on the island: Agung and Batur. Batur isn’t an active volcano.
The gates of heaven is a beautiful spot for a cool picture; so you can imagine there’s always a queue of tourists patiently waiting to get their pictures taken. There are also local guys there with a mirror that they use to take super amazing pictures mirroring the image!
Opposite the gates there are 3 flights of stairs leading to the inside of a temple. Nobody is allowed to take the middle flight of stairs only the side ones. Entering the temple at the top is also not allowed. Once you reach the top step the views from the top are amazing! You can see the Mount Agung in all its beauty and grandness!
It took us 2 hours to get there and the road was so steep that the car was struggling to get up the hill at times, but it was worth the visit.
On the way back from the Lempuyang Temple we stopped at Tirta Gangga and Taman Ujung Water Palace.
Tirta Gangga is s former royal palace and is translated into English as Water of the Ganges.
Ujung Water Palace is a beautiful park with loads of flowers, a pond and stunning scenery.
It’s been a pretty long day and coming back to the retreat and joining in the yoga session was amazing and relaxing!
Looking forward to more exploring and more Bali adventures!