This fun excursion will be visiting Prambanan; the temple of the “Slender Virgin” which is also well known as complex of Loro Jonggrang, generally considered to be Java's most elegant and the spring temple, noted for the graceful proportions of its 47-meter central Siva Temple. This magnificent Hindu temple derives its name from the village where it is located, 17 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It is the most magnificent and beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia dating back to the middle of the ninth century. It has eight shrines; the three main ones are dedicated to Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva, which rises to a height of 130 feet and houses the magnificent statue of Shiva's consort, Durga. The Ramayana ballet is performed here on an open-air stage during nights of the full moon period!
Wake up bright and early to an excursion where you will be visiting Kraton Yogyakarta “Sultan Palace”, traditional batik home industry where famous batiks are made in unique way and Kota Gede the original home of Yogya‘s silverware where craftsmanship of some hundred years ago is being practiced and mastered. Proceed to discover the mystery and history of Borobudur Temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the World which is stands on a small hill around 42 km to the west of Yogyakarta. The Ngayogyakarta Palace or Kraton, with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture, lies in the center of the city between the Winongo and Code Rivers.
The highlight of this excursion will be visiting Sukuh Temple, a unique temple located at the height of 910 meters above sea level at the slope of Mt. Lawu. The trip will be started by visiting Gamelan Workshop before the Sukuh Temple, then you visit the Seven Tasty Spring and the Tea Plantation. Sukuh temple is decorated with wayang stone carvings of Hindu origin, the only erotic temple in Java. The temples are distinctive compared with other ancient temples in Central Java such as Borobudur and Prambanan, and its uniqueness lies in the landscaping, statuettes, and relief. The most interesting and controversial factor of this historical site is the artistic relief, where sex is a kind of spiritual, transcendental blending of male and female.
Go on an excursion visiting Kraton Yogyakarta “Sultan Palace”, a splendid example of traditional of Javanese court architecture. Onward visiting traditional batik home industry where famous batiks are made in unique way, then to Kotagede, the original home of Yogya‘s silverware where craftsmanship of some hundred years ago being practiced and mastered. The Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture, lies in the center of the city between the Winongo and Code Rivers. The palace grounds stretch from north to the south, in line with Mount Merapi, the Kraton is constructed to form a model of the Javanese conception of the cosmos. On each gateway, pavilion, and courtyard has a specific symbolic meaning, harmonizing the divine powers of the universe. Over 1,400 retainers serve the current sultan, and can be seen throughout the palace!
Start your morning with a fantastic drive via Magelang and Wonosobo to explore Dieng Plateau with interesting sceneries of dramatic mountain views along the journey. The excursion will take you to Pendawa Lima Temples and Sikidang Crater with its breathtaking landscape within the huge marshy caldera of a volcano that erupted a long time ago. After a tasty lunch, the journey will be continued to the magnificent Borobudur nicknamed "The Buddhist Monastery on the Hill". Borobudur is one of the world's most famous temples. It stands majestically on a hill overlooking lush green fields and distant hills and rises in seven terraces, each smaller than the one below it. The top is the Great Stupa, standing forty meters above the ground. Built in the eighth century, and 'discovered' by Raffles in 1817, the monument has now been completely restored. Dieng Plateau is the site of some of the oldest Hindu temples in Java, some two thousand meters above sea level with a very cool climate. While the temples themselves cannot compare to those near or around Yogyakarta, their extraordinary setting amidst intense volcanic activity makes it easy to understand why the Javanese consider this area to be a focal point of supernatural power.