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Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that has its roots in India and continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body healing systems today. Authentic Ayurveda is now available on Lombok for the first time!

At Devaya Ayurveda in Mangsit you can experience the benefits of Ayurveda with practitioner Daniela from Germany. Whether you are looking for a relaxing and healing massage, an Ayurvedic consultation to determine the source of illness and lack of well-being, or an intensive course to change your life, Devaya offers a range of treatments and options tailored to your individual needs!

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GO-JEK STARTS IN LOMBOK

Go-jek, Indonesia’s online motorcycle transport service, is now available in Lombok.

The service quietly opened with a small fleet in Mataram and has been successfully operating for the past two months. The lack of fanfare or promotion of the service has been to avoid any backlash from public transport and taxi services – as has been the case when Go-jek commenced operating in other Indonesian cities.

Go-jek offers a range of services and transport solutions using an online booking app that allows customers to order a motorcycle rider to transport them between destinations, or to pick up food from restaurants, deliver and pick up parcels, and more.

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Ramadan… Dispelling the Myths

The month of Ramadan – locally known as ‘Bulan Puasa’ – began on Friday, 26 May this year and many people across Indonesia will be fasting for the following month.

Every year around this time, we receive emails from tourists who are wondering whether to visit Lombok during Ramadan... so now is a good time to dispel some of the myths!

Naughty tour guides and taxi drivers in Bali will tell visitors not to go to Lombok during Ramadan because all the restaurants are closed, there’s nothing to eat, you can’t buy a beer, and none of the taxis are operating.

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A man walks into a bar, notices a very large jar on the counter, and sees that it’s filled to the brim with $10 bills. He guesses there must be at least ten thousand dollars in it.

He approaches the bartender and asks, “What's with the money in the jar?”

“Well..., you pay $10, and if you pass three tests, you get all the money in the jar and the keys to a brand new Lexus.”

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A WEEK ON RINJANI

The 2017 trekking season started on 1 April and this month Dian Cahyadi, co-owner of The Lombok Guide, climbed Mt Rinjani for his annual clean-up of the volcano.

Dian and friends climb Rinjani every year at the beginning of the trekking season to spend a week collecting rubbish on the trails and talking to trekkers about waste management… as well as enjoying their time on the volcano they love, of course!

At 3,726m above sea level, Mt Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia and arguably the most important tourist attraction on Lombok. Almost 100,000 people visited the volcano during the April to December trekking season last year.

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