The Treasures of Yogyakarta
The Treasures of
A very early wake-up call on your holiday may not be what you want mind but knowing that
you may see the sunrise from the Borobudur, you may change your mind. This Treasures
of Yogyakarta tour is not complete without a Prambanan bike ride and its scenery.
WHY THIS TOUR?
The magic of the Borobudur cannot be described – it has to be felt and experienced. When the sun rises from the east and welcomes yet another day in Indonesia, it is then when you get the best a true sense of the splendour of its location and the importance in Yogyakarta’s history.
When size matters on your trip across Java, the Borobudur is what you’re after – inscribed in the books as the world’s largest Buddhist temple, an early morning wake-up call, a light snack in the morning, surrounded by fresh air adds only more to the total experience. With this Treasures of Yogyakarta, we slight deviate off the tourist trails and include the magnificence of the Prambanan as seen from the saddle of a bicycle.
03:30 - 14:30
When admiring the sunrise from the Borobudur is on your bucket list, be prepared to leave with our guide and driver at around 3.30 am from Yogyakarta. Just before the first light of a brand new day brighten up the horizon, we arrive at the main entrance of the Borobudur Archaeological Park, before heading to the viewpoint and seeing the contours of Mount Merapi slowly appearing against a, hopefully, clear sky (weather permitting). Your guide for the day will explain the intricate story behind the construction of the Borobudur as well during the time this temple was completely abandoned and buried under a thick layer of mud and dust. As we serve you a cup of fresh Java coffee/tea and a light snack, it is time for us to move towards Prambanan.
Farmers will head out in the field, tending to their crop and for us to cycle around the fields and get an up and close look how they still use traditional means to cultivate their land with the use of buffalos and honest, manual labour. We avoid the busy roads but cycle over asphalted narrow roads in the direction of the Boko Temple, situated on a hill. The cycling tour is approximately 2.5 hours, and we make use of well-maintained bikes that can handle the terrain we’re taking.
Our morning paddle ends at the Prambanan Temple. Contrary to the Borobudur, the Prambanan is constructed as a sanctuary for Hindus. Also known as the ‘Temple of the Slender Virgin”, the Prambanan consists of three major temples dedicated to the Hindu Gods trinity. There will be ample time to stroll and observe the beautiful carvings and the neighbouring shrines such as the Candi Plaosan and the Candi Sewu. After enjoying a local lunch, it is time to head back to Yogyakarta, where you will arrive safe and sound at your hotel around 2.30 pm.