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Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur means the ‘place of devotees’, and its city center is the best preserved in the Kathmandu valley, famous for its brick buildings with detailed wood carvings.  There are more temples per foot in Bhaktapur than in either Kathmandu city or Patan.  The city was founded in the 12th century, and was part of the […]

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan – Lake Temple in Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is a large water temple complex on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul.   The temple was built in 1633 and used for offerings to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu.  The water temples in Bali are so interesting as they have important functions for […]

Bali- Batukaru Jungle Trek

We went on a jungle trek and unexpectedly ended up eating our way through the jungle…13 delicious tropical fruits, a long hike, and some gorgeous rice paddies later, we ended up at our guide’s village compound eating a multi-course lunch cooked by his wife, then ended with a beautiful remote mountain temple. We wanted to […]

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

The Batu caves are huge limestone (said to be 400 million years old!) caves set into the mountains near Kuala Lumpur, with a massive golden statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity.  There are several shrines and temples, including one that depicts the well-known story of the Ramayana. The giant gold statue is of Lord Murugan, […]