It took us less than 20 minutes to get to the sand ocean of Mt. Bromo from Mt. Penanjakan. From here, we need to cross the sand ocean (Javanese called it as ‘Segara Wedi’ meanwhile Indonesian called it as ‘Lautan Pasir’) to get to Mt. Bromo and I definitely lost count on the total length or distance.
Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well-known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.
Source : Wikipedia
It’s a long way to go!
Lagi dan lagi. Bertabahla.
Checked out the number of visitors. Phew!
Finally, you will reached the open area. Take a deep breath since we still have to climb up another 250 steps just to reach the rim of crater of Mt. Bromo. We were there on Saturday and the place has been dominated by local. Hari Liburan kan? There’s actually a proper staircases but the steps seems to be fill up with soils and it’s quite dangerous. Oh ya, be patience. Some of the climbers might have lost their breath half way creating traffic jam all the way. There’s a few pit stop all the way to the top. The best part is when the people who are descending down will give full moral support in order for you to reach the top. Love the positive vibes and energy! Padahal tak kenal each other pun.
Finally, the crater
The visitors which created massive traffic up there. Please do be careful where at certain area, there’s no hand railing provided. Everything is all at your own risks. It can be dangerous if you slipped through. Nak amik gambar pun cuak juga sebenarnya since you’ve to stabilize your body around on non flat ground.
Me and the crater. Just ignore my messy hair there! Muka puas hati!
Making our way down. Awesome view! Masih ‘KANGEN’ dengan yang ini.
Resting point! Outdoor Starbucks. We didn’t stop either since breakfast buffet is waiting for us in the hotel. Nak melantak kejap lagik.
Oh ya, I didn’t mention about the Hindu Temple called Pura Luhur Poten in the middle of the Sand Ocean.
The temple holds a significant importance to the Tenggerese scatter across the mountainous villages such as Ngadisari, Wonokitri, Ngadas, Argosari, Ranu Prani, Ledok Ombo and Wonokerso. The temple organized annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony which lasts for about one month. On the 14th day, the Tenggerese will congregate at Pura Luhur Poten to ask for blessings from Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and God of Mahameru (Mount Semeru). Then the mass will proceed along the crater edges of Mt Bromo where offerings will be thrown into the crater.
The major difference between this temples with the Balinese ones is the type of stones and building materials. Pura Luhur Poten uses natural black stones from volcanoes nearby, while Balinese temples mostly made from red bricks. Inside this pura, there are several buildings and enclosures aligned in Mandala zone composition.
The exterior of the Hindu Temple. I didn’t get a chance to explore the place itself. Penat sangat. Oh ya, I’ve google about the Yadnya Kasada Festival and Ceremony. Amazing!
Me and Gunung Batok. Yes! Mission accomplished!
Our very trusted jeep.
Muka tak sabar nak breakfast and tido!
We will continue our journey on Part 4 – Cemoro Lawang Villlage (A village in the clouds) and Kabupaten Probolinggo.
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