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KARO

Berastagi



Berastagi is an area full of beautiful scenery. It lies on the highlands of North Sumatera, on a plateau 100 metres (4,594 feet) above sea level in clean, cool air, and is surrounded by majestic mountains and penetrable jungle. The 66 kilometre road winding up the mountainside offer a fascinating trip itself. From Berastagi, there is clear view of Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak. Mount Sibayak , an, extinct volcano 2000 a high, is not far away and can be climbed in a 3-hour hike to get a magnificent view of the surrounding area. Adventurous tourists may also choose to go on a 3 to 5 day trip into the jungle. Berastagi well -known for its abudance of flowers, vegetables and fruits. The 'marquisa' in particular, is a fruit famed throughout Indonesia for its delicious taste, and is grown only in the Berastagi region. In the past few years,'Pesta Buah' (Fruit Festival) and 'Pesta Mejuah-juah' have been celebrated annually. The 'Kerja Tahun' (Work Year) is another festivity in which Karonese city a adwellers come to visit their relatives in rural areas to show their solidarity to do chores. There is charming old colonial-style hotel in Berastagi with a delightful golf course. In former times, Berastagi was a weekend resort for the European planters in the area. Visitor may find accommodation at the Rose Garden, a large two-star hotel with colonial architecture, and at Sibayakk International Hotel, a new hotel with three star rating. Berastagi can be reach by taxi or bus

Sipiso-piso Waterfall


This is narrow waterfall in the Karo highland, falling from a great height into gorge is situated 24 kilometres from Kabanjahe, to the north of Lake Toba. This area is famed for its beautiful landscape, including this 360 foot high waterfall. You can see the blue green hills and magnificent Lake Toba in the distance.

Tongging


Tongging is also situated in north of Lake Toba, in the viicinity of Sipiso-piso waterfall. The main attraction along the way to Tongging is panoramic scenery, as the road runs along a plateau over looking the Lake Toba. You can fish here for fun and cottage is available for you stay.

Lingga


This is a village where you can see a traditional Karo houses on stilts with high. pointed roofs- unchanged through the ages. The village lies 4 kilometres from Kabanjahe and 15 KM south of Berastagi. Some of the houses and structures in the village are more than 200 years old.

Kabanjahe


Kabanjahe is not far from Berastagi (only 11 km away) . The majority of population here makke living from farming and they still maintain the traditional ways and custom. This town also offers its various, tasty fruits such as oranges, bananas and passion fruit marquisa.

Barusjahe Village


This is another village with traditional Karo houses such as those found at Lingga. Here the villagers also live accordance with the old customs and traditions, thereby maintaining the original KKaro culture.

Peceren


Peceren is another traditional Karo village located in Berastagi approximately 300 metres from the main road. Here you can taste traditional cakkes called 'wajik' (glutinuous rice cakes).

Danau Lau Kawar


The Lakes is located at the foot of Mt. Sinabung, about 27 KM from Kabanjahe. The forests in this area have been virtually untouched by man, and the lake is famed for the clearness and freshness of its water

Sikulikap Water-fall


This is another attraction place visited by foreign and domestic tourists. Located not far from Medan the 51 KM distance can be covered by bus. Visitor may go swimming in the clear water.

Lau Debuk-debuk / Semangat Gunung Hot Spring


This place is about 60 KM from Medan in the direction of Berastagi at the foot of Mt. Sibayak. There is a warm, phosphorus spring, whose water can seemingly cure various skin itches.

DAIRI

Dairi is situated to the south of the Karo highlands and is bordered by Special Territory/Province of Aceh.This region is known as hillside resort area. Dairi is also famous for the coffe thet is grown here. Dairi can be reached by bus or taxi from Medan and Kabanjahe. It is about 5 hours by bus from Medan and 3 hours from Kabanjahe. The native people here are The Pakpak tribe, who have a unique culture reflected in their dance, song, myths, and legends, as well as their traditional houses. Several non star hotels can be found here. One of these, the Ria Pulo Paropo Inn, is located nearby Lake Toba . Tourist objects that canbe visited hete are :

Pea Raja

Located approximately 70 KM from Sidikalang, you can visit the place by bus from Medan. Here you can see the castle of King Sisingamangaraja VII, a National Fighter against the Duch colonial army.

Lau Pondom- Paropo Silalahi

These are three interesting place located nearby Lake Toba on its west side. Visitors can come here by bus. Silalahi has the widest shore where you can enjoy boating and fishing. The uphill scenery is fantastic for your photography.

Lau Renun

Lau Renun is located in the Tiga Lingga subdistric. There is waterfall here and some lovely scenery.


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