In the beginning, Puncak Pass, or popularly known as Puncak, is a mountain pass connecting Jakarta and Bandung, passing through Bogor and Cianjur regencies, via areas such as Cisarua, Ciawi, Megamendung, and Cipanas. They are all connected by Jalan Raya Puncak.
Puncak is located on the ridge of mount Gede Pangrango. The mountain is one of the popular national parks in Indonesia and one of the entrance to climb mount Gede Pangrango is situated inside Cibodas botanical garden.
Now you can imagine the road to Puncak Pass is going up until it reaches its highest point near At-Ta'awun mosque and Puncak Pass resort. The surrounding area here is a beautiful highland covered with tea plantation and often shrouded in mist. Although parking is limited, if we are lucky to find a parking spot on the road side, we could enjoy the panorama a bit longer. There are several kiosks selling grilled corn, instant noodles, and coffees. Sometimes we can see people do paragliding from the top of the tea plantation.
Cool weather and great view of Puncak Pass lure many people, especially from Jakarta, to spend many weekends and holidays here. Hence, over the years it becomes the number one holiday destination in the land of Sunda.
Moreover, Puncak is well known throughout Indonesia when every holiday the TV news reporters from every local channel in Indonesia report the traffic jam there. Usually multiple lines of cars are stuck for hours resulted in several kilometers queue. This is an ordinary sight during weekend, especially on long weekend and school holidays. So, what's special in Puncak?
Let's explore it!
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The Ranch opens in Cisarua Puncak following the success of De Ranch in Lembang. The Ranch offers a beautiful landscape, horse riding, archery, sheep herding and rabbit feeding as well as a spacious restaurant.
Read more about our visit to The Ranch in Cisarua Puncak here..
As a Recreation and Education Park, we can play and learn a lot in Taman Wisata Matahari. They offer many outdoor activities such as rafting, play in the waterpark, atv ride, flying fox, learn how to plow the rice field with the water buffalo, plant paddy, harvest vegetables, and many more.
Curug Cilember is a seven tier waterfall located behind the crowded street from Jakarta to Puncak. Here we can enjoy nature such as big and tall trees, butterflies and waterfalls in an environment of a real forest. It is also a home for the largest butterfly garden in the land of Sunda.
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Gunung Mas is the name of the tea plantation in Puncak. Puncak will never be the same without this tea plantation. The view of tea shrubs looks like a green carpet. Since people love the weather and the view very much, it expands into agro-tourism by allocating some of its vast area for tourists.
Find out the fun activities offered by Gunung Mas Agro-Tourism
Telaga Warna (Colorful Lake in English) got its name since the water keeps changing color. Scientifically, the color changing is due to the algae grows in the lake.
This lake is located inside a 268 hectares of nature preserve, hence, there are several types of monkey, apes, and birds lived here.
Cibodas lies in the slope of mount Gede Pangrango. This 85 hectares botanical garden has huge collections of plants. Due to its high altitude, some subtropical plants can be grown here, including the famous cherry blossom.
We will find lots of blooming flowers within a 35 hectares of perfectly manicured lawn of Taman Bunga Nusantara. It has plenty of topiaries, theme gardens, picnic areas, and play grounds.
Find out more about Taman Bunga Nusantara ...
This palace is mostly used as a villa for our president, vice president and their families. The most prominent feature of this palace is it has its own hot spring water that flows through the two bath houses behind the main building.
There are many types of restaurants in Puncak. You can choose to dine-in at fast food chains such as KFC, Chinese food restaurants such as Amen restaurant, Sundanese restaurant such as IBC (Ikan Bakar Cianjur), or European style restaurants such as the restaurants in Puncak Pass Resort and Bavarian Haus. In addition, some of these restaurants are combined with various family entertainments. Some of them are:
This resort is the pioneer of resorts in Puncak. It opened since 1928. The land is huge, with lavish garden. It also has a big swimming pool, but few guests swim there since the water is freezing! People love to dine in the restaurant, since it is one of the few restaurants which served old times cuisines.
There are two Cimory restaurants in Puncak: Cimory Mountain View and Cimory Riverside.
Since Cimory started as a cow farm, it is a producer of cow based products such as sausage, yoghurt and chocolate. Hence, each of the Cimory restaurants has shops selling its products.
If you come from Jakarta, first you will pass Cimory Riverside on the right side of the road. Five hundred metres down the road you will see Cimory Mountain View on the left side of the road.
Cimory Riverside has a nice view of river in the backyard, although sometimes the river smells bad. Recently, it opens a 3D art trick.
Cimory Mountain View has a program to educate children about cow, parts of beef and how to milk a cow. They have a couple of cows in a cowshed at the far end of the backyard, where we can learn how to milk a cow. No wonder many schools arrange a field trip there.
Bavarian Haus is the newest addition of restaurant in Cimory group. You will hardly miss it, just look for an outstanding German looking house on the right side of the road if you come from Jakarta. Bavarian Haus is a premium restaurant that specializes in German cuisines. It opens from 10am to 10pm daily.
There are various types of accommodations offered in Puncak, ranging from the low budget to the luxurious ones, from the high star hotels to the inn.
Renting a villa is also popular in this area. You will see men standing on the roadside flagging a villa sign, it means they are ready to assist you in renting a villa nearby. Unlike hotel, there is no strict rule on how many people can use the villa you rent, but you must check the condition of the villa first. Many are already in dilapidated condition with basic facility.
Do you think you will have lots of fun in Puncak Pass? Add more fun into your holiday by visiting popular beaches in the land of Sunda: Pangumbahan beach where the green turtle conservatory resides or the always popular Pangandaran beach. Alternatively, you will never get bored to see the rich cultures of Indonesia in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.