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Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda

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In the hills around eight kilometres north of Bandung a long narrow swathe of National Forest, Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda, hugs a serpentine river valley and offers an enjoyable five-kilometre walk with waterfalls and fascinating historical bunkers to explore—a breath of fresh air from Bandung’s congested traffic.

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The park (also known as TAHURA or Juanda Forest Park) covers an area of almost 600 hectares from Maribaya just outside of Lembang in the north, to Dago in the south, with a mix of vegetation including pine plantations and secondary natural rainforest. This conservation area is named for Raden Djuanda Kartawidjaja, who was Indonesia’s final Prime Minister before the abolition of the post to allow for greater power to be exercised by the President (his face can also be seen on the 50,000 rupiah note). Within the park a monument and a small museum are dedicated to him.

Easy wandering. Photo taken in or around Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Easy wandering. Photo: Sally Arnold

Entrances at either end of the National Forest are connected by a single path. The easiest hiking option is to start in the north at Maribaya and walk in a southwesterly direction towards Dago. This means your hike will begin at just over 1,100 metres above sea level and descend to around 950 metres presenting you with a gentle downhill slope for most of the walk, of course if you fancy a bit of cardio (or your driver misunderstands, like ours), start at the opposite end. The path is straightforward and easy to follow if you are heading downhill, but in the uphill direction, a couple of unsignposted forks can be confusing (the signage is broken and has not been repaired).

A total of four waterfalls afford short detours off the main path, unfortunately we left too little time to check them all out except to note the distance between them, however the jungle and river views along the path alone are incredibly scenic and you may even see a monkey or ten. The first waterfall, Curug Omas is around one kilometre from the entrance gate so you don’t have to walk far to enjoy a bit of a splash. The path leading to the falls did seem a bit steep and slippery though, so be careful on the ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
To reach Maribaya from central Bandung, catch a Stasiun Hall–Lembang angkot to Lembang near the train station (10,000 rupiah), the angkot will continue on through Lembang central market. Immediately upon exiting the market, you should disembark and look for a yellow angkot heading to Maribaya. Better still, tell the driver before you reach the market that you want to go to Maribaya and he will stop the angkot in the correct location and point out the connecting angkots.

To reach the Dago entrance, catch a Caringin–Dago angkot or a Ciroyom–Ciburial angkot and tell the driver you want to go to Dago Pakar. You will then have to walk a little up the hill to the entrance (12,000 rupiah).

If travelling by private transport ask your driver to drop you at the Maribaya gate and meet you at the Dago gate or simply get a taxi or Go-Jek to your preferred start point, and call another when you finish. Alternately combined your visit with other attractions in the north of Bandung and make a day of it. Buton Backpackers and Pinisi Backpacker both offer motorbike day trips from Bandung for 250,000 rupiah excluding entrance fees.

Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda
8 kilometres north of Bandung
Mo–Su: 06:00–18:00
Admission: 50,000 rupiah for foreigners, 12,000 rupiah for locals. 3,000 rupiah for compulsory insurance

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