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Yogyakarta: An Experience
Start from the city

Yogyakarta, the fascinating city with its surrounding jungles, rice fi elds and mountains, lies in the heart of Indonesia’s most important ancient empires. Start with the city itself.

Visit the impressive Sultan’s Palace (the Kraton) under the watchful, but friendly eyes, of a hundred palace guards in their traditional and distinctive uniforms. Tour its bustling markets and avenues and purchase arts and crafts created by Java’s fi nest craftsmen and painters.

To learn Yogyakarta is to experience it. Head for the countryside and marvel at some of ancient Asia’s grandest wonder - the great 8th to 10th century Hindu and Buddhist temples of Prambanan, Borobudur and their subsidiary candis (temple) and shrines that dot the Javanese countryside.

• Prambanan Temple

Getting around
Offi cially one of Indonesia’s 32 p
mewa Yogyakarta, DIY) is located in the center of the island of Java,

bordered on the south by the Indian Ocean, and to the north by a chain of volcanoes of which meeting Merapi, some 27 kms away, can be seen as a dramatic background to the city skyline.

Geographically located almost equidistant from Indonesia’s two most important international gateways, about 600 kms from Jakarta and 1000 kms from Bali, Yogyakarta has

excellent transport connections by bus, train or plane to the rest of Java, Sumatera, Bali & Lombok.

The average daily temperature range between 26 degree and 28 degree Celsius with its minimum 18 degree C and maximum 35 degree C respectively. Average humidity is 74 percent with its minimum of 65 percent and maximum 84 percent respectively. Having a tropic climate the daily atmosphere feels a little bit hot and humid. These are only two seasons along the year, the wet or rainy seasons and dry monsoon. Usually the wet seasons begin at September and lasts about August. Generally there is no rainfalls from May to August and therefore the atmosphere feels hot and humid on the day and cool in the night and early morning.




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