Bali, one of the thousands of islands in Indonesia is what I call paradise on earth. It is more than just an island, it’s a natural wonder, a cultural icon and I was lucky enough to explore it. I spent 10 days in Bali travelling across Amed, Kuta, Ubud, Northern Bali and Lembongan island. I went beyond the beach life, the party scene and the touristy places, just to discover what Bali truly offers. It has been an eye opener, to understand that what I saw was fraction of what a wonderful country Indonesia must be! If you want to experience the best of what Bali has to offer, read this 10 day itinerary for Bali.
Last month I visited Bali and truly immersed myself in a Balinese way of life. From the moment I told my friends and colleagues that its going to be a 15 day vacation, I was asked few questions – “15 days in Bali? What are you going to do for so many days?” “Isn’t that just one island? Can’t you do cover more places in 15 days than just Bali? My common response was, wait till you see it all in my blog! If you have done only the above things in Bali, I will tell you what you have missed and give you a reason to visit again. If you haven’t been to Bali, sit tight, this post is going to tell you why Bali should be your next travel destination.
It’s been a while since I had visited a village, let alone stayed anywhere out of my comfort zone. I have fond memories of visiting my relatives in Konkan during summer vacation – plucking mangoes and other local fruits, playing with my siblings in the farms and devouring the food cooked on chulla (wood/charcoal fire). Those were the days!
While Mumbai monsoons continue to play hide-n-seek with us, least we can do isbe ready with our plans. So that the moment it starts raining, we are out and about!
We Mumbaikars are crazy about monsoons and rightly so. There is one thing that we all do – head to Lonavala! Watch the beautiful waterfalls & just enjoy the rains. A cup of chai in one hand and roasted bhutta in the other sums up my monsoon story.
But how about escaping the traffic madness and stay somewhere away from the hustle-bustle? How about not getting stuck with the same old get drunk-party-chaos kind of thing and doing some real adventure this monsoon?
Culinary tourism is still a novel concept for Indians but the concept has definitely set in. We are not only willing to travel for food in other countries but also eager to explore our own country to find the next best thing in food. Personally for me, be it a rural setting or an urban food-venture; I am always ready to experiment & experience what’s on offer.