Wanderer Neha

"i haven't been everywhere but it's on my list."

Bali, Indonesia - So Much To Offer

Sitting at Mumbai's airport waiting to board my delayed flight to Kuala Lumpur, I was thinking about my final destination - Bali. Did I put in my two-month of research into what is a typical honeymoon destination? Has Bali reached its saturation point considering it is one of the top travel destination of the year? Will it be overcrowded with annoying tourists during this peak season? Will be like Goa?

It's not just about the beaches

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Pretending to be a farmer in the rice paddies for a day 

In the subsequent days, all my irrational fears were put to rest. It was nothing but the travel anxiety that hits me before every trip. Bali feels twice as good as it looks in the pictures online. There is just so much this place has to offer and I can't wait to get back! There is something in store for every type of traveller. It's a party destination, romantic getaway, adventure paradise and has so many offbeat trails, all confined within the boundaries of a small island. Leave all your perceptions behind and book your next flight to Bali. Commercialization has just hit the island and it might not be the same place in the next couple of years.

I consider myself a slow traveller and the sight of crowds scare me. So after hitting most of the tourist attractions in the south, I headed to Amed and Amlapura to find my solace. The crowds start thinning as you move towards the northern and eastern region. My hideout here got me to interact with the locals. Balinese people greet every passing traveller with a genuine smile. Even though there was a language barrier, most of them were willing to help us. They welcome you right into their homes and are willing to share about their culture. Balinese food is delicious and has a good variety for vegans and vegetarians. Look out for mie goreng and nasi goreng. I was too tempted looking at all the seafood but I resisted nonetheless.

The majority of Bali's population are Hindus and that is why they love when they see Indian travellers visiting. They will animatedly talk to you about Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and also the Hindi TV serial Uttaran. Ladies, don't be surprised if you are called at on a street by some dude reciting shayaris.

The roads leading to this region are surrounded by stunning landscapes. Villages are clustered around rice terraces while the mountains are guarding in the backdrop. You will instantly fall in love with the volcanic black sand beaches. The beauty of east Bali is something I'm struggling to put into words for you but you to have to experience it to believe it. The peace and tranquillity that you find here is refreshing and makes you long for more.

But the beautiful beaches are addictive

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Picturesque Bingin Beach in South Bali

Plopped on a rock on the shore at Bingin beach, I was thinking, 'What did I ever do to deserve to experience something so beautiful?'. The entire landscape was so picturesque that I wanted to cry. White sand beaches with light blue clear waters have always been my weakness. It's safe to say that Bingin was my favorite beach for this trip. If you plan to head here, be warned that it is not an easy task. You need to climb several broken and steep steps downhill. But it's all worth it in the end and in a way I'm glad that this spot is tough to reach. You can spend an entire day sunbathing, surfing and binging on food at the local Warungs

If you don't consider yourself a beach person, Bali is sure to change that about you. Love surfing? Head to Uluwatu Beach. Party animal? Head to Kuta beach. Longing for stunning sunsets? Head to Amed beach. Looking to beat the crowds? Head to Bingin beach.

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What inspires you to travel to this magical island?


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