Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Why Travel Tuesday: Tea Hills of Bandung, Indonesia

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a photo from the cool tea hills just an hour outside the busy capital of West Java: Bandung, Indonesia.)

Cool Tea Hills, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
The cool hills of West Java, around the provincial capital city of Bandung, is a tea-growing region.

There are many reasons for which I chose Bandung, capital of West Java, to be my next port of call on Java Island, Indonesia. They involve an eerie volcanic crater, architecture, food, and well, its accessibility from Jakarta, but more on that later. Primarily, however, it is the prospect of being in cool hill stations again where even cooler mountains are just a stone's throw away. Indonesia, you see, is in the southern hemisphere. While the rest of Southeast Asia bakes in summer or ushers in the summer monsoon, Java Island welcomes its cool, dry season. The morning after I arrived in Bandung, I and a few new-found friends headed to the hills. I have always wanted to see tea plantations, seeing as I consume so much of it and well, tea plantations are very picturesque. I was not disappointed.

Which cool hill stations that you traveled to you liked the best?

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