The volcanic island of Bali is a great destination for women only holidays, especially those intrigued by the Balinese architecture and temples. We stayed close to the seashore for the first few days but only when you start moving towards Ubud, which is considered the heart of Bali, you start to get the real feel of the vast cornucopia of arts and crafts that Bali has to offer.
- Jl.Raya Batubulan is an entire street with fascinating stonework and carvings on either side.Definitely, cant resists this place on our Bali tour packages from Mumbai. It feels like a trip back in time, as if the time stood still as hundreds of intricately carved stone statues stare at you on either side, especially the temple gate guardians! The stone used is paras from the grey volcanic ash and is very light and easy to carve. The Ganeshas, Buddhas and so many other deities are definitely exhibits of a supreme work of craftsmanship by these local artists.
- UC Silver is a truly mesmerising store that no woman can resist on our Bali tour package!The gates and exterior facade of the building have just beautifully crafted golden dragonflies that flit on the walls, dancing ladies on the top of the roof along with golden roses and other adornments. Such intricate designs that you are drawn towards it, to go in and explore what more this magical ladies special store could have to offer!It has has a huge collection of luxurious handmade jewellery with unique designs inspired by the essence of every living thing.
- Batik factory: If you want to watch the local women and learn about batik techniques and weaving, this is the place! They were creating such beautiful pieces, truly talented women! The collection in this store is definitely better and of higher quality, than the cheaper touristy stuff you will find at the local markets. Scarves, stoles, sarongs, pants, skirts, shirts and household articles, they have them all in vibrant colors and designs. So hard to make a choice! But certainly an important stop on a women-only trip on our Bali tour package.
- Wood carving shops in Mas village: Our next stop en route to Ubud on our Bali tour was the wood carving village where the ancient art seems to be practiced in every house. Stop at any of them for a personal tour by a member of the family, showing off their heirloom art with pride, explaining the various types of wood and techniques they use to handcraft some magnificent woodworks.
- Ubud market: Last but certainly not the least is the market in the heart of Ubud that has everything a woman desires on her shopping list in Bali! Funky t-shirts, scarves, stoles, and Balinese wall hanging masks are some special things the ladies would love to pick up as souvenirs for friends and family. Wander around here to your heart’s content, find a good bargain and enjoy your me Time!Don’t miss the interesting cafes and gelatos on the main road. I shall be writing about them in my next Blog soon.