Yogyakarta also Jogja or Jogjakarta) is a city and the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, Indonesia. It is renowned as a center of education (Kota Pelajar), classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. Yogyakarta was the Indonesian capital during the Indonesian National Revolution from 1945 to 1949, with Gedung Agung as the president's office. One of the districts in Yogyakarta, Kotagede, was the capital of the Mataram Sultanate between 1575 and 1640. The city is named after the Indian city of Ayodhya from the Ramayana epic. Yogya means "suitable, fit, proper", and karta, "prosperous, flourishing" (i.e., "a city that is fit to prosper"). Its population was 388,627 inhabitants at the 2010 census and its built-up (or metro) area was home to, 4,010,436 inhabitants spread on 2 cities (Yogyakarta and Magelang) and 65 districts spread on Sleman, Klaten, Bantul, Kulon Progo and Magelang regencies. While urbanization sprawls, Yogyakarta-Magelang and Surakarta are being agglomerated in a few years. The Dutch name of the city is Djokjakarta.
Yogyakarta is a bustling town of some half a million people and the most popular tourist destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. The town is a hub of art and education, offers some good shopping and has a wide range of tourist facilities. Strictly speaking, the city (kota) of Yogyakarta is only one of five districts within the semi-autonomous region of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), literally the "Yogyakarta Special Region". (The other districts are Sleman on the slopes of fiery Mount Merapi to the North, Bantul all the way to the sea to the South, the hills of Gunungkidul to the East and the low lands of Kulon Progo to the West.)
This special status is thanks to the Sultanate of Hamengkubuwono, which has ruled the area since 1755 and steered the state through difficult times of occupation and revolution. During the Indonesian war of independence, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX offered the fledgling Indonesian government his enclave as capital city, thus Yogyakarta became the revolutionary capital city of the republic from 1946 to 1949 when Jakarta was still occupied by the Dutch. As a result, the central government recognized the Sultan of Yogyakarta as the appointed governor of Yogyakarta Special Region; the only one in Indonesia that is not elected directly by the people.
The Indonesian central government has tried to weaken the sultan's power by calling for direct election for the governor, however the present Sultan Hamengkubuwono X was chosen by an overwhelming majority. Alas, Yogyakarta lies in one of the most seismically active parts of Java and has thus repeatedly been struck by earthquakes and volcano eruptions. The worst in recent times was the earthquake of 27 May 2006, which killed over 6,000 people and flattened over 300,000 houses. However, the epicentre was 25km north of the city, which thus avoided the worst of the quake, and a surprisingly effective disaster recovery effort saw most of the physical damage repaired quite quickly. Only four years later, in October 2010, the nearby volcano of Mount Merapi erupted, spewing lava over nearby villages, the Borobodur and killing 353 people. After rumbling on and off for two months, the volcano quieted down by December 2010.
Day 1: Yogyakarta Tour Packages.
Our guide will pick you up at the airport or train station and accompany your lunch while you can rest for a while then we give a brief explanation. Your trip will start from Prambanan Temple which is the highest Hindu Temple in Indonesia. Contenred with the beautifulness of Prambanan Temple, you will directly lead to the hotel to take a rest. After the night comes, you will have romantic dinner then continue to watch the Ramayana Ballet which has background the beautiful and luminescence of Prambanan Temple.
Day 2: Yogyakarta Temples Tour
Visit: Borobudur Temple, Mendut Temple, Borobudur Tourism Village (making tofu, making pottery, and farming), Kaliadem (seeing merapi closely).
The second day tour will begin with breakfast, then head to Borobudur Temple which is located in Magelang Region. This magnificent and beautiful temple is recognized by UNESCO as the most glorious monument complex and also known has the grandest Buddhist stupa in the world. In addition to visit Borobudur, the second day of this tour will also visiting Medut Temple, the throne of the large Buddha statue. Next you will be invited visiting villages around Borobudur to learn making pottery, tofu, palm sugar, or to learn farming and plowing fields. After enjoying the villager life, the next agenda is having lunch then visiting Kaliadem, the place where you can see majestic Mount Merapi nearby and the eruption trace.
Day 3: Solo and Tawangmangu
Visit: Kraton Solo, Triwindu Market, Tawangmangu After having breakfast, the trip will be continues to Solo to visit Solo Palace (Mangkunegaran) then go a head to antique market (Triwindu), having breakfast, Tawangmangu (a thousand waterfall), then the trip go back to Jogja and hotel to have a dinner.
Day 4: Cave Tubing-Parangtritis Beach
Visit: Cave Tubing Gua Pindul, Desert Sand, Parangtritis Beach We will continue our trip to Wonosari to experience nature rafting and enter Pindul Cave right after breakfast. Later after having lunch, we will continued the one and only desert sand in Indonesia then go to Parangtritis Beach to see the beautiful sunset, having dinner and then go back to the hotel.
Day 5: Yogyakarta City Tours-Airport
Visit: Yogyakarta Palace (kraton) Yogyakarta, Taman Sari, Bird Market, Kotagede, Malioboro The last day tour will be guided to visit historical area in Yogyakarta. Keraton or Sultan Palace will be the first destination.
We are not only seeing the beauty of its architecture but also we can see traditinonal Javanese art performances such as macapat, gamelan, and dances if we come at the right time. From Keraton, you will be leaded to Taman Sari Water Castle with a pedicab passing through the villages. After that you will invited to visit bird market and having lunch. The next destination to explore is Kotagede which was being a capital city of Ancient Mataram and now becomes handicraft center. Before the trip is over, it is time to buy handicrafts and souvenirs in Malioboro Street.Then transfer to airport or station
- Airport pick up and transfer
- Hotel based 2 star hotel or similar
- 3 meals a day
- Hike to Mount Merapi
- Refreshment ( Mineral water, coffee and teas )
- English speaking guide
- Air condition vehicle
Rate excluded: -
- Return air tickets
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Any personal expenses