Dieng Plateau, a Land above the Cloud

All People know this beautiful Dieng Plateau. This plateau located in the district of Banjarnegara and Wonosobo District, has been known for its natural beauty since the colonial era. The area located in between of Sindoro Mountains and Sumbing Mountains is a magnet of its beauty since Dutch colonial times.
On the tongues of men, the Dutch were very exciting to visit this plateau just to enjoy its beauty
Standing on Paradise Land
“A Land above the Cloud” is another famous name of Dieng Plateau. The nickname is certainly not just a nickname given without any factual reason. The nickname of “the land upon the cloud” is given to the Dieng plateau because when you stand on the peak of this plateau in the sunny day then you can discover that the village landscape you are standing on is above the clouds due to its height.
Dieng has average altitude is about 2,000 meters above sea level. Temperatures range from 12-20 ° C in the daytime and 6-10 ° C at night. In the dry season (July and August), temperatures can reach to 0 ° C in the morning and create a frost that locals people called it as Bun Upas (“poisonous mist”) because it causes damage to crops.
Administratively based on geographical data, this area is a part of Dieng Kulon Village, Batur District, Banjarnegara and also as a part of Dieng Regencies (“East Dieng”), Kejajar District, Wonosobo District. As tongue of men, this place is also known as the palace of Gods. It is referring to Javanese terms of name; “Dieng” is from two Kawi combination words: “di” meaning “place” or “mountain” and “Hyang” means “Gods”. Thus, Dieng can be defined as a mountainous area where the gods and goddesses live.

Tourist Attraction
Going to the Dieng Plateau, then you should prepare to feel continuously being amazed because of its beauty attraction. Here, some of tourist attractions or tourism destination you can find in the Dieng Plateau;
1. Telaga Warna (Colorful Lake), a lake raises the shades of red, green, blue, white, and mauve. This lake located next to Pengilon Lake. Uniquely, that border between Telaga Warna and Pengilon Lake is the grass formed like a small swamp.
Between the two lakes, you can also find the Semar Cave, Jaran Cave, and also a well cave, which located near Telaga Warna and Pengilon Lake.
2. Craters: Sikidang, Sileri, Sinila Crates (erupted and released its poison gas in 1979 and caused 149 victims died), Candradimuka Crater.
3. In Dieng Plateau, you will also find a complex of Hindu temples built in the 7th century AD, among others: Gatotkaca Temple, Bima Temple, Arjuna Temple, Semar Temple, Sembadra Temple, Srikandi Temple, Setyaki Temple, Gangsiran Aswatama, Nakula-Sadewa Temple, Parikesit Temple, and Dwarawati Temple.

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