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Dieng Plateau

all seasons in one day

4 September 2013

Another early day but not as early as Borobudur, but it was to be a much longer day.

0700 and the driver picks us up to start our day tour of the Dieng Plateau area. Winnie (woman from Hong Kong) was already in the van when we got in. From there we picked up Annie (from Jakarta) and off we go. After about an hour, we end up back at Borobudur where we pick up Owen who joined us for the rest of the trip. It will be a small group compared to the eight of us on Monday.

It was a three and a half hour ride up the bumpy roads to Dieng with our first stop at the turquoise blue water lake at Telaga Warna. With 45 minutes to visit the lake, we made good use of it by hiking around the lake. It felt good to get out and stretch. From there, we stopped at the crater area with its bubbling, smelly sulfur pools.

Telaga Lake

Telaga Lake

View of the volcanic caldren

View of the volcanic caldren

Steaming sulfur caldron

Steaming sulfur caldron

On to the temple area and to what I thought was going to be more of a hike. It turned out to be a short walk to the complex and then it was back to the van to start our ride home.

Dieng Complex

Dieng Complex


Lady farming near the Dieng Complex

Lady farming near the Dieng Complex

Finished for the day - farmer heading home in Dieng

Finished for the day - farmer heading home in Dieng

Our driver asked if we wanted to stop for lunch, but being already 3pm, and with three more hours to go, we opted to continue driving back to Yogya. It turned out to be a good decision.

On our trip up in the morning, the low cloud cover totally obstructed our view of Mt. Merapi, but on the return we were treated to the beautiful mountain to one side and a fantastic sunset on the other.

Mt Merapi

Mt Merapi


Indonesian Sunset

Indonesian Sunset

Actually, I'm not sure if I had it to do over, if I would do (or recommend) this trip but the views of the countryside and small villages did give me a better feel for the real Java.

Below I’ve included a little info on the Dieng area:

Dieng Plateau is a marshy area that forms the floor of a caldera near the small city of Wonosobo in Central Java. Dieng's misty location, at almost 2,093 m above sea level and its poisonous effusions and sulfur colored lakes make it a particularly auspicious place for religious tributes. Often referred to as "Dieng" by Indonesians, it means "Abode of the Gods".

The Plateau is the location eight small Hindu temples. It is unclear when they were built, but it is estimated that they were built from mid-7th century to the end of the 8th century AD. They are the oldest known standing stone structures in Java. It is thought that there were originally 400 temples but only the eight remain. The temples are also believed to have been named after the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Posted by pjburke 23:58 Archived in Indonesia

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