"A must in Ubud is a stroll through the temple-dotted Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, so named for the 300 or so long-tailed macaques that inhabit the area."
Set among the gentle slopes that lead up towards Bali’s central mountains, Ubud is the heartland of Balinese culture. A hive of artistic activity, it offers endless rows of craft shops and workshops, excellent galleries, nightly dance shows, a central market and numerous temples and museums.
While the centre of town is a great place to base yourself, Ubud’s verdant backdrop of shelving rice paddies and towering palm trees hides a number of world-class retreats, where you can eat, pray and love to your heart’s content.
There are wonderful restaurants in all parts of town and courses in dance, music, cooking and art that let you tap into Balinese culture in all its rich forms.
Constructed in the 9th century, Borobudur in Java is the largest Buddhist structure ever built. The pyramid-shaped temple comprises nine tiers, rising to 35 metres, with four stairways leading to the top. It was conceived as a Buddhist vision of the universe, with the everyday world at the bottom and the circular top tier representing never-ending Nirvana. More than 2,700 relief panels depict ancient stories and Buddhist mantras and the higher levels are studded with 72 enormous bell-shaped stupas and more than 400 Buddha images.
Sitting among the stupas at dawn, watching the sky turn a fiery blood orange and the sun light up the surrounding hills and valleys, it’s easy to see why Borobudur has been a place of pilgrimage for over a millennium.
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