Friday, August 14, 2009

Java Jamboree: It's YogYag!

Sometimes, in life, we seemed to go through the same experience twice. I remember the first time when I was in Agra to visit the Taj Mahal- my travelling companions and I reached the city in the evening. We hired a cab and chugged through a maze of unfamiliar dark narrow roads lined with dimly-lit houses and I had this strange feeling that came from traveling in an unfamiliar environment. In Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the scene and feelings seemed to repeat itself. The only difference was, in Agra, we had already booked our hotel and we had a place to focus on while in Yogyakarta, we had to hunt for a place to sleep. Traveling on your own without a proper guide could therefore scare the wits out of some people but in Yogyakarta, there shouldn't be much problem in getting a room to put up a night. Afterall, Yogyakarta is one famous tourist destination. Besides being one of the foremost cultural centers of Java where you get to see the Ramayana Ballet and wayang kulit, Yogyakarta is home to the famed Borobudur which is Indonesia's single most visited tourist attraction. Besides, there is the great Sultan's Palace, Parangtritis Beach, Prambanan Temples and Merapi Volcano to contend with. Cheap hotels are plentiful especially along Soros Vijaya Area...


A Poster advertising the Ramayana Ballet...

Yogyakarta...







Traveling Tip: Get used to the strange feeling!

4 comments:

Liudmila said...

So many attractions in one place!!! But the market on the photos is completely similar to such markets in Russia.

footiam said...

I wish I am there in Russia to have a look! The market here is the bird market. Hope to post more on it next time.

Liudmila said...

You saw it just -so you don't need to go soooo far. :0))) It will be interesting to read your post -and to see what is possible to buy there in that market!

footiam said...

And we can't go everywhere in one lifetime! Just be happy with the one that we are able to visit!

Have another serving of Travel Pangs!