Cianjur Tourism Travel Guide and Tourist Information.
Cianjur Regency is a city in west of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java. Cianjur Regency mostly consist of mountains area, hills and some is lowland and it have a strategic location, located about 120 km from Jakarta, and 60 km from Bandung.
Cianjur was know based on written history, since 1614, area of mount Gede and Pangrango was under Sultan Mataram authority in Central Java. On July 2, 1677, Raden Wiratanu son of RA Wangsa Goparana Dalem Sagara Herang carried out a duty to defend Cimapang Area. His effort was closely related to the pressure of VOC/Nederland, because they wanted make a relationship with Sultan Mataran Amangkurat I, Nevertheless, Amangkurat I patriotic attitude who refused to cooperate caused him to leave mataram palace on July 2, 1677. This brought Mataram lost the authority.
The total area of Cianjur Regency is 350.148 hectares with borders is : Sukabumi Regency in the west, the Regencies of West Bandung and Garut in the east, and the Regencies of Bogor and Purwakarta in the north. The southern ports of Cianjur Regency are faced with the indian ocean.
Cianjur region has a typically tropical climate with annual precipitation is between 1000 and 4000 mm and the rainy days numbered at 126,833 hh per year. Thanks to such a climate, the natural condition of Cianjur region has enable its inhabitants to benefit from the good soil and the diversity of natural bounty, both of which are asset for sustainable development and are potential for attracting good investment to the region. Besides, there are lots of rivers and stream from which forming may have a steady supply of water.
Cianjur Regency has long been developing an integrated 3 aspect tourism service program: What to see such as beautiful mountains, natural lakes, forests, beaches and typical wild animals, What to taste such as typical local foods and what to take such as souvenirs traditional, typical and wholly local.
Cianjur tourism travel guide and tourist information popular destination :
Gede Mount is a favourite place for hiking and camping. Almost every weekend, adventurers often come to this place in order to conquest the summit of Gede Mount with height 2,958 above sea level. Beside Mount Gede Summit, you can see the summit of Pangrango Mount which looks like shape triangle. Both are controlled by National Park of Gede Pangrango Mount. On the top of Gede Mount there are some active craters (last exploded in 1957), and savannah meadow with eternal flowers (Edelweiss/anaphalis javanica) grows on it which an attractive view for climbers. You can also see the near cities such as Cipanas, Sukabumi, Bogor, and Cianjur from the top of mount Gede. Other places that can be visited are Mandalawangi summit (3,002 m) Sukaratu (2,836 m), and Gumuruh (2,928 m).
Climbing of Mount Gede begin toward the guard post in Cibodas and Mount Putri. Passing through the tropical rainforest along to Kandang Badak (about 4 hours), you can find/meet beautiful Cibeureum waterfall, some shelters, spring, and hot water. Meanwhile, the wild animal sometimes shows up along the path, such as Owa (hylobates moloch), surili (presbitis comata), lutung (trachypithecus auratus), kera/monkey (mucaca fascicularis), macan tutul/tiger (panthera pardus), mencek/deer (muntiacus muntjak), and Elang Jawa/Javanese Eagle (spizaelus bartelsii).
Cibodas Botanical Garden.
Cibodas Botanical Garden is located down the slopes of Mount Gede - Pangrango and has been well known for its tourism object in Cianjur. It is so beautiful that it is called " A Paradise in Asia " There is a collection of hundreds of trees with different types and ages. There have been about 5,831 example plants out of 1,206 varieties existing here.
Cibodas Botanic Garden contains beautiful mountain scenery with impressive views across the Cipanas valley of West Java. The Garden covers about more 80 ha of undulating topography, with large grassy expanses, rocky coniferous areas, and valleys filled with tree ferns and waterfalls.
The Cibodas Botanic Garden was founded in 1862 by the botanist and curator Johannes Elias Teysjmann as an extension of the Bogor Botanic Garden. Now one of four Indonesian Botanic Gardens (Kebun Raya Indonesia), the Cibodas Botanic Garden is a part of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Cibodas Botanical garden is located at Rarahan village, about 85 km from Jakarta through Bogor Puncak Cianjur main road.
Presidensial Residence/Cipanas Palace (Istana Presiden Cipanas).
Cipanas Presidensial Residence was built in 1740 by Van Heut stands on over 25 hectares area. It is well known as Cipanas Palace (Istana Cipanas), located under the foot of mount Gede. The distance is about 103 km from Jakarta and 17 km from Cianjur city. The location is surrounding by beautiful scenery of flowes and vegetables gardens.
Cipanas palace consist of a big central building and seven annexes with sport centre room. The building wide is only is only 950 square meters. Every room contains of wooden furniture. Jepara carving products, and painting collections from several maestro of Indonesian art painting, such as Basuki Abdullah, Dullah Sudjojona, and Lee Man Kong.
The annexes named by some characteristics of wayang or puppet figures. Some added annexes were built in 1916 and two was 1984, and there is fountain in the backyard.
The story of Ayam Pelung began in 1850 in a Village called Bunikasih, Sub district of Warungkondang. Once upon a time there was a farmer who was also a religious teacher or kiayi. Named H. Djarkasih or more popularly known as Mama Acih found a young male hen in his garden and took care of it accordingly. It grew up fast physically and uttered a melodious voice. Mama Acih called it Ayam Pelung and he cross - bred it with an ordinary female hen.
Nowadays, Ayam Pelung are becoming more and more popular and well - liked by the general public, both domestic and foreign tourists. A son of Japanese Emperor was said to have come to Warungkondang to have a close look at how people bred and nurtured this famous rooster. In Cianjur, there has been an annual contest of Ayam Pelung with the owners of Ayam Pelung from all over West Java Province and the Capital special Territory of Jakarta enthusiastically taking part in.
Every year, on the occasion of Cianjur's Anniversary on July 12, there is a contest to select the best Ayam Pelung and the best Ayam Pelung that is the contest winner may cost millions of rupiah.
Mount Gede - Pangrango National Park.
The park, covering 15,196 ha, evolved from several already existing conservation areas: Cibodas Nature Reseve (240 ha), gazetted in 1889, was the oldest reserve in Indonesia and in 1925 was extended to 1,040 ha; Cimungkat Nature Reserve (56 ha) gazetted in 1919; situgunung Recreational Park (120 ha) gazetted in 1975; and Mount Gede Pangrango nature Reserve (14,000 ha) gazetted in 1978.
The park is situated between longitudes 106°51'-107°02' East and latitudes 6°41-6°51' South. Administratively, it is shared between the Regencies of Bogor, Cianjur and Sukabumi.
The Gede-Pangrango area has been the centre of much research over the last two centuries, so establishing its worldwide reputation. Sir Thomas Raffles organised the building of a path on the south-eastern slopes in 1811, although the earliest recorded climb of Mount Gede was by C.G.C. Reinwardt in 1819. Other explorations were conducted by F.W. Junghuhn (1839-1861), J.E. Teysmann (1839), A.R. Wallace (1861), S.H. Koorders (1890), M. Treub (1891) and W.M. van Leeuen (1911). C.G.G.J. van Steenis (1920-1952) collected and studied here in preparation for his now famous book: "The Mountain Flora of Java". published in 1972.
Today many Indonesian and foreign scientists carry on the tradition and, as a result, these mountains are one of the most well researched tropical forest systems in the world. Even so, in such a set of complex ecosystems, exact relationships between the myriad of species will keep biologists intrigued for many decades to come. Climate, topography and vegetation all interact.
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