Bali and Lombok, Indonesia’s amazingly beautiful islands surrounded by lush green mountains and blue-green waters, are emerging as two fascinating tourist destinations that have been gravitating tourists from Pakistan and worldwide again after Covid-19 pandemic is over.
Both islands have distinctive featured with their natural beaches, providing beach lovers with coral reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving, exploring culture and offering people a place for religious tourism, including historical mosques and temples.
An island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Lombok is a Muslim majority destination that is appealing tourists to explore charming landscape, blue waters, beautiful sea sights and scenic valleys that provide unique experiences. Halal services has led this island to achieve the first rank for the World’s Best Halal Tourism Destination, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index in 2019.
Abdul Zahir Abassi says direct flights would further enhance tourists’ flow from Pakistan as this travel would be more economical and convenient
Lombok would be the next popular destination for Pakistani tourists because of its natural beauty and delicious food. The traditional villages like Sade showcase the island’s unique architecture and way of life. “Lombok is not only beautiful in terms of natural beauty and is perfect for travelers seeking a serene escape but also food is similar to Pakistan,” said Hassan Aftab, a tourist from Pakistan.
A tourist from England who was in Lombok for vacation, said that the Kuta Beach and Gili Island were the most eye-catching places which were more peaceful and calmer for enjoying holidays. She said that atmosphere of Gili Island was amazing as the beaches, the sunlight and the people were welcoming. An Italian tourist said that he prefers to stay in Lombok during his holidays because he likes blue water and pristine sandy shores.
Similarly, Bali has no comparison as Legian, Seminyak, and Kuta beaches are having picturesque landscapes, and vibrant arts scene. From the stunning rice terraces of Ubud to the iconic sea temples of Tanah Lot and Uluwatu, Bali boasts a rich tapestry of cultural and natural wonders, he said. Bali is a place where adventure enthusiasts can surf the famous waves of Kuta and Uluwatu as well as they can explore the volcanic peaks of Mount Batur.
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Abdul Zahir Abassi, a travel agent who came to attend Bali and Beyond Travel Fair in Indonesia, said that the number of tourists from Pakistan to Bali and Lombok was increasing swiftly and the opening of direct flights would further enhance this flow of tourists as it would be more economical and convenient. Similarly, he said that Indonesian people were visiting Pakistan’s northern areas, therefore direct linkages would enhance the tourism economy of both the countries.
Both Bali and Lombok offer an immense cultural experience that allows visitors to delve into the rich heritage of the Indonesian people. There are also several similarities between Pakistan and Indonesia’s cultures and tourist sites. Pakistan and Indonesia have distinct identities and cultural characteristics. Both destinations offer a glimpse into vibrant cultures. Pakistan’s historic sites like the ancient city of Taxila and the architectural marvels of Lahore showcase its diverse heritage.
Indonesia’s Bali and Lombok are home to ancient temples and traditional dances. Explaining cultural similarities, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Pakistan Adam Tugio termed distinctive cultural-historic heritage as a treasure trove for the two brotherly countries that have continuously been preserved during history. “Pakistan and Indonesia are heirs of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, with a marked history of religious-cultural communication.”
To enhance tourism between both countries, he said that Pakistan and Indonesia were working to start direct flights which ultimately increase linkages among people. Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Marketing, Tourism and Creative Economy Ni Made Ayu Marthini said that there were multiple common characteristics culturally and religiously between Pakistan and Indonesia that could help enhance people-to-people exchanges as both countries had majority of Muslim populations.
Indonesia is developing rapidly and providing a secure and comfortable atmosphere of tourism for international tourists. Moreover, it is also trying to promote its Islamic heritage and tourism in Muslim-majority islands such as Lombok. With breathtaking natural beauty, and vibrant cultures, Bali and Lombok continue to fascinate tourists from around the world. For Pakistani people, both these islands can be more attractive tourist places, especially for newlywed couples.