Bali Day 1: Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud, Tanah Lot Temple, Kecak Fire Dance

Hello monkey : )
Hello monkey : )

Hi Everyone, πŸ™‚

This week I’d share my posts from Bali with you all. My laptop conked out so I couldn’t share the posts as we went along. Anyhoo, I am back home. It’s all good. Sanjeev and I had the most incredible trip we could have imagined. And I can’t wait to share all the details with you all. πŸ™‚

The first day of Bali we started with the Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud. It’s a nature’s reserve and a temple complex. You’d fund the sweetest monkeys here. You give them something to eat and they’d hop on you lap and back. πŸ˜› I was mighty scared when a monkey sat on my lap but it was an incredible experience. πŸ™‚ Two foreigner girls made a monkey sit in their lap, and were taking selfies, but the monkey farted. Lol! The temple was surrounded by so much greenery all around. The ancient temple architecture was a lesson in architecture itself.

The first view of the Sacred Monkey Forest, Bali
The first view of the Sacred Monkey Forest, Bali
A walk in the nature
A walk in the nature
monkey forest bali
Never found monkeys so cute before this. : P
monkey forest bali photos
And then this happened! : D
sacred monkey forest bali
Selfie!! : D
bali monkey forest
The climb up to the forest!
Explorer, wanderer
Explorer, wanderer
The antiques coin necklace
The antiques coin necklace
Pose time! : )
Pose time! : )
The gorgeous pond in the middle of the forest!
The gorgeous pond in the middle of the forest!
The most amazing part of the day. lol!! The second monkey was super fascinated with my bag. : P
The most amazing part of the day. lol!! The second monkey was super fascinated with my bag. : P
The looks like a Ganesha made up of leaves
The looks like a Ganesha made up of leaves

The next stop was the Ubud Market and the King’s Place (Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace). The king’s palace was going under renovation so we could get to see only small part of the palace. But whatever it was, was undoubtedly beautiful.

Ubud Market is a cultural centre of Bali. You can pick up a lot of art work, wood work, cane work, jewellery, clothes , bags, crafts etc. Be ready to bargain. πŸ™‚ The prices in Indonesian rupiah are in thousands so divide it by 180 to get roughly the price in Indian rupees. Don’t get scared to hear the price of a straw bag as 200000. πŸ˜› It started raining heavily while we were leaving the market and the place looked so stunning…something like this.I was Β in love. πŸ™‚

kings palace bali photos
The King’s Palace Ubud
kings palace bali
Feeling like a princess : )
ubud bali
Playing to the sound of the rain!
ubud shopping bali
Jaadoooo : P
ubud bali photos
Passing on the experiences

The next stop was the Tanah Lot Temple. You have to walk through the street market, resist getting tempted by all the shopping to reach to the actual temple. πŸ˜› Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot (literally “Tanah Lot temple”). The temple gets surrounded by the sea during high tides and I am sure the view is as breathtaking. Tt was a cloudy evening but that didn’t deter the tourists from visiting the place. What a sunset. There is a sunset after a sunny day and then there was this one after a rainy day. What can I say. Mr Husband captured the essence of the place so beautifully. I can’t stop seeing the pics myself. πŸ™‚

Not sure what was I talking : P
Not sure what was I talking : P
This guy posed mighty well! : )
This guy posed mighty well! : )
Moms are the same everywhere.
Moms are the same everywhere.
The entrance of the temple
The entrance to the temple
From far and above - Tanah Lot Temple
From far and above – Tanah Lot Temple
The climb!
The climb!
This temple gets surrounded by water from all sides by evening.
This temple gets surrounded by water from all sides by evening.
After the temple ceremony : )
After the temple ceremony : )
sea temple bali
Too much beauty to soak up
bali sunset rain
Bali sunset after a rainy day!
bali sunset
Nature at its best!

The day ended with a beautiful Kecak Fire dance. The play was based on Sita Haran. It was so graceful. I wanted to stand up and dance with them. The Ravan was really funny. When all the other characters were talking in Balinese, Ravan was talking in gitat pitar English- “Dear Sita. Do not worry. I will love you. I will kiss you.” πŸ˜›

balinese dance
Ram – Balinese dance
The very funny Ravana . he was saying " Sita I will love you. I will kiss you" : P
The Ravana was very funny. He was saying " Sita I will love you. I will kiss you. : P"
The Ravana was very funny. He was saying ” Sita I will love you. I will kiss you. : P”


bali ramyana dance
Sita – not very impressed with Ravana. : pΒ 
Lanka Dahan
Lanka Dahan
bali dancers
With Ram and Lakshman! Tired but happy : )

Dress : Free People
Neckpiece : Jaypore
Bag : Asos
Shoes : Zara

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58 Responses to Bali Day 1: Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud, Tanah Lot Temple, Kecak Fire Dance

  1. Gowthami says:

    Oh my God πŸ˜€ loved the piccys and beautiful place, just wow <3

  2. Parminder says:

    incredible….beauty(U) in beautiful Bali…u knw was eagerly waiting for the posts…welcum home….lods of love…God Bless u

    • Rati says:

      I was so dying to upload the posts parminder. Cant wait to share the rest soon. Thanks πŸ™‚

      • Parminder says:

        u knw wat Rati IMBB is like an addiction and ur posts are now part of life. i js love to hear from ur side….i was not much aware abt makeup …even didnt like it ..but knw i love it…learnt alot abt fashion….thx dear

  3. vineeta says:

    Very Bful pics Rati. Now I think Bali should be included in my must visit list. Love your outfit….. xoxo

  4. nisha says:

    Awesome…is the single word i can say!
    Loved everything from piks to place, from monkey to temple, from nature to you(u both ;))…..everything!

  5. yamini says:

    hi rati…such a heritage rich country.d pics r incredible as usual and ur outfits are stunning.d neckpiece is so ethnic n totally fits matches ur holiday mood.was soooo eagerly waitin 4u last its up on d blog…thanks for keepin us d way i loved ur hat too which was a major part of ur outfits in bali.amazing holiday u had…keep enjoyin.gid bless…

    • Rati says:

      Thank you yamini. I wore hat throughout in Malaysia and in on and off in bali. I’d be sharing more posts soon. Hope you enjoy going through them. πŸ™‚

  6. Rati, Thank you for sharing the pictures from your trip. Bali is truly beautiful. The temple and the surrounding forest look so peaceful and calm. Monkeys sure were cute…:-).

  7. Megha Sharma says:

    Just Superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

  8. pinky says:

    woow stunning pics rati!!!!!!!!!!kudos to sanjeev’s photography all the pics are breathtakingly beautiful :)i want to go to bali now πŸ™‚ and just soak up in the beauty of the place .love love the pic monkeys resting on u r lap πŸ™‚ very sweet πŸ˜€ hope you guyzzz had a great trip welcome back to india πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      Thank you so much pinky. we loved every bit of our trip . It has been the most amazing experience we have had so far!! :))

  9. Harine says:

    Great pics Rati.. The place is so lush & calm..

  10. Roshni says:


    Though I have been following this site for quite long, this is my first comment ever….

    Absolutely mindblowing captures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am absolutely allured by Bali now….

    And just love love love your bag and neckpiece πŸ™‚

  11. jomol says:

    The pics are sooooooooooooooooooo Beautiful Rati….the place is heavenly…..there’s something mystical….it looks like a wonderland…..and you both look so happy, I can’t stop scrolling up and down……Beautiful awesome clicks Sanjeevji!!!! *bow down*

  12. jomol says:

    Sanjeevji……monkey ko aapne uta liya *scared*

    • Rati says:

      hihih thankooo jomo. the monkeys were quite cute to be honest. πŸ˜› The place was seriously a wonderland. πŸ™‚

  13. Sumathi says:

    Wow!! That was a super awesome trip. The sacred monkey temple is soo beautiful. Now I want to go there too πŸ™‚

  14. saee says:

    Just beautiful!

  15. mansi says:

    Awesome Pics…… Looks like a must visit destination so Serene

  16. sweta says:

    awesome pics Rati… I relived my Bali vacation by going through your pics. πŸ™‚
    I remember that Ramayan katha through dance… I was feeling so proud while watching our it in a foreign land…. it looks so nice in the backdrop of sunset and the sea πŸ™‚

    Loved your skirt too !! share more pics !!!

  17. πŸ˜€ I was so eagerly waiting for your blog update <3 … absolutely love it rati πŸ˜€ the skirt is soo cute .. and your pic with your Mr. Husband looks so lovely πŸ˜€

  18. Ritu R says:

    this is an overdose of beauty Rati… stunning pics, and you look relaxed and pretty! :*

  19. Jaishri says:

    I love the pics, it was like a journey or mini trip to Bali.. Superb outfits.. loved the pic of the mommy with her two kids πŸ™‚

  20. calicoaster says:

    wowwwww….seems like an awesome experience Rati…and you look so fresh..amazing pics by Sanjeev jee..and I laughed so much on monkey’s fart and Raavan’s dialogue.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  21. Rati, I loved your outfit and bag too. Must say, all the pics are a sheer treat to eyes. I just wish I could travel to all these places too πŸ™

  22. Rini says:

    Hi Rati…

    I have been following your blog for a week now…I must say you have a very very good sense of dressing…

    Loved your dress…you know I even tried to look for one on ASOS but I believe its not there anymore.

    I have to Bali…its actually beautiful place…if got a chance would love to share what I wore there… :-p

  23. srinjla says:

    incredible pics and bali is just awesome

  24. Bhumika says:

    Killer pics and experience..sounds awesomee..

  25. I went to Bali 2 years back… And by looking at your pictures, I re-lived every moment I had spent there! I will never forget that experience as it was my first trip to a foreign country & also I was travelling alone for the first time πŸ™‚ Just felt like sharing! I keep telling people that visiting BALI should be in everyone’s “LIFE BUCKET LIST” xoxo, Aastha! β™₯

    • Rati says:

      I agree aastha, Bali should be in people’s bucket list. It has been one of our best trips EVER! πŸ™‚ I am glad the picks brought back your lovely memories. πŸ™‚

  26. ADITI gupta says:

    Hi Rati. I have been a silent spectator of your blog who has enjoyed reading every post. But for the first time I could not stop myself from commenting on the beautiful pictures in this post. Looking at the pictures was like reading a romantic poem that makes you happy and touches one’s soul.

  27. aru says:

    just have to do Bali now..those guys should pay you for spreading the beauty of Bali. Increase in tourism..:) you look super pretty, super relaxed and just when I thought I had seen the most amazing pics in your day 2 waala post here comes even more gorgeous pics..that water surrounding the temple waala pic is out of this world..frame a few of these and stick it on a huge board or something..maybe convert them to black and white pics???

  28. Rini says:

    Hey thanks for the link Rati…so sweet of you πŸ™‚ will try to buy it before I leave from UK…

    And I meant to write I have been to Bali for my Honeymoon…. :-p I ate these words in earlier post ..hehehe

  29. Shrutika says:

    As everyone says ..u can never go wrong with Bali …its as its best ….feels heavenly …Totally Its a nature’s bliss….u make the atmosphere Lovelyy.!! Lol The Ravan πŸ˜€ Those Cutie Monkeys πŸ™‚ The Pics are Stunning <3

  30. shashi says:

    love ur dress

  31. mahmur says:

    very-very good model and photograph. success for both of you. i’m mahmur from Indonesia

  32. shweta says:

    Beautiful you and the place as well. Love your dress and relaxed look. Now i am itching to go to Bali .. Hope I get to visit there soon ..

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