Traveling from Jakarta to Bandung via Bogor is recommended for any tourist. This route is a touristic route where tourists can visit many beautiful and worth-to-visit places.
Here we provide an example of 5 days itinerary, start from Jakarta and finish in Bandung, or back to Jakarta in the end. The itinerary below is also a guide for you to plan your trip. It is not mandatory to follow the plan. You can change the plan to suit your your needs and traffic condition. Just talk to us if you have a different plan.
The Great Post Road
Jakarta – Bogor – Bandung route was part of the Great Post Road (De Grote Postweg) which built during the time of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, Herman Willem Daendels (1808-1811). The Great Post Road, runs along the northern island of Java from Anyer (Banten province, formerly West Java) until Panarukan (East Java), connecting Batavia (the former name of Jakarta city) – Buitenzorg (former name of Bogor city) – Bandung. This Post Road was built to facilitate transportation and postal activities. It was the main road from Jakarta to Bandung before Cipularang Toll Road was built to connect Jakarta – Cikampek – Purwakarta – Padalarang, until Bandung city.
To connect Jakarta and Bogor, government built a toll road in 1973. The road was finished in 1978 and was inaugurated on 9th March 1978 by Indonesian 2nd president, Mr. Soeharto. The road named Jagorawi Toll Road. Word Jagorawi itself is initialism for Jakarta – Bogor – Ciawi. It spans about 60 km from Jakarta until Ciawi. It is the first toll road in Indonesia.
Day 1: Jakarta
The tour will start from Jakarta. Our driver-guide will pick you up from your location in Jakarta.
Jakarta is the biggest and the capital city of Indonesia. As the capital city, Jakarta is the biggest gate to enter Indonesia. You can learn about Indonesia in Jakarta.
Plan To Do
- Jakarta city tour
- Batavia old town tour
- Stay in Jakarta
Jakarta City Tour
First, we will visit the city center. In the city, you can see Monas Tower. What is it?
The word Monas stands for Monumen Nasional. It is a national statue built to commemorate the Indonesian struggle for independence day. It is the tallest statue in Indonesia, with the height of 133 m. The statue building symbolizes mortar and pestle, two traditional tool used for pounding grain or rice.
On the summit, there is a flame covered with 50 kg gold. The flame symbolize the passion of Indonesian people to reach independence. Below the flame, there is an observation deck to see surrounding from top. Visitors are allowed to get up to the deck. But there is only one lift available with capacity 11 persons. If you want to get to the deck, you need to come morning to beat the queuing line.
Monas is situated in the middle of Jakarta city. It is surrounded by important and government buildings. After visiting Monas, we can go to National Museum, Istiqlal Mosque, and Cathedral Church.
Batavia Old Town Tour
After sightseeing in the city center, we will go to the old town. The main area for the old town is Fatahillah square. It is located on Kota district. Kota is an Indonesian word means city. It refers to the city center in the Dutch colonial period.
The square is surrounded by old colonial Dutch buildings. Few of them are being used as museums now, such as Jakarta History Museum, Wayang (puppet) Museum, Museum Bank Indonesia, and Art & Ceramic Museum.
The square was named Stadhuiplein and was used as the city square of Batavia, the former name of Jakarta. It is located in front of the city hall named Stadhuis. The Stadhuis was built by the governor of Dutch East Indies (former name of Indonesia) and inaugurated by Governor General Abraham van Riebeeck in 1710. The building resembles the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, better now as Dam Palace in the Netherlands.
The Stadhuis was used by Dutch governor as governor’s office and prisoners jail located underground below the building. The building is now being used as Museum of Jakarta History, better know as Fatahillah Museum. The museum collecting objects related to the history of Jakarta.
Day 2: Jakarta to Bogor
On 2nd day, we will go to Bogor. On the way to Bogor, we will visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park) to learn Indonesia culture, then visit Bogor Botanical Gardens in Bogor city. After finish, we’ll go to Puncak highland to staying in for one night.
Plan To Do
- Check out
- Visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
- Visit Bogor Botanical Gardens
- Go to Puncak
- Overnight in Puncak
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)
Indonesia is rich of cultures. It is impossible to visit all provinces in Indonesia to know the each cultures in short time. That’s why the government built TMII. TMII (in English means Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park) is a huge park good for people and tourists to learn Indonesian culture in one place. Inside the park, you will see 34 traditional houses in their real size. Each house represents each province in Indonesia. Besides housing traditional house from each province, TMII is also housing many museums for visitor to learn about Indonesia. Few popular museums inside TMII are Komodo & Reptile Museum, Indonesia Museum, Bird Park, and Transportation Museum.
Bogor Botanical Gardens
Bogor Botanical Gardens or Kebun Raya Bogor is the first and the main botanical gardens in Indonesia. It conserves thousands plant specimens from Indonesia, Brazil, Burma, even Africa, etc. In the gardens, you can find many rare plants as well as many beautiful gardens like bamboo garden, orchid house, Mexican garden, palm garden, aquatic garden, etc.
This botanical garden also holds very valuable historical values for Indonesia. In the garden you can see Bogor Palace. The palace was the official residence for Dutch East Indies governors. Sir Stamford Raffles also used the palace as his residence during British rule in early 19 century.
Day 3: Go to Bandung via Puncak Pass
Puncak pass is a pass connecting Bogor to Bandung. The highland is a popular tourist destination since Dutch colonial period. Tourists from Jakarta are usual to spend their weekend and holiday in Puncak. That’s why the traffic is usually very bad during weekend and holiday. It is highly recommended to visit Puncak in the weekday to avoid bad traffic.
There are some beautiful places worth to visit on Puncak highland and surrounding areas. They are Taman Safari Indonesia, Cilember 7 Waterfalls, Gunung Mas Tea Plantation, Cibodas Botanical Gardens, and Nusantara Flowers Garden. Spending a day is not enough to visit all the places mentioned. But if you want to go to Bandung and make a visit to Puncak, you can choose one or two places to be visited. And if we still have time, before sundown and when we are almost reaching Bandung, we can also visit another recommended place, that is Stone Garden.
Plan To Do
- Check out
- Visit Puncak tea plantation, etc.
- Go to Bandung
- Stay in Bandung
Puncak Tea Plantation
On the Puncak main road, you can see scenic tea plantation on the left and right of the road. There are some activities on tea plantation such as tea walking or short hiking around tea plantation, drinking local tea, paragliding, flying fox ride, take some photos on the way, riding horse, and riding atv.
The highest road on the way to Bandung is located on Puncak Pass with elevation about 1,500 m above sea level. There is a car parking on it where we can park the car and enjoy the green view of tea plantation. From here, we can do short hiking to climb the tea hill on across of the car parking.
Behind the hill, there is a small and natural greenish lake named Telaga Warna. The lake is surrounded by green forest. In the forest, there are many monkeys that are not shy to come to the lake and get close to visitors to look for some food. The lake is good to visit, but sadly the entrance fee is quite expensive for foreigner visitors.
Day 4: Mount Tangkuban Parahu and Lembang
Today, our main plan is to visit Tangkuban Parahu volcano. The rest time can be used to visit other places in Lembang like Floating Market, Farmhouse, Cimahi Rainbow Waterfall, Kampung Daun, or Maribaya Lodge & waterfalls.
Plan To Do
- Visit Tangkuban Parahu volcano
- Visit Floating Market
- Visit a waterfall
- Stay in Bandung
Tangkuban Perahu Volcano
Mount Tangkuban Parahu is situated about 20 km north of Bandung city. The mountain is located at an altitude of 2.082 m above sea level. It takes about one hour driving from Bamdung city to go to the mountain via main route: city – Setiabudi – Ledeng – Lembang.
Tangkuban Parahu is an active volcano. The last eruption was in July 2019. The eruption created a new small crater on the side of Ratu crater. There are three main craters on top: Ratu crater, Upas crater, and Domas Crater.
Ratu crater, means queen crater, is the biggest crater on Tangkuban Parahu volcano. It is also the most easiest crater that can be reached by visitors. No need to walk to go to the crater. Visitors are allowed to drive small vehicles until Ratu crater area. The parking area is located just on the mouth of the crater.
Domas crater is located about 1.2 km from Ratu crater. It is the only one crater that allows visitors to walk down to the crater’s floor. There is an additional entrance fee to go down to this crater. A local guide will guide you to the crater. The journey takes about 30 to 40 minutes walking from entrance gate. On the crater floor, there are some natural hot springs where you can soak your feet, doing mud spa, and boil some. For soaking the feet, choose a hot spring with warm temperature.
Day 5: Kawah Putih & Ciwidey Highland
Ciwidey is a highland district located in Bandung regency, about 50 km south of Bandung city. The highland is easy to reach from the city after there is a direct access via toll road from Bandung to Soreang, the capital of Bandung regency.
Ciwidey is a popular area among tourists because there are many tourist spots here. The area has beautiful sceneries, volcanic craters, lake, strawberry farms, vegetable farms, glamping (glamorous camping), deer farm, and tea plantation. The most popular destination is Kawah Putih.
Plan To Do
- Visit Kawah Putih (White Crater)
- Visit Lake Patenggang and Glamping Lakeside
- See Rancabali tea plantation
- Back to Bandung or Jakarta
Kawah Putih (White Crater) is a beautiful whitish green crater lake located on Mount Patuha, 50 km south of Bandung. The mountain named Patuha, which means ‘old man’, because it has no any volcanic activity for hundreds years.
The crater was found in around 1837 by a German-born Dutch botanist, Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn. At that time, Dr. Junghuhn traveled through Java island and climbed almost all of volcanoes in Java. He reach southern Bandung and found a very quiet forest at the foot of Mount Patuha. Local people told him that Mount Patuha was haunted, even birds were reluctant to fly there.
Dr. Junghuhn was curious about the reason why the forest was very quite. He walked to the jungle and climbed the mountain. He was stunned when he reached the top. He saw a greenish-white lake with a strong sulfuric odor. He then realized why the birds did not want to fly above the crater.
What to do next is depend on your needs and plan. We can go back to Jakarta after finish the trip in Bandung. Or you can go to Yogyakarta by train by yourself in the next day. Our driver can help you purchase and print tickets if needed.
Other alternative is to extend the trip with us until Pangandaran beach or further in the next days. For further information about our overland trip on Java island, you can visit our page: Java to Bali Overland Tour