Depart this morning for a cultural exploration of Lombok. The ethnic and religious diversity of the island and its population consisting of the Sasak people, Balinese Hindus, and other ethnicities from further West and East in Indonesia becomes visible on a tour through the most interesting places and sites around the bustling yet relaxed capital city Mataram. Be enchanted by the island marvelous diversity in which people have managed to live in harmony for many centuries.
Lombok Cultural Discovery - Full Day
This morning, depart from the hotel in Senggigi around 09:00 and drive to Kebon Roek Market. Here, observe locals immersed in daily activities of trading goods such as vegetables, spices, fish and meats as well as tobacco and other agricultural goods. This market is where all communities blend together.
Continue to Lingsar Temple in the outskirts of Mataram, to discover a fascinating syncretism between Balinese Hinduism and Lombok’s mystical take on Islam, the so called Waktu Telu. Built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah the beautiful complex nestled among rice fields hosts different shrines with locational relationships to both islands’ holy mountains. With a bit of luck you’ll be able to skip a coin over your head, hitting the pond with holy water behind you. The myth says that this helps to make a wish come true. Try to attract the holy eel said to live in the irrigation system of the holy water springs with a boiled egg. It is a rare occasion that the eel will show up, but if it does, then this is to be seen as sonsy.
Nearby Pura Agung Narmada has been built as the summer palace of the King of Mataram in 1805. When he was no longer able to climb the mighty Mount Rinjani to make offerings in the crater-lake Segara Anak, he built the palace as replica of the volcano and its lake. Narmada Palace and Park invite for a stroll through the lush gardens that do also host a swimming pool feed by the holy springs.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
This afternoon visit West Nusa Tenggara Museum which hosts various historical items and artifacts found in Lombok and Sumbawa Island. With its small but quite comprehensive collections on the geology, flora, fauna, archeology, ethnography, history and crafts of the region it gives it provides a good overview over this part of Eastern Indonesia.
Visit Mayura water palace with its “floating pavilion” built in the middle of an artificial lake surrounded by mangosteen trees, and which at the time functioned as a legal court of justice as well as a hall for important meetings. It is part of the former kingdom of Karangasem in East Bali and was built in 1744 combining both Hindu and Islamic architectural features by the same king that had built Lingsar temple.
Drive back to your hotel. (L)
- Due to the limited number of German, French, Spanish, Italian speaking guides in Lombok, we recommend early booking
requests for them.
- Our rates are net and quoted in American dollars (USD), however some services (like transportation, guide fees, entrance fees,
some activities, meals, air tickets and train tickets and sometimes accommodations) are based on local prices in Indonesian
Rupiah in (IDR). In the case of a major change in the exchange rate (5% or more) between the Indonesian Rupiah and the
American dollar (USD), we reserve the right to correct our quotes to align our rates and revise the value of the American dollar
- All rates are based on the current gasoline price. Should the gasoline price increase by more than 10% we would readjust
transfer rates with a 30 days prior notice
- Children aged between 2 and 12 years at the time of travel will receive a 15% discount off the Adult Price.
Pick up and drop off timings from alternate destinations
- Pick up from Sengigi 09.00 / 17.00
- Pick up from Sire 08:30 / 17:30
- Pick up from other areas are not recommended
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