The Hindu Realms of the Prambanan

The Hindu Realms
of the Prambanan

With all aspects of Hinduism captured within its borders, the Prambanan’s intriguing carvings
and stories make it an Indonesian landmark in its own right. A short drive outside
greater Yogyakarta, a must-visit to understanding Indonesia’s history.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Distinctive, embracing the flow of Hinduism that continues to weave through the lives of Indonesia, and often seen as standing in the shadow of the Buddhism-inspired Borobudur. Located outside the cultural hub of Java, Yogyakarta, the multiple towers of the Prambanan are seen from afar when taking a tour away from the bustling scenes of the city.

Also known as the Temple of the Slender Virgin consist of 3 major temples, dedicated to the respected Hindu’s God Tri Murti trinity such as Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma & Candi Vishnu. The importance and elements that make the Prambanan a stand-alone sight in its own right are captures smoothly in this half-day tour.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Hindu Realms of the Prambanan

07:30 - 13:30

The morning starts with meeting your English-speaking guide at the lobby of your downtown Yogyakarta hotel. Together with a dedicated driver, the journey from Yogya to the realms of the Prambanan, an 8th-century Hindu temple complex which also is known locally as the complex of Lorojongrang, will take approximately 45 minutes in an eastern direction.

The 20-kilometre long drive delivers ample views on local life, significant to Java. Heralded as the world’s largest Hindu temple, and now under the protection of UNESCO since 1991, the whole Prambanan is said to include over 200 separate temples structures of which many still remain visible. After its rediscovery, the temple remains an important place for Hindu festivals and events for the Indonesian population.

Upon arrival, follow your guide to admire the exquisite carvings that have withstood the test of time. Large parts of these stone carvings tell the story of the Ramayana, a story filled with symbolism. Throughout the exploration of these sacred grounds with over 240 recorded temples and buildings (the highest point is 47 metres above ground level), the guide will go in-depth about the connection between the Prambanan and its surrounding temples, both with a Hindu and Buddhist origin. There will be enough time to stroll around and admire the beautiful carvings and the neighbouring shrines such as the Candi Palosan and the Candi Sewu.

After the last snapshots, it is time to head back to your air-conditioned vehicle and for a leisurely drive back to Yogyakarta. Depending on traffic conditions, you will arrive at your booked accommodation just after midday.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in downtown Yogyakarta. Transfers outside these areas, including the Borobudur and Prambanan regions, and Yogyakarta’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is only operated in the morning.

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