VW Safari tour from Bali to Ubud

VolksWagen.
Safari.
Bali.

These words didn’t make any sense to me. Separately they did, but not together in one sentence. I was waiting in the lobby of Mercure hotel at Kuta Beach for my day’s expedition. I was told, we were to go on a VW Safari tour in Bali! Safari in a city overloaded with temples, dances and art & culture? How does that sound? To be honest, I couldn’t really digest it.

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Indonesia in Pictures

Indonesia in Pictures

Indonesia is a beautiful country. One could write pages and pages or one could try to pictorially cover it. I am striving here to do the latter. They do say a picture is worth a thousand words!

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Huge masks depicting various mythological characters interspersed with carved skulls of animals.Read the rest

A Dance Drama called Barong

A Dance Drama called Barong

If I am asked to choose one dance of Bali, Ubud Indonesia, I’ll probably take more time than expected. Almost all dance forms are expressive and vie for the first spot. However, for me, Barong is probably the most prominent of them all. There is a great richness of styles and eloquent drama involved. This was also the first dance performance we saw.

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Barong is a story telling dance narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is a classic example of … Read the rest

Top things to do in Indonesia

Top things to do in Indonesia

When I was leaving for Indonesia for the first time in April, the country meant only Bali and Jakarta to me. I knew nothing of Bandung or any other place, not even the name. I guess that is the case with most of us tourists. I had read and heard so much about only Bali and Jakarta and a few attractions around them that they had become synonymous with Indonesia.

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Evocative Bali Craft

Evocative Bali Craft

One of the aspects of our short but interesting tour of Indonesia, which is forever etched in my mind, is the many types of handicrafts in vogue there. The crafty carvers of Bali have indeed carved a place in our hearts. From painting to sculpture to other forms, the craft magic was enchanting and wove us into its spell. I will talk about some of them here.

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1. Stone CarvingRead the rest