Tour module roundtrip 10 days, from Jakarta to Yogyakarta
JakartaJakarta, the capital of Indonesia, owes its name to the Islamic general Falatehan from the sultanate Demak. In 1527 Falatehan expelled the Portuguese from Sunda Kelapa. After that he renamed the city Jaya Karta, now Jakarta.
Jakarta has a lot of sights that you should see if you plan to visit the city. Most of them are associated with the past, like the Independence square Medan Merdeka and the Taman Fatahilla square. Medan Merdeka, the Independence square, is located in the centre of Jakarta. The square is surrounded by wide boulevards and government buildings. In the middle of the square you’ll see the National Monument, the most important orientation point of Indonesia. The National Museum, the oldest museum in Indonesia, is situated on the west side of the square. The biggest mosque of South East Asia, Mesjid Istiqlal, is located on the east side of the Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara. If you have some time to spend, you could also consider a visit to Taman Mini, where you can see Indonesia in miniature, the old harbour Sunda Kelapa, the Chinese district Glodok or the Fatahilla square.
BandungBandung is the capital of the Province of West Java and its nickname is Kota Kembang (city of flowers). Before the war Bandung was already called ‘Paris of Java’ because of its Art Deco architecture, green parks and modern shops. Today it’s the fastest growing city of Java.
You can still go shopping to your heart’s content in the famous Bragastreet, one of the best conserved streets in Art Deco Style in the world.
Visit the flower-market, the Dago teahouse, the Pak Udjo Anklung School or have a look in a small Wajang factory.
In the surroundings of Bandung you can visit the Tankuban Perahu Volcano, Ciater with its hot springs and Lembang.
PangandaranPangandaran has developed from a small fishing place to a popular sea-side resort. Fishing is still the main activity here, though boat rental to tourists is becoming more and more important.
The fishing port is on the East Coast, where, early in the morning, you can watch the fishing.
In Park Penanjung you can make a jungle tour where besides monkeys, deer and other wildlife you can see the smaller version of the Rafflesia Padma as well, the giant parasite flower of Sumatra and Kalimantan
It’s also possible to make a boat trip through the Green Canyon.
A beautiful beach is the Pasir Putih, the white beach.
Watch out for the cheeky monkeys!
BorobudurThe Borobudur is a famous temple complex built in the 9th century. It’s situated on a small hill near Yogyakarta and surrounded by other temples and volcanoes. The complex is 47 meters high and consists of nine stacked platforms.
Be surprised by the view of this impressive construction and try to imagine how it was built centuries ago.
YogyakartaYogyakarta is the cultural centre of Java, the soul of the island. Next to that it’s also one of the cosiest and most lovely cities of Indonesia to visit. Partly because of the walled royal palace, Kraton, which is a town in itself.
The actual sultan still lives in this palace complex.
The Water Palace, that’s open only in the morning, is very near to it.
Not far from Yogyakarta is the Borobudur, the world-famous buddhistic stupa dating from the 8th and 9th century.
The nearby situated Prambanan temple equals the Borobudur.
For shopping you can go to Malioboro street with lots of nice little restaurants around.
The bird market Pasar Burung is also worth visiting or go to the silver town Kota Gede.
In the evening you can attend a show of the Ramayana ballet.