The extraordinary allure of Bromo mountain is not only famous in the land of Indonesia, but also in several foreign countries.
Deserts, savanna, cascades, and volcanic cauldron are some of the sights in the province of East Java.
Mount Bromo is an active volcano lies on the boundary of Lumajang, Malang, Pasuruan and Probolinggo regencies. Its charm makes people want to visit it.
there are many hotels and resorts around mountainous regions ready and available to rest before starting the hike.
calm and cool hotel’s situation makes it a comfortable place to rest.
The origin of the name Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo, the original name comes from the name “Brahma”, one of the Hindu gods.
For residents around that mountain, Mount Bromo is credibly as a holy mountain.
Tengger people are the tribes who inhabit the mountain area
They hold a Yadnya Kasada ceremony once a year
It’s held on the place at a temple which is under the foot of the Mountain and then continues to the top of Bromo
Time to start exploring mount Bromo
At around 02.00 Am, we start to leave the inn by driving a car from the hotel.
Here the trip uses a Jeep Hardtop, or if you travel alone you can also use a motorbike.
Hardtop car rental costs around IDR 400,000, if you travel alone you can join other groups to make it cheaper
Because it was still dark, the panorama on the way was not clearly visible even the road was winding.
Around 3 am we stop in the post before starting the journey to the top of Mount Bromo to see the sunrise
Be ready for Sunrise
Around 3.45 am we were in a place like a small hall to prepare to see the sunrise on Mount Bromo from a height.
Even though it was still dark, I could see the silhouette of the mountain with the expanse of clouds accompanied by the stars.
Just a suggestion, if you want to wait for the sun to come up here, it’s better to wear a thick jacket, head gear, gloves, long pants, and shoes, because the air is really cold.
Tourist spots around mount Bromo
Besides seeing the sunrise, Mount Bromo has several other tourist spots that you can enjoy after seeing the beauty of the sunrise.
The following are destinations that you can visit around Mount Bromo:
1. Bromo Mountain-Pasir Berbisik ( Whispering Sand )
Whispering sand is a very wide expanse of sand.
here you can ride a horse to go around the entire area or you can also drive a Jeep.
The cost to ride a horse at that time was around IDR 75,000 but maybe now it’s more expensive.
This Whispering Sand was once used as a shooting location for the film with the same title, namely Whispering Sand, and won an award.
2. Bromo Mountain-Savana Bromo
Here, you will enjoy the beauty of the enchanting green meadows that stretch out while feeling the calm, cool and comfortable atmosphere.
To get to the Brom savanna, you will walk through the Sea of Sand which reveals contrasting views.
The existence of the Sea of Sand is what actually becomes an additional attraction for the Bromo Savanna.
Apart from being a place for sightseeing, this location is also often used by photographers as a point of taking photos for various purposes.
So don’t be surprised if you find many photographers and their models posing beautifully in this place.
And of course, you can make many beautiful pictures in this place too
3. Bromo Mountain-Pura Luhur Poten
This temple is a place of worship for the Tenggerese who are Hindus.
This temple is in the middle of the sea of sand, to get there you have to walk along the sea of sand.
If you are in the Whispering Sand you should take a horse to reach this location to save energy.
From this temple, you can see the beauty around the mountain.
Pura Luhur Poten was built in 2000. This temple is a place of worship of Lord Brahma
4. Bromo Mountain-Bromo Crater
The specialty of Bromo Crater is that it is one of the main destinations for domestic and foreign tourists to spend their vacation period.
To go to Bromo crater you should ride a horse so you don’t get tired before climbing the stairs.
To reach Bromo Crater, you have to climb stairs for about 15 minutes. Although relatively safe, but still be careful
5. Bromo Mountain-Gunung Batok / Batok Mountain
Because it is located close to Mount Bromo, many people think that Mount Batok is Mount Bromo.
Even though these two mountains are different mountains. but they both have the same beauty.
Mount Batok does not have a crater and also no plants grow so this mountain is bare.
Unlike Mount Bromo, which provides stairs to climb the crater on Mount Batok, there are no stairs
6. Puncak Pananjakan
The peak of Penanjakan has always been a major part of the travel route for all tourists who come and visit Mount Bromo, especially to catch the sunrise from its peak.
Around the location of Puncak Penanjakan, there are various complete facilities such as a prayer room, bathroom, toilet.
There are also several food stalls and traders selling various kinds of souvenirs in the form of scarves, gloves and beanie hats.
There are 2 Pananjakan Peaks, namely Pananjakan peaks 1 and 2
7. Madakaripura waterfalls
In addition, to the tourist spots that I wrote about earlier, around Mount Bromo there is also a waterfall.
But it is located a bit far from the peak of Bromo yet still in one area.
The name of the waterfall is Madakaripura which is the highest waterfall in Java and is ranked the 2nd highest in Indonesia.
The height of this waterfall is about 200 meters and the flow of the waterfall is also very heavy and looks like beautiful water droplets.
According to legend of the people around, Madakaripura Waterfall are the hermitage of Gadjah Mada.
The Mahapatih ( prime minister ) of the Majapahit Kingdom who is said to be very powerful.
If you want to stop by this place, I suggest bringing a raincoat, or a special case to protect your smartphone or camera.
The good news is that all tourist attractions in the Mount Bromo area have been opened to the public, after being closed for some time due to the eruption of Mount Semeru.
So guys what are you waiting for? immediately pack your backpack and start your adventure in this exotic place