Dieng Plateau Lake Reserves

Java

Dieng Plateau Lake Reserves

 

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General
The Dieng Plateau is a plateau at an altitude of 2000 meter in Central Java. The area is famous for its old hindu-temples. Besides the temples, Dieng Plateau has a very unique natural beauty. The wet, misty and cold mountainous area with its strange-colored crater lakes, smoking fumaroles, geysers and caves will remind you of Tolkien’s Lord of the rings.
Three of the existing crater lakes: Telaga Warna, Telaga Pengilon and Telaga Dringo are nature reserves.
Access
The Dieng Plateau is reachable from Bandung and Yogyakarta. From Bandung take a train to Kroya and from there a minibus to Wonosobo.
From Yogyakarta a minibus goes to Magelang. From Magelang get a minibus to Wonosobo. From Wonosobo you can reach Dieng by minibus. Once on the plateau stay on the paths. When you don’t, you may disappear into the boiling ground. Be careful!
Accommodation
* Dieng
o Losmen Bu Juno
o Losmen Gunung Mas
o Losmen Asri
* Wonosobo
o Many possibilities, although Dieng is more scenic.
Trekking
On the Dieng Plateau you can make several day trips. Stay on the paths. Maps of the area are available in Dieng or Wonosobo

Flora
Plants and flowers of more temperate climates grow on the Dieng Plateau.
Birds
* Pacific Blue Duck – Anas superciliosa

Dieng Plateau, is a marshy plateau that forms the floor of a caldera complex on the Dieng active volcano complex, and is located near Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia.

It is the site for eight small Hindu temples from the 7th and 8th centuries, the oldest Hindu temples in Central Java, and the first known standing stone structures in Java. They are originally thought to have numbered 400 but only 8 remain. The Dieng structures were small and relatively plain, but stone architecture developed substantially in only a matter of decades resulting in masterpieces such as the Prambanan complex and Borobudur. The earliest architectural usage of the Javanese demonic masks and marine monsters are exhibited along the niches and doorways of the remaining structures The name “Dieng” comes from Di Hyang which means “Abode of the Gods”. Its misty location almost 2000 m above sea level, and its mists, 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, rather than acting as a convenience to man.

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