Tourism of Indonesia
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Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.
In Berastagi, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.
In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.
Berastagi (Dutch: Brastagi), meaning “rice store”, is a town and district of Karo Regency situated on a crossroads on the main route linking the Karo highlands of Northern Sumatra to the coastal city of Medan.
Berastagi town is located around 66 kilometers (41 miles) south of Medan and about 1,300 meters (4300 feet) above sea level. The village rose to significance when Dutch settlers in Sumatra opened a boarding school there in the 1920s.
The picturesque town of Berastagi in the beautiful Karo highlands, is 70 kms from Medan on the way to Lake Toba. Situated at an altitude of 1300m, the town has a cool climate, ranging between 17 to 20 degrees Centigrade, making a refreshing break from the heat of the city. Days are extremely pleasant while nights can be quite cool.
The town developed in the 1920’s as Dutch hill station and today has become a popular weekend destination for Medan residents.
The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.
The environment is also well maintained.
Visiting Berastagi, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.
The landscape in Berastagi is dominated by distant views of the smoking volcanoes Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak. On the western edge of the town, Gunaling Hill rises above the surrounding plateau to provide some spectacular views of these two towering volcanoes.
Berastagi is famous for its flowers, vegetables and fruits and its markets constantly hum with activity. The most famous produce probably Marquisa or passion fruit.
Sweet oranges are another delicious specialty. Berastagi’s produce also exported to Singapore and Malaysia are: cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, red chili, and eggplant.
The local markets swarm with people doing business and selling their wares. Here you will see scenes from traditional Karo life as well as everything from jungle miracle cures and second hand shoes on sale.
Enjoy the cool atmosphere and magnificent views in this quiet town.
Live on the edge and take the chance to climb a volcano. Both Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung can be climbed in a day if you have a reasonable level of fitness. It’s not advised to attempt these climbs if you are on your own as trails are not always clearly marked and it is easy to get lost.
Some hotels/resorts offer golf courses with the fabulous scenery as the background.
Explore while you shop for fresh, tropical fruit and vegetables. In the town there are three markets: the picturesque general market, which takes place five times a week (not Wed or Sun) behind the bus station; the daily fruit market, which also sells souvenirs, to the west of the roundabout; and the Sunday market, which takes place every other week on top of Gundaling Hill and attracts such novelty acts as the teeth-pulling man and the snake charmer.
Venture into the surrounding volcanic Karo highlands where you will find thick pine forests, soothing hot springs and traditional villages.
You will find some fine examples of traditional Karo Batak architecture in the villages around Brastagi. The best known is Lingga Village, 15 km from Brastagi. In Lingga you will find about a dozen traditional houses with their distinctive horned roofs.
In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.
The journey to Berastagi is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.
From Medan International Airport, you can hail a cab or take a bus to Brastagi. It’s located about 66 km from Medan and the journey will take around two hours.
Brastagi is a small town with one main street so you can explore it easily on foot or using public transport. Oplet – local public mini van buses – operate to the surrounding villages and are run from the bus terminal.
For more flexibility, you can rent a motorbike from Villa Flores Restaurant or other rentals you can find around the town.
Try getting around the traditional way by taking a leisurely ride in a horse carriage called a “sado”.
The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.
We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.
In Berastagi, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.
If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).
In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.
Finding place to stay in Berastagi is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.
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Experience and Reviews
There are already many visitors have visited Berastagi, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.
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