Indonesia has a tropical climate appropriate to its proximity to the equator. With year round temperatures averaging at 31 degrees Celsius. High humidity can be expected during the Wet Season between the months of October - April. The Dry Season between the months of May - September have the lowest humidity.
The islands in the Indonesian archipelago are so picturesque and immaculate they appear to be a painted backdrop. It has rice paddies tripping down hillsides, volcanoes soaring up through the clouds, dense tropical jungle, long sandy beaches, warm blue water and friendly people who don't just have a culture but actually live it.
Unlike the rest of the country, Bali still preserved the Hindu culture and build their lives on daily rituals for the demigods. Although different from the Hinduism found in India, the Vedic culture and custom is predominant throughout Indonesia. Almost everybody knows the Mahabharata and Ramayana and Krishna is no stranger.
Around four thousand initiated devotees make Bali their home and stay within reach of the various asramas or temples around the island. They always distribute books and have harinams everyday. Prasadam distribution is very active. Ratha-yatras and 24 Hour Kirtans are anticipated with eagerness.
The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed. Straddling the equator, situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, it is as wide as the United States from San Francisco to New York, equaling the distance between London and Moscow. Indonesia has a total population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups. The national language is Bahasa Indonesia. The Indonesia Rupiah is also called IDR and the country has three time zones.
Indonesia’s moderate climate throughout the year, its fertile soil brought about by lava, and its minerals found on land and in the sea caused by volcanic eruptions, have made this the ideal habitat for a large number of unique and endemic flora and fauna. Indonesia has among the most diverse variety of species of animal life on land and in the seas found anywhere in the world. Indonesia’s flora and fauna is divided by the “Wallace Line” that runs between Bali and Lombok, continuing north between Kalimantan and Sulawesi. West of the Line, vegetation and wildlife are Asian in nature, whereas east of the Line, these resemble those of Australia.
The majority of the population embraces Islam, while in Bali the Hindu religion is predominant. Whereas in some areas, the majority are either Catholics or Protestants. And, true to the Pancasila, the five principles of nationhood, – namely Belief in the One and Only God, a Just and Civilized Humanity, the Unity of Indonesia, Democracy through unanimous deliberations, and Social Justice for all – Indonesian societies are open and remain tolerant towards one another’s religion, customs and traditions, all the while faithfully adhering to their own. The Indonesian coat of arms moreover bears the motto: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika – Unity in Diversity.