[[Image:OrchidHouse White. JPG|thumb|240px|Orchids in the Orchid House, Botanical Garden]]
[http://www.kotabogor.go.id/webkotabogoring/index.htm] is a city in [[West Java]], [[Indonesia]] .
60 km south of [[Jakarta]], Bogor is the "bo" of the massive ''Jabotabek'' conurbation, with 3,000,000 people or so of its own. Located 290 meters above sea level, Bogor is noticeably cooler than the torrid lowlands. The town was the capital of Indonesia during the brief British occupation, and under the name '''Buitenzorg''' was also the summer capital of the Dutch in the hot dry season .
's epithet is ''Kota Hujan'' , meaning " '''City of Rain' ''". Statistically, it 's the rainiest city on Java, and locals jokingly advise getting any sightseeing done in the morning because it's guaranteed to rain in the afternoon . Then again, tramping through the Gardens can actually be more pleasant in a cool drizzle.
The nearest airport
would be [[Jakarta]]'s Soekarno-Hatta Airport. There are direct ''Damri'' buses from there to Bogor. If you charter helicopter from Soekarno Hatta airport, you can request (in advance ) for permission to land at Atang Senjaya airport, Bogor. This airport is a military base, but will be used for civilian flights in the future.
Eksekutif'' -class trains called ''Pakuan'' depart Jakarta's Kota station, with a stop in Gambir, roughly hourly. '' Ekonomi'' -class trains depart Jakarta's Kota station every 20 minutes or so , but can be crowded beyond belief and '' do not'' stop in Gambir .
Buses from Bogor to [[Bandung]] take about
three hours, except on weekends when they're not allowed to use the [[Puncak]] pass and have to loop through [[Sukabumi]], adding an hour to the trip.
toll highway, Bogor is about 40 minutes from [[Jakarta ]]. During traffic jam ( rush hours) , it will take 80 to 120 minutes. Many commuters stay in Bogor and work in Jakarta. On weekend and holiday, the trip from Jakarta to Bogor may take up to 3 hours.
You can take metered taxi to Bogor. The cost will be approx. US$ 8. The trip may take up to 2 hours. It's better to order the taxi from the taxi companies because most taxi refused to go to Bogor. The Taxi from Jakarta are not allowed to take any passenger from Bogor to Jakarta.
The traffic in Bogor is chaotic. There is a daily traffic jam in Bogor from early in the morning to late in the afternoon. On weekend and holiday, people from Jakarta often go to Bogor with their cars.
The easiest way to get around Bogor is by ''angkot'', little green minibuses, hordes of which infest Bogor's central streets. Any trip from anywhere to anywhere costs
Rp. 2000, paid when you get off. There are also some Bali-style ''bemo'' minibuses, mostly outside the city center, which are even more cramped than angkot and charge around Rp. 1500. A full table of angkot and bemo routes is available [http:// www. kotabogor. go. id/fasilitas. php?info=angkot&submenu=0203&lang=id here].
The downsides to using angkot are are that the drivers are reckless and theft is all too common (guard your belongings). Also, angkot only depart from their '' pangkalan'' (terminals) when full — 10 minutes on a good day on a busy route, 90 minutes on a bad day on an unpopular one.
horse cart=== Horse carts known as ' 'delman'' can be found in central Bogor and are not too bad an option if you want to cruise around and take a look at the city. The poor beasts aren't very comfortable in the traffic scrum though.
[[Image:BotanicalGardens Rain.JPG|thumb|240px|In the Botanical Garden on a typical rainy day]]
* '''Botanical Garden''' (''Kebun Raya Bogor''), [http://www.bogor.indo.net.id/kri/].
Bogor's pride and joy, the extensive Botanical Gardens were founded in 1811 as a private garden of the Governor-General's summer residence by Sir Stamford Raffles, who also went on to found [[Singapore]]. However, it was Casper Reinwardt who adopted the gardens for more scientific use, with Johannes Elias Teysmann continuing in his footsteps. Today, the gardens stretch out over 87 hectares, parts carefully manicured like the palace gardens they are, parts seeming like wild jungle at first glance (if not for the tags detailing where every tree and plant comes from), with lakes, two rivers and hilly trails. If you're lucky, you may be able to spot a blooming giant arum (''Amorphophallus titanum''), the world's tallest inflorescence (flower cluster) which can reach an astounding 2.5 meters — but, alas, smells like rotting meat. Open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily, although (despite the size !) they can get crowded on Sundays. Entry is Rp 5, 500 for people, Rp 10,000 for cars, which can also drive around on main roads and are a bit of a nuisance.
* '''Presidential Palace''' (''Istana Bogor''), in the northwest corners of the Botanical Gardens. Originally the summer residence of the Governor-General of Java, now one of the Indonesian president's summer escapes and noted for the 250 tame deer grazing in its grounds. The palace grounds can be visited from within the Gardens, but tours in the palace require 5 days advance notification — however, the Bogor TIC (see [[#Contact|Contact]]) may be able to squeeze you at
shorted notice in ''if'' there's a tour going on.
* '''Orchid Garden''' (''Rumah Anggrek''), in the northeast corner of the Botanical Gardens. Large greenhouse housing orchids of all shapes and sizes, with two separate halls so there's always something blooming. Entry
Rp 2000, separately charged. ===Monuments===
* '''Kujang''', at triangle park on Jl. Pajajaran, Jl. Otista and Jl. Baranangsiang. This statue commemorated the struggle for Indonesian Independence by people in West Java. Kujang is a traditional weapon from West Java.
* '''Batutulis''', at Batutulis village, Bogor. A carved stone to commemorate King
Siliwangi from Kingdom of Pajajaran. Created in 1533 by King Surawisesa, son of King Siliwangi.
Cirauteun''', at Cirauteun, Ciampea, Bogor. A large carved stone to commemarate King Pakuan from Kingdom of Taruma (5th century).
* '''Fishing Valley Bogor'''
, The Biggest Fishing Venue in Bogor. Jl. Pemda Raya no. 107 , tel. +62 -251 -662808 , [[http://www.fishingvalley.net]. Freshwater fishing in a valley with Mount Salak view. Carp, Catfish ('' Lele, Patin'') , ''Nila'', etc) .
* '''Riverside Golf Club''', Cimanggis
, Bogor, tel. (62 )(21 ) 8671533. Greg Norman designed golf course. They just changed the management recently and improving all the facilities. They just added pathway for the golf cart and made the course a cart only course .
Bogor Trade Mall''', Jl. H. Juanda, Bogor. Food court.
City Centre Mall''', Jl. Raya Pajajaran, Bogor. Food court.
Eka Lokasari Plaza''', Jl. Siliwangi 123, Bogor. Food court.
Pangrango Plaza''', Jl. Raya Pajajaran , Bogor. Food court .
Bogor's local specialities include pickles (''asinan'') and grilled bean sprouts (''tauge goreng'').
Fishing Valley''' A Restaurant serving Fresh Traditional Indonesian / Sundanese cuisine, specializing on Freshly Grilled Fish. Most popular is the Spicy Grilled Gouramy (''Gurame Bakar Pedas'') acompanied with Fresh Coconut Drink (''Es Kelapa Muda''). Dine on one of the Gazebos above the ponds "''Lesehan''" style. www.fishingvalley.net * '''De Daunan''', east side of Botanical Gardens. Formerly '' Cafe Botanicus'', serves up a mix of Dutch and Indonesian favorites, with lazy ceiling fans and a breezy veranda on a small hill looking over the garden. The '' rijsstaffel'' set is popular if a bit pricy at Rp 45,000.
* '''Sotomie Ciseeng'''. Jl. Suryakencana No. 302. A type of noodle with beef tendons and deep fried chives.
* '''Ngohiong''', sold along Jl. Suryakencana. An originally Chinese dish (五香 ''wǔxiāng'') made from flour and scraps of pork, deep fried and then served with tofu, fried potato wedges, a thick sweet sauce and pickles. Halal (non pork) version of the dish may also be available.
'''Hotel Salak''', Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 8 (''opp Presidential Palace''), tel. +62 -251- 350400. Bogor's grand old hotel with the best location in town. Rooms from US$60.
* '''Bogor Tourist Information Centre''', Jalan Paledang 35 (''west side of the Gardens'') tel. +62-251-332775. Hands out rough maps and may be able to arrange palace tours. Open 8 AM to 2 PM Mon-Thu, 8 AM to 11 AM Fri, 8 AM to 1 PM Sat.
* [[Puncak]] — highlands and tea plantations along the road to Bandung