Borobudur by Motorcoach

  • Port

    Semarang, Java, Indonesia

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD

    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 9 Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Travel by coach to the inspiring temple of Borobudur—one the most incredible sights in South East Asia. The 56-mile journey from Semarang to Borobudur begins among the scenic panorama of the Candi residential district and continues through the highlands of the interior, framed by numerous volcanoes and dominated by the inspiring Gunung Merapi.

Halfway through the trip, you’ll stop at the Eva Café House for refreshments.

The inspiring Borobudur is unique among Buddhist temples, and its creation, without the use of modern engineering and technology, remains a mystery even today. It was built by the Buddhist kings of the Sailendra Dynasty, possibly to enhance the image of Buddhism when Hinduism was growing in strength across the Indonesian archipelago. For more than 1,000 years, it lay hidden under dense jungle vegetation. According to historical accounts, it would appear that Borobudur may have been deserted soon after its creation, when the Sailenra Dynasty was overthrown by the Hindu Majapahit Empire in AD 850. Borobudur, the largest single monument in the Southern Hemisphere, was covered by jungle until its rediscovery in 1814 by Sir Stamford Raffles. Over the next century, Borobudur was cleared and the process of restoring the two million pieces of andesite stone began.

Upon arrival at the temple today, take advantage of your experienced guide’s knowledge or wander through the monument at your own pace. Borobudur has arguably the finest examples of Buddhist reliefs in the world, with each of the ten terraces symbolizing the path to Nirvana. At the top is the Great Stupa, which towers above the other 72 stupas and statues. The view from the top is beautiful and will remain with you as one of the highlights of your visit to Southeast Asia.

Afterwards, enjoy a tasty Javanese buffet lunch, served close to the temple. The tour will include a brief stop on the return journey at a traditional Javanese handicrafts center, where local people produce various handicrafts such as silver jewelry, wood crafts and Wayang shadow puppets. 

Enjoy a brief demonstration of a Wayang shadow puppet show, accompanied by Mahabharata, an Indian epic, before returning to the port.

Notes:

Wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing. Bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.