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MOUNT BROMO

17 June 2008

Indonesia is a very big country that has thousands of islands. She has 5 big islands; they are Kalimantan, Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Papua or called as Irian Jaya. As a big country, she has a lot of lakes, beautiful beaches and mountains. Mount Bromo for example, it is very exited mountain.

Location of Bromo Cottages Hotel in Java

The Bromo Cottages Hotel in Java can be accessed very comfortably from the airport, due to the presence of good transport facilities. The nearby villages, located around the hotel are worth visiting, and they are popular tourist attractions. Moreover, there are many more renowned places in Java, which draw a lot of visitors and all the various places can be reached very comfortably from the location of Bromo Cottages.

Mount Bromo also Gunung Bromo, located in the Tengger Caldera, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. It is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, and even though at 2329 meters it is not the highest peak of the massif, it is the most well known.

According to a local folk tale, at the end of the 15th century princess Roro Anteng from the Majapahit Empire started a separate principality together with her husband Joko Seger. They named it Tengger by the last syllables of their names. The principality did prosper, but the ruling couple failed to conceive children. In their despair they climbed Mount Bromo to pray to the gods, who granted them help, but requested the last child to be sacrificed to the gods. They had 24 children, and when the 25th and last child Kesuma was born Roro Anteng refused to do the sacrifice as promised. The gods then threatened with fire and brimstone, until she finally did the sacrifice. After the child was thrown into the crater, the voice of the child ordered the local people to perform an annual ceremony on the volcano, which is not held today.

By plane

The nearest major airport is in Surabaya, three to four hours away by car (and more by bus).

By bus

The nearest larger town is Probolinggo, on the north coast of Java. It’s about one hour from Probolinggo to Ngadisari and another half hour all the way to Cemoro Lawang, and it’s (just) possible to visit on a day trip, although most visitors prefer to climb overnight and see the sunrise.

To go there, take a ‘Damri’ shuttle bus from the Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, to go to the Bungurasih bus terminal(terminal Purabaya). Then, take an express Patas air-conditioned bus for a 2-3 hours ride from Surabaya to Probolinggo.

Get around

It’s a fairly easy 3-km hike from Cemoro Lawang to the foot of Mount Bromo. Alternatively, you can hire a pony to do the drudge work for you, or have it even easier and do the trip by jeep. Private cars are not allowed inside the caldera. You can join the jeep package at Rp40.000 per person at the Probolinggo entrance office. On the next morning 4am, the jeep departs from hotel to catch the sunrise at Mount Batok (costs Rp40.000 per person for entering the compound). After the sunrise, go down to Mount bromo. You can hire a horse (Rp50.000) to bring you up and then You walk thru the last stair-case to reach the top of Mount Bromo.

  • Unfortunately, some overly-enthusiastic crowd members can be rather annoying with their loud laughters and blinding flashes. Therefore, it would be pleasant, if everyone try to maintain a certain level of decency so that the “sun-rise watch” experience becomes more enjoyable.

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