Indonesia

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Additional Information
Capital Jakarta
Currency
Timezone Asia/Jakarta
Total States 34
Airport City Soekarno Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Juanda Airport in Surabaya , Banyuwangi Airport, Blimbingsari, Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Airport, Sepinggan, Balikpapan
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages Indonesian, Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Minangkabau
National Animal Komodo dragon
Food Nasi goreng , Nasi campur, Chicken satay
Seasons Autumn  : Mar - Jun
Summer : Dec - Mar
Winter     : Jun - Sep
Sprint      : Sep - Dec


Destination



1 ) Bali
Popular - Beach     Location - Bali, -Bali, -Indonesia

Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Located east of Java and west of Lombok, the province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The provincial capital, Denpasar, is the most populous city in the Lesser Sunda Islands and the second largest, after Makassar, in Eastern Indonesia. Bali is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, with 83.5% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism.
 
 


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2 ) Gili Islands
Popular - Island     Location - Gili Islands, -East Nusa Tenggara, -Indonesia

The Gili Islands are a group of 3 tiny islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – in Indonesia, near the coast of northwest Lombok Island. Characterized by sandy beaches fringed with palm trees, they're known for their coral reefs just offshore. On the smallest island of Gili Meno, sea turtles swim at Turtle Point. At Gili Trawangan, the largest island, a sunken ship sits at Wreck Point near Mentigi Beach.

The islands are a popular destination for tourists. Each island has several small resorts, usually consisting of a collection of huts for tourists, a small pool and restaurant. Most local inhabitants live on Trawangan in a township stretching along its east side just inland (which is also where most recent development is taking place). Automobiles and motorized traffic are prohibited on the islands by local ordinance, so the preferred method of transportation is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo. Scuba diving and free diving in and around the Gilis is also popular due to the abundance of marine life and attractive coral formations. Most famous diving spots are Shark point, Manta point and Simon's reef.


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3 ) Ubud
Popular - Temple / Church / Mosque     Location - Ubud, -Bali, -Indonesia

The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes. Ancient holy sites include the intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) and Gunung Kawi, with its rock-cut shrines.
Lively Ubud town is packed with yoga and healing centers, organic restaurants and galleries. Art museums such as the Neka and the Agung Rai display traditional and contemporary works by local and expatriate artists. Traditional Balinese dance performances take place in the Royal Palace courtyard. At the Ubud Monkey Forest nature reserve and temple complex, macaques play amid jungle vines and overgrown Hindu monuments. Just south are craft villages including Mas, known for wood carvings, Celuk, for jewelry, and Batubulan, for stone carvings.
 


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4 ) Kuta
Popular - Beach     Location - Kuta, -Bali, -Indonesia

Kuta is a beach and resort area in the south of the island of Bali, Indonesia. One of Bali's first tourist developments, it's best known for its party-centric atmosphere and surfing in the Indian Ocean. Kuta's long, consistent waves make it a popular surf spot, particularly for beginners, with plenty of outfitters offering board rentals and surf lessons.
Sunbathing and people-watching are also popular along the broad sands of Kuta Beach, which stretches north toward low-key Legian and upscale Seminyak resort areas. Shoppers head to Kuta's large malls, and vendors sell everything from jewelry to cold beer. Raucous bars and clubs draw crowds of backpackers. Waterbom water park is filled with slides and pools set amid tropical landscaping. The Bali Bombing Memorial stands on the site of the 2002 terror attacks that targeted 2 nightclubs. Northwest of Kuta, Tanah Lot temple is known for its dramatic setting on bluffs overlooking the Indian Ocean.
 


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5 ) Jakarta
Popular - Historic Building     Location - Jakarta, -Jakarta, -Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia's massive capital, sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java. A historic mix of cultures – Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European – has influenced its architecture, language and cuisine. The old town, Kota Tua, is home to Dutch colonial buildings, Glodok (Jakarta’s Chinatown) and the old port of Sunda Kelapa, where traditional wooden schooners dock.
 
Central Medan Merdeka square is the site of the National Monument, or "Monas," a marble obelisk with an observation deck, and the enormous Istiqlal Mosque. The National Museum traces Indonesian history through archaeological relics, statues, ceramics and jewelry. The city has numerous modern malls, and specialist shopping areas such as the antique market, Jalan Surabaya. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah cultural village re-creates traditional houses, stages performances and has several museums. Offshore are the "Thousand Islands," some with beach resorts, some uninhabited, all part of a marine national park.
 


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6 ) Lombok
Popular - Beach     Location - Lombok, -West Nusa Tenggara, -Indonesia

Lombok is an Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa, part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain. It's known for beaches and surfing spots, particularly at Kuta and Banko Banko (in south Lombok). The motor-vehicle-free Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno), off Lombok’s west coast, offer more beaches, reefs for diving and snorkeling, and a sea turtle hatchery.
To the west, Senggigi is a popular beach resort and the gateway to the Gilis. West Lombok also has important temples (most notably the 18th-century Pura Lingsar) and Mataram, the provincial capital, home to craft shops and a historical museum, Museum Negeri NTB. In the central highlands are Gunung Rinjani National park and Mt. Rinjani, an active volcano topped by a crater lake that's a trekking and pilgrimage destination. The park also offers hiking through protected forest as well as to hot springs and waterfalls. Northern Lombok features jungles, waterfalls and traditional Sasak villages such as Tetebatu.
 


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7 ) Denpasar
Popular - Temple / Church / Mosque     Location - Denpasar, -Bali, -Indonesia

Denpasar is the capital city and main hub of the Indonesian province of Bali, in the southern part of the island. Laid-back Sanur Beach on the east coast offers sunrise views. The nearby Pura Blanjong Temple contains a stone pillar with a 10th-century inscription. The Bali Museum displays a large collection of Balinese cultural artifacts, including traditional costumes and religious items.
 
Next to the Bali Museum is Pura Jagatnata, a Hindu temple with a white coral shrine. Puputan Square, in the city center, is home to the Bajra Sandhi Monument, symbolizing local resistance to Dutch colonialism. The Taman Werdhi Budaya, or Denpasar Arts Center, is a sprawling complex presenting local art and cultural events. It contains a museum, a concert hall, multiple theaters and a Balinese performance school. It’s also home to the annual Bali Arts Festival, which presents traditional music, dance and art. The Kereneng Night Market sells clothes, tools, locally made products and food.
 


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Activity



1 ) kintamani tours
Activity Category - Attraction

The main attraction for visitors is located aroundLake Batur where Penelokan village provides spectacular views of this crater lake and Mount Batur, set in a vast volcanic caldera. Photo opportunities abound, but try to be there as early in the morning as you can manage before the cloud inevitably starts to gather.

One of the best things about a visit to Trunyan is the views of Mount Batur from the eastern shore of the lake. This provides a very different perspective from the usual view from the crater rim. You can though get those same views by taking the small road around the southern edge of the lake through the villages of Kedisan (where there are a few simple places to stay and eat), Buahan and on to the tiny settlement of Abang. The road ends at Abang, a four wheel drive vehicle is more appropriate for this skinny and at times very steep road(but you can explore the eastern shore of the lake further on foot, all the way to Trunyan (about 4 km) if you are feeling energetic (you will be stopped by locals along the way asking if you want to go to Trunyan, they may even follow you and tell you that you cannot go there on foot and you must take a boat with them. Take plenty of water for the walk and be prepared for steep hills.


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2 ) Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) Tours
Activity Category - Attraction

Goa Gajah also known as Elephant Cave Temple is a historically significant archaeological site and one of the most popular tourist attraction in Bali.

The Elephant Cave Temple of Goa Gajah dates as far back as the 11th century. Built on a hillside where two streams met to form a river junction, the site was deemed sacred and the temple was built for prayer and enclosed meditation.The entrance to the elephant cave depicts a giant menacing face whose wide open mouth forms the doorway. While there are various animal and forest motifs depicted by carvings on the outer rock face, the giant face of the doorway is considered to be that of an elephant.

Goa Gajah is carved into a rock face and you enter through the cavernous mouth of a demon. Inside the T-shaped cave you can see fragmentary remains of the lingam, the phallic symbol of the Hindu god Shiva.And its female counterpart the yoni, plus a statue of Shiva's son, the elephant-headed god Ganesh. In front of the cave are two square bathing pools with waterspouts held by six female figures.


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3 ) ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Activity Duration - 8:30am–5:30pm     Activity Category - National Park

Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali, and it's here you'll find the Sacred Monkey Forest, a serene space where you can feel the ancient majesty of the island. At this Hindu temple, you'll see many long-tailed macaques, a species of monkey commonly seen throughout Southeast Asia. The temple also makes an interesting visit because Balinese Hinduism combines aspects of several different religions, making it unique among other types of Hinduism practiced today. The forest is near Padangtegal, a small village that has drawn artists of all varieties for many years, and the temple, artistry, and stunning natural backdrop make a trip to the forest and village a must-do in Bali.


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4 ) Museum Puri Lukisan
Activity Duration - 9am-5pm     Activity Category - Museum

It was in Ubud that the modern Balinese art movement started, when artists first began to abandon purely religious themes and court subjects for scenes of everyday life. This museum set in a lovely formal garden has four buildings displaying works from all schools and periods of Balinese art, with a focus on modern masters including I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862–1978), Ida Bagus Made (1915–1999) and I Gusti Made Kwandji (1936–2013). All works are labelled in English.


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5 ) Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung) Tours
Activity Duration - 9am-5pm     Activity Category - Attraction

Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Agung Ubud), one of the attraction in Ubud that you should visit. The Royal Palace in Ubud offered interesting and unique things to see during your holiday in Bali. Also, Ubud Royal Palace loved by many tourists who have a vacation in Ubud Bali. Therefore, many tour agencies offer tour package with visiting Puri Saren Palace Ubud listed on their tour itinerary.

During the time of Majapahit Kingdom collapsed which is in the 15th century, there was a massive migration from Javanese nobles from Java to Bali island. Then the Javanese noble creates the Gelgel Kingdom in Klungkung district, a small district located in the southeastern part of Bali island.

In the 17th century, Gelgel kingdom spread the power and regional expansion to other places in Bali and created small royal palace, one of them is Sukawati royal palace.

The Gelgel Kingdom sent their prince to the village area of Sukawati. To build a royal palace with incredible architectural beauty to be intended for power in the Gianyar region. During the Sukawati royal palace construction, many Balinese artists sent to the Sukawati area, to assist the castle construction. After the building of the castle in Sukawati completed, many of the artists chose to stay in Sukawati. Therefore, until now, Sukawati area became the center of beautiful art in Bali. Such as dance, painting, sculpture, Balinese art music.


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6 ) Petulu (Heron Village) Tours
Activity Duration - .     Activity Category - Attraction

When you feel like you've done all there is to do in town itself, consider taking  a drive (or a bicycle ride) to the village of Petulu, just 2.5km north of Ubud. This otherwise ordinary village becomes something rather special at sunset, when thousands of herons come to roost in the trees lining the road.

Known locally in Balinese as kokokan, the white-plumed herons and Java pond herons feed all over the island and return to Petulu in the late afternoon to spend the night in the village's giant fig trees.

Even if you visit during the day time, you will see a couple of stragglers up in the trees or walking in the road, but definitely the best time to visit is just before sunset (around 5pm) when you will be treated to seeing thousands of birds coming "home" for the night.

There are many stories as to why the herons come back to Petulu every evening. One common belief is that the birds are the lost souls of thousands who died during the anti-communist massacre in 1965.


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7 ) Kuta Beach (Pantai Kuta)
Activity Category - Adventure

Kuta is where the modern era of tourism in Bali began. It is known for its long sandy beach and great waves for surfing (beginners and intermediate), as well as its wild nightlife and high concentration of bars, nightclubs, and hotels. It is popular with younger travelers and those on a budget s there is still plenty of cheap accommodation to choose from. Traffic is really mad sometimes and it can get really busy, but it is still a great place to meet people and have fun.


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8 ) Batukaru Temple (Pura Luhur Batukaru)
Activity Category - Mortuary Temple

Batukaru Temple referred to by locals as Pura Luhur Batukaru. This is one of the nine directional temples on the island, called Khayangan Jagat, which protects the island and its inhabitants from evil spirits.

The temple sits on Mount Batukaru’s southern slope, at a height of around 1300 metres above sea level, which is surrounded by cool natural forests, providing a pleasant sightseeing stopover for nature lovers.

batukaru temple

Batukaru Temple is a very sacred place to the Balinese, and one of the reasons for this, along with its age, is the 7-tiered meru that can be found within the temple.

This meru, a multi-roofed shrine common in Hindu temple construction, was built in honor of the God of Batukaru Mountain, known as Mehadewa.

The shrine is visible from most locations in the temple, and is made more beautiful by the many layers of moss that cover it, and the surrounding temple constructions.

 


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Festival

1 ) Nyepi

Festival Month - March

Nyepi, literally means “Day of Silence, is the day of the Balinese New Year, commemorated every Isaawarsa (Saka new year) base on Balinese calendar, therefore changes every year but generally in March. On this day you will find everything is closed in Bali as it is a day of fasting and meditation. But on days preceding to it, you will see people of Bali scrubbing clean the status on Gods, pray,hold ceremonies and various other rituals.


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2 ) Baliem Valley Festival

Festival Month - August

This Baliem Valley festival unique only to the Papua people, tracing its root in the belief, held by the various local tribes, that war is not a just a conflict but also a symbol of fertility and prosperity. Celebrated in August, the main event is the mock-war between the local tribes, with more than 20 different tribes, each with 30-50 people, clad in traditional clothing, and fighting gears. There are also side performances and attractions of local traditional games, dances, and local food showcase. It is a vibrant and unique celebration in the Baliem Valley of indigenous culture.


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3 ) Pasola

During February or March, Pasola will be celebrated in various locations across East Nusa Tenggara. Every year there will be an announcement on where and when the celebration will be held. It is one of the most exciting Jousting Festival, well known around the world, where people on horseback without saddles will throw spears (know as hola) at each other to unseat the opponent. It is a traditional Sumba ritual sport to keep the spirits happy and to bring a good harvest.


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