Places of Interest in Bogor, Java Island

A bit further away from Bandung about 4,5 hours drive is Bogor, also
called the city of rain. Previously known as "Buitenzorg" (Sans soucis
or Without worries), during the Dutch colonial era, Bogor actually lies
closer to Jakarta (50 km) than it does to Bandung (120 km).
Appropriately named by the Dutch as a town "without worries", they chose
Bogor to be the site for constructing the first palace of the Dutch
Governor General way back in 1745. Later restored in 1832, the palace
still stands solid and elegant today with its stretched out gardens
where deer roam freely on the green grass under majestically tall old
trees.


The inhabitants of Bogor work in agriculture, forestry,
industry, as civil are Christians, Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists. From
a historical point of view, the Bogor Regency still has a close
relationship with the history of the Pakuan Padjajaran Kingdom, which
was built between the 13th - 15th centuries. This is supported by some
historical objects in the form of inscriptions as old manuscript written
by some historians, which were found in the area.


Bogor, is famous with its botanical garden. This botanical
garden and in the garden is the palace "Buitenzorg" On a not so busy day
on the road a visit to Bogor and Taman Safari can be done on the same
day. The world-famous Bogor Botanical Garden borders the Palace Grounds,
covering an area of 87 hectares with thousands of species of plant life
from all over the world. There are over 15,000 species of trees and
plants, 400 varieties of palms alone. The orchid houses contain over
3000 orchid varieties. We don't have to be a horticulturalist to enjoy
the gardens, it is a masterpiece of design and a wonderful place to just
stroll and enjoy the company of family and friends. See the original
"Havea Brazilliensis" rubber tree, formerly imported from Brazil, and
world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, a foul smelling and stem less as
well as leafless plant. When visiting this Garden, arrange for a permit
to visit the neighboring Presidential Palace, which belonged to the
Dutch Governor General before Indonesia's independence. Doing this may
be a daylong visit by leaving Jakarta in the morning and spend the night
in Puncak mountainous region on the way to Bandung the next day. Here
again, the whole car trip will be memorable, as scenic tropical beauty
all around is really astonishing. We will also pass by another smaller
Presidential Palace at Cipanas, the setting of which is in a colorful
and flowery vast garden around this wooden but stylish palace
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