Yogyakarta and Borobodur Temple

Travel type
Small groups and family friendly
Expedition grade

Duration
Four (4) Days
Accomodation
Hotels (minimum 4 star)
FROM
$850.00 (AUD)

OVERVIEW

Yogyakarta (also known as Jogyakarta) is an enchanting city at Central of Java, Indonesia. This city as a special region in Java .It is renowned as a centerof education, classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. On this 3 day tour you will explore and experience Borobudur and Prambanan temples, accompanied by an experienced tour guide.

Borobudur Temple is a famous Buddhist temple dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It was built in three tiers a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with UNESCO's help in the 1970s.

Prambanan Temple is built in the 10th century, this is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Rising above the centre of the last of these concentric squares are three temples decorated with reliefs illustrating the epic of the Ramayana, dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and three temples dedicated to the animals who serve them.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Bali/Jakarta to Yogyakarta – Prambanan
This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport (Bali) for your flight to Yogyakarta. Upon arrival you will be met and briefed by your local tour guide then transferred to the the area’s biggest Hindu Temple; Prambanan. Accompanied by an experienced local guide, you will explore the temple. Afterwards you will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit the Sultans Palace and Water Castle. This evening you will be transferred to a hotel near of Borobudur for you overnight accommodation. (L)

Day 2: Borobudur Sunrise - Kaliadem  – Yogyakarta Hotel
Today starts with an early morning wake up at 4.30am. You will then proceed to Borobudur Temple accompanied by your experienced local guide to witness a spectacular sunrise. You will then take the time to circle the temple and take in the amazing detail of reliefs on the temple. You will then travel back to your hotel for breakfast before continuing on to tour the smaller Pawon and Mendut Temples. You will then have lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon your tour continues to Kaliadem to visit the most active volcano in Java Island, Merapi Mount. You will then be transferred to hotel in Yogyakarta city, check in and rest. In the late afternoon you will enjoy to ride the a traditional Yogyakarta Becak, you will be dropped at Purawisata for dinner and to watch the Ramayana Ballet. Afterwards you will head back to your hotel for your overnight stay. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Yogyakarta City Tour - Transfer to Airport flying Bali/Jakarta
This morning you will have breakfast at the hotel before being picked up by your guide to have a Yogyakarta city tour. This included visting the batik/ silver manufacturing industry at kotagede (you will see and watch the production process of batik/silver Jogjakarta). Lunch at local restaurant, then transfer to airport for your late afternoon fligth to Bali or Jakarta. Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel (arranged by hotel), check in and have time to relax time. ( B, L )

Day 4: Bali/Jakarta Hotel- Ending of Program
After breakfast your tour finishes. Your hotel will transfer you to Bali or Jakarta airport for your onward travels. (B)

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

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THE TEMPLES

MORE ABOUT BOROBUDUR TEMPLE
The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. This awe inspiringmonument is truly a marvel. After a visit here you will understand why it is Indonesia’s most visited tourist attraction and a famous icon of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.

Located on the island of Java, the temple sits majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. It covers an enormous area, measuring 123 x 123 meters. The monument is a marvel of design, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The architecture and stonework of this temple hasno equal. And it was built without using any kind of cement or mortar. The structure is like a set of massive interlocking Lego blocks held together without any glue. The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. It was rediscovered in 1815, buried under volcanic ash. In the 1970’sthe Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty The restoration took eight years to complete and today Borobudur is one of Indonesia and the world’s most valuable treasures. The temple is decorated with stone carvings in bas-relief representing images from the life of Buddha. Commentators claim that this is the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world, unsurpassed in artistic merit. This monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The ten levels of the temple symbolize the three divisions of the religion’s cosmic system.

MORE ABOUT PRAMBANAN TEMPLE
Prambanan Temple Compounds consist of Prambanan Temple (also called Loro Jonggrang), Sewu Temple, Bubrah Temple and Lumbung Temple. Prambanan Temple itself is a complex consisting of 240 temples. All the mentioned temples form the Prambanan Archaeological Park and were built during the heyday of Sailendra’s powerful dynasty in Java in the 8th century AD. These compounds are located on the border between the two provinces of Yogyakarta and Central Java on Java Island.

While Loro Jonggrang, dating from the 9th century, is a brilliant example of Hindu religious bas-reliefs, Sewu, with its four pairs of Dwarapala giant statues, is Indonesia’s largest Buddhist complex including the temples of Lumbung, Bubrah and Asu (Gana temple). The Hindu temples are decorated with reliefs illustrating the Indonesian version of the Ramayana epic which are masterpieces of stone carvings. These are surrounded by hundreds of shrines that have been arranged in three parts showing high levels of stone building technology and architecture from the 8th century AD in Java. With over 500 temples, Prambanan Temple Compounds represents not only an architectural and cultural treasure,but also a standing proof of past religious peaceful cohabitation.