Bromo Hindu Temple

Bromo Hindu Temple

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Tenggerese — the native people of Bromo

Historical disunity of Muslim and Hindu Javanese people led to most Hindus moving to Bali, but some others settled on a plateau near Mount Bromo. Rara Anteng, the daughter of King Brawijaya of Majapahit, together with her husband, Joko Seger, descendant of Brahmana, led those who stayed in Java. The name Tengger came from the abbreviation and combination of Rara Anteng and Joko Seger.

The Tenggerese now inhabit the villages around Bromo — Ngadisari, Wonokitri, Ngadas, Argosari, Ranu Prani, Ledok Ombo and Wonokerso.

The Tenggerese have a big annual festival known as the Yadnya Kasada or Kasodo ceremony. The event lasts for about one month, starting from the 14th of the 12th month of the Javanese calendar, or December into January. 

In this ceremony, the Tenggerese sacrifice rice, vegetables, fruits, flowers and livestock by throwing them into the Bromo crater to ask for blessings from Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and the Trimurti gods (Siwa,Brahma and Visnu). This ritual originated from Rara Anteng’s and Joko Seger’s sacrifice of animals and plants in order to replace their 25th child — who was supposed to be thrown into the crater.

Climbing the Bromo

Climbing the Bromo

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The next destination is the valley inside the volcanic ring. The jeep rides some fairly weather-beaten tracks from Mount Penanjakan to the lush savanna that resembles a scene from “The Sound of Music” in Austria. 

Once arriving, jump off the jeep, tell the driver to kill the engine, and close your eyes. Feel and listen to the wind breeze. Then open your eyes. It’s a whole different world compared to the flat black ash desert that could be seen from the top of Mount Penanjakan. 

Further along the winds blow the ash desert to lightly break the silence. The area is known as “The Whispering Sand” (Pasir Berbisik). The volcanic ash and sturdy rocks scattered on the caldera make it feel like you’ve arrived on the moon. 

Then set off from the lunar landscape via the most popular activity: horse riding around the crater.

Get on your spurs and explore at a more leisurely pace on a local steed.

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In the middle of the caldera, there are locals renting horses for around IDR 100,000 for an hour’s ride. These horses are available to be ridden freely, though the owners will tag along and if given your camera, will have a field day filling it with shots from all angles. 

Majestically standing in front of Mount Bromo is Pura Luhur Poten, a temple used by the native Tenggerese people for the annual Yadnya Kasada sacrificial ceremony. 

After trotting around, there are 253 steps to be climbed up to the sulfuric crater. However, hiking is prohibited if the volcanic activity is considered too dangerous for tourists to come close, as happened in early November 2010.

The complex was formed by repeated eruptions each of which created new volcanoes and calderas. It began with the eruption of Mount Nongkojajar, which reached the height of 3,000m, then continued with the formation of Mount Ngadisari, Old Tengger Mountain, Mount Keciri and finally the current peaks of Mount Cemoro Lawang, Lautan Pasir (Sea of Sand), and Mount Bromo itself. Mount Bromo is now the only active peak.

Villages around Bromo

Villages around Bromo

Cemoro Lawang

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Tosari

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Ngadisari

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Penanjakan

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In the vicinity of Bromo Cottages Hotel, there are some Hindhu Villages that are definity worth visiting. By bus you will go to Ngadiwono. Here you have the chance to walk through this typical Tengger Villages. Furthermore, you will get an insight into Tenggerese Hindhu belief and how the Tengger people live and work in their daily life.

Driving along this road, you can also see people’re working in the fields and you will experience the beautiful views of the mountain.

Bromo Views

Bromo Views

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What to see

The main sight is of course Mount Bromo. It is always bubbling, and its edges are tinged with sulphur. From Cemoro Lawang, take the path on the left fork. It leads to the Hindu temple at the foot of the mountain. From there, a steep 250-step path leads to the crater from which you can view the volcano.

Be forewarned that Mount Bromo is an active volcano. As recently as 2004, two tourists were killed when the volcano spit out molten lava, reaching as far as the Hindu temple. If the mountain appears to be acting up, stay away from it for your own safety.

Vendor selling dried flowers, mostly Javanese edelweiss, at Mount Bromo
Author: C Amalia (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Mount Batok (2440m) is a dormant volcano at the northern centre of the huge caldera. It is now growing with vegetation, mostly cemara trees that can thrive in the volcanic ash.

To the north of the caldera is Mount Penanjakan (2770m). As it has a paved road, it can be reached by jeeps and even tour buses. It is crowded with tourists at around 5:00am. If you are here at a later time, you probably get the place all to yourself.

Bromo Legend

Bromo Legend

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Legend of Mount Bromo

There is legend related to Mount Bromo and the region of Tengger. According to this legend, there was a 15th century princess named Roro Anteng from Majapahit who started a principality with her husband Joko Seger. They named the principality Tengger, an amalgam of the last syllable of both their names.

Being childless for many years, the royal couple made a trip up Mount Bromo to seek the help of the mountain gods in granting them a child. The gods agreed to their request, telling them that they would have 25 children, but demanded that they sacrifice their final child. Together, the couple had 24 children.

When the last and final child was born, Roro Anteng refused to sacrifice it. The mountain gods sent fire and brimstone until she finally relented. After the child was thrown into the crater of the volcano, his voice was heard asking that an annual ceremony be performed to appease the gods. The ceremony was still being performed to this day. It takes place on the 14th day of the full moon Kesodo, according to the Tenggerese calendar. Rice, fruits, vegetables, flowers and livestock are offered to the mountain gods.

Mount Batok

Mount Batok

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Two Ladies and Mount Batok

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Overshadowed by Mt Bromo (2,392m) that constantly oozing hot sulphuric gases, and by Mt Semeru (3,676m) in the far horizon which coughs out hot ashes every 1/2 hour on average, Mt Batok is often regarded as a side attraction that completes the spectacular set of volcanoes in the ancient Tengger Caldera (Bromo, Batok and Kursi).

Nonetheless, to me, the mountain is extremely unique. Just like Mt Bromo or Mt Kursi, this perfectly shaped mountain rises from the Sea of Sands. Hence, despite being measured close to 8,000-ft above sea level, it doesn’t look that tall. In fact, from the base, its peak can seem to be conquered in a heartbeat.

Mt Batok, just like most volcanoes, is of brown volcanic cone. But the similarity ends here. In recent times, the mountain has witnessed some growth of vegetation that gives it a breathtaking hues of meadow green and yellow. I could not ascertain when was the last time the volcano erupted, but it has to be many years or centuries ago. Its slopes are very unique if you inspect closely – alternating ravines and crevices patched by dark and light green, and muddy brown features.

Bromo Lakes

Bromo Lakes

Ranu Kumbolo

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Ranu Segaran

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Another beautiful tourism object in Probolinggo is Segaran Lake. This natural lake gives its beautiful impressions for the visitors. The clean and fresh lake with beautiful panorama are ideal for canoeing, fishing, etc. This lake is become one of Probolingo main tourism. There are many visitor who had been visit this lake to enjoy its nature scenery with their family or friends.

Segaran Lake is worth visited and give nice impression to the visitors.

About 100 meters of Ranu Segaran location, there is a natural hot spring, which surrounded by natural scenery and fresh air. Visit also this hot spring that near to Ranu Segaran tourism and enjoy its natural hot spring with natural environment.

Ranu Regulo

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Segaran Lake – Probolinggo – East Java

Another beautiful tourism object in Probolinggo is Segaran Lake. This natural lake gives its beautiful impressions for the visitors. The clean and fresh lake with beautiful panorama are ideal for canoeing, fishing, etc. This lake is become one of Probolingo main tourism. There are many visitor who had been visit this lake to enjoy its nature scenery with their family or friends.

Segaran Lake is worth visited and give nice impression to the visitors.

About 100 meters of Ranu Segaran location, there is a natural hot spring, which surrounded by natural scenery and fresh air. Visit also this hot spring that near to Ranu Segaran tourism and enjoy its natural hot spring with natural environment.

Bromo Accomodation

Bromo Accomodation

Yoschi’s Hotel

http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/indonesia/2012/04/06/gunung-bromo-accommodation/

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Yoschi’s Hotel (from 103,500 rupiah) is the best value for money option in town. It’s a good four kilometres away from the Tengger Caldera, meaning you really need to rely on jeep services to get to and from Bromo, but because this is what people usually do anyway, it’s not a big problem. A variety of rooms are on offer, including those with no bathroom and those with cold water bathroom, but all have access to communal hot water bathrooms which is a good thing because the cold water is icy. Rooms are strangely very cosy with warm lamps, thick blankets on the beds and solid wood floors.

JAVA BANANA BROMO

LODGE, CAFE & GALLERY
Jl. Raya Bromo , Wonotoro, Sukapura, Probolinggo

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Bromo Cottages

http://www.bromocottages.com/

The group lodge accomodate in large capacity for 9 adults in 6 bunk beds with natural latex. Equipped with fireplace, cable television and hot shower to make your stay more enjoyable. Furnished with dining table, pantry, cooking utensils with gas stove.

Our individual lodge equipped with cable television and LCD monitor, hot shower and toilet with hygienic eco-jet washer system. Every room furnished with natural latex bed. Other additional fixtures depend on type of room.

THE FACILITIES

We can arrange for small meetings, family gathering, arisan, birthday party. Equipped with unplug music, playground and barbeque party outdoor

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Our Hotel Facilities

  • Facsimile
  • Room Service
  • Money Changer
  • Car Rental
  • Mailing
  • Sightseeing
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Hotel Doctor on Call
  • Drug Store
  • Traditional Massage
  • Internal telephone and IDD from Front Disk
  • Restaurant serving Chinese, Indonesia and Europe cuisine
  • Bar
  • Drugstore, Mail Service, Facsimile and Taxi Service
  • Hotel Doctor on call
Hotel Rate
Type Of Room
Price (Rp.)
Include
Superior
900.000,00
2 pax
Breakfast
Bougenville Cottages
1.900.000,00
4 pax
Breakfast
Alamanda Cottages
1.300.000,00
3 pax
Breakfast

Suite
1.800.000,00
2 pax
Breakfast
Executive Cottages
3.500.000,00
4 pax
Breakfast
Extra Bed
350.000,00
1 pax
Breakfast
Bromo Lava Lodge

http://www.marimari.com/hotel/indonesia/bromo/lavaViewLodge/index.html

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Lava View Lodge, Probolinggo offers you a tranquil escape from the morbid city life to spend a few days enjoying yourself in the fresh air. This splendid hotel is the closest accommodation option to Mount Bromo and offers you a grand view of the volcanic crater. From the Lava View Lodge, Probolinggo you can enjoy many activities including watching a spectacular sunrise from a viewers’ point 5 kilometers away.

Various categories of rooms here include the unique family room, bungalow, standard superior rooms and standard junior rooms. The standard junior double rooms and standard junior twin rooms are ideal for budget travelers who are satisfied with a comfortable accommodation along with the basic amenities.

One of a raft of more upmarket places in town, Cafe Lava Hostel (from 144,000 rupiah) is probably the only one worth the amount charged. The cheapest rooms are tiny and share bathrooms while the most expensive rooms have private bathrooms and TVs. The entire property is clean, its location is right in the centre of Cemoro Lawang next to the crater and there is an attached restaurant.

Budi’s Homestay

http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/indonesia/2012/04/06/gunung-bromo-accommodation/

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Right at the other extreme is Budi Homestay (80,000 rupiah), a real backpacker haunt and a good place for those on a tight budget — though it’s the sort of place where you’ll say, “Ah, it’s only a night!” when checking in. Only a night can turn into a nightmare for those used to Western comforts; a shared toilet welcomes guests as does a hot shower of questionable cleanliness. Still, you at least get a bed. But that’s about it at Budi Homestay.

Hotel Cemara Indah

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Welcome to hotel cemara indah. We’re the only one hotel that nearest Mount Bromo. With full direct view of Mount Bromo secenary, that we offer to you.

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East Java, Bromo Maps

How to reach the Park:
Pasuruan-Warung Dowo-Tosari-Wonokitri-Mt. Bromo by car (71 km),
or Malang-Tumpang-Gubuk Klakah-Jemplang-Mt. Bromo by car (53 km),
and Jemplang-Ranu Pani-Ranu Kumbolo,
or Malang-Purwodadi-Nongkojajar-Tosari-Wonokitri-Penanjakan by car (83 km).
From Malang to Ranu Pani by car for about 70 minutes
and proceed on foot to Puncak Semeru (the peak of Mt. Semeru) – this takes about 13 hours.

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The route from Malang starts on the side of the road, looking for an angkot to take you to the Arjosari bus terminal. Luckily for you angkots travelling to Arjosari pass most main roads in town frequently from early in the morning to late at night. Look for any angkot with the letter A on the windscreen — such as an ADL or GA — and it will get you to the terminal for 2,500 rupiah. Farming the incredibly steep slopes around Gunung Bromo Farming the incredibly steep slopes around Gunung Bromo. Once at Arjosari, catch an angkot to Tumpang, 24 kilometres away for 5,000 rupiah. In Tumpang, things get interesting. There are two ways of getting to the Tengger Caldera, Gunung Bromo and accommodation in Cemoro Lawang. The first and easiest way is to charter a motorbike taxi (ojek) to carry you and your luggage for 80,000 rupiah up the steep ridge, which affords some absolutely magnificent views. It gets cold along the way and long pants and a jacket are a good idea. The second way of getting to the top is by jumping in a shared jeep, which departs from the Tumpang market, for 60,000 rupiah. The problem with this method is that the jeeps only leave when there are enough passengers, meaning that a long wait could be in order. Worse, they simply won’t depart at all if enough people don’t show up, so it’s advisable to arrive early and with a backup plan to use an ojek if the jeep option doesn’t materialise. An incredible savanna around the back of Gunung Bromo Dreamy savanna around the back of Gunung Bromo. The good thing about heading to Bromo from this direction is that you get to pass through the savanna at the back of the caldera which is an incredible contrast to the Sea of Sand around the front — something the vast majority of visitors to the area simply do not see. It is so impressive that we reckon it’s a must-see if already in the area. The other good thing about this route is that it’s easy to make a slight six-kilometre detour to the town of Ranu Pane where hikes to Java’s tallest volcano commence from. Of course, you can do this entire journey in reverse for the same price. It’s a great way to do something a little bit different when visiting Gunung Bromo.