Fulfilling the Curiosity
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February 17th, 2008 – by: ariwardani
The park is located at Cileungsi main road, km 3, Jonggol, Bogor, West Java. Going there from our perspective, is like going from end to end. It is located on the east of Jakarta while our house is on the west of Jakarta.
After around one and a half hour driving, we reach the place. The entry ticket is extraordinary cheap, only IDR 10,000 (= USD 1) for adult and above 2 years old child.
The park is very huge, 264 ha. It collects 1,400 varieties of fruit plants, scattered on 80 hectares area. It is one of the biggest tropical fruit conservatory park in the world, especially the best breeds that are collected from all over Indonesia. Besides functions as a fruit conservatory, it offers many outbound and recreational activities.
When entering the park, at first I get confused on which activity we should choose. After asking several questions, if not considered as thousand ones, at the information centre, I decide to take the tour ride and buy the ticket for that. There is a long queue to get into one of the tour ride busses but the queueing process relatively quick because they manage the incoming and outcoming busses in an efficient manner.
We see several fruit nurseries and stop at rambutan nursery (Latin Name: Nephelium lappaceum). Rambutan has red skin and it is covered in soft and hairy spines. The skin slips off very easily to reveal white pulp surrounding one brown seed. The texture and flavor of the white pulp is reminiscent of a sweet grape. They have several kinds of rambutan and we can pick freely from the tree. Some species have a sour type, I do not have any idea why they keep planting those trees. If I were them, I would simply ask somebody to cut those trees that not producing sweet fruits :P
Continuing the ride, we see some white spots deer, the same as the ones we saw in Botanical Garden in Bogor. We also see a lotus garden and a 7- storey building, named Puri Tirtosari Waterfall Building.
After going around on the tour ride for one hour, we finally stop at the area of outbound activity. There are many kinds of them, including flying fox, Elvis walk, and so on. There is also a big lake that has the total area about 27 ha. Of course, there are several water fun activities there, such as riding a power boat, rowing boats, or swan pedal boats. We do not do any activity, either on the outbound area, nor on the lake.
Then, we go to a "China Town" area. It is not a real China Town as refers to the common understanding. Actually, it was built by a developer in order to attract people to come to its residential area. It is a huge complex, painted in almost 100 % red and the ambiance is giving the impression as if you are in some kind of a fairy land with Chinese style of buildings and surroundings. As soon as we get there, we take our lunch to cease fire with our stomach. :P
After taking the lunch and putting back our mood in a comfortable level again, we take time to go around and see the place.
As we finish going around the place, we get stuck for a while because of a sudden heavy raining. Some people are reluctantly buy umbrellas just to let themselves out of the rain situation. Meanwhile, we just take a rest at a shelter over there. When the rain finally stops, we then go out and drive back to the west; to our little but comfy home.
End of this weekend.
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