Awesome, gorgeous, and lovely place....
MUST SEE IT if you go to EAST JAVA
There is a small Hindu Temple located around this National Park. The religion of people living in this area is mostly Hindu. One of the traditional customs that these Tenggeresse people still practice is the Kasada Ceremony.More story about Tenggeresse people and the Hindu Temple, visit the website belowmore
The steaming cone of Bromo rises from the Tengger caldera, set in a sea of ashen, volcanic sand. Nearby is Gunung Semeru (3,676m), Java's highest peak and one of it's most active volcanoes.Whilst watching the sunrise ove Bromo, Semeru welcomed the new dawn with a small puff of volcanic smoke as if to herald the beginning of a new day and to remind...more
Bromo volcano is frequently active, lastly in 2004. But the eruptions have been minor, therefore the crater has not changed much between 1973 and 2009, compare our pictures. It is hard to say how deep the crater is, but rest assured that it is deeper than it seems.What has changed is the number of visitors. In 1973 Theo and his students were there...more
After trekking and hiking around Tengger Massif, we go to off-the-beaten-path Madakaripura waterfall [see my off the ebaten path section :)]. There are several hawker stalls along the track to the waterfall. They're selling tea, coffee, soft drink with ice cubes and instant noodles and fried banana. I like it :) Not about yummy or not, but the...more
It's truely freezing condition when I decided to have a seat in outdoor lounge of Cemara Indah Cafe in the night. But look at the sky. Thousand stars are glittering and seems so near upon my head, made me sing 'twinkle-twinkle little stars'. And I find a palemoon there too. Nice. And the scenery still beautiful 'till dawn. Anything that keep you...more
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IKAT weaving is a warp-faced fabric and, in Indonesia the word for an ancient technique known in many parts of Asia which became, through wide usage, the generic term for all weavings of this type.The art of weaving is highly developed, including the famous ikat method tourists love. The Tenggerese has developed a method of unique beautiful...more
Along the way home from Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, you can pay a visit the hawker stalls which sell many kind of fresh veggie. From carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and many many more. Meanwhile the mangoes can be found in national road Probolinggo to Surabaya. Cool! Tomatoes and mangoes [well, children and teenagers also selling edelweiss,...more
If you plan to ascent Mt Bromo, please remember that it is still an active volcano. Its activity is unpredictable and in recent years, people have been injured or killed by spewing hot larva and volcanic rocks. A Singaporean boy was killed in 2004 when volcanic rocks spewed from the caldera and hit him. Also, please do not climb down into the...more
Well, if you bring your own car and trekking to the waterfall [about 1 km from this parking area] of Madakaripura [see my off the beaten path section], 1 or 2 person will awaiting when you're back, asking tip for washing the car and actually they do nothing!!!!
Fun Alternatives: Do not bargain, check the car and ask further more "which part did you already wash or clean up, since I see nothing?" yes, it will be lots of hassle but I did :)
Just go to the car and give small money. Smile but leave them!
PS: the picture here is a monument of Mahapatih Gadjah Mada in meditation position. I adore this guy :)
The temperature gets below 10 degree celcius at dawn. To those who intends to view Bromo at sunrise, it would be good to do layers or wear a good winter jacket, with gloves and beanie. For those who do not want to pack a lots of stuffs, the winter jacket is also available for rent at Mount Penanjakan at Rp 10,000. Layers should be sufficient for...more
Near the village of Sapeh, district of Lumbang, about 33 km to the north east of Probolinggo, there is a spectacular waterfall known as Madakaripura. This waterfall is believed to be the sacred waterfall since it was right here that the Great Prime Minister of Majapahit, Gajah Mada, spent the rest of his life and practiced asceticism by meditating...more
If you are looking for a great walk near Cemoro Lawang village, go past the entrance booth or boomgate marking the start of the Bromo-Tengger National Park and turn left towards the Lava View Hotel. (This left turn is almost immediately after the national park entrance booth)Keep walking towards Lava View Hotel. Stop outside Lava View, to admire...more
Horse riding is one of cool sport activity in this national park, after trekking or climbing Mount Semeru. The horseman will lead his horse while we're sitting on the top.
Equipment: Bandana to cover your mouth and nose, prevention from sandy atmosphere at the sea of lava sand.
The kind guy on Mt. Bromo is aboriginal who walked long road to guide me through the dessert arriving the top of volcano. He was patient to lead me and often smiled. The local horses are mini style, tame and mild. You should never be afraid. Behind him is the stairs up to the mount of volcano. He was waiting for me there till I went downstairs....more