Before the end of the year of 2016, I decided to take some open trip with my friends to anywhere (really want to traveling so bad), and then the place goes to Dieng Plateau Wonosobo in October 2016.
Dieng Plateau is a marshy plateau that forms the floor of a caldera complex on the Dieng Volcainic Complex near Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia. Referred to as “Dieng” by Indonesians, it sits at 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level, far from major population centres. The name “Dieng” comes from Di Hyang which means “Abode of the Gods”.
The Plateau is the location of eight small Hindu temples from the Kalingga Kingdom. It is unclear when they were built, estimated to range from mid 7th century to end of 8th century AD; they are the oldest known standing stone structures in Java. They are originally thought to have numbered 400 but only eight remain. The temples are now believed to have been named after the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
Michell claims Dieng’s misty location almost 2,093 m above sea level, its poisonous effusions and sulphur-coloured lakes make it a particularly auspicious place for religious tribute. The temples are small shrines built as monuments to the god-ancestors and dedicated to Shiva. The Hindu shrines are miniature cosmic mountains based on plans in Indian religious texts, although Schoppert suggest the design motifs have little connection to India.
In 2011, in a review published by Romain, the temple is now believed to be related to Dravida and Pallava style temples of South India. The theory that poisonous effusions make it auspicious is now disputed as volcanic activity in this area from 7th to 9th century is yet to established, and records suggest the temple was abandoned after volcanic eruptions became common in central Java.
Dieng has a wet, subtropical highland climate (Cwb). In “winter” there is much less rainfall than in “summer”. The average annual temperature in Dieng is 14.0 °C. About 2652 mm of precipitation falls annually.
Like the Wikipedia said, the weather was very cold and of course wet. And it raining all day when I got there. It’s also very foggy. It’s really a challenging trip for someone who had a cold allergic like me. Anyway, this is our itinerary:
- Telaga warna –> the lake that can change it’s color based on the weather
- Dieng Plateu Theater –> we can watch a movie about the background from Dieng Plateu
- Sikidang Crater –> An active volcanic crater (we can smell the sulphur) and we can see the crater in close range (a little bit dangerous)
- Arjuna Temple –> one of the the temple that explained above from wiki
- Golden sunrise at Sikunir Hills –> we can see sunrise with a golden light in the top of the hills
- Cebong lake –> Lake in there
- Pandang Ratapan Angin Hills –> a hills where we can see two different color lake
Again… Indonesia was a wonderful place to trip. We can see many culture and we can feel a different weather from the town and get more experience. Even a short trip enough to see another world from Indonesia.