The Tempel of Prambanan and Borobudur and the Sultanate of Yogyakarta - Central Java Tour
Yogyakarta in the center of the Indonesian island of Java forms, together with the neighboring city of Surakarta (Solo), the center of traditional Javanese culture. With several universities, especially the prestigious Gaja Madah University, Yogyakarta is also the educational center of Indonesia. Traditional Javanese culture and arts are firmly rooted here and Yogyakarta is home to several colleges of art, music and dance.
The absolute highlights of a Central Java tour are the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Cities on Java - the impressive Buddhist Borobudur Temple and the Hindu Prambanan Temple Complex.
TRAVEL ROUTE: ✈ Yogyakarta ➝ Prambanan Temple ➝ The Borobudur Temple ➝ Sultanat Yogyakarta ➝ Yogyakarta ✈Day 1:
Arrival in Yogyakarta - Prambanan Tempel Tour
On the airport in Yogyakarta your Guide will be waiting and than you will visit the huge Prambanan Tempel complex, which was built to honor the Hindu gods Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Loro Jonggrang Tempel was build in the 10th century and is the largest Hindu Tempel complex in Indonesia .. The Tempel consists of a main building in the middle surrounded by eight smaller various deities consecrated Tempels and countless much smaller. All of the Tempels exhibit a high top design. In 2006 the Tempel was heavily damaged by a strong earthquake and not all areas are accessible to visitors.
The temple complex Borobudur & Sultanate Yogyakarta
After an early breakfast we drive to Borobudur temple which is located 40km away from Yogyakarta. It's a Buddhist sanctuary and one of the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. The impressive Borobudur temple is situated on a hill and is designed as a step pyramid. On a square Foundation of 123m length there are nine storey's. Each higher level represents a further development of the people. On the terraces there are many alcoves and Budda statues and a total 5 km-long reliefs that tell about the live of Buddha. Six terraces are square and the upper three circular. There are 72 stupas each housing a Budda statue on the upper terraces, which are devoted to the enlightenment. From the top, you have a fantastic view over the countryside and over the mountains.
Then drive to Yogyakarta. During the city tour you have the opportunity to visit the Sultan's Palace (Kraton) in the old town (Kota Gede) with 14,000 square meters of a kind of city in the city. The complex was built around 1750. Parts of the palace are open to tourists for sightseeing. In the museum, mainly traditional court scenes and the corresponding clothing can be admired.
Then visit Taman Sare. The moated castle (built from 1758 to 1765) served the sultan as a pleasure palace, where his harem was located. The castle was surrounded by a reservoir and could only be reached by water. The reservoir no longer exists and the actual castle is a ruin. The Taman Sare bathing pools have been preserved and can be visited. If time permits, you can also stroll through the traditional Beringharjo market on Jalan Malioboro and, if interested, visit a batik factory and/or silversmiths. Yogyakarta is known throughout Asia for its fine silver and batik work.
If you spend today to much time in Borobudur and the Kraton and Taman Sare (which are open for visitors only until lunch time) should be closed, than you still have posibility to visiton before your departure next day with an afternoon flight or your plan additional overnight in Yogyakarta.
Departure from Yogjakarta
After breakfast you can make Yogyakarta city tour, if this was not possible yesterday and transfer to airport in Yogyakarta for flight back to Bali or continuing your Indonesia travel with Bromo Tour or with one of our Flores & Komodo Tours