Seeking a memorable holiday with a spiritual side? Well, the mystical charm of Borobudur beckons all adventure lovers. With a plethora of Borobudur tour packages to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. Take a flight from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya or Semarang to Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto International Airport or avail the train service that connects Yogyakarta to nearby cities. Hire a car or take a bus from Yogyakarta to reach Borobudur. And to maximize the 4D3N holiday experience here’s a Borobudur trip itinerary to help you:
Day 1: Stroll, Eat and Shop
Arrive in Yogyakarta and explore the classical Javanese arts and culture of this bustling city. Browse around the iconic Malioboro Street that’s full of good shopping and good eats.
Buy some batik, rattan ornaments, silver jewelry, leather goods, or bamboo handicrafts at reasonable prices.
Sample the local delicacies like gudeg, bakpia, and ondeh-ondeh. Watch painters, performers, and musicians add color to Malioboro’s vibrant night-time atmosphere.
Day 2: Go Sightseeing
Start the day early and head off to Borobudur. Take in the scenic jungle landscape as you climb the stairs of the three-tiered Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world.
Watch the surreal sunrise over Borobudur with the majestic Mt. Merapi in the background and lose yourself in the moment. Admire the intricate artwork on the walls and sense the aura of serenity generated by the stupas and statues.
Visit the two nearby smaller temples, Mendut, and Pawon, located in a straight line with Borobudur. Mendut is the oldest, while Pawon is the smallest amongst this triad of temples that symbolize the phases in attaining nirvana.
Be awed by the Javanese temple architecture and head over to Ullen Sentalu Museum to pick up a taste of the traditional art and culture. Marvel at the relics and artifacts from royal houses and Kratons of Java.
Day 3: Feast Your Eyes on Nature
Trek to the top of Punthuk Setumbu to witness a sight that will leave you invigorated for the day ahead. Watch the rising sun cast golden hues across the sky as it emerges between the iconic Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu, while Borobudur stands shrouded in a mystical mist. Capture the breathtaking panoramic views with your camera and continue walking to Gereja Ayam or Chicken Church that’s just a short distance away.
This prayer house resembles a giant chicken and is a popular photo spot. Climb up to the chicken’s crown for awe-inspiring 360-degree views of the surrounding forest and the distant mountains. Make way to Gunung Tidar, a small hill on the Kedu Plain. An extremely long series of steps take you to the top of this hill that’s believed to be the point where the gods stuck a nail to calm and protect Java Island. Discover more legends and myths as you visit the tombs and monuments on this hill. Enjoy the cool atmosphere and keep an eye out for the monkeys.
Day 4: Buy Some Souvenirs
Wondering where to buy the perfect souvenirs to take back home? Explore the traditional Beringharjo Market, the oldest market in the Kraton area that offers a vast range of goods including batik, clothing, traditional snacks, Javanese herbs, and antiques.
Shop to your heart’s content and taste local delights like the sweet es dawet, the pecel salad, and the crispy Tempe mendoan before it’s time to depart.
The exotic Elo River, the spectacular Sekar Langit Waterfall, and the impressive OHD Museum are other interesting places to visit in Magelang on your Borobudur tour.
So book your tour package now and allow yourself to be recharged by an exciting 4D3N scenic holiday in and around Borobudur. (HR)