“COOL & SO­PHIS­TI­CATED, THE PARIS OF JAVA.”

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(+62) 22 Of­ten re­ferred to as the Paris of Java due to its long Euro­pean in­flu­ence and am­bi­ence, around 150 kilo­me­tres south­east of Jakarta you will find the his­tor­i­cal and pic­turesque city of Ban­dung. The cap­i­tal city of the province of West Java, the city is more or less sur­rounded by hills, vol­canic lakes and moun­tains, which con­trib­ute to its cooler cli­mate and, in turn, the re­gion’s his­tor­i­cal growth as a cen­tre of agri­cul­ture, tex­tiles and tourism. In the 18TH cen­tury, the Dutch es­tab­lished the first tea plan­ta­tions in the area, but this was just the start as Ban­dung evolved into a cos­mopoli­tan city bustling with cafés, bou­tiques, vil­las and ho­tels, fu­elled in no small part by the open­ing of the Jakarta-ban­dung rail­way line in 1880. The rail link ex­panded the range of pro­duce that could be grown and with it the gen­er­a­tion of wealth. The seem­ingly end­less miles of fer­tile hills and low­lands soon saw the in­tro­duc­tion of the tex­tile in­dus­try.

By the late 1910s, the need for skilled pro­fes­sion­als drove the es­tab­lish­ment of the first tech­ni­cal high school in 1920, a school that grew to be Ban­dung In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, per­haps In­done­sia’s most fa­mous univer­sity, and the city’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion was born. Today there are over 25 higher ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres in the city, in­clud­ing The Na­tional Ho­tel In­sti­tute, the Na­tional Rail­way In­sti­tute, the Se­nior Of­fi­cers Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute and the Women’s Po­lice Academy. Fur­ther afield, the heal­ing prop­er­ties of the nat­u­ral vol­canic hot springs, like those at Ci­ater, and stun­ning cas­cades such as at the 87m-high Cimahi water­fall – which has re­cently been il­lu­mi­nated for night view­ing – added to the area’s grow­ing al­lure and its cos­mopoli­tan ap­peal.

Aside from be­ing a mag­net for shop­pers and the ed­u­ca­tion hub of In­done­sia, Ban­dung boasts a plethora of classy din­ing out­lets and some truly out­stand­ing cafés, bars and nightspots. It is also one of the green­est cities in In­done­sia with swathes of open parks and lush fauna, plus an ar­ray of must-see his­tor­i­cal build­ings and of­ten unique at­trac­tions. The sur­round­ing area also of­fers vis­i­tors the chance to en­joy some of Java’s most in­cred­i­ble scenery. The ad­ven­tur­ous in par­tic­u­lar can ex­plore places like Te­bing Gu­nung Hawu – the moun­tain with a hole in it, part of the Sing­galang range, Goa Pa­won and fa­mous stone gar­den of Padalarang, as well as Kawah Pu­tih, a mys­ti­cal crater lake that formed af­ter the Mount Patuha erup­tion.

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