Journeys with Us
Besides running the Villa, the owner also runs My Holiday Travel Solution, specialized in tour and travel, MICE and event organizer, and reputable in property / building contractor. The owner puts a very special attention to the pleasure of the guests who are demanding the best service available for their holiday and stay at Villa Pakem.
Every year the Karaton – Palace of Yogyakarta gives regular offering in Ngestiaji, north of Kimahrejo village. The ritual starts from the house of mbah (Grand-father) Marijan, a native of the village, assigned by Karaton of Yogya as the gate keeper (Juru Kunci) of Merapi. The offering are meant for the welfare of the Sultan and the people of Yogyakarta and prosperity of the country, to commemorate the coronation of the Sultan. This year is due on November 20 and 21, 1998.
Trekking in Kaliurang
Besides mountain climbing, there are other natural touris activities, organized to adore the breathtaking
beauty of Mt. Merapi
Merapi Lava Tour Tracking
An alternative way for nature and adventure lovers to escape from the heat of Yogyakarta and Central Java by an adventurous and unique experience through a variety of walks, treks, and nature tours up Mt. Merapi lava tour.
Extreme Sunrise at Merapi Volcano
Mountain lovers will experience a real adventure of mountaineering with height 2.930 meters above sea level. From a distance, one can always see the white smoke appears from the top of the volcano. Mount Merapi is known as one of the real active mounts in the world. Of course, the very best time to relish the beauty of Mount Merapi is approximately around the sunrise moment (at 5.30 AM to 08.00 AM in the morning).
Merapi Golf Course
Merapi Golf Course has 18 holes, 6370 meters par, 72 course. The stunning design of this Golf Course is truly masterpiece of golf course, created by the golf course master: THOMSON, WOLVERIDGE & PERRETT. A Golf Course sitting on 800 meters above sea level, with just the perfect climate and the most breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Merapi with the hinterland of Yogyakarta and the Indian Ocean, is worth trying to play on.
Our villa is perfect to host a small private wedding party, birthday party, any kind of small private events, suitable with your desire and need. It is also a perfect location for a photo shooting.
Kraton or Sultan Palace
Before 1755 Surakarta or Solo was the capital of Mataram Kingdom. After the treaty of Giyanti in 1755, Mataram was devided into two kingdoms are Kasunanan Palace in Solo and Sultan Palace in Yogyakarta. Following the treaty, Prince Mangkubumi the brother of Susuhunan Pakubuwono II the King of Kasunanan Palace, was crowned as the King of Sultan Palace in Yogyakarta. He was then called Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. The Sultan’s Palace or Kraton, with its grand elegent Javanese architecture, lay in the centre of Jogja city. It was built in 1755 by Prince Mangkubumi was then called Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. The Sultan Palace stretches from north to south. The yard of the Alun-alun Utara ( North Square ) and the backyard called Alun-alun Selatan(South square). The design of this historical building demonstrates that the palace, the obelisk (the Tugu, th Column ) and Mount Merapi positioned in one line. It is blieved that this axis before leading a meeting, making decision and giving order to his people. Purworetno is the main part of KRATON, a place where the Sultan performs his duties. With the luxury and elegent Javanese architecture where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Kraton as it was centuries ago. Many sets of Gamelan instruments, antiques and heirlooms make the Sulatan’s Palace as one of the most intereting tourist site in Yogyakarta. The Palace is now the dwelling place of Sultan.
Prambanan temple, as it is known nowdays is a name given to the complex of several santuaries of Siwa. In fact, it is more accurate to call it Siwa’s temple (Candi Siwa) according to the real character of the temples. Some of sanctuaries in the complex have been restored but most of them are in ruins. There are 240 temples at the complex of Candi Siwa either big or small. But the majority of them have deteriorated, what is the left are only scattered stones. This complex of the sactuaries can be divided into 3 groups. Apparenly each temple is built to form the corresponding building.
Fire Mountain Merapi
Mt. Merapi (2968 m) With its famous „Puncak Garuda” This fire mountain remains one of the most active and dangerous volcano in the world. It can be seen from its name – Merapi from Javanese world Meru means mountain and Api means fire.The latest eruption In the early morning of Saturday, July 11, 1998, at 4.59 a.m, the volcano erupted again after days of ominous rumblings and minor tremors. At once, following the explosion, a black smoke rose up to more than 3000 m above its peak, spewing heat clouds and volcanic ash and debris several kilometers away. The ash hit the area as far as 60 Km away on the West of the mountain. Many surrounding towns were blanketed with white ash. The most dangerous killers are the heat clouds. This 3000 degree Celsius heat substance should melt and burnt easily anything found on its way. „Luckily, this cloud blew to an uninhabited area west of the mountain. In 1994 sudden eruption, 66 people of the South-West slope have been killed by this heat cloud. The local people call this heat cloud in Javanese „Wedus Gembel”(Wedus – a sheep; gembel – thick curly hair), as it looked like. Usually the local inhabitants should flee from their villages only after seeing the emergence of the „curly sheep”, as considered the real menace of the „Merapi Rulers”. In 1997, thousand of Merapi villagers have been evacuated when it began spewing ash and lava.
The central temple at the complex of Prambanan is Candi Siwa, or widely known as the temple Rara Jonggrang. It is called Candi Siwa becouse in that temple we find a statue of Siwa which is big and has essential meaning, which signifies that Siwa is a God greatly glorified in the believed of (Trimurti’s faith ). Trimurti is the worship of a Trinity of Gods : Siwa, Brahma and Wisnu. The most important of Siwa’s statue is found in the biggest room of the central temple. In other smaller rooms we see the statue of Siwa as the Mahaguru (Supreme Master) the statue of Ganesha, a god with a elephant head symbolizing happiness, and the spouse of Siwa as the ruler of universe.
It is smaller then Candi Siwa, since Candi Siwa is the main temple. Candi Brahma has only one entrance as well as one chamber containing the statue of god, Brahma. This Brahma’s statue is described with four heads. It is beautiful but unfortunatly that it has been damaged.
The other temple nearby Candi Siwa is the temple of Wisnu. It has same size as Candi Brahma. The only chamber found in this temple contains the statue of the god Wisnu. Wisnu is described as having four hands, with a club, an oyster and a cakra whic is specfically attributed to Wisnu. Kota Gede is the site of the remains of a palace Kraton in the late 1500s and early 1600s for the rulers of Mataram. Legend and myth surround much of the information available for the time the palace was intact, and only the Royal Graveyard (precursor to Imogiri) and a few small sections of wall of the palace remain. In the expansion of the city of Yogyakarta in the late twentieth century, Kota Gede is merely a suburb within the city. At the time of Indonesian independence in the 1940s and after considerable publicity was given to the silver workers within this locality. The name of the location in higher more respectful level (Kromo) Javanese is Pasar Gede. The Royal Graveyard holds important graves that trace connections of Mataram with earlier kingdoms, and the placement of the graves within the covered area of the graveyard can be considered as a physical representation of ‚silsilah’ or geneaology of the rulers and their progenitors. It is guarded and maintained by Juru Kunci who are employed by the two palaces of Yogyakarta and Surakarta.
Batik has been both an art and a craft for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. Contemporary batik, while owing much to the past, is markedly different from the more traditional and formal styles. For example, the artist may use etching, discharge dyeing, stencils, different tools for waxing and dyeing, wax recipes with different resist values and work with silk, cotton, wool, leather, paper or even wood and ceramics. Batik is historically the most expressive and subtle of the resist methods. The ever widening range of techniques available offers the artist the opportunity to explore a unique process in a flexible and exciting way.
Kasongan is a village as the centre of the pottery industry in Yogyakarta.There are many shops or galleries which have various kinds of collections of te beautiful pottery that have a good quality standar of export.
Beach and community on the southern coast of Yogyakarta, or otherwise Southern Central Java Location of meetings with the legendary Nyai Loro Kidul or ‚Queen of the South’. Local folklore warns visitors not to wear the colour green, or the Queen will entice the wearer into the ocean to drown. Parang Tritis Reach is a popular seaside resort 27 Inns south of Yogyakarta on the Indian Ocean,Parang Tritis is famous In Javanese mythology as the home of the Goddess of the South Seas, who was married to Panembahan Senopati, founder of the Mataram Kingdom. Every year the sultans of Yogyakarta make special offerings to her in a beachside ceremony called „Labuhan”.
Unlike Parangtritis, Baron Beach is still a beautiful and quiet place. Baron bay offers a great panorama view over the steep coast to the east. You can take a walk to the nearby Krakal Beach (2 km) or drive to Kukup Beach (9 km) to the east. The beach forms a bay which protrudes between two green coral ridges. To reach it, you travel down a winding road through the mountain with lovely views over the green valleys and terraced limestone hills. It features the mouth of an underground river. Located about 60 kms to the southeast of Yogyakarta.
Imogiri Royal Cemetery
Built in 1645, the tomb of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (the third king of the Mataram Kingdom), is on the peak of the cemetery. Sultan Agung became famous for his courage in fighting against the Dutch colonialists in 1628. All the kings of the Mataram Kingdom and their families are buried in Imogiri. You have to climb 345 stairs to reach the top of the hill where the tombs are located. Please note that visitors are obligated to wear traditional Javanese clothes. The cemetery is located on a beautiful hill about 12 kms from Yogyakarta.
Ketep Pass is a volcanic observatory tourism object where we can see the beauty and greatness of Merapi volcano and other mountains around here with the beautiful green landscape. A volcanic movei also available where will show you about the research,climing and eruption of Merapi volcano with will add your knowledge about volcanology.
Gedung Songo Temple
Gedung Songo Temple is complexes of Hindu temple which consist of 9 separated temples are spread out on a beautiful range of hills with 900 meter altitude. Those temple were built in 9 century by Hindu dynasty. To explore and see each of the,visitors have to walk along the steep and curve path on the beautiful hill with various kinds of vegetable crops around on it. There is also a small complex of smelling of sulfur on the hill that can be found on the way of exploring the temple. The visitors may also ride a horse to go along and explore Gedung Songo temple while enjoy the beauty of panorama on the hill.