About 48km from south of the major West Java city called Bandung, Exa left Feli to Pangalengan with his photo-hunting fellas (Oh well, Feli was invited to join but had a dinner meeting with colleagues). Pangalengan known well for the agricultural, farm and plantation areas. Some people know it better for its pure milk production.
- Knowing the best time to drive is a must! It’s 2 hours drive from Bandung yet we took almost 10 hours from Jakarta to Pangalengan because it was a long weekend.
- Prepare your engine! On the way to Pangalengan and to our photo-hunts spot is uphill. The road can be traversed by two cars and quite mediocre. Some of the spots are even offroad.
Food. You can find convenience store for snacks, warung (local traditional small store), and restaurant. Mostly they offers traditional food; fries, rendang, tempe, fish, perkedel, fried rice, fried noodles and more of Indonesian food.
Things you can do. As we were here only for photo-hunt, we got information from the guy who guided us for things Pangalengan offers.
- Hot spring at Cibolang
- Rafting in Palayangan river
- Camping with your own tent at Puntang mountain
- Relaxing and strolling around Cileunca lake or Cisanti lake
- Visit Cikondang village for cultural tourism experience
Way from Jakarta where the honking horn relentlessly and the pollution as it fart, Pangalengan offers you things you can’t find in Puncak, Bogor, or Bandung. We had our weekend escape and managed to have photo-hunt. 10 hours driving did not really bother us because we know exactly what we are about to catch. Too bad, the only thing we missed is the sunrise.
We were pleased by the scenery along the road. We were so lucky to have this humble local guy who offer us snacks and coffee/tea at his place and it did not stop there. He took us to the places that are best for photoshoot. His cheesy joked and stories told calorify the milieu.
It was so cold yet the sun rise up high. The fog bespread the tea garden, beautifully like the shawl of nymphs. Seeing peasants who depicture their smile knowing it was a good day to reap the harvest boost up our mood back after we failed to see the sunrise.
We realized it was a raining season but this passion to hunt can’t be just ignored. After all, rainbow comes after the rain. Then when we done packing and about to headed to Bandung, the sky turned purple pink-ish right after a long drizzle. All of us vying to take our own cameras to capture. It’s indeed a breathtaking moment!