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Indonesia

A SET OF SCATTERED ISLANDS BETWEEN ASIA AND OCEANIA
A REMARKABLE DIVERSITY OF LANDSCAPES, MONUMENTS AND PEOPLE

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Largest archipelago in the world, crossed by the equator, Indonesia has over 17,000 islands, making it belong to both Southeast Asia and Oceania. The main islands are Sumatra, along the Strait of Malacca and Malaysia and, further east, Borneo; on the south Java and Bali. Because of its geographical dispersion, Indonesia has either a relatively constant equatorial climate, or a tropical climate with alternating wet and dry seasons. Indonesia is on the meeting grounds of three tectonic plates, which explains its high volcanic activity. It has about 150 volcanoes and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The mountainous regions of volcanic origin, are located especially on the west coast of Sumatra, West Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua.
 
Indonesia’s landscape is very varied. Java and Bali are the most fertile islands and rice fields are concentrated in these two regions, while Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua are still largely covered with tropical forests. Having once been connected to Asia, the main islands have a fauna similar to that of the continent, such as the tiger, rhinoceros, elephant or leopard, next to a more specific fauna which includes the presence of the orangutan. Indonesia has always been a focal point of trade between India and China; the decline of the continental Silk Road caused more developing trade with the Middle East and with it the development of Islam, which will become the majority religion of this country, the most populous in the world, supplanting Hinduism and Buddhism. The population is over 230 million people represented by more than 300 ethnic groups.

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BOROBUDUR: THE GREATEST BUDDHIST WORLD WONDER

In Central Java, in the region of Yogyakarta, there is a raised area located between twin volcanoes. It is considered sacred and called the “garden of Java” due to its agricultural fertility. In this region lay a wonder of the 9th century, which was covered by tons of volcanic ash and vegetation in the 14th century. But it had not been completely forgotten and thus it was excavated in the early 19th century by order of the English governor of the region, Sir Stamford Raffles, the future founder of Singapore. Borobudur found its entire splendor again, thereafter maintained by UNESCO, of which it is now a recognized and protected site.
Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It is built on a natural hill and has 9 levels of terraces, 6 square and 3 rounds ones, topped with a dome.
 
The path, upward, leads the pilgrim through the representation of the three worlds of Buddhism. This complex architecture is abundantly adorned with bas-reliefs. These represent many scenes of the daily life on Java of that time, such as of royalty and nobility, as well as of religious and common people and their usual places of life. We find the fauna and flora but also mythical spirits: the Kinnaras, the Gandharvas and their wives, the Apsaras. The monument contains over 500 Buddha statues and, in particular, 72 of them are at the top of it, each seated inside a perforated stupa. They are a feature set that is the most often used to present this mythical place.

BALI, LAND OF THE GODS, A PLACE OF ALL ENCHANTMENTS

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Known as the Land of the Gods, Bali attracts with its natural beauty. Sceneries where volcanoes loom on the horizon and paddy fields climb the irregularities of green terraces form the beautiful setting of your holiday. This island has so much to offer: its dramatic dances and colorful ceremonies, its crafts but also its luxury resorts and exuberant nightlife. You will necessarily find an activity that will delight you, whether you are looking for spirituality or wonderful dining experiences. Without forgetting the sea around you, the beautiful beaches and all the diving activities you crave.
 
And if you prefer land activities, why not trek to explore the island on foot or on elephant back or explore Goa Gajah “The Elephant Cave”, an archaeological site of great historical value. And why not go and visit Tanah Lot at sunset, the most iconic temple of guardian spirits of the sea, perched on top of a huge rock, surrounded by the sea with waves constantly breaking at its base? Or Uluwatu, a temple perched on a cliff.

Indonesia
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