Wednesday, October 5, 2011
To reach the location Pangrango Gede National Park can be reached via the route Jakarta-Sukabumi with about 3-4 hours. Gede National Park Pangrangro still in the area of Situ Gunung, Sukabumi. Gede National Park Pangrango defined by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve in 1977, and as Sister Park with State Parks.
And to know the existence of wildlife in Gede National Park Pangrangro camera trap method is used (camera traps). Where a camera trap has the advantage can record images of forest animals that activity on the surface soil but elusive directly.
Installation of camera traps should be planned in advance to determine the coordinates of the point where the distance between pairs of cameras on the ground about 1.8 km.
Gede National Park Trekking around Pangrangro done for the installation of the camera trap. For approximately five hours back and forth with the team from Peh of Forest Ecosystem Conservation and together representatives of CII, while trekking and talks about camera traps do not feel the time is running slow.
"The camera is usually mounted on the ordinary animal paths through, can be paired or single camera. Especially for the tigers used multiple cameras to track the signs of a special camouflage uniforms as identification, "said Athuk representatives of CII.
The camera is mounted with said Athuk tied around a tree. The distance from the face of the land around 40cm. Any type of camera used must be resistant to weather, the battery can work for 24 hours and lasting for a month. "The camera is also equipped with flash and can record thousands of images in which up to 2 GB of storage capacity," he said.
Athuk further explain the workings of the camera is based on motion sensors so that anything that moves in front of the camera will record whether it is animal or human. "Work is already helping our technology, which is important whatever type of animal portrayed should still be protected, should take the picture but do not arrest its animal," lid Athuk.
Already there are some animals that are captured by a camera trap, among others, leopard, tiger striped, wild pigs and so forth.
The mosque is open, allowing anyone to drop by. The front of the mosque looks empty without walls. The wind was blowing breeze contradict pilgrims who were just sitting or lying down. Semilirnya help dissipate the heat of Semarang. Meanwhile, the passing pilgrims who want to and after the Asr prayer pilgrimage continues to flow. Without stopping. Until after the next prayer time.
That's the Great Mosque of Semarang, located on the side of West Street and the Square Street Kauman, Semarang. Semarang residents call this eloquent tongue Kauman Mosque, where the predominantly Muslim community. Rose solidly in the middle of town. There is no source that could determine when the embryo starts Kauman mosque stood. It is estimated that the first built in the mid-sixteenth century BC during the Sultanate of Demak.
Adjacent to the plaza, the central government Kanjengan, and Pasar Johar became the mosque because it was never lonely. Mosque Building Kauman very typical. Open section in front of a symbol of "openness" of coastal communities. Where in his time Kauman mosque so close to anyone who comes with good cause. For example, by Arab traders, who till now his descendants still survive.
It is not difficult to know the position Kauman Mosque. From a distance before entering the square, has seen a soaring tower. Among other buildings are lower, the tower is visible prominently.
Entering the mosque area, visitors will pass through the gates of the concrete which dates to 1904. Dark green color contrasts with the impressive light green inside. Sympathetic but also religious. Behind the walls of this gate there are two slabs carved Javanese script, ho-no-co-ro-ko. From the letter ho-no-co-ro-ko, it is known Kauman Mosque was inaugurated Friday, 11 April 1885, at 20:30 pm. Ago had also been improved 23 April 1889.
Kauman mosque architecture is influenced also by the role Walisongo in Java. Seen from the roof of the mosque to the story (tajug) three. That is the philosophy of Faith, Islam, and Ikhsan. Shaped like Majapahit building, supported 36 pillars. Tajug bottom shaded places of worship, tajug both smaller, and the highest tajug pyramid-shaped. Limas are decorated with gems, while the door of a series of hibiscus leaves. All this is sustained tajug teak. A characteristic that refers to the tradition of Arab or Persian. Ornaments like this are almost similar to the Great Mosque of Demak.
Look around and take photos at the main mosque, the prayer hall, is only permissible for Muslim men. Here stands as a magnificent throne, pulpit chairs the sermon. Carved wooden pulpit this looks complicated. Beautiful arch-curve. Demonstrate flexibility, hand carved fine art maker. In the corner there are also old-fashioned pendulum clock that is still used. To reach the main prayer hall, the pilgrims pass through several doors on the right and left (for women). Rows of this door was made of teak wood carvings patterned boxes simple.
Not only the Arab immigrants who settled around the mosque Kauman. But also ethnic Chinese, Malays, and of course Java. Its long history is also bypassed Kauman Mosque. Starting from the period following the Sultanate of Demak, Mataram Sultanate, penjahan Netherlands, until Indonesia's independence. Not surprisingly, people loved this mosque. They always memakmurkannya every day to purify the tawhid, the Islamic teachings. But also open to socialize and grow with other Semarang residents, which incidentally is not all Muslims.
One that can not be forgotten too. Historical records Kauman Mosque is the only mosque that declared the independence of Indonesia's first openly. Shortly after the Soekarno-Hatta proclaimed independence from Jakarta, August 17, 1945. This is reportedly one of the pilgrims, dr. Agus while after Friday prayers. As a result he was being chased Japan to Jakarta. Now, as one of several icons of Semarang, the old buildings of historical value is determined to be of cultural heritage.
Semarang retracing the past, then do not miss Kauman Mosque. He remained standing. Just as in the past a row missed. Open greet anyone to take part of a principled society tepo seliro. One attitude that began to erode in the Earth Indonesia.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Nature tourism is no death, always offering new things that will not be found in every destinations. Like this one lake, Lake Sano Nggoang, East Nusa Tenggara.
Located in West Manggarai regency, volcanic lake has become the largest lake as NTT. It lies at the western tip of Flores island who want to make your vacation here can make their own travel packages with other tourist destinations, such as the Komodo National Park, Waterfall Cunca Rami, Cunca Wulang, and much more.
Access to the lake is still relatively difficult, the only access from the city of gray Bajo to the lake this is a landline. Departing from Labuan Bajo trip takes about 3-4 hours. Not far away, but the badly damaged road conditions make travel time becomes longer, now transport pathways to Lake Sano Nggoang under construction. The entrance for tourists who want to enjoy the beauty of the lake is the village of Wae Nggoang Sano Sano, exactly Nunang hamlet. Hamlet Nunang already have community-owned home stay right on the edge of the lake.
Friends road trip that severely damaged will make you bored if you really do not enjoy the ride. The main drugs are able to drive kebosananan journey is the landscape that is still very natural and beautiful with a typical residential-housing community Manggarai. Along the way we will meet with hazelnut forest, bamboo, and villagers are very friendly.
Until the T-junction towards Kampung Nunang, all tired and bored perjaanan be treated and disappear instantly. From the top of the hill fork in the road leading to the Nunang, you will be presented with the green expanse of the lake is very beautiful forest. Nunang pass road leading to the lake edge, if this definitely can not wait to fast until the Nunang. On the outskirts of the lake you will be very easy to look to the lake, see the hordes of ducks forest each day bathing in the lake. Forests are very natural way to add comfort, no noise or brokers that will interfere with your travel in this tourist destination.
Until the Nunang, every tourist will be greeted with hospitality community, traditional ceremonies "kapu" typical Manggarai used for welcoming guests. Culture, society Nunang very thick, each visitor will be received in the villages has been completed Nunang if accepted by the rituals kapu. Nunang itself is the capital village of Wae Sano, already exists in this village tourism information, travel maps, and trained guide. Nunang atmosphere is very beautiful, right on the edge of the lake and behind the village immediately adjacent to forest areas Mbeliling.
Here are some of the tourist activities that can be done on Lake Sano Nggoang.
Everyone who comes to travel would be very happy to perpetuate the tourist activity, in this lake a lot of interesting places to spot who like the photos. Very beautiful sunset also can be found every afternoon when the weather is sunny.
2. Around the lake
As in other lakes, we could tour the Lake Sano Nggoang with several alternatives: the first could walk for those who like adventure or that both could use a horse that is in the homes tour guide.
Beauty and the beauty of Lake Sano Nggoang be more enjoyable to perform tracking towards the hilltops that surround the lake. Short track that used to be the tourist destination is domestic or foreign god Golo Peak or Peak used to call people Nunang Savana. From there you will see Lake Sano Ngooang with the hamlets in the beautiful surroundings. The trip will also be enjoyed through the forest because mbeliling. Other tracks are more challenging is the culmination dedeng poco, en route to this peak through steep hills and dense forest. From the top to enjoy the beauty of the district of Manggarai, Manggarai west, even the city of Labuan Bajo can be seen if the weather is sunny.
4. Bird Observations
There are so many bird species you can find when visiting this area. Flores endemic birds found in the forests all these Mbeliling. Every morning we would be spoiled by the chirping of birds and very easy to observe their activities even for those who like photography to be very into paradise.
5. Culture and Religion
There is an old village complex in the hills Golo Mblecek (in the east Nunang) which is the ancestral village Nunang community. According to the story of the people, their ancestors were part of the kingdom of Minangkabau and Bima. In addition, there is a church on the banks of the lake which was the center of the first Catholic religion in the village of Wae Sano and surrounding areas.
6. Warm Water Baths
There is a source of warm water that is still natural and not well managed, very fitting for you who want a natural atmosphere and away from the crowd disturbances. It's not enough if only one day on Lake Sano Nggoang, certainly an interesting journey if we had reached at this location and menikmasti all tourist wealth. For lovers of coffee drinks, you'll be very satisfied as long as the village Nunang, Flores coffee with traditional processed there will be on the table every time you sit down.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
The tradition of stone jumping in Nias was already very well known outside the country. Even this tradition has become a very popular icon Nias. The tradition of jumping the stone is also an attraction for tourists to travel to Nias. Many of the tourists are curious about the tradition that the players must go beyond the stone structure about 2 meters tall.
Tradition is also known as fahombo stone is a tradition that is carried by a young Nias to show that he was deemed worthy of adult and mature physically. While doing fahombo rock these young men have to wear the local costumes.
Before doing this the youth should follow a special ritual. Stone structure that will be passed fairly high for the layman. The shape of this stone structure like a pyramid and a flat upper surface, about 2 meters high with a width of 90 centimeters, and length which reaches 60 centimeters. Not only just exceeded the stone structure but also must have a good technique to avoid injury.
The youths who are ready to run custom clothes, then stepping stone small crutch to get past the first building of this height. According to the story, the tradition was originally merely as a tool to test the mental and physical man Nias. In addition, every man who fought mandatory before graduating in this stone jumping ritual. And, most importantly for the youth Nias if they can not do this tradition so they can not woo a girl. This is because, for those who do not successfully jump over the stone is considered not appropriate to get married.
One more thing to note, not all areas have the tradition of stone jumping in Nias. The tradition of jumping the stone only in certain villages. For tourists who want to see this tradition can be visited directly Bawomataluo Village, South Nias regency, North Sumatra.
To get to Nias tourists can choose two paths impassable, the sea lanes and air routes. If you want to journey through the sea route can be started from the Port of Sibolga. This trip was taken using a fast boat in watu take about 4 hours. However, if you want to travel more quickly get through the airway. The journey can start from Medan Polonia Airport and is just about 1 hour to arrive in Nias.
Mountain (Hili) Lolomatua mountain is famous for its unspoiled charm and not much visited by tourists. In addition to its unique culture, the attraction is Mount Lolomatua other Nias island scenery as a whole, as well as the forest is still beautiful, and crystal clear rivers. Lolomatua is a mountainous region that is unique and has a beautiful panoramic scenery from the top overall Nias peaks towering Lolomatua.
The journey to get past Lolomatua road. This trip could take about 2-3 hours of Gunung Sitoli and the Gulf, the capital of South Nias. If travel is highly recommended at night wearing a jacket or blanket because the region is famous for cold.
Attractions that can be enjoyed if you are in Mount Lolomatua is is Sifadou Waterfalls (waterfall clashing), Oyo River, and views of the entire island of Nias in the top Lolomatua. It only takes one route if we want to enjoy all these attractions.