The city of Semarang, capital of the province of Central Java, sits precisely in the center of the northern seaboard of the fertile and densely populated island of Java.
In the 15th century the Chinese emperor’s emissary Zheng He, otherwise known here as Admiral Cheng Ho, set foot here on Java, its auspicious occasion commemorated in the temple of Gedung Batu. From the 17th century onwards, Semarang became a busy entrepot for spices and from the 20th century on a busy harbor for trade and passengers when travel was made predominantly by sea. This strategic position of Semarang has made the city a melting pot of Chinese, Indian Arab, and European cultures.
West of Semarang are the batik centers of Pekalongan while to its east are
the towns of Demak, Kudus, Jepara and Rembang, cradle in the growth and spread of Islam on Java. While to its south, in its hinterland, lie the temple regions of Borobudur, Prambanan and the Dieng Plateau, as well as the royal cities of Yogyakarta and Solo. This scenery south of Semarang is beautifully green and fertile, highlighted by many volcanoes and lush paddy fields. Many international cruise liners today make Semarang their port of call to allow passengers to visit these important ancient world heritage sites.
While to the north of Semarang are the still pristine islands of Karimun Jawa, a heaven for divers. Don’t forget to visit Gedung Batu where stands the old Chinese temple and the recently erected statue of Admiral Cheng Ho.
The name ‘dieng’ which literally translates as ‘abode of the Gods’ says all you need to know about this collection small ancient temples set in the remarkable volcanic landscape of the Dieng Plateau. The misty location, sulphurous springs and colored lakes truly make this a place of natural wonder and cultural significance.
Come here and you will be transported back to ancient times. The temples are remnants from the glorious period of the Hindu empire in Java dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Standing on a plateau 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level, it is the extraordinary setting of these temples which make them most remarkable. It is believed that this place was chosen as the sacred location because of the spectacular landscape.
The natural splendors of this location are fascinating. From lakes with green and yellow hues to the pristine waters of the reflective ‘mirror’ lake, the natural beauty of this spot is superb. The mirror lake is particularly impressive as it offers a perfectly reflective image of the landscape.
Once you’ve walked to the top of the Dieng plateau you will feel like you are on top of the world. It will be difficult to know just where to look as the view from the plateau takes in steaming and colorful lakes, ancient temples and lush green landscape.
For a truly amazing spectacle, arrive at the plateau at sunrise and you will be spoiled with not one, but two amazing views of the sunrise, a ‘golden’ and a ‘silver’ sunrise. This double sunrise is a unique natural phenomenon. Visitors take in the first ‘golden’ sunrise from a watch tower while the second ‘silver’ sunrise can be seen from the temples.
Even the drive to the plateau offers impressive sights. On the way up, visitors will pass through tobacco plantations and beautiful mountain scenery.
DIENG has a million dazzling beauties, with an extraordinary natural and cultural wealth. In this region, in addition to shady green trees and beautifully patterned Hindu temples, here is also a beautiful natural gift called Telaga Warna, (the Colorful Lake), an icon of this area.
The harmony of nature with its clean, cool air makes the atmosphere at Telaga Warna Dieng very compelling and relaxing. The mystical atmosphere created by the white mist that envelopes the area, as well as the tall, shady trees which surround the lake, exude a feeling of refined calm and relaxation.
This Lake is appropriately named Telaga Warna due to a natural phenomenon that causes the water of the lake to change in fluctuating colors. At times it is green, yellow, purple or even taking the colors of the rainbow. This phenomenon occurs because of the high sulfur content in these waters, so that when the sun hits the water, it reflects in varied colors. You can also see around the center of the lake, a section of water which appears to be bubbling; which is also due to its high sulfur content.
Dieng was a volcano, which erupted and destroyed its peak. This highland was made of dead cauldrons which filled with water to become a lake. The lake dried and was used for Hindu religious activities.
Historically, Dieng was a ritual site for Hindu followers. Up to the present, 22 ancient Javanese epigraphs tell about Dieng as a center for religious activities. Here, you will be astonished by temples near the Museum.
When entering the museum, you will see Dieng’s antique sculptures. After that, you could climb steps to an information room where you could get as much information as possible, such as the history of Dieng highland and its temples.
Several panels provide information about the life of local inhabitants in the highlands. Some panels also tell about their lifestyle and agriculture, and information about local Mosques and Mushallas, arts, and the Myth of Anak Bajang. Other panels provide more information about the Dieng highlands as a center for Hindu ritual activities and about its temples.
From Semarang Airport, we will go for lunch and then check in to our hotel. In the late afternoon, we will go to Semarang Chinatown and visit Sam Poo Kong Temple. Finished exploring Chinatown, we will go to Lawang Sewu, a historical and famous old building in semarang. Then we will have our dinner along our way back to our hotel.
*Meals : Lunch (L)
After breakfast, we will pack up and check out. Go to Dieng Plateau and reach there in the afternoon. The journey takes about 2.5 – 3 hours. Check in to our homestay and have our lunch prepared by our host. After lunch, we will explore Dieng Plateau. First spot is Tuk Bimo Lukar Holy Water Fountain where we will do a traditional ritual before entering Dieng area. Ater that, we will go to Museum Kaliasa and explore Arjuna Temple then we will go to Sikidang Crater in the evening. Dinner will be served at our homestay.
*Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (B, L, D)
Morning call will mark the start of our trip to Sikunir Hill. The journey to the peak of Sikunir Hill is about 15-30 minutes trekking uphill where we will see the Dieng Golden sunrise. After basking in the early morning sun, we will go back to homestay and along the way, we will stop at Sembungan Village, the highest village in Java. Berakfast will be served at homestay. After breakfast, we will go to Telaga Warna (Colourful Lake) and visit a mystical cave. Back to homestay and get ready to check out. We will go back to Semarang in the afternoon. While on the way, we will stop buy at Wonosobo to savour local delicacies, Mie Ongklok. Arrive in Semarang in the evening, check in. Dinner will be at the local restaurant.
*Meals : Breakfast & Lunch (B & L)
After breakfast, it will be a free time until our time to go to airport.
*Meals : Breakfast (B)
• 3 nights accommodation
4 Star Hotel at Semarang (2 night)
Homestay at Dieng (1 night)
Inclusive of fuel costs, parking & toll fees, and drivers’ expenses
• Explore Semarang
• Explore Dieng Plateau
Tuk Bimo Lukar Holy Water Fountain || Arjuna Complex || Kaliasa Museum || Dieng Plateau Theatre || Telaga Warna ‘Colourfull Lake’ || Sikidang Crater || Sikunir Hill || Dieng Sunrise || Highest Village in Java ‘Sembungan Village’ || etc
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• All permits, entry fees and activities stated in the itinerary
• Drinking water during the trip
• Guide and/or Tour Leader
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