As one of the most interesting cities in Sunda, Bogor offers lots of things to do. It has delicious local cuisine, beautiful botanical garden, as well as unique shopping experience.
It is a perfect place for one day trip or even a weekend getaway, since it is only 50 kilometers south of Jakarta. Despite of their proximity, its weather is not as hot as Jakarta. It is much cooler, thanks to the frequent rains. And that’s how Bogor got its nickname as Rainy City.
If you plan to spend a night here, there are many hotels you can choose. Starting from the chain hotels such as Novotel and Santika, the heritage hotel such as Salak hotel or smaller and cheaper hotels, they are all offering their uniqueness.
Bogor has always been chosen as the capital city of many kingdoms in Sunda because of its geographic. It is close to the major harbor in Jakarta, which was called Sunda Kelapa harbor at that time. On the other hand it lies in the mountain, which made good defense against the enemies.
An inscription from the fifth century mentioned a Hindu empire named Tarumanagara was located in this area. It is the first kingdom in Indonesia. Another inscription from 1533 said that it was the capital city of Pajajaran Empire.
During Dutch colonization, Governor General Gustaaf Willem Baron van Imhoff found Bogor and called it Buitenzorg, which means no worry. He built a palace here as well as the road to Batavia (the former name of Jakarta). The palace now became one of the six presidential palaces in Indonesia.
However, since the beginning the locals called their hometown as Bogor. Although there are several versions to the real meaning of Bogor, the closest meaning is the stump of Arenga pinnata tree.
As the nickname of this city implies, rain falls almost everyday, which makes it a perfect place for research on botany. Presently, it is the center of botany and agricultural research in Indonesia, supported by the botanical garden as well as Institut Pertanian Bogor (Agricultural Institute), the leading state university in Indonesia.
Bogor is approximately 50 kilometers south of Jakarta. If you live in Jakarta, the most convenient way to go to there is by driving through Jagorawi toll road. The easiest way to enter this toll road is from inner city toll road or if you live in southern Jakarta such as Pondok Indah take the outer ring road toll. Once inside the toll, find the direction to Bogor or Jagorawi Toll Road.
Alternatively, you can take a commuter line train (KRL) from Jakarta Kota Station (Beos) all the way to Bogor. Since this is a commuter train, it will stop on every station it passes, but it won’t be crowded during weekends. This is a fun and cheap way to go from Jakarta to Bogor. Once you have arrived in Bogor, you can use the ride-hailing apps (Gojek or Grab) to take you to your destinations.
Each city and town in the land of Sunda is unique. For example, Bandung is known as the shopping paradise, while the town nearby such as Lembang and Ciwidey offer great outdoor fun.