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PICTURES : Mount Prau Hiking, Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia

Despite it is just 3 hours hike to the peak, the view from the summit is mesmerizing. It is best hiked on June-September, the dry season when it is clear, sunny and you can catch a glimpse of the shimmering sunrise. On one of the peaks you can enjoy the daisy garden. The prominent view is Mount Sindoro and Mount Sumbing creating beautiful curves far away sometimes hidden behind thin mist creating whitish blue drawing of the mountains. Other peaks you can see here are: Mount Slamet, Mount Merapi-Merbabu. You can either choosing to camp on its peak or just depart late evening from Yogyakarta or Wonosobo or Magelang or Borobudur to Mount Prau. 

Beringin or Weeping Fig or Banyan Tree

This tree is native to South East Asia including Indonesia and Malaysia. The tree features hanging roots which is so easy on the eye and creating unique impression. Scientifically known as Ficus benjamina Linn, in Indonesia it is known as beringin and in English is known as weeping fig. 

The air roots covers the real tree and closer to the real tree usually the diameter if the air roots are bigger.  The air root absorbed oxygen, while if the root touches the soil it can absorb water.  There are some case that the tree becomes invasive. In Indonesia, this tree is believed to be sacred. 

Weeping Fig can function as micro climate creator. The canopy is big size ad it is an evergreen tree, that mild the temperature.  And no wonder that the tree is planted at parking area, city square, and also cemetery. 

Weeping Fig  is a species with high ecological value. Its characteristic as Epiphyte, semi-epiphyte and independent tree enable the tree to live very long., and in some areas can live until hundreds years.  

Economically, the ficus tree is not so tough that it can not be used for housings or furniture. But when the tree lives, it is very useful environmentally, as it is the habitat of birds, some reptiles, insects, and mammals. The fruits which can be found the whole year can be the diet of the animals. And the air root can be functioned as playground for primates. 

If you want to visit the Giant Banyan tree in Bali, please inform us: Getaway Tours: Indonesia Tour operator.

 

Hot Water Spring in Bali Island, Indonesia

Bali Island has some natural hot spring to rejuvenate and relax and retreat.

1.Toya Bungkah Natural Hot Spring
This hot spring is well managed by private sectors. There are two places where you can enjoy the spring,Batur Natural Hotspring and Toya Devasya. The water is clear and contains of sulfur. The entrance fees includes: towel, soap, locker and welcome drink. Located at the edge of the famous Batur Lake, the panorama is very relaxing. A stop by to this spring is a good option after hiking Mount Batur or maybe after visiting Trunyan Cemetery. 

2.Angseri Hotspring
This hotspring is located not far from the world heritage site, Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. The water contains of healing sulfur and it has some private pool for family or couple. There are two pools for bathing. The pool in the further end has waterfall, very nice for couple taking picture. 

3.Banjar Hotspring
Located not far from Lovina beach, this is an old hot spring. It has three beautiful pool with dragon engraved stone tap, known as jaladwara. There is a river located nearby the spring. It was first developed by Japanese in the Japanese occupation period. 

  • 4.Penatahan Hotspring
  • Penatahan hotspring or locally known as Yeh Panes Hotspring, Located in Tabanan, the spring is located nearby rice field. The spring itself located at Yeh Panas Temple.  
  1. 5.Belulang Hotspring
  2. Belulang Hotspring is located in Tabanan. To reach the spring, visitor must walk about 200 meters from the parking area. The source of the spring is located in Beji Temple Area, where the worshiper of the temple bath to purify themselves. 
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  4. 6.Yeh Sanih Hotspring
  5. This hotspring is very unique that it is located very close to the sea, yet it is 100% fresh water. Balinese believe that if young couple bathing here, they will be together forever. The water is used for Hindu Ritual, and the source of the water is located nearby frangipani tree where Visnu is worshiped.  
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PICTURES: Mount Prau , Dieng Central Java, Indonesia

If you love nature and beginner of hiking, this hike to Mount Prau might be a good choice. Only about 3 hours walk from the base camp, you can reach the peak of Mount Prau (2565M), and you will get to see some other peaks in the vicinity such as Mount Merapi, Mount Merbabu, Mount Sindoro, Mount Sumbing, Mount Slamet and Mount Lawu. The vista on the summit is marvelous. And beside that you can also visit and photograph the nice places on this mountain : Daisy Garden and Teletubbies Hill. As the hike is not long, you can do camping or just day tour for sunset or sunrise. The most popular is visitors doing camping to the mountain and visit Dieng Plateau Area. However you can also depart about 10 PM from Yogyakarta for sunrise hiking. Shall you need any info or quotation for Mount Prau Hiking Summit or maybe combined with other destinations such as Dieng Plateau, Borobudur, Yogyakarta, please contact us. 

 

PICTURES: BRASTAGI, SUMATERA, INDONESIA, THE MILD MOUNTAIN CITY

Brastagi is definitely worth a visit, as it has some natural beauty to witness, it has two major volcanoes: Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung. 


The active Mount Sinabung can be seen from close distance.


The ghost town in Brastagi, located on slope of Mount Sinabung, abandoned by the proprietor.


The buddhist monastery


Church in Brastagi with local architecture.

PICTURES: Ambarita , Batak Traditional Village, Samosir Island, Sumatera, Indonesia

Ambarita is well known place of interest in Samosir Island.  In thss village you can see the local Batak House and also some remains from the village remains such as: Justice stone and executions stone. Let us know if you want to visit North Sumatera with its Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Tangkahan Elephant and Bukit Lawang Orangutan Trail. Getaway Tours: Indonesia Tour Operator will help you to make your  Indonesia tour unforgettable;e.