General Information

HOW GO TO YOGYAKARTA

Yogyakarta City is conveniently located in the central part of Java, close to the most of the cultural and natural attractions of this magnificent island. At the same time, it is easily accessible by the direct flights from the major Asian cities. You just need to come to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur and get onboard of a daily direct flight, operated by AirAsia from Singapura to Yogyakarta or Kuala Lumpur to Yogyakarta (www.airasia.com) and SilkAir (www.silkair.com)  . You can also take a flight from Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) or Denpasar (Bali) – there are many flights available every day from both of these Indonesian cities (by Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Batik Air, Lion Air etc).

GENERAL INFORMATION OF YOGYAKARTA

Yogyakarta Special Region is geographically located almost equidistant from Indonesia’s two most important international gateways, about 600 km from Jakarta and 1000 km from Bali. Yogyakarta also has excellent transport connections by bus, train or plane to the rest of Java, Sumatra, Bali and Lombok. Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto Airport is in the process of changing its status in order to receive not only domestics’ flights from Bali and Jakarta, but also direct charter and scheduled flights from other countries.

Geographically, Yogyakarta Special Province is situated in the Southern part of Central Java and lies between 7 degree 33′ and 8 degree 12′, South altitude between 110 degree and 50′ East longitude. Some regencies of central Java Province surround the administrative boundaries of this region: Southern East: Wonogiri Regency, Eastern: Klaten Regency, Northwestern: Magelang Regency, Western: Purworejo Regency

The Indonesian Ocean borders the Southern part of Yogyakarta. The borderline of the seashore stretches from West to East of which the length is around 100 km, started from Congot Beach in Kulon Progo Regency and ended at Sadeng Beach in Gunung Kidul Regency.

Because of its location, Yogyakarta is strategically positioned for the economic activity network in Java as well as for the tourist destination area. The special region of Yogyakarta lies midway on the axis of several main tourist destination areas, Jakarta and West Java westward, Central Java northward, East Java and Bali eastward. It is linked by regular rail, road and air services to other parts of Indonesian archipelago.

Climate and Weather in Yogyakarta

The average daily temperature range between 26 degree and 28 degree Celsius with its minimum 18 degree C and maximum 35 degree C respectively. Average humidity is 74% with its minimum of 65% and maximum 84% respectively. The Yogyakarta Special Region lays approximately 7 South of the equator line and is bathed in tropical; sunshine along the year. This region has a tropic climate the daily atmosphere feels a little bit hot and humid. These are only two seasons along the year, the wet or rainy seasons and dry monsoon. Usually the wet seasons begin at September and lasts about August. Generally there is no rainfalls from may to August and there fore the atmosphere feels hot and humid on the day and cool in the night and early morning. The monthly rain falling Yogyakarta varies between 3mm and 496mm in which those above 300mm take place during the month of January up to April. The heaviest rainfall usually occurs in February while the lowest commonly happens between May and October Average annually rainfall is about 1,900mm.

Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, DIY) is officially one of Indonesia’s 32 provinces. Yogyakarta is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. This region is located at the foot of the active Merapi volcano, Yogyakarta was in the 16th and 17th centuries the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram from which present day Yogyakarta has the best inherited of traditions. The city itself has a special charm, which seldom fails to captivate the visitor.

This province is one of the most densely populated areas of Indonesia. The city came into being in 1755, after the Mataram division into the Sultanates of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). Gamelan, classical and contemporary Javanese dances, wayang kulit (leather puppet), theater and other expressions of traditional art will keep the visitor spellbound. Local craftsmen excel in arts such batiks, silver and leather works. Next to the traditional, contemporary art has found fertile soil in Yogya’s culture oriented society. ASRI, the Academy of Fine Arts is the center of arts and Yogyakarta itself has given its name to an important school of modern painting in Indonesia, perhaps best personified by the famed Indonesian impressionist, the late Affandi.

Yogyakarta is often called the main gateway to the Central Java as where it is geographically located. It stretches from Mount Merapi to the Indian Ocean. There is daily air service to Yogya from Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali as well as regular train service and easy accessibility by road. Yogyakarta is commonly considered as the modern cultural of Central Java. Although some may prefer Solo as a good runner up, Yogyakarta remains the clear front-runner for traditional dance, Wayang (traditional puppetry) and music.

Yogyakarta has more than just culture though. It is a very lively city and a shopper’s delight. The main road, Malioboro Street, is always crowded and famous for its night street food-culture and street vendors. Many tourist shops and cheap hotels are concentrated along this street or in the adjoining tourist area such Sosrowijayan Street.

The key attraction of Yogyakarta is ‘Kraton’ (the Sultan’s Palace). The Sultan’s palace is the centre of Yogya’s traditional life and despite the advance of modernity; it still emanates the spirit of refinement, which has been the hallmark of Yogya’s art for centuries. This vast complex of decaying buildings was built in the 18th century, and is actually a walled city within the city with luxurious pavilions and in which the current Sultan still resides. Yogyakarta is also the only major city, which still has traditional ‘Becak’ (rickshaw-style) transport.

Populations of Yogyakarta

Based on 2000, the total population of Yogyakarta special Region amounted to 3.311.812. Yogyakarta Municipality that has 461,800 inhabitants spread over 32,50 kilometers or the average population density is thus over 14,200 persons per square kilometer. The least densely populated districts is in Gunung Kidul regency which has 720.643 inhabitants and cover 1,485 square kilometers or the density rate is 485 persons per square kilometer. Since a very long time ago the Provincial territory of Yogyakarta Special Region and its surrounding has been decently populated.

The majority residents of Yogyakarta Special Region are Javanese whose language derives from ancient Sanskrit. However, as Yogyakarta is considered to be “Indonesia’s academic city” due to the numerous centers for higher learning, many of the inhabitants are student who come from all over Indonesia to study.

Culture of Yogyakarta

The culture Yogyakarta province with its status as a special region lies in the Southern part of Central Java, in the heartland of Javanese culture. As the former capital and the center of several kingdoms in the past, this region and its people are very rich in a variety of cultures. It is widely known from to historical records that the civilization, art and culture had developed well in the center of those kingdoms respectively in the Ancient Mataram Kingdom (8th – 10th Century) era, the second Mataram Kingdom (17th – 18th Century) and Sultanate Ngayogyokarto from the mid of 18th Century up today.

It should be noted that the cultural heritage from the past includes the magnificent temples, the ruins of palaces and monasteries, the various kind of traditions, cultural events, traditional folk and performing arts, architecture and other traditional activities. It is important to note that this is all part of the living culture of Yogyakarta, color of daily activities of live and the local inhabitants behavior, particularly the Javanese community with its traditional way of life and customs. Therefore, because of its culture richness and heritage, Yogyakarta has long been known as the cradle of Javanese culture.

The other legendary name for Yogyakarta City, among the elders as well as the youth generation that is the City of Art and Culture. Traditional and modern exhibition are held almost every day and night about the art of theater, pantomime, music, classic and contemporary dances, poems, etc. Those are flow in the heart of the city. Even more, there are abundant of cultural ceremony, such as Sekaten, Gunungan, Labuhan, Malioboro Fair, etc, which make the city has high value of tradition, art, and culture.

TRADITIONAL DANCE / WAYANG ORANG – The Javanese dance performance is really extravagant and beautiful art show of high class quality. The beautiful dance, the elegant performers, the colorful dresses, the magical gamelan music, the pendopo stage create a perfect combination of uncomparable art performance. The dance movements of Mataram Kingdom I in the 8thto 10thcentury, might be the same as the ones carved on the Borobudur and Prambanan temples.

RAMAYANA BALLET PERFORMANCE – Based on an epic Hindu poem, the story of model king Rama was adapted to become an important local dance, encompassing the Javanese style, culture and music. Whilst the story originated in India, the Javanese version is truly representative of the local art and culture. In the evenings, this ballet comes to life, enacted by over 200 professional dancers and musicians on an open air stage that takes advantage of the Prambanan Temples as a backdrop.

WAYANG KULIT/ PUPPET SHOW – Wayang, or Javanese puppet show is a result of art and culture before the coming of Hindu. The history of Javanese puppet or generally wayang Indonesia related with the coming of Islam and Hindu, Islam, Christian culture, and Chinese. These things enrich the style of the Javanese puppet itself. The functions of puppets in Indonesia own an important value to its society. It functioned as a way of education, information, religion, and entertainment. The word ‘wayang’ predictably came from the word ‘wewayangan’ which means shadows. This prediction fit to the fact that in every performance of leather puppet, is using kelir (thin fabric), as a border between the puppeteer (dalang) who play the puppets and the audience. Audiences only watch the puppets movements through the shadows in the kelir. In ancient times, wayang performances only escorted by a simple gamelan  (Javanese traditional orchestra) consist of saron, todung, and kemanak. Other musical instruments in gamelan and sinden (traditional women singers, usually appears in every Javanese puppets performance, singing traditional songs) predictably haven’t exist yet.

LABUHAN/GREBEG/BERSIH DESA – Labuhan is from the word Labuh, means to throw away into. The Labuhan ceremony of Karaton Yogyakarta is a ritual offering meant to preserve a long sacred relation between the Sultan of Yogya as the direct descendant of Panembahan Senopati – the first Ruler of the second Mataram Kingdom and the Goddess of the South Sea, Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. There are other Labuhan ceremonies conducted by Karaton of Yogyakarta in the same day at other sacred places: Mt. Merapi, Mt. Lawu. The offering in Dlepih, about 30 Km south-east of Wonogiri is organized every 8 year in the Javanese year of Dal only. The Labuhan ritual by tradition is always held one day after the Sultan coronation or commemoration of Sultan’s coronation. Every year is organized Labuhan Alit (small Labuhan); the 8th year, Labuhan Ageng (great Labuhan) is held.

JATILAN/ KUDA LUMPING – Kuda Lumping (Javanese: Jaran Kepang or Jathilan, Malay: Kuda Kepang, English: Flat Horse) is a traditional Javanese dance  depicting a group of horseman . Dancers “ride” horses made from woven bamboo and decorated with colorful paints and cloth. Generally, the dance portrays troops riding horses, but another type of Kuda Lumping performance also incorporates trances and magic tricks. When the “possessed” dancer is performing the dance in trance conditions, he can display unusual abilities, such as eating glass and resistance to the effects of whipping or hot coals. Although the dance is native to Java, Indonesia. , it also performed by Javanese communities in Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore. .The origin of Kuda Lumping is uncertain. Two main hypotheses have been proposed. The first suggests that Kuda Lumping may have arisen out of Diponegoro war against the Dutch colonial Dutch colonial forces, as a ritual reenactment of battles. The second argues that it is based on Mataram -era troops riding against the Dutch.Kuda Lumping is known under different names in different areas. While Kuda Lumping is the most common name in  West Java , in Central Java  it is known as Jaran Kepang or Jathilan in East Java ; in Bali, it is known as Sang Hyang Jaran.In Bali Sanghyang  dance refer to the type of dance involving trance  by spirit identified as hyang.

BATIK –  It would be impossible to visit or live in Indonesia and not be exposed to one of the country’s most highly developed art forms, batik. On your first visit to a batik store or factory you will undoubtedly experience an overwhelming stimulation of the senses – due to the many colors, patterns and the actual smell of batik. Only through repeated visits and a bit of study will the types of designs and their origins become apparent.

The word batik is thought to be derived from the word ‘ambatik’ which translated means ‘a cloth with little dots’. The suffix ‘tik’means little dot, drop, point or to make dots. Batik may also originate from the Javanese word ‘tritik’ which describes a resist process for dying where the patterns are reserved on the textiles by tying and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques. Another Javanese phase for the mystical experience of making batik is “mbatik manah” which means “drawing a batik design on the heart”.

KERIS –  Keris is Malay weapon and initiated to use since 600 years ago. This weapon is unique and can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Thailand, Mindanao (The Philippines) and Brunei. Keris is used for self defense or as royal weapon  of Malay. The most popular keris is Taming Sari, the weapon of Hang Tuah, a very well known Malay hero.

Keris originally is from Java, and keris has been used since 9th and 14th century. This weapon is divided into 3 parts: the blade, the handle and the vessel. In the past,  Keris is related to mystical things by Malay. It said that keris has a spirit itself.

As Javanese belief that someone’s dignity is also shown by the way he/she dress, for a Javanese usually wears keris in wedding costume. In Java, Keris is symbol of masculinity. And sometimes if the groom could not present, keris can represent him.

This philosophy has been centuries in Java. The beginning of human was originated from agriculture philosophy, the united of man and woman elements. In this world God creates male and females, for human, animals or plants.  This philosophy based family of Java keraton such as Jogja and Surakarta. This belief was originally from Hinduism followed by Javanese in the past. Then emerging belief about bapa angkasa (father sky) and ibu pertiwi or bumi.(mother earth). The philosophy can be seen in weapons parade on Sura month in Javanese calendar, where Java palace parades their weapons such as spear, bendho, The parade usually encurcle palace and the participants concentrate and say prayer for protection, happiness and prosperity.

The main function of weapons in the past was for defense from enemy , animals or to murder enemy. But later, the function altered. In peace people use weapon in occations like wedding or royal ceremony. Keris then is decorated with diamonds on the handle and the vessel is also decorated beautifully with gold, as the owner’s pride. Keris becomes a business opportunity. Tosan Aji or weapon in Java is not just keris and spears but in Indonesia there are various typical weapons such as in rencong from Aceh, badik from Makasar, sword, trisula, Bali kris and many more.

 

DESTINATION DESCRIPTION

YOGYAKARTA TOUR

Sultan Palace where the palace court with its ground and elegant Javanese architecture that lies in the center of the city. It was founded by Prince Mangkubumi in 1755. The prince was then called Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. Taman Sari Water Castle Taman Sari which literally means a beautiful park. It is located in the south west of Sultan Palace. The park was built by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I in 1758. He created a new style that was a mixture of Javanese and Portugese architecture. There are swimming pools in the inner courtyard and balcony for Sultan and his family.

BOROBUDUR TOUR

The Buddist monument of the eight and concepts centuries are the precursors of those of Angkor Wat in Cambodia by at least two centuries, while in the famous Borobudur Temple represent at the highest expression of the artistic genious of the time and is a major cultural distribution and attraction today. It is located 42 kilometers north west of Yogyakarta. The temple was built in between 750 AD and constructed in the dark-grey volcanic stone (lava) in the form of truncated pyramid and square foundation.

PRAMBANAN TOUR

Prambanan Temple is located 17 kilometers east of Yogyakarta and the most beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia. The temple was built at the end of 9th century by Hindu – Javanese rulers. There are 16 temples still complete and 224 perwara temples in ruins.

DIENG PLATEAU TOUR

Pendawa Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Java island and was built in the late 7th century and consists of 5 temples in the complex and 3 more separated. Pendawa temple has function as a place of ceremony from 8th – 13th century. Color Lake is located one kilometer from Pendawa temple and actually former crater of volcano. It contains any kind of mineral and sulphur such as: white [lime], yellow [sulphur] and green [mud]. Si Kidang Crater is located one kilometer from color lake and the most active crater at Dieng Plateau area. It always keep moving from one place to another, therefore local people mention it as Si Kidang [Deer].

SOLO TOUR

Mangkunegaran Palace was built in 1757 by Raden Mas said. This building was constructed in the Joglo style of traditional Javanese architecture. Since 1968 the building had been opened as a tourist object. Radya Pustaka formerly as the center for Javanese cultural study and built in 1890 by Javanese noblemen from Kasunanan palace of Surakarta namely: Sosrodiningrat IV. Visitor can see collection of wooden and leather puppet, weapon, keris, Javanese music instrument, Buddha and Hindu statues. Triwindu Flea Market is located 400 meters south of Mangkunegaran Palace and only authentic flea market in central Java. Many things to see or buy such as: Chinese porcelain, Mataram keris, statue, bronze, copper etc.

KOTAGEDE

Kota Gede, which is often called Sargede is located about five kilometers southeast of Yogyakarta, Kotagede is a neat little town, which was once the seat of the mighty Mataram Empire. Since the 1930s, Kotagede has become famous for being the center of the Yogya silverwork industry. There are a number of workshops where visitors are welcome to watch silver being transformed into beautiful works of art known as “Yogya Silver”.

MERAPI VOLCANO

Merapi volcano is one of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes. It contains an active lava dome, which regularly produces pyroclastic flows. It has been active for 10,000 years. This fire mountain remains one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world. It can be seen from its name; Merapi from Javanese word ‘Meru’ means ‘Mountain’ and ‘Api’ means ‘fire’. The internally giant smoking Mount Merapi is one of the active volcanoes that found in Indonesia. It is presenting its peaceful and sleepy dense forest.

PAWON TEMPLE

Pawon Temple is not a grave but as a place to keep King Indra’s weapon namely Vajranala. Tiny temple 2 km east of Borobudur, contains a Buddha statue. The temple’s style and the relief carved on the wall resemble most Javanese Hindu Temple. Pawon Temple is one and half kilometers westward from Mendut Temple and eastward from Borobudur Temple; it is also a Buddhist temple. When appreciating in detail, its sculpture is the beginning of Borobudur sculpture.

SONOBUDOYO MUSEUM

This museum is founded in November 1935 and designed by the Dutch architect Kersten. This Museum is built in traditional Javanese architecture. It exhibits weapons, leather and wooden puppets of Wayang Theater, masks, statues, textiles, curios and old Javanese gamelan instruments.

MENDUT TEMPLE

The small Buddhist Mendut Temple in Central Java forms an inseparable part of a pilgrim’s progress to the mighty Borobudur temple.  Serving as an introductory portal before ascending the Borobudur temple, Mendut has an array of narrative reliefs and most important Buddha statues that spiritually prepare pious pilgrims and the general visitors for their journey to the top of Buddhism’s cosmic mountain at Borobudur. The temple itself is located in the village of Mendut in the Magelang Regency in Central Java.

 

 

 

SANGIRAN

The Sangiran area is rich in fossils of all types. Along with Indonesia’s temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, Sangiran’s significance means it has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Prambanan & Plaosan Temple

Prambanan temple is located 17 Km east of the city of Yogyakarta is the designation of Prambanan temple park consisting of several complexes, the most famous is the temple complex Roro Jonggrang  temple with the tallest building height 47 m. This tour starts at 07-08 departs from the hotel. about 30 minutes from the city of Yogyakarta to the east. You will be guided by a guide to know the history of the temples of Prambanan and this Plaosan. There are unique in Plaosan temple, because the temple was a gift from the king at that time that combines two wing Hindust dynasty and Buddist dynasty so the temple building is a combination of both architects. Back to the hotel. Tour finishes.

Borobudur Solomon Temple

Visit the Borobudur temple in the morning or late in the afternoon during the day, in addition to visiting Borobudur you if interested will also visit Pawon or Mendut not far from Borobudur. Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world heritage Sailendra dynasty in 8-9 century AD but from circulated stories of the people, the temple is one of the heritage buildings of Solomon. This belief was something to do with the name of the area in Salam, Salaman, Sleman. For more details you will be guided by our guide and witness to prove the contents of the story on the relief.

Borobudur Sunrise

Visit the Borobudur temple at morning before the sun to see the sunrise in the temple with a view of the hills and mountains Merapi Merbabu Menoreh an atmosphere that makes us admire the Creator, Praise be to God Almighty on the natural beauty of Indonesia. Of course, to enjoy the beauty of it costs a little expensive compared to visiting the temple in general. After witnessing and surrounds the temple of Borobudur, you will be invited to Pawon and Mendut. Back to the hotel. Tour finished.

Parangtritis Tour

Parangtritis is the most popular beach in Yogyakarta, besides the waves are big, long coastline, Nyi Roro Kidul legends, surrounding natural beauty but also not too far from the city of Yogyakarta is only 30 miles or 1 hour drive. This place is a romantic place for those of you who want to enjoy fall in love or making passionate love in the afternoon, you can walk barefoot or rent a buggy / carriage for combing the shoreline until sunset.

Pilgrimage Muslim Tour Yogyakarta

You like a pilgrimage tour and history of past greatness Kings? Kotagede is the location of the former palace of Mataram before the middle of the city at this time. Kraton is a relic Panembahan Senopati Kotagede as the founder of the Islamic Mataram in Central Java. You will be explained by the guide on the development of the Islamic empire‘s history. Continue to visit the tombs of King of Mataram Islam, both of Kraton of Solo and Yogyakarta Kraton until the specified time. Back to the hotel and the tour is finished.

Volcano Museum and Merapi Sloope Hiking

If you want close to see the face of Merapi Volcano from dangerous area/ south part please  follow this tour. Start at morning from your hotel (08.00), our guide will welcome you from hotel. About 30 – 50 minutes drive to north to Kaliadem village but before we reach place stop at museum to know history of Merapi volcano and also you can imagine before explore sloope. Walk up inside village and following river and path of lava to Kaliadem village where the village was destroyed by proclastic explotion in 2010 and killed about 250 peoples at night. On the way you will find the ruins of destroyed like the trees, stone, sand, houses and many more. Stop at one of house that today as be museum. Continue walk up to “bunker”. Bunker is dome buliding for safe place from gas and materials (pyroclastic) but today the building no more used because the typical of Merapi explotion changed. Rest for while and enjoy the panorama in Warung with tea/ cofee and traditional food. Continue walk down to mining sand area and your car will pick up there go back to your hotel.

Pindul Cave Tubing

Activity in Pindul cave  gives the sensation Oya river that stretches from east to west in the Bejiharjo village. Yes …, with a length of approximately 1.5 kilo search our feet will be in natural scenery along the river are beautiful and distinctive natural karst rock of Gunungkidul. Adventure in the river begins to pass through the expanse of rice fields, the tourists will ride down the river to the rubber tire Oyo surrounded by cliffs ancient and beautifully decorated with eye soothing waterfall. Oya river depth is around 7-10 meters, even so you do not need to fear because it will wade in the company of experienced guides and equipment to ensure your safety.

JOMBLANG CAVE

Jomblang Cave is in fact one of hundreds of Caves  found within Gunug Kidul. The cave is a vertical collapse doline type which was formed by the geological process when the soil and all vegetations on it plunged beneath the surface of the earth some thousands of years ago. The collapse created a sinkhole of  approximately 50 meters in diameter which became the mouth of the cave. The sinkhole is known to locals as “Luweng”, thus the cave is also known locally as Luweng Jomblang.

To descend down Jomblang Cave, one must have sufficient caving ability, particularly the Single Rope Technique (SRT) or using single rope to ascend and descend vertically. However for beginners or those with little caving experiences, there are many professional cavers who can guide and assist to reach the floor of the cave. Cavers can choose from 4 different tracks with varying heights. The first is known as the VIP track which features 15 meters of a “walkable” steep slope followed by about 20 meters SRT descend. This track is known as the most common and easiest, hence the name VIP. Other 3 tracks present higher challenges since visitors must descend the SRT line from higher altitudes: 80 meters for track A, 60 meters for Track B, and 40 meters for track C.

City Tour Yogyakarta

City Tour 2 combines the temple, palace, and the industry is typical Yogyakarta Batik & Silver. This tour begins at morning to Borobudur temple about 1 hour drive. Visit the Borobudur temple guided by an experienced guide to the specified time. Back to the city of Yogyakarta to the palace, in the palace each at 10:30 to 11:30 dances are accompanied by gamelan performances. Continue to visit Taman Sari. Lunch at local restaurant. after that visit industry like silver and batik. Last destination is Prambanan temple only 30 minutes from city until finished. Back to your hotel.

Village Tour In Yogyakarta

This tour is a unique tour, because in today’s modern era very rarely we found things in antiquity comes back. You can choose to Use Carts (Horse carriage) / Andong (Cow)/ Bicycle. Starting from the temple Plaosan down and watched the countryside to see the local village community activities such as farming, brick making, manufacturing know, CERIPING chips, manufacturing know and others activities in village. Down the rural areas with beautiful scenery is a means of restoring energy in the spirit of tourists to obtain a spirit or other feelings. This tour ends at the temple Sojiwan.

Temple to Temple

Tour candi ke candi, cocok bagi anda yang ingin melihat candi selain Borobudur dan Prambanan, ternyata di Yogyakarta banyak candi-candi yang tersembunyi. Candi-candi tersebut merupakan peninggalan dinasti Syailendra dan Sanjaya bercorak Hindu Budha. Memang dahulu sekitar tahun 1000 Masehi terjadi letusan dahysat yang mengubur kawasan Mataram (Yogyakarta). Ketika masa penjajahan Belanda para peneliti dari negara tersebut mengadakan penelitian dn menemukan candi-candi tersebut yang terkubur ataupun tertutup rindangnya semak belukar.

Dieng & Borobudur Tour

Berangkat pagi hari sekitar pukul 06.00 – 07.00 dari Yogya menuju daerah Wonosobo yang berjarak sekitar 120 Km atau 3,5 – 4 jam perjalanan. Didalam perjalanan anda akan menyaksikan pemandangan desa, hutan, perkebunan, dan hamparan sawah yang ditanami padi, tembakau dan sebagainya juga sayuran. Tiba disana anda akan mengunjungi candi tertua di Jawa Tengah yatu komplek candi Pandawa dengan candi yang terkenal yaitu candi Arjuna. Suhu di Dieng sangat dingin berkisar 15-17 derajat pada siang hari dan 10-12 derajat pada malam hari di ketinggian 2000 meter dpl, bagus untuk anda untuk membawa jaket. Dilanjutkan ke kawah kidang dan mendekat sedekat mungkin yaitu kawah yang berpindah-pindah tempatnya maka dari itu dinamakan kawah yang melompat-lompat/ kidang. Disitu anda juga harus mempersiapkan masker agar mengurangi bau menyengat belerang. Dilanjutkan menuju telaga warna. Telaga warna dari jauh nampak terlihat mempunyai warna yang berbeda-beda di bagiannya. warna ini timbul akibat tanah, sulfur, dan tumbuhan yang terendam dalam air telaga tersebut. Kembali ke hotel. tour selesai

Sama dengan tour Dieng sebelumnya hanya saja kita sebaiknya berangkat lebih awal karena di pada waktu kembali ke Yogyakarta, anda juga akan mengunjungi candi Borobudur pada sore harinya.

Gunungkidul Trip

Tour ini dimulai pagi hari menuju ke arah tenggara kota Yogyakarta sekitar 1 jam kita akan sampai di desa Nglanggran dimana terdapat gunung berapi yang sudah tidak aktif lagi. Dengan ketinggian 800 meter dpl anda akan mengelurakan energi menuju puncak. Sampai puncak anda akan istirahat sambil menikmati hamparan pegunungan , sawah, lembah dan sebagainya. Turun dann dilanjutkan menuju ke Goa Pindul. Disana anda dipandu dengan guide untuk mengarungi di gua alami ini menggunakan ban dalam. Persiapkan kamera untuk menemukan moment pengarungan goa ini dan pakaian ganti. Siang hari dilanjutkan ke pesisir selatan mengunjungi pantai-pantai selatan. Anda boleh memilih salah satu pantai yang akan dikunjungi. Menjelang sore kembali ke Yogya dan mampir di Bukit Bintang untuk menyaksikan sunset dan makan malam yang indah. Kembali ke Hotel. Tour Selesai.

Solo dan Candi Cetho

Sudah sering ke Jogja? Mari kita mengunjungi saudara kota Yogyakarta yaitu kota Solo, ditempuh 2 jam perjalanan langsung mengelilingi kota Solo. Dalam sighseeing ini anda akan dilewatkan didaerah-daerah yang menarik sebelum berhenti di Kraton Mangkunegaran Solo. Tour Kraton Mangkunegaran. Dilanjutkan menuju daerah Sragen Sangiran untuk mengetahui museum purba ini di lembah sungai Bengawan Solo. Kembali ke kota Yogya.

Sekitar 3 jam perjalanan menuju ke daerah Gunung Lawu Karanganyar. Tujuan pertama adalah Candi Cetho dengan ketinggian 1800 meter dpl terdapat peninggalan candi sisa-sisa kerajaan Majapahit. Dilanjutkan menuju kebun Teh dan Candi Sukuh yang terkenal dengan relief Kama Sutra Jawa. Kembali ke Yogyakarta. Tour selesai.

Lokasi Tawangmangu merupakan daerah perbatasan Jawa Tengah – Jawa Timur, memerluka 3,5 jam dari kota Yogyakarta untuk mencapainya. Anda akan menikmati air terjun di hutan dan banyak kera-kera ekor panjang. Disana anda boleh bersantai menikmati sejuknya udara pegunungan sebelum kembali ke kota Yogyakarta.

Gedongsongo temple adalah salah satu bagian juga dengan candi di Dieng yang merupakan candi tertua di Jawa Tengah. Terletak di lereng gunung Ungaran 3,5 jam untuk mencapainya. Dikawasan yang sejuk ini anda akan mengunjungi candi-candi tersebut dengan berjalan kaki. Dilanjutkan ke museum kereta Ambarawa yang merupakan peninggalan jaman Belanda waktu itu.

Merapi Trekking

At evening around 21.00 – 22.00 pm start from your hotel in Yogyakarta to the nearest village (Selo village) from the peak of Merapi (2981 meters above sea level), a district in northern slopes of Merapi, about 2 hours drive from Yogyakarta. Stop at home of local guide to prepare everything before walk in dark. Start to walk at 01.00 midnight. Departure to the peak of Merapi is guided by local guide for ± 4 hours of normal and down ± 2.5 hours. In this ascent is the easiest way to reach the top with the natural landscape and the panorama views surrounding mountains, among others, Merbabu, Lawu, Ungaran,  Sumbing,  Sindoro, Dieng. Go down to village and try to taste local food in village for breakfast. Back to Yogyakarta.

Merbabu Trekking

In the north from Yogyakarta we can see other mountain behind Merapi volcano, that is Merbabu with high about 3100 meters above sea level and type of mountain is volcano in rest, the last erupted in 1600, so be carefull if suddenly boom hehe but Merbabu has beautiful forest, savana and panorama. Merbabu from word “Meru” mean mountain “Abu” mean Ash.  Start from Yogyakarta in the evening around 19.00 to Selo drive 2-3 hours. Stop in home of local guide for prepare everything to carry on mountain. Walk up (5-6 hours) and walk down (4-5 hours).

DIENG TOUR

The name ‘dieng’ which literally translates as ‘abode of the Gods’ says all you need to know about this collection small ancient temples set in the  remarkable volcanic landscape of the Dieng Plateau. The misty location, sulphurous springs and colored lakes truly make this a place of natural wonder and cultural significance.

Come here and you will be transported back to ancient times. The temples are remnants from the glorious period of the Hindu empire in Java dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Standing on a plateau 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level, it is the extraordinary setting of these temples which make them most remarkable. It is believed that this place was chosen as the sacred location because of the spectacular landscape.

This tour is combination among plateu/mountains, sunrise view, and what inside the plateu (Temple, Crater, Lake). Start from Yogyakarta at evening after you dinner time around 20.00 – 21.00 drive to Dieng Plateu 130 Kms or 4 Hours drive and on the way you can sleep. The first place to reach is Sikunir village the highest village in Central Java that can reach by car (2200 meters above sea level). Waiting until 03.30 am with hot coffee/ tea or traditional drink called “Purwaceng” the taste like ginger  in “warung” before walk up to peak. 1 hour walk up, take position to get best place for see the sunrise. After sunrise contiune for breakfast in warung. Visit Pandawa temples, Crater and lake until midday and back to Yogyakarta.

SUKUH TEMPLE

Sukuh temple is located in Berjo Village, Argoyoso district, in the slope of mount Lawu 35 Km east of Solo at a height about 910 m above sea level. The temple stretches from the east to the west with the main gate in the west. Sukuh Temple is decorated with wayang stone carvings of Hindu origin, the only erotic temple in Java. The stepped pyramid is like the ones in South America of the Maya culture. The temples are distinctive compared with other ancient temples in Central Java such as Borobudur and Prambanan, and its uniqueness lies in the landscaping, statuettes, and relief. The temples occupy an 11,000m2 area and consist of three terraces, each connected with an ascending alley. The most influential part is the last terrace, at the very back of the compound. At this very sacred area, once erected a homogenous phallic statue, which is now displayed at the National Museum, Jakarta. Another interesting and controversial factor of this historical site is the artistic relief on its floor, which depict male and female organs symbolizing the birth of life. This kind of construction is common in prehistoric time, especially in the megalithic era of pundan berundak (terrace grave). The temple consist of three terraces, the first terrace is the lowest level, followed by the second and the third above it. The terrace are connected with stairs to each other, each of it has an entrance gate. The temple has believed to be constructed in the 15th century during the declining years of Majapahit Empire. The relief found beside the first gate are believed had mean (sengkalan) reads Gapura Buta Aban Wong and Gapura Buta Anahut Bubut, meaning the year of 1359 saka or 1437 AD.

CETHO TEMPLE

Ceto  is a fifteenth-century Javanese-Hindu temple that is located on the western slope of Mount Lawu  on the border between Central and East Java provinces.

Cetho is one of several temples built on the northwest slopes of Mount Lawu in the fifteenth century. By this time, Javanese religion and art had diverged from Indian precepts that had been so influential on temples styles during the 8-10th century. This area was the last significant area of temple building in Java before the island’s courts were converted to Islam in the 16th century. The temples’ distinctiveness and the lack of records of Javanese ceremonies and beliefs of the era make it difficult for historians to interpret the significance of these antiquities.

IJEN

Ijen plateau or known as “Kawah Ijen” is highly recommended to mountain buffs and hikers. The Plateau was at one time a huge active crater, 134 sq km in area. Today, Ijen is a quiet but active volcano, and the landscape is dominated by the volcanic cones of Ijen (2,368 asl) and Merapi (2,800 asl) on the northeastern edge of the Plateau, and Raung (3,332 asl) on the southwest corner.

The magnificent turquoise sulfur lake of Kawah Ijen lies at 2148 m above sea level and is surrounded by the volcanos sheer crater walls. The vent is a source of sulfur and collectors work here, making the trek up to the crater and down to the lake every day. Sulfur collectors hike up in the morning and return around 1 pm when the clouds roll in. They carry shoulder basket of pure sulfur from a quarry on the lakes edge under the shadow of the sheer walls of the crater. The mineral at Kawah Ijen is purer and is worth commercial exploitation despite the horrendous labor involved: Javas homegrown sulfur is a natural source of sulfuric acid, in great demand in the oil-refining business and in the production of fertilizers.

BALURAN

In stark contrast to the lush green scenery found elsewhere on the island of Java, the Baluran National Park, located on the east-most edge of Java, consists predominantly of open savannahs, where wildlife roam free. Here one can watch grazing, the large Javan water buffaloes called “banteng”, small Java mouse deer known as “kancil”, peacocks strutting about displaying their colorful plumage, eagles flying overhead and macaques fishing for crabs with their tails.

Coverning 250 sq km, the Park forms part of the district of Situbondo, in the province of East Java, comprising lowland forests, mangrove forests and 40% swathes of fertile savannahs, they provide abundant food for the animals. Here also are many typical Java trees like the Java tamarind and the pecan nut trees.

BROMO

Located some 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, the magnificent Mt Bromo will not disappoint with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. At 2392 meters tall, Mt Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting.

From a vantage point on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 meters above sea level), 2.5 hours from Malang. visitors from around the world come to see the sunrise over Mt Bromo. From this spot the vista is magnificent. All you will hear is the click of cameras as visitors snap their camera’s hoping to capture the incredible scene of Mt Bromo in the foreground with Mt Semeru smoking in the distance and the sun shining brightly, quickly rising in the sky.

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