Things to do
The world’s most famous Buddhist monument, the Borobudur Temple has stood at the heart of Central Java for over a thousand years. Book a private tour to learn the history behind this UNESCO World Heritage site as you climb the tiers. And marvel at centuries-old carvings that tell the story of enlightenment as you climb the tiers. When you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the lush landscape.
Dance and drama is a big part of Central Java’s cultural heritage, and the villages around Borobudur keep these traditions alive. Seek out Javanese Ballet and watch spellbinding performers wearing batik and dancing to gamelan music. Or look out for wayang – storytelling through shadow puppetry – to see ancient tales and epic poems unfold.
Borobudur is set in an enchanting landscape, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. Spend a day exploring the Dieng Plateau, an ancient caldera that’s home to sacred Hindu sites. Or blend a country escape with a city break and travel to Yogyakarta. Here you can shop for batik or silverware at the markets, learn more about the region’s rich culture in the museums or take in a traditional gamelan concert.