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Bromo Mountain, A Picturesque Painting In East Java

Bromo Mountain is one of incredible mountain in Indonesia and spending the time in the morning here becomes a dream for anyone. Why? Because you will feel the tranquil atmosphere, cool temperature, wonderful scenery and local tradition that has been preserved as eternal attraction. Bromo Mountain is also an ideal tourist destination for you to relax and refresh your mind. Most of visitors who visit Bromo Mountain has a desire to see the sunrise. They so excited to come because the mountain is an active volcano and has elevation about 2.393 meters above the sea surface.
For you who love adventure, the mountain becomes one of the best destinations in Indonesia you may not miss because it offers you an amazing panorama and unique culture. The accommodations to Bromo Mountain is quite adequate. If you come here in Kesada month (a name of local month), you will see Kesada ritual. It is the ceremony to send the harvests into the crater of Bromo Mountain and usually it is managed from August to September. 
Local resident that is recognized as Tengger tribe believes that Bromo is a sacred mountain. That is why they organize Kesada ceremony once a year. The center of the ceremony is located in the temple at the northern foot of the mountain. Then, the ceremony will be continued to the peak of Bromo. Hundred participants would join and the ceremony will be held from night till midnight every full moon.
Location and Transportation
The mountain lies around 85 km from Surabaya, the capital of East Java. The location can be reached from Malang City or Probolinggo City. Normally, tourists from different regions start the journey from Probolinggo. If you start your trip from Malang City, you have to through the stretches of sand and this will be challenging.
However, Bromo Mountain can be reached from Surabaya easily because you can take a car or rental car. To rent a car, you only need to pay around US$53 per day including the fuel and the driver. The trip to Bromo is around 4 – 5 hours. If you take a public transportation, from Juanda Airport, you can take a taxi to Purbaya Terminal or Bungurasih Surabaya that have a direction to Bayu Angga Terminal in Probolinggo. The rate is around US$4 – US$5 without AC and around US$8 with AC. 
You may still question where Surabaya is. Well, when you start your journey from Jakarta, you can take a plane to Juanda Airport in Surabaya for about 2 hours. If you want to save your pocket, you are suggested to take promo tickets if possible. But, if you want to go to Bromo Mountain by bus, you can take Lorena Bus or Pahala Kencana Bus from Jakarta to Probolinggo.
You have to pay around US$22 – US$25 and get down in Probolinggo Terminal. From the terminal, you can take elf car or a car that has direction to Cemoro Lawang region by paying US$2.5. The car is available from 08.00 a.m. – 14.00 p.m. But, the easiest way to get to Bromo is by renting a car. Besides it will save your time, the journey becomes more comfortable than public transportation.
It needs extra energy to climb Pananjakan Hill. This is the hill that gives you access to see the beauty of the mountain. Thus, you can take a jeep because the route is sandy and winding. That is why before you visit Bromo Mountain, ask your hotel or lodges to provide you a jeep because usually there is cooperation with a travel agent to drive tourists to Bromo.
Normally, the rate is around US$35 – US$45 per day and it will be available from 03.30 a.m. – 08.00 a.m. If you want drive take you to savannah or Teletubbies Hill, you need to pay extra around US$10 – US$15. Because the temperature in Bromo quite cool, don’t forget to bring thick jacket, sweater, gloves, socks, head cover, shoes, and long trouser. 

Enjoying a sunrise is the best moment when you visit Bromo Mountain. But, you have to prepare yourself since 03.00 a.m. to Penanjakan Hill. From the hill, you can see the mountain from above, including Semeru Mountain and Bato Mountain. As the sunrise appears, the cloud hanging under the mountain. This condition creates incredible panoramas and mystical nuance. This is such a beautiful natural scenery and you will never bore to stare it. As the sun moves higher, you can get down from the hill to see a wide stretch of sand. The total area is about 15 km squares and in this area, there is a place named as Whispering Sands and a Hindu’s Temple.
If you want to try different sensation, you can hire a horse from Tengger residents. You only need to pay around US$5 – US$7. But, you still need to climb around 300 stairs to the rim crater. Just prepare your complete clothes, drinking water, and enough money to enjoy Bromo Mountain. Once you arrive on the peak, you will admire the mountain and unwilling to leave.
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