4 Days in East Java Part 3 : Bromo and Savannah

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On my last day of traveling to East Java, I dared my self pursuing my curiosity of Bromo Mountain. Many friends, local and foreigners have all recommended me to see the magnificent view. And so it went.

With the help of my tour guide, Backpacker Borneo, who are very professional and cherish, I finally stepped my shoes in more than 2000 meters high ground.

On Saturday night, at about 11, they picked me up with a hard-top four-wheel drive. Took around 3 hours to reach our first destination, Penanjakan 3 Bromo. There are many spots to watch sunrise: Penanjakan 1 is the most popular, yet very very crowded; Penanjakan 2 pretty much the same, lower height; third one is most recommended based on my tour guide’s experience. Though, you can always ask your tour guide where to go. It’s all up to you.

When we arrived, around 3.30, it was still dark. Nothing to see and feel but cold. Seriously, I wore 2 t-shirts, 1 shirt, a jacket, hat, gloves and shoes, but no use. LOL. It’s freezing. Getting out of the car was the last thing I’d do but the excitement was hard to fight. To reach the spot, we hiked for about 15 minutes (20 minutes for me, geez, it’s not that easy).

Lucky for me, the spot was still empty. So, I chose to secure my place near the fence. I enjoyed my hot tea (Rp 10.000,-) from a lady who sold beverages and instant noodle while trying to catch my breathe.

Not for long, the place’s getting filled. I heard some Frenchmen and a lady guide spoke excitedly. The lady guide also told me that Penanjakan 3 was her favorite to take her clients.

It was almost sunrise when my tour guide asked me to join him to his secret viewing spot which for sure more quite and had the best scenery. I thought he was joking, what about my secured-spot?! Then I realized he was right.

There are only 3 other people, and they are all photographers. Professional ones. Cool! I saw how they work. The pictures they took was amazing. Or maybe it’s because of the camera. Hahaa..

For me though, my LG G2 was more than enough. And when the first orange light crossing dark sky, I was mesmerized. My God. Nothing to compare of what I saw. The striking light and the mountain vs sparkling stars above was beyond awesome.

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First light stroke

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the Sun light touched Bromo, Batok and Semeru

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Couldn’t help myself getting pictured

After the Sun fully showed up, we continued to the famous Pasir Berbisik (Whispering Sands) where I rode a Sumba horse (Rp 100,000,-) and visited Hindu temple, Pura Luhur Poten.

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All hard-tops

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Amazing clear sky. Best weather.

bromo

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Horses

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Pura Luhur Poten

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Whispering Sands

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The last was like in totally different country, Padang Savana (The Savannah). On our way back to Malang, we took other road which forbidden for private cars to pass through. Tourism purposed only is allowed. This place is beyond! And for a plus, you built a camp in here.

Thank you le boyf for taking wonderful pictures.

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Sweet! The off-road and four-wheel drive.

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Veggies field on our way back

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Passed through Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru

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Best picture of Mount Semeru

I will never forget you, East Java. Ever.

Love, Writer.

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