Puncak

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Puncak pass

Puncak or Puncak Pass (Indonesian for "top" or "peak") is a mountain pass in West Java, Indonesia. The area has been considered a popular weekend destination for residents in Jakarta, especially for those who are longing for clean air and beautiful scenery.

The pass connects the city of Bogor and Bandung, and is spread within the regencies of Bogor, Cianjur, and Sukabumi. Puncak Pass is located on the ridge to the north of Mt.Gede-Pangrango. The highest point of the pass is about 1500 m altitude.

Puncak is a large conglomeration of districts in Bogor regency, such as Cisarua, Ciawi, Megamendung, Cipanas, etc. All of those districts are unified by the main road, Jalan Raya Puncak.

History[edit]

Puncak (old Dutch spelling Poentjak) is the name of a pass on the Indonesian island of Java which one passes when one of Bogor to Bandung travel.

The highland, being cooler than Batavia, has already been popular resort area for the inhabitants of Batavia who is looking for cooler air. Many Swiss-type chalets were built around Puncak during the pre-World War II colonial period.

Today Puncak Pass is surrounded by hotels and resorts.

View from Puncak Pass toward the north, overlooking the tea plantation.
Telaga Warna volcanic lake
Tea plantation on Puncak


Things to do[edit]

Puncak is famous for its individual private resorts/villas, which can be rented out for individual or group bookings. Many schools and companies organized group outings, business conference, and trainings in those resorts.

There are many tea plantations on either side of the main Puncak road, and the many activities you can do there; from paragliding, tea plantation walking, or just relaxing and admiring the beautiful view.

In addition, Puncak also has a lot of landmarks and tourist attractions, such as Taman Safari, Puncak Pas, and Kota Bunga. Another tourist attraction, just south of the pass, is the Cibodas Botanical Garden. Taman Safari, a wildlife park, is also located in Puncak. There is a volcanic lake Telaga Warna near the main route.


New alternative route[edit]

Bogor Regency is planning to build an alternative route from Sentul International Circuit-Babakan Madang-Hambalang-Sukmamakmur-Cipanas Palace, Pacet with total length of 47 kilometers, and a carriageway 30 meters wide. Most of the land will be granted by businessmen such as Probosutedjo and Tommy Suharto. The construction will commence in 2011 and was scheduled to be partly finished in 2013.[1]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Puncak travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 6°42′14″S 106°59′39″E / 6.70389°S 106.99417°E / -6.70389; 106.99417