Ever-intoxicating and ever-intriguing, Indonesia is a place that offers some of the greatest adventures on earth. Whether it’s about taking a ferry ride to Kalimantan, zipping across Java or exploring the mystifying corner of a remote village in West Timor, good times are guaranteed in this land of 17,000 odd-islands. Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is a dynamic city and one of the world’s greatest megalopolises. Famed for vibrant shopping areas and exciting clubs, it is also the largest city of Indonesia.
Best time to visit Indonesia
Being a summer destination, the best time to visit Indonesia is between April and October. The weather is perfect for snorkelling, relaxing by the beach and island hopping.
Flights to Indonesia
Flights to Indonesia are available from major airports of the world. The busiest airport in the country is Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, followed by Juanda International Airport in East Java. Both the airports are connected to public transport. There are several airlines offering connecting flights from India to Indonesia viz. Air India, All Nippon Airways
, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines
, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates
and more. The other major cities of the world like London, New York, Paris, etc. are also connected to Indonesia by several international airlines.
Places to stay in Indonesia
Indonesia has a huge range of accommodation options. The lodging value is great, catering to all sorts of budget. Be it mid-range, high-end or budget hotels, Indonesia has it all. The major cities of Indonesia like Bali, Jakarta, Medan, Bandung, and Surabaya offer many luxurious hotels and resorts, starting at INR 10,000 (approx.) and going up to INR 25,000 or more. Also, there are homestays, lodges, and dorms, with relatively lesser tariffs.
Things to see in Indonesia
Home to 300 ethnic groups, Indonesia is a country with rich cultural diversity. Some of the must visit places in Indonesia are Dieng Plateau in Central Java, Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra, Monkey Forest in Bali, Thousand Islands in DKI Jakarta and Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara.
Shopping in Indonesia
The vibrant shopping scene in Indonesia is a very good reason for you to visit the country. Whether you are looking for apparels, furniture, antiques, jewelry or art, you can shop for everything in Indonesia. The highlights include leather crafts from Yogyakarta, hand-woven cloths from Lombok, traditional textiles from Surabaya, wood carvings from Papua, and sand sculptures from Bali.
Cuisine of Indonesia
One of the most colourful and vibrant cuisines in the world, Indonesian food is full of flavour, influenced by India and the Middle East. The country’s signature dishes are Nasi Goreng (fried rice with eggs), Mie Goreng (fried noodles), Mie Ayam (noodles served with chicken broth soup), Bakso (meatballs served in chicken broth), Nasi Uduk (rice cooked in coconut milk), and Bubur Ayam (rice porridge served with shredded chicken). Indonesia also has some lovely, high-end dining places such as the Oasis Restaurant in Jakarta.
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