Experienced the most magical sunrise at Borobudur – Although I’ve been here several times, but I never experience witnessing sunrise from Borobudur.
Last month, husband and I decided to give a try. We stayed very near to Borobudur gate, so it very convenience to go there at dawn.
From our villa, we took car to Manohara Hotel. This hotel located inside Borobudur area and it’s the official gate to witness sunrise experience (Borobudur itself open for public at 6am).
We arrived at Manohara lobby on 4.30am. Still very dark outside, manohara staff gave us lightstick (one for each guests). Along the way, manohara staff supervise the guest so it’s nearly impossible for you to stray.
Up to the top of Borobudur temple, many guests are ready with their gears. We sat and wait for about 15-20 minutes before sunrise.
It was the most beautiful sunrise we’ve ever experienced! To see the sun slowly comes up in between the twin mountains (merapi & merbabu), giving the most gorgeous sillhouette stupas.
Witnessing sunrise may not always succeeded. It’s nature, so you may not get a clear sky and beautiful sunrise. But for me, that’s the beauty of nature. It’ll surpise you, and I was surprise that morning.
After you finish to look around & taking pictures, the guide from manohara will guide you back to the hotel so you could enjoy your Indonesian snack & tea/coffee. Tips: sit on the yard, you can enjoy your hot beverage with borobudur view in distance.
When we return the lightstick, we got batik shawl with borobudur image on it. Yey!
If you want to experiencing sunrise and enjoy the best time in Borobudur, I strongly recommend you to take this tour. Borobudur during daytime mostly too crowded with other visitors and sometimes it’s annoying when visitors disobey the rules.
You can take the tours from Jogjakarta or Magelang. If you stay in Jogjakarta, you’ll need more time (approx.1 hour) to get here.