An early flight took us to Jogjakarta, a peaceful town in the backdrop of Mt.Merapi. We checked into Alam Jogja which was more of a resort than a host from AirBnb. Yosef was our driver for the next 2 days in Jogja.We spent the next two days visiting the Prambanan and Borobodur temples. Having been constructed in the early 8-10 th century AD and having been ravaged by time and natural disasters such as earth quakes and volcanic eruptions, the Indonesian government has since put in a significant amount of effort to bring these two monuments to the present state that they are in. Gigantic structures with allegiances to Hindu and Buddhist ways of life, these temples are in the list of world heritage sites. We wore sarongs to enter the temples and traditional Indonesian hats and ate juicy local fruits such as Salak(snake skin fruit), Rambutan. Even the Indonesian Banana was so much more juicier and the tender Coconuts were big enough for 3 people to share.
This old city is in the south of Java island and can be said to be the cultural capital of the island. It is a special province of Indonesia, which means that their Sultan rules directly in a larger democratic system. It is indeed a royal city with medieval palaces and temples all around. The city center is walk able and gives a laid back feel. The famous world heritage sites of Borubudur and Prambanan here. It used to be a Hindu and Buddhist hotspot.You can easily spend a few a days here and the city is quite affordable too. Many people take the sunrise tour for Borubudur and I advise to do that to avoid the crowds.