Within the bosom of the abandoned tropical landscape and the foreboding volcanoes of Central Java lies a true gem that embodies the heart of Eastern spirituality.
Since its rediscovery in the 1700s by the English colonialists, this ancient Buddhist monument from the 9th century still continues to inspire pilgrimage to its sacred yet accessible confines as well as to the way of life that surrounds it.
Our journey begins with the flavours and the day-to-day of the markets at Muntilan and the local Magelang villages. The magic of Borobodur begins at sunrise the following day, at its most auspicious hour. An expert-led tour will cover all aspects of this important Buddhist monument: from its indigenous design characteristics to its historical significance; but above all, much time will be spared for your own spirituality and self-discovery.
Pasar Muntilan & Pasar Borobudur
Explore both markets and meet the locals.
Walk through the rugged limestone hills that tower behind Amanjiwo and have a glass of fragrant tea with a local family.
Watch the sun rise over the stupas at this 9th Century Buddhist temple.
Temples in Prambanan Valley
Visit temples from the Central Classical Javanese period between the 8th and 10th Centuries surrounded by a backdrop of mountains including Merapi volcano.
Makan Malam' at Amanjiwo
Traditional Javanese dinner served family-style with steamed rice and a variety of dishes.
Enveloped by the rainforest of central Java, Amanjiwo is set within a natural amphitheatre where the Menoreh Hills rise up nearby and the farmlands of the Kedu Plain spread below steep volcanoes on the horizon. Crafted from local limestone, the sweeping circular monolith at the heart of Amanjiwo frames the views of Borobudur.
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Accommodation with breakfast
Mineral water and snacks
Private vehicle with driver