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Government Plans To Open Direct Flight Between India and Bali

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Indonesian Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno is planning to operate a direct flight between Bali and India when the international travel corridor reopens. The plan aims to increase bilateral relations between the two countries. 

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Sandiaga said that the plan to open the direct flight between India and Bali will be realized in near future.

“We have discussed this plan with the Indian Embassy for Bali, and it’s already at the final stage of preparation, including to open the possibility for investment and trading between the two countries,” said Sandiaga on Wednesday (17/3).

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“Tourism and investment are still within our corridor, so we hope there will be an increase to our bilateral relationship as well as reviving Bali economy from the crisis” Sandiaga added during the meeting that was attended by the Indian Consulate General for Bali, Shri Prakash Chand, Keisha Saudale and Wishnu in Ubud on Wednesday.

Both parties also discussed the prospect of advanced technology in the tourist villages of Bali. “We also hope that we could adopt technology to improve our tourism in villages such as Jatiluwih village for instance, as India has developed more advanced technology in that field,” Sandiaga said.

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Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy, Shri Manoj Kumar Bharti who has been staying in Bali for 2 weeks is excited about the plan.

“I’m so amazed at Bali people, about their culture and lifestyle as the island is predominantly Hindu just like in India. And I think that would be an educational trip for most people from India to learn from Bali apart from its beautiful nature” Manoj concluded.

Manoj also hopes that Indian people will give a positive response to this program by visiting the island once the international travel corridor reopens in near future.

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Monday 22nd of March 2021

First and foremost anyone having the knowledge of the intended country of destination will have a memorable stay despite some differences in general. Indonesians tend to be very polite and courteous while others may just be plain abnoxious or insensitive to the customs.

Hinduism, like any other religion, cuts across regions and boundaries. It’s captivating to know how Hinduism in Bali made its way in the country. Both nations (India and Indonesia-Bali) practice Hinduism originating from common roots. However the countries differ in perception, understanding, inclusion, and propagation of the religion.

Bali only has 4 castes without subcastes. There are Brahmanis (priest). Kshatriyas (warriors, rulers), Vaisyas (skilled traders, merchant and minor officials), and Sudras (unskilled workers).

For Bali, in today's Indonesia life as a Hindu may be much easier, because the government has prohibited to treat people according to their caste. The differences in the economy between high caste and low caste are slowly eroding, and it makes Hindu Bali more relaxed than Hindu India. Balinese Hindu folks name their children according to their caste and their order of birth.

Bali’s Hindus believe in one and only God, that you can’t found in India. Balinese called it Acintya or Sang Hyang Widi. Besides that, India’s Hindus are polytheist, it means that Indians believe in more than one God.

After a long journey and many attempts made by religious leaders finally, hinduism was established as one of the official religions in Indonesia because Hindu Bali has a god as the ideology that Indonesia has in Pancasila. In a nutshell, Unity in diversity.

Cultural awareness also means working from the cultural perspective of the other person, not from your own perspective. What we consider to be 'normal' behaviour in one country can be entirely different in another. 


Saturday 20th of March 2021

This is a worry as India is struggling to get Covid under control, which could lead to increase in Bali/Indonesia cases. The decision could delay opening Bali to countries that have very low or nil cases as it would be seen as a higher risk.


Monday 22nd of March 2021

@Trevor, You nailed it. However travelers won't stay in one spot. Java could be affected too. Borobudur and Prambanan sites are also on the bucket list of destinations by foreign travelers.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 20th of March 2021

Goa - Mumbai - Bali v.v.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 20th of March 2021

Very good, this should happen many decades ago, but better ever than never.

J West

Friday 19th of March 2021

Thailand has lots of experiance with Indian tourists. They don't come for religious holidays.


Saturday 20th of March 2021

@J West, Indian nationals have to apply online or visa on arrival (15 days max) to enter Thailand where as Indonesia lets almost anyone in with 30 days max.

The "Incredible India" slogan has been aired worldwide in pre-pandemic period. Hopefully that will still attract Travel enthusiast Indonesians once borders are open again with a direct flight in the near future.