The Magical Sunrise of Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta #WonderfulIndonesia
After experiencing the serenity of 500 Lohan temple, it was time for us to leave for our next destination, Yogyakarta. We reached there after changing two flights, first from Bintan to Jakarta and then from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. From airport, we went straight to our dinner spot, Sasanti. At dinner, I had this really nice dessert, Bua Loy which is specially for vegan people, it mainly consists of rice flour, coconut milk and sugar (tastiest dessert I’ve ever had, totally recommend). After dinner, we checked into this newly made hotel, JW Marriott and it was the best property of the whole trip. It had the biggest rooms and the pool area was really amazing. And the best part, there was a mall just adjacent to our hotel. We stayed in that hotel for three days, and I went for shopping all three nights and of course I do regret it (a little :P) .
The first thing I did after checking into the hotel, was to go buy some aloevera, as I was badly sun burnt from the Bintan sun. I bought aloe vera of this brand that I randomly came across called Nature’s republic and let me tell you it is the best aloevera I have ever used and I am still using it daily, it is so multi purpose (definitely recommend this brand). As it was Diwali, me and Pratibha were feeling a little bit low, we were missing home and all the festivities. One of the adorable trip coordinators, Sashya arranged some candles for us and made sure that we celebrated our own little Happy Diwali.
Next day, we went for Merapi Lava Tour. It is the most active volcano and was last erupted in May 2018. We went to the museum, which was actually someone’s house turned it a museum after it got destroyed by the eruption. There were some really disturbing things and pictures. We also went to the bunkers (place used to hide at the time of eruption), and even there the lava reached, and froze into a big giant stone, killing 2 people who were hiding there. After the lava tour, we had our lunch at RM Demangan. We also stopped at this amazing coffee place, Hayati Coffee and I had cold green tea latte, which was amaze. We had our dinner at this really wonderful place, Canting and the food there was too good. Their vegetarian menu was one of the best. I had nachos and burrito and they were so yum, and a very yummy dessert! Definitely recommend Canting if you’re visiting Yogya.
We barely slept that night, as we had to wake up at 2 a.m., to catch the sunrise at the Borobudur temple. Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. It is very famous for its sunrise, which was really peaceful and magical. After this mystical experience, we had our breakfast at Stupa by Plataran Heritage. Next it was time for the Volkswagen safari around the paddy fields and I chose the white car (as many of you guessed right on my instagram :D) . My partners for this safari were Pratibha and Rizal, a really good friend I made on this trip.
There were also a couple of unplanned stops, first being at a primary school. It was a delight seeing the happy faces of the children. Our next unplanned stop was at this small scale honey manufacturing farm. After this we stopped at a dance class of ladies, and they gave us a really warm welcome and we also took a lot of pictures. We also tried Luwak coffee, which is made out of animal poop and is the most expensive coffee in the world. It tasted so good, really no kidding.
For lunch, we had banana curry and rice, which was prepared for us by these local villagers. It was so tasty that I’ll never forget its taste. We also did some fun activities like, pottery and batik with the village ladies. After a fun filled day, we headed back to our hotel and had our dinner at Mediterranea by Kamil. The next morning, we had our breakfast at the hotel and were ready to take off to Bali.
Guys stay tuned for the last and final blog of my #WonderfulIndonesia trip 🙂
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