The Handara Gate is actually the entrance to the Handara Golf Resort. The traditional Hindu gate symbolizes the entrance from the outer world to the temple, or in this case, golf course. You will see a lot of these gates as they play an important role in Indonesian culture, particularly in Bali. The Handara gate is surrounded by lush mountains, crater lakes and rain forest that create dramatic backdrops, especially on a foggy morning. That makes it the perfect location for an Instagram shot. The Handara gate is located in Pancasari Village Bedugul, the central highlands of Bali and nestled down inside the crater of an extinct volcano.
Getting there: Located on the road from Ulun Danu Bratan temple towards North Bali you will pass this gate on your right side.
Entrance fee: Because this spot became so popular with Instagrammers and travelers, locals have set up a ticket booth. There you have to pay for a “Selfie ticket” 30.000 IDR fee per person.
Best time to go: Due to its popularity this place gets really crowded during the day. The best time to go here is with sunrise or right after to beat the crowds. Therefore you can easily combine this spot after you watched the sunrise at Pura Ulun Danu as it’s just 5 minutes further.
Photo tip: The best way to capture this beautiful gate is to make a shot right in front while your model is walking on the road. But if you have a drone you will also be able to capture the gate from another angle. See our shots from the Handara gate below.