SOJOURN IN INDONESIA ON A FAM TRIP

INDONESIA, 26TH APRIL 2016, Tuesday (GPN) :Evidently Indonesia is rich in Nature-Eco Tourism, Culinary-Culture Tourism, Adventure-Sports Tourism, Heritage-Religious Tourism, Health-Wellness Tourism and Fun-Leisure Tourism .You name it and you have everything resplendent in here .No wonder Indonesia is the most happening and sought out destination in the world.

Ministry of Tourism-Indonesia, Nira Travels and Nusa Dua Bali Convex (PCO) Along with the MEDIA FAM TRIP Group of Indian Journalist

Ministry of Tourism-Indonesia, Nira Travels and Nusa Dua Bali Convex (PCO) Along with the MEDIA FAM TRIP Group of Indian Journalist

Densely populated with 135 Million people this finest place on earth is blessed with rich scenic jungles, imposing volcanoes, gorgeous beaches, serene and bountiful nature, captivating temples and monuments and overall with a world class culture and profound hospitality.

So Wonderful Indonesia is the perfect place for a family getaway and to treat and pamper oneself or your precious ones to the exotic and divine accommodation, sumptuous gourmet cuisines and all day excursion in tranquility and sheer bliss .Spend quality time in evening with equally exciting night entertainment for your family. Whatever part on the earth you belong you have your choice here, It’s all included in this enchanting place.

Located in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is an archipelago of approximately 17,508 tropical islands, about 6,000 inhabited and spread across the equator. Rich in both cultural and natural diversity the destination is equipped with all that would satiate your desires. The country is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is the world’s 16th largest country in terms of land area.

Indonesia is as varied as it is unique, from the Hindu-Buddhist monuments of Borobudur to the famous Komodo Dragons, countless virgin beaches and natural wonders grace an archipelago filled with mystique and beauty yet to be explored.

Its capital Jakarta is on Java and is the nation’s largest city.Jakarta is a gateway to Indonesia for exploring other parts of this immense country.

Start where Jakarta itself started. Sunda Kelapa harbour was the centre of a trading empire that once stretched from Java right through to Malaysia. This sea-faring heritage lives on in the ranks of elegant Bugis schooners and in the Maritime Museum that occupies an old Dutch gedung warehouse.

In 1619 the Dutch founded their Indonesian capital nearby, in what is still known as the Batavia (or Kota) section of the city.

The wonderful Café Batavia, on the cobblest one square of Taman Fatahillah, remains the perfect place for lunch.  Afterwards, ask your driver to drop you at the southern gate to Taman Medan Merdeka (Independence Square) to take a leisurely stroll through the indigenous trees. In the centre of the park is the National Monument – it was designed as a lighthouse that would send a reassuring (and wholly metaphorical) beacon out across the entire archipelago. It’s a handy place for a disoriented tourist to try to get their bearings in one of Asia’s most bewilderingly vibrant capitals.
Mime artists at Fatahillah Square remind again of the colonial heritage. This art probably travelled here from Europe as it is found only in this part of Indonesia. But obviously, artists have found local heroes to represent. An interesting sight though.

Located at the highland just at the outskirt of Bandung, Tangkuban Perahu Crater is surely a perfect place to enjoy cool air and relaxing sceneries after a series of shopping activities in some of the city’s factory outlets or the popular Pasar Baru Trade Center. For a rejuvenating sensation, visitors can continue their journey to the nearby Ciater’s Revitalizing Hot Springs.

UNESCO recognize angklung as one of Indonesia’s intangible culture heritade in Paris, France. Angklung is a music instrument made from bamboo which was designed by the late Daeng Sutigna and popularized by the late Udjo Ngalagena in 1951.Saung Angklung Udjo’s Operational Director, Mutiara Deciana Udjo says all visitors and tourist are invited, both as individuals or in groups, to play the angklung and learn the skills of playing music on this wonderful instrument (Specially they play songs from musical drama film “Sound of Music” )on Padasuka Street 118, Bandung.
Exhilarating Angklung Orchestra performance: http://youtu.be/cIaB5krHgVE
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai on Angklung: http://youtu.be/ZMpSdd9Hg7I

Ondel-ondel puppets from Betawi

Ondel-ondel puppets from Betawi

Indonesians also preserve their tradition and culture with pride, whether it is in different forms of art, music or else. Such as the statue of ondel-ondel puppets from Betawi. This is a form of folk performance.

Indonesian Government’s focus on promoting and preserving its rich and diverse cultural heritage is truly remarkable, specially in view of its being an Islamic country. Besides, they are also working hard on restoring heritage sites, temples and monuments, most of which were damaged by natural calamities like volcanoes and earthquakes.National Museum of Indonesia (also known as Gedung Gajah or Gajah Museum because of an elephant statue in the front courtyard of the building) is one of the most complete museum about nations’s history, art, culture, heritage, music, sociology, anthropology, architecture, and perhaps everything else. Visit all sections of the museum at leisure and you will be an expert on Indonesia.

The Gajah Museum

The Gajah Museum

Tangkuban Perahu Bandung
The USP of Indonesia is the unique experience of culture, heritage, culinary, shopping, adventure, cruise and spa in a single trip. Multiple activities can be considered like golfing, river rafting, cycling, trekking, snorkelling, local food tours, cultural village tours etc.

Indonesia is a land of many magnificent Hindu temples and must be surely explored on your trip to Indonesia. You can visit temples like Borobudur, Prambanan, etc. A note of caution, when you visit temples, please respect the local customs, please carry a sarong or you can also get it at the temples.

Buses are the mainstay of Indonesian transport. At any time of the day, thousands of buses in all shapes and sizes move thousands of people throughout Indonesia.PARIWISATA Marjayatrans buses are the best. Air-con buses (or ‘executive’ buses) come in a variety of price categories, depending on whether facilities include reclining seats, toilets, TV, karaoke (usually very bad) or snacks. These buses should be booked in advance; ticket agents often have pictures of the buses and seating plans; check to see what you are paying for when you choose your seat.

About the Author

Sachin Murdeshwar
Sachin Murdeshwar is a Sr.Journalist and Columnist in several Mainline Newspapers and Portals.He is an ardent traveller and likes to explore destinations to the core.

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