Indonesia

Top Things to do in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

If Jakarta is the capital city; Bali a spiritual town then Yogyakarta is the soul of Indonesia. Unlike Bali or Jakarta, the life in Yogyakarta is a bit laidback. No hurried moments here. The people are warm & friendly and the food has stories. A cultural and historical experience awaits you as we give our top amazing things to do in Yogyakarta.

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What to do in Yogyakarta or Jogja

Yogyakarta, pronounced locally as ‘Jogjakarta’, or ‘Jog-ja’ in short, is the hub of fine Javanese arts and culture. The culture is as rich as they were centuries ago. Yogyakarta is also well known for its traditional methods of producing hand-made Batik crafts, puppets, masks, silver jewelry and of course coffee!

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Mumbai-Bali Direct Flight with Garuda Airlines

The time had arrived. I was flying the Garuda Airlines. I had flown it before but on a different sector as a part of my full route. This was the first time I was flying a direct flight from Mumbai to Bali, my destination!
Yes, you heard right. A DIRECT flight to Bali. To say I was excited, would be an understatement. Because well, who doesn’t want a non-stop flight to one’s destination?

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Adventures in Merapi

With a name that means ‘mountain of fire,’ it is a no brainer that Mt Merapi is Indonesia’s most active volcano. It has erupted several times, telling us Merapi has quite a few legends to speak about its spirit and past eruptions. At one point it was so serious that it was well observed and followed by many volcanologists.

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Its difficult peaks and

A peek into Minangkabau culture

Where the men rule but women call the shots!
There can’t be a more contradictory sentence than the one above but it strikes true everytime in West Sumatra.

It was late afternoon but still bright when I stepped out of Padang Airport in West Sumatra (Sumatra Barat). A designated guide received me and we started walking toward the parking lot. By force of habit I always look back to see how things looked like. I did so this time too and I stopped!

Padang, Minangkabau culture

Padang Airport based on Minangkabau architecture

In front was the beautiful

VW Safari tour from Bali to Ubud

VolksWagen.
Safari.
Bali.

These words didn’t make any sense to me. Separately they did, but not together in one sentence. I was waiting in the lobby of Mercure hotel at Kuta Beach for my day’s expedition. I was told, we were to go on a VW Safari tour in Bali! Safari in a city overloaded with temples, dances and art & culture? How does that sound? To be honest, I couldn’t really digest it.

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After sometime I was