Some two thousand metres above sea level, we arrived on the Dieng Plateau. It was a bonus to enjoy the cooler air in a quieter part of the island. Rice was being harvested as we climbed up on our way to an ancient Hindu site built during the era of the Kalingga Kingdom.
The Dieng temple complex was believed to be from the seventh or eighth century and contained several hundred miniature shrines dedicated to Shiva. On our visit, only eight shrines remained. The style resembled that used by the Pallava South Indian rulers—yet another example of Indonesia’s contact with India over a millennia ago.
Nearby was Telaga Warna, a lake surrounded by forest noted for its changing colours. Bubbles drifted to its surface due to the high content of sulfur in the water.
We had taken a tour to these out of the way locations and my daughter had grown tired of posing for photos and begun to take charge of the camera. On many of these adventures, we travelled light—three outfits—one to wear, one to wash and one in case, hence the same clothes in nearly every photo!
2 thoughts on “The Dieng Plateau.”
When I went there in 2015, most of the temples were in the same condition as how they were when you went (at least judging from your photo). But in recent years, they’ve been completely restored and now they look much taller with their spires returned to where they were. I’m curious to see how they look today with my own eyes.
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Hope you visit soon as I’d be interested too. It sounds like they would appear more like a South Indian gopurum.
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