Green scenery, fresh air, peaceful, and quite atmosphere are what you can expect from this place. It is Gunung Mas Tea Estate. Here you will see the beautiful view of the tea plantation. Unleashing the daily bustle by visiting this place is a very good idea. The tea trees grow very good on a fertile land that has an elevation of 800-1200 m above the sea level.
Gunung Mas is located in Puncak area, about 30 kilometers from the Bogor city. It can be reached by using a motorcycle or car in approximately one hour in normal condition. If traffic is bad on holiday season, it can be reached in one and a half hours driving. It is easy to find the location. If you start from Jakarta or Bogor, you will see The entrance of Gunung Mas on the right side. The entrance of this place is marked with a giant tea bottle. It is one of famous tourist attraction near Jakarta. That is why every weekend, lots of Jakarta people visiting Puncak, including Gungung Mas tea plantation. It can be done in a day tour from Jakarta.
Tea Walking Tour
There are some activities can be done at Gunung Mas Tea Estate. One of favorite activities is tea walking tour. You can explore the nature by walk. You can take some beautiful photos in the middle of tea plantation. If you do walk in the morning, you have a chance to see some tea pluckers working by picking tea leaves.
Walk through the plantation has many benefits. First, it strengthen your legs and lungs. Second, there are many things can be seen and explored. You can visit river, cinnamon farm, banana farm, lemongrass farm, and many other plants.
Do not want to walk? You can ride horse then. There are many horses and horsemen waiting for visitors near the entrance. You do not need to be an expert rider to ride it. There is a handler for each horse ridden. The horses are also usual to bring visitors to walk around, so it os quite safe for every first rider.
Before ride the horse, ask the horseman first about the rate. The rates can vary depend how long you want to take. It can be in 30 minutes, one hour, or more. It can be also charged depend on the distance like 5 km etc.
Taste the Different Types of Tea Drink
Take a rest at a local tea cafe or shop and drink some tea. The are few types of tea you can taste: black tea, olong tea, jasmine tea, green tea, and white tea. Each tea has each favor and each way to produce. The most expensive tea is the white tea. It is made of unprocessed tea buds. The buds were picked before they bloom. The buds then are withered and dried naturally using sun light. Before drying them, they can be also steamed to kill the enzyme.