Discovering the Majestic Beauty of Mount Bromo East Java

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 - 04:18
Discovering the Majestic Beauty of Mount Bromo East Java The panoramic view of Mount Bromo. (Photo: TIMES Indonesia)

TIMES JAZIRAH, JAKARTA – Indonesia, known for its breathtaking landscapes, is home to one of the most iconic and enchanting destinations—Mount Bromo. Situated in East Java, this active volcano is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and attracts adventurers and nature enthusiasts from around the world.

Mount Bromo, standing at an elevation of 2,329 meters (7,641 feet) above sea level, is a part of the Tengger Massif and is surrounded by a vast sea of volcanic sand. The volcano emerged from the remains of a massive ancient crater, with the current crater being termed as the "Sea of Sand" or "Lautan Pasir" in Indonesian.

This unique landscape, coupled with the smoking crater and stunning sunrise views, makes Mount Bromo a geological marvel.

Tengger Tribe

Apart from its geological wonders, Mount Bromo holds immense cultural significance for the Tenggerese people, an indigenous group living in the surrounding areas. The name "Tengger" itself is derived from the combination of two names, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger, a legendary couple believed to be the ancestors of the Tenggerese.

Annually, the Tenggerese conduct a Yadnya Kasada ceremony during the full moon in the month of Kasada (usually around July or August) to seek blessings from the gods by making offerings in the form of crops, livestock, and other items.

Mount Bromo and the Sunrise

For those seeking an adventure in the heart of Java, a visit to Mount Bromo is a must. The journey usually begins in the nearby town of Probolinggo, where travelers embark on a scenic drive to reach the viewpoint at Mount Penanjakan.

This vantage point, situated at an altitude of about 2,770 meters (9,088 feet), offers an unrivaled panoramic view of the sunrise over Mount Bromo and its surrounding landscape. The play of colors as the sun rises, casting hues of pink, orange, and gold over the volcanic terrain, is a sight that leaves a lasting impression.

The sunrise experience at Mount Bromo is nothing short of magical. As the first rays of sunlight pierce through the darkness, the silhouette of Mount Bromo, along with Mount Batok and Mount Semeru in the backdrop, creates a captivating spectacle.

The sea of sand below comes to life, and the entire scene feels like a painting unfolding before your eyes. Photographers and nature enthusiasts often find themselves captivated by the ethereal beauty of this moment.

Ascend to the Crater

The adventure doesn't end at the viewpoint. To get up close and personal with Mount Bromo, visitors descend to the Sea of Sand and then ascend the steep staircase leading to the crater rim.

From the top, wisps of smoke emanate from the active crater, adding an otherworldly atmosphere to the experience. The sheer scale of the volcanic crater and the surrounding landscape is awe-inspiring.

Tips for a Memorable Visit

  • Dress in Layers: The temperatures can be chilly in the early morning, so wearing layers allows you to adapt to the changing climate.
  • Comfortable Footwear: The journey involves some walking and climbing, so comfortable shoes are essential.
  • Arrive Early: To secure the best spot for sunrise viewing, arrive at the viewpoint early.
  • Respect Local Customs: If visiting during the Yadnya Kasada ceremony, be respectful of the Tenggerese traditions and ceremonies.

Mount Bromo stands as a testament to the natural wonders that Indonesia has to offer. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a cultural enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of our planet, a visit to Mount Bromo promises an unforgettable experience, leaving you with memories etched in the heart and mind.

Writer : Khodijah Siti
Editor : Khodijah Siti

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