Our journey through Lombok

We waved goodbye to the Gili islands

Bye bye Gili T

Bye bye Gili T

…so did the monkey

The look-out monkey

The look-out monkey

Driving back through Lombok, we stopped along the coastal road for petrol.

Fill her up for 10,000rp (70p)

Fill her up for 10,000rp (70p)

We decided to spend a night in Sengiggi and visit its famous temple, Pura Batu Bolong.

Pura means temple.  Whereas Batu Bolong translates as ‘hole in the rock’ – as you can clearly see…

Pura Batu Bolong (temple with a hole in the rock)

Pura Batu Bolong (temple with a hole in the rock)

Even the temple gateway entrance is impressive…

Steps to the temple perched on the cliff

Steps to the temple perched on the cliff

And the stairs look as if they will lead you straight up to the sky

Stairs to the sky

Stairs to the sky

Batu Bolong is perched right on the edge of a cliff next to the ocean.

Great views from the temple

It was far too warm for a jacket, but I wore it to cover my arms in the temple

It’s a Balinese Hindu temple, on the Muslim island of Lombok.

Facing the sacred volcano, Mount Agung, across the sea in Bali, it has the same overall views as from Gili T.

View across the ocean to Mount Agung, Bali

Sunset view across the ocean from Sengiggi, Lombok to Mount Agung, Bali

All Balinese temples are strikingly beautiful, and this one is no exception

Pura Batu Bolong

Pura Batu Bolong

It was all wrapped in sacred yellow and white cloth fluttering in the breeze.

Just look at the carvings depicting the turtle at the base and the two naga (snakes) above.

Look at the detail carved into the temple

Look at the detail carved into the rock hewn temple

This imagery also shows on Balinese cremation towers called Bade.  After all, the whole world sits on a turtles back, doesn’t it!?!

Yaniq sipping holy water

Yaniq sipping holy water after praying

Yaniq and I both prayed (this is something I never did before in England, but often do here!) and we stayed a while looking over the tranquil sea.

Temple by the sea

Temple by the sea

Visit my next blog post which will be about the south of Lombok with its Sasak culture and stunning views, see you then.

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  1. Such a beautiful Candi bentar. And the statues draped in yellow! Is that because kuningan is coming up?

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    • Hi, yes we were there after Nyepi and before Galungan (which, as you doubtless know, comes 10 days before Kuningan, which was last Sat) so I’m sure the yellow and white was to celebrate the ‘return of the gods’ – thanks for the question.

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