Garuda Indonesia Colours Magazine May 2019 - Page 100

Travel / Tasikmalaya / ON THE MAP Tasikmalaya is the 7 th largest city in West Java, about 120km southeast of Bandung. On February 27, Indonesian President Joko Widodo opened the new terminal at Wiriadinata Airport in Tasikmalaya, ushering in a new era of passenger travel for a pocket of the country well off the typical tourism trail. E/ Tasikmalaya is the name of the city and the district in this eastern part of West Java. The volcanic soil makes this area perfect for agriculture; it is also green and beautiful. Most of the region is hilly, especially to the west where Mount Galunggung (2,167m) rises majestically. It’s a place where nature enthusiasts are spoiled for choice when deciding what to do and where to go next. I start my adventure in the cold dawn; my feet tread up the 620 steps to climb Mount Galunggung. Its crater is still covered in thick fog, like a giant bowl filled with cotton candy, the lights from Tasikmalaya City flickering across the 98 1  I start my adventure in the cold dawn; my feet tread up the 620 steps to climb Mount Galunggung. Its crater is still covered in thick fog, like a giant bowl filled with cotton candy.