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Bali - Where the Gods Come to Stay

 

At times you can't help wondering why Bali is called the Island of Gods and if it is more symbolic than being a reality. But either way, Balinese religion, culture and life style are so intricately intertwined, that you can't separate one from the other. In Balinese mythology says that the gods created the Island as a special abode with the purpose to shrine and house all the sacred deities of the land. Very true! As one would find statues of deities, god and goddesses every few hundred meters and all over the place from the junctions and every street corners, to the paddy fields, hotels and motels, you name it, it is all around! When on a visit you also cannot help noticing the reverence of the locals to their deities and gods, offering prayers almost every other hour on the clock.

It is estimated that there are about 20,000 temples, some of them housed in caves and sanctuaries and that the Bali calendar has 200 days of religious feasts and functions. Fresh fruit and flower offerings are religiously and passionately made to the gods they bow to. Bali exhibits itself in the strength of the local culture and its Hindu based religion which offer a unique peek into that something other that just cash and capitalism at work here.

Bali is also renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. There are a host of traditional dances and performing arts that is a joy to watch and is a constant feature of every Balinese day and night, perhaps because of it being a hot spot tourist destination. Craftsmanship is traditional, unique, and rich in Balinese context, with many centuries of unlimited detailing, that too at low prices.

The most common souvenirs you could think of buying in Bali might include bright brocades, artistic masks, hand carved figures and delicate silver costume jewelry. But a discerning shopper can always get more out of beautiful Bali.

Visitors to Bali in the month of March watch out for 'Nyepi' which is the Balinese New Year or 'Day of Silence,' during which, silence, fasting, and meditation rule the mental and physical spheres. Starting at 6 am and ending at 6 am the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and so, restrictions apply on lighting fires, employment, entertainment or pleasure, traveling, which is strictly followed by the locals and so are the tourist expected. Bali's bustling streets and roads turn empty, as traditional security men patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

But on all other days of your life, Bali is the place to be, more so, if you are vacationing with your family or friends, or a honeymooning couple or a surfing or water sport enthusiast seeking thrills. There are many more kind of travelers who visit Bali for its night life and more.

One good place to make your reservation for accommodations would be luxury Bali villas that offer premium comforts, personalized care and assistance as well as countless other luxury options in Bali. There is one luxury Bali villa in particular, called the Mia Villa which offers the visitors and vacationers to stay in exquisite, exotic, tropical settings with superlative modern facilities in traditional Balinese feel and hospitality brought to you by attentive and well mannered service staff waiting on you to satisfy your whims and fantasies. Sometimes the staff to guest ratio in this secluded, private and secure luxury Bali villa is as high as 8:1 so as to make available the best of what Bali has to offer. Offering breathtaking views of the terraced rice gardens of Umalas, Mia villa is enclosed in a tropical cover of 1500 sq.mts of rich and diverse flora and fauna while the four fully air conditioned master bedrooms have their own patios over looking the rice fields. Secluded, so private and far from the hustle and bustle of business and people, this luxury Bali villa is like a secret island paradise for honeymooners and the newly wed as it is designed to ignite your passions and make your stay the most romantic and memorable in Bali.

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