An Interesting One Day Trip to Botanical Garden
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July 23rd, 2008 – by: ariwardani
I think the best way to introduce passion for travelling to my children is by going everywhere nearby where we live. Thus, Bogor is classified as one of these worth to see places. So, when my daughter is still on her long holidays in June-July, I take both two children plus my maid to go to Bogor.
We plan to go there not by a car, which is not interesting anymore to go by car these days.
My husband take us to one of the train station along the way to go to Bogor. When we just arrived, an executive train have just passed-by. I know that if we wait for another one, maybe it takes years to see it comes. So, I decide to take the economy one consider that the train will be empty since everybody, as commuters, go on the other way of direction, which is go to downtown for work.
Surprising by my incorrect judgement, the train is full house! Since we have paid for the economy train tickets and we do not want to wait in this station under a shinny sunshine and standing for I don't know how long it would that be, we just jump to the train, hoping that it will release some of the passengers along the way through many stations ahead.
Again, incorrect judgement.
It seems that everybody just wants to go to the final destination, which is Bogor. So, we have to stand all the way to Bogor. Lucky for me, I bring a little child. So, a passenger gives away her seat to me and I take her seat happily with so much grateful and many thanks for her.
Finally, we reach the main station of Bogor. As soon as we jump out of the train, literally jump, it feels like the time machine drags us to the past. The old structure of Bogor train station proves that it was built in the era when the Dutchmen still colonialized the land.
We continue the trip by taking "angkot", a small minivan that goes around the city. Another surprise, nobody in the angkot knows where to stop/the main entrance of the garden. Howcome? Have they never spent a weekend by sightseeing to the garden? I am wondering about this because the botanical garden is very really extraordinary huge, it occupies almost the whole city.
In short, we manage to stop at the right entrance gate. After paying a penny for the entry ticket, we start our walk. According to Wikipedia, the garden area covers 80 ha, with collection of around 15,000 kinds of plants and trees.
Besides the extensive numbers of trees and plants species, this garden also has a presidential palace, a zoological museum, and an old Dutch cemetery. We visit them all, except the presidential palace. It is only open for certain occassions and you have to be in a large group to be able to enter the palace.
One of the main attractions in Bogor Botanical Garden is corpse flower (Amorphopalus Titanium). When it blooms, the height of the flower can reach 4 m with diameter of 1.
Unfortunately, at the time we visit this garden, it is not the time this flower blooms. So, maybe next time going to this garden again just to see the flower.
After walking for hundreds of metres, we end our trip by going to the zoological museum. It has a vast collection of preserved species of Indonesian fauna, from birds and reptiles to mammals and conchs, most of it displayed in lifelike dioramas. I love to see this museum because the dioramas are beautifully decorated, as if each of it represents the actual wild life where the animals have ever lived.
Well, being tired of going around the botanical garden and the zoological museum, we go back to the main station by riding a becak, a tricycle pedalled by a driver who sits behind the passengers. It is a nice ride, the afternoon breezes softly caress our face and make a sleepy feeling. This time, definitely, we used the executive train. It was aircond and empty, a lot of seats to choose.
That's the end of our one day trip to Bogor.
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