Bogor is famous for the thunders that are a daily presence during the transition between rainy season to dry season… and the same happens before the monsoon. The thunders bring rain… and the rain left behind a humidity that sticks to the skin… the humidity that with the warm temperature create the perfect conditions for the growth of a big range of tropical plants.
The botanical garden, created during the Dutch colonization, and is the central attraction of Bogor, as also the geographic center of the city… a quiet paradise of green surrounded by busy and noisy streets where the traffic is intense and frantic. The Bogor Botanical Garden is a perfect place to spend a few hours and to explore without rush. How peaceful can be the contact with nature?! It looks like it brings a balance, a reconnection with nature.
Don’t miss the medicinal garden, more for the design of the place than because of the plants… the Orchid House that is divided in wild species and hybrids. The gigantic trees and the aerial roots of the ficus tree are impressive. Be impressed by the trees but don’t forget to look down in detail, as you can find mushrooms growing in shady places… minuscule orchid flowers… and the diversity of ferns, from small ones growing on the tree trunks, to the huge ones capable of creating a forest where you can get lost!
The Garden is crossed by a river, so there are a few bridges to cross. Parte of the Botanial Garden is occupied by the presidential palace, a impressive white building in Dutch colonial style, surrounded by an impeccable grass field where hundreds (approximately 700) deers hang leisurely.
Bogor’s Botanical Garden (Kebun Raya Bogor):
It worth to go early in the morning before arriving of the big groups (schools and tours). The garden opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.
You can easily send three or four hours wandering, including some breaks to rest and enjoy the place.
There is a cafeteria at the entrance of the garden, close to the garden shop, with normal prices. But if you want to treat yourself enjoy a coffee or even a meal at the Grand Garden Café, a sophisticated restaurant with a nice view to a grass field, that transport us to a British landscape. It gets busy at lunchtime with posh local people.
Try the bandrek, a hot tea, sweet and the spices, that can have honey, typical from Java.
The Bogor Botanical Garden ticket costs 25.000 Rp for foreigners.