Bali and Lombok Residents of the Lombok say: "You can see Bali in Lomboku, but you will not see Lombok in Bali". Saying aptly captures the strong influence of larger islands and at the same time a clear distinction. Island combines the beauty of nature and belonging to Indonesia, divides religion, language and 35 kilometers of water.
Bali has almost 4 million inhabitants. In the vast majority are of Hindus, which ooften do colorful rituals. Balinese people speak Balinese and often also Bahasa, Indonesia language.
Lombok covers an area of 5435 km2, inhabited by Bahasa Sasak Muslims. Sasak are predominantly Muslim while the Balinese are Hindu. In the middle of the island of Lombok rises one of the highest (and at the same active) volcanoes in Indonesia - Mount Rinjani, which fills the crater lake Segara Anak (Child Seas) owe the name of the unique blue-water. By a small isthmus separates Bali and Lombok runs the Wallace Line, appointed by the scholar surprised by the fact that encountered in Bali Asian species of plants and animals not found on slightly away Lomboku, which has flora and fauna typical of Australia. Overgrown jungle coast of Bali rise up to above the tropical forest are still active volcanoes. The highest of them is the sacred mountain Agung, home of the Gods, which ascends the slopes of the Mother of All Temples - temple of Pura Besakih. The whole Lombok is surrounded by white sandy beaches but in Bali white sand can be found only in the southern part, the sand in the northern and western beaches is black.
Some of the prettiest beaches stretch near the town of Kuta in the south of the island. Residents of Bali are known worldwide for its colorful culture based on the belief in the existence of demons that try to appease the victims with flowers and food. An example of cultural penetration into everyday life the inhabitants of the island is a celebration of Nyepi, the Hindu New Year, Day of Absolute Silence. It usually falls in March or April and is the time when everyone, including tourists, are required to remain in their homes and maintain peace, in which seeks to help the police. The aim of the festival is to trick demons to recognize that no one is an island, and have left Bali, leaving residents year alone.
Bali Culinary Arts combines influences of Chinese, Indian, Arabic and European enriched with a huge wealth of tropical fruits amazing appearance and taste. A characteristic feature of the local cuisine is the use of pork, which is a component of many dishes, whose Muslim majority Indonesia can not eat because of religious reasons. The most famous dishes is the Babi Guling - suckling pig with an extremely delicate meat and crispy crust. Traditional Balinese delicacies you can taste the cuisine, having bought them from wandering vendors called kaki lima , meaning "five feet" (three-wheel truck with food and two legs of the towing it to the dealer).
The name of the island of Lombok is in Bahasa. Muslim island strictly adheres to religious principles, so no pork or alcohol can be found here. Lombok specialty is ayam taliwang - spicy chicken in a sauce of chilli, galangal and turmeric. All dishes are served in separate bowls with white rice.
Climate The proximity to the equator means that both islands are located in the humid equatorial climate zone. The year is divided here for a lasting from October to April rainy season and dry season attributable to the period from May to September. The air temperature throughout the year rarely falls below 25 ° C, also rarely exceeds 32 ° C, it is slightly higher in the interior of the island of Lombok. The rainy season is characterized by sudden and very violent rainfall, followed by nice weather returns. The most pleasant, rainless weather in Bali prevails from June to September, on a slightly drier Lombok is best to go between May and July.
Top things to do in Bali: there are over 20 000 temples, of which the most important is impressive Pura Besakih, known as the mother of all temples, rising on the slopes of an active volcano. Other temples are also worth exploring. The most popular are: built in honor of the spirits of the sea Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Luhur Uluwatu, guarding the holy water sources Pura Tirta Empul, one of the temples that protect Bali from evil - Pura Ulu Danu the waters of Lake Bratan, Cave Bats - Pura Goa Lawah, which named after the winged tenants, and the former seat of the royal dynasty of Mengwi - Pura Taman alum. Nine temples protects the island from the evils, each guarding the other direction. You can also visit Taman Burung Bali - Waterfowl Park in the beautiful gardens there are over a thousand rare species of birds from around the world Being on the island of Lombok, you can visit the park Narmada, which created thumbnail summit of the volcano Mount Rinjani and is located in the crater lake Segara Anak. Near the northern coast of Lombok are three small white beaches surrounded by coral reefs and the Gili islands where motor vehicle traffic is prohibited.
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