places to visit: (click on the names to know)
About: The capital of Indonesia lies on the island of Java. It’s a metrocity in the truest sense of the term where various cultures have mixed- Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European to make the unique architecture, language and cuisine. I suggest starting your trip from Jakarta as you will get to know how your trip is going to pan out.
Istiqlal Mosque: The biggest mosque in Indonesia was named to commemorate Indonesian Independence, Istiqlal meaning independence in Arabic. The highlight of this mosque is its spherical dome supported by beautiful large and tall steel columns. Be sure to wear clothes covering shoulder and knees, otherwise you can grab a robe from the storage counter.
Jakarta Museum:You will get the taste of Indonesian culture and history from giving this museum a visit. The museum has a lot to offer starting from Indonesian culture exhibition, Balinese dance classes, heritage tour in English every alternate weekend. It has a beautiful garden in the middle and a lot of artifacts that will interest all age groups. The most important thing is the exhibits are regularly updated to keep up with the changing culture of the largest archipelago.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah: Beautiful Indonesia in miniature park (literally translated) This park is a synopsis of Indonesian culture, which encapsulates daily lives of the people of Indonesia’s 26 provinces. There are a nice mini theater to watch 4D shows involving Indonesian culture, bird park, traditional houses, Reptile Park, Zoological Museum and Istana of Indonesian children. There is a cable car at 50000IDR per person which provides a good aerial view of the entire park.
Thousand beaches: A day tour from Jakarta if you don’t have time to go to Bali to enjoy water sports. You can go diving, snorkelling, paragliding and other water..although the corals are not abundant here.