If you are an adventurer, try to explore the trekking routes offered by Bindu tourism village, Mekar Bhuana, Abiansemal, Badung. This relatively new tourist object has a unique attraction. Aside from beautiful and pristine countryside, it also offers some activities of local culture. Visitors can join the cultural activities of the villagers. Points of trekking
If you are an adventurer, try to explore the trekking routes offered by Bindu tourism village, Mekar Bhuana, Abiansemal, Badung. This relatively new tourist object has a unique attraction. Aside from beautiful and pristine countryside, it also offers some activities of local culture. Visitors can join the cultural activities of the villagers.
Points of trekking initiated by Putra Jenggala tourism awareness group (Pokdarwis) of Bindu tourism village is indeed a new one intended for beginner adventurers. Nevertheless, all adventure hobbyist can explore it because of the cultural attractions offered must be different. “Each route passed through will give pleasure because it has a variety of cultural attractions,” said I Gusti Nyoman Suastawa, one of the trekking initiators.
French travelers had tested the challenges offered by the trekking route. They consist of female entrepreneurs and workers. A distance of about 3 km was covered within about four hours. “Wow, it’s very satisfying. Other than seeing the activities of rural communities, we also encounter small animals in the paddy fields. All people are very friendly and nice,” said Santrine, one of the trekking participants.
They started the trekking in front of the Bindu village hall and then visited the SDN 3 Mekar Bhuana elementary school as a form of caring for school. They had time to introduce French language to students and learn Balinese language from them. Other than the introduction of language, they also learned about Balinese dance. It was then resumed to Subak Gaga while passing the village street.
In the paddy fields, they could watch various activities of farmers starting from hoeing, mowing to harvesting traditionally. Some of them tried to involve in harvesting rice. During the journey, they also watched the animals having been familiar with the paddy farmers such as dragonflies, lizards, snakes and birds. After that, they passed through a moor and a bridge made from coconut tree.
Then, they returned to paddy field area at the Subak Munduk Gebang. In the area of Tanah Yeng healing center, participants were introduced to the technique of growing crops traditionally. Afterward, they were served with young coconut drink to refresh the body. They were also given the opportunity to have a bath in the river followed by prayascita (blessing) ritual to purify their mind in Hindu tradition.
At that moment, every trekking participant was given tridatu thread for safety. The area of Tanah Yeng healing center is especially intended for the introduction to spiritual self-purificatory process. The journey then continued to visit Balinese house compound to see and learn mejejahitan (preparing oblation). Ultimately, the journey was ended with lunch serving traditional Balinese menus consisting of satay, raw condiment, lawar (minced meat mixed with vegetables) and others.
Suastawa said that other than trekking, guests are also introduced to culture and getting in touch with residents as the real player of local culture. This program is made on the request of travel agent management. “This Pokdarwis initiated the Bindu customary village trekking after receiving coaching from the Badung Tourism Office in the form of foreign language training. In the future, it will take advantage of the river at Bindu village for water tourist attraction,” he explained. (BTN/015)