- Jaladara Steam Train
If you’re driving across Slamet Riyadi, Solo road, you can’t overlook Sepur Kluthuk Jaladara’s railroad. Locals usually call it the Jaladara steam train. It is a steam train in the era, and it’s painted black. You can still ride the train. The trip starts from Purwosari station and cuts across the city of Surakarta, stopping at Sangkrah station. If you love riding the train, which is more than 100 years of age, early reservation is required.
- Cengklik for Sunset Lovers
Cengklik reservoir is located in Boyolali. It’s to the west of Adi Sumarmo airport in Solo. A reservoir is a perfect place for those sunset fans who love photography. It’s possible to take pictures of the reservoir at sunset from the background with a view of Mount Merapi and Merbabu.
- Visit the White Buffaloes
I was introduced to white buffaloes, which can be said to be descendants of the sacred buffalo — Kyai Slamet when we explored the region. It reminds me a little about the buffalo in Tana Toraja. His descendants and Kyai Slamet are considered unique to the people that reside in Surakarta and the neighbouring communities. There is a local tradition which involves the buffaloes. On the first day of Suro (in Javanese calendar), at midnight, a parade is held for the white buffaloes.
- Culinary Trip
Solo is famous for its local food! Some of the dishes that you should taste include Nasi Liwet, Serabi Solo and Buntel satay. This sort of food is not difficult to find around town. A very touristy spot to eat Nasi Liwet is at the Nasi Liwet Wongso Lemu. Locals say it is a bit expensive, and even though it’s busy with tourists, it’s tasty!
Nasi Liwet is rice cooked in coconut milk and chicken broth and served with a little bit of that and this. For instance, you might discover a piece of omelette, shredded chicken, a boiled egg (pindang variant), tempe and veggies.
Serabi Notosuman is one local snack you must try in Solo. This traditional Indonesian pancake is made of rice flour with coconut milk. It wrapped in leaves and included shredded coconut. What makes it more unique, Serabi Notosuman is baked with charcoal. Toppings, such as chocolate, can be added to the Serabi. The other speciality of Solo is Sate (satay) Buntel, that can be created of minced goat meat wrapped in goat fat. This is served with soy sauce and slices of cabbage, tomato, red chilli and onion.
- Sukuh and Cetho Temples
Sukuh and Cetho temples have been my most favourite places. The temples are situated at the foot of Mount Lawu, about 1000 meters above sea level. The temperature at this elevation is trendy, and the views are so amazing. I would suggest seeing the Cetho temple. It has the same traditional design as you see in many Bali temples.
- Love the Festival!
Central Java is famous for its own culture. Another highlight is the traditional Javanese ceremony in Satu Suro, which is usually held in October. If you’re thinking about checking out a number of the cultural events at the city, browse the Solo event website or the official Central Java site.
- Human Puppet Exhibition at Sriwedari
Wayang Orang is a human puppet series. It is a sort of action that unites drama puppetry and masks. You’re able to view a series in Brigjen Slamet Riyadi Street No. 275, Surakarta. This is a superb spot if you’re interested in culture, to head at night. You’re able to observe a performance every night from Monday to Saturday. You will find less or more than 60 actors in a series. Have a look at the Facebook site: Wayang Orang Sriwedari, if you’re interested in knowing more about this series.
- Chill Out in the Malls
Solo has several malls scattered across the city. There is Hartono Theater, the Solo Paragon, and Solo Grand Mall to name several. These shopping malls are popular with the locals, and it’s a great spot to catch a coffee or only do a little window shopping. It is an excellent way to pass the time when you’ve run out of things to do Solo.
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