Friday, December 9, 2016

North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Panoramic View of  the beach in Gili Trawangan.
As dominated by the majesty of Mount Rijani and the surrounding mountains, the north of Lombok Island offers stunning landscapes and long curves of deserted beaches, jungle and rainforest, with towering plantations of mahony, teak and other native trees provided opportunities for trekking and ecotourism.

North Lombok is a fairly new regency and was officially established on July 21,2008. the regency has five districts, including the Gili Islands, 33 villages and 332 hamlets, with a total population around 246,283 people. 

North Lombok is reached by two main roads, both in good condition providing different scenic routes. The coastal that runs from Ampenan all the way up west coast to the north provides stunning views of the many beautiful bays and beaches that line the west coast, as well as vistas over the Gili Islands and Bali to the west. 

The Pusuk Pass, a winding mountain roas that start at Gunung Sari dan runs through the mountains island terminate in Pamenang in the north. The drive upon the pass povides wonderful views of valleys and gorges, with rivers running through the tropical forests and small villages and dotted amongs the trees. Families of grey monkeys live in the jungle and come down to the road to beg for food from passing motorists.

In North Lombok, visitors can visit a number of tourist destinations as follows :

The History of Islam at Bayan Beleq Mosque
The civilization developed in Lombok Island is Islam as almost 90 per cent of the people are Moslem. Wander about the history as well the remnants of it, just come and visit Bayan Beleq Mosque, the oldest mosque in Lombok Island.

Hand Weaving and Handycraft at Bayan Village
People Bayan  mostly make hand woven fabrics for use in ceremonies, either in relation to religious tradition as well as a person's life cycle. Traditional religious ceremonies, such as the birthday of the Prophet, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. While the ceremonies associated life cycle, for example: marriage, pregnancy, birth, ngurisang (haircut baby), circumcision, also death. Besides, Bayan People are also skillful at making handy craft made of bamboos.

Traditional Village Segentar, Senaru, and Gumantar
Lombok Island is famous for its Sasak Tribe. There are al least three traditional village with traditional Sasak housing in North Lombok : the traditional village of Segentar, Senaru, and Gumantar. These villages are alternative tourist destinations to visit.

Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfal.
At the foot of Mount Rinjani, there are some waterfalls that have been known as tourist attraction. Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelep are two of them. Both waterfalls make up the ladder of water in a single flow. The blowing fog that surrounds the valley will taste so fresh.  

Mandala Community Forest Tour
The Mandala community forest is a tourist destination in North Lombok which is managed entirely by the local people and won the first prize in the competition of spring protection in West Nusa Tenggara Province.

The Gili Tramena (Trawangan, Meno, and Air)
Lomobok Island is a small island in Indonesia, but this island itself is surrounded by other smaller islands called Gili. In North Lombok, there is a cluster of three small islands, Gili, also called Tramena. Among the most ineteresting is Gili Trawangan. 

Malimbu Hill
There are many places that you can visit to see the beauty of sunset. Malibu hill is the best place as at clear sky, you enjoy the sunset and the view of Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan at the same time.  

Sire Beach
The beach is situated in the North West of Lombok Island, presenting beautiful landscapes including the view of Mount Rinjani, on the eastern side. The beach stretches 3.8 km with the curved shoreline and has white and and a mix of black and white sand.  

Stick Fighting
Presean or Stick Fighting is a courage symbol of the youth of Sasak Tribe. The fighting art of two men using rattan stick ( Panjalin) and shield (Ende) is a fighting art of high philosophical values.  The value in the stick fighting is how a young man capable of maintaining his pride because stick fighting is the place for the youth of Sasak tribe who have toughness, agility and courage which is so high in front of the crowd.

Source: Pesona Gumi Tioq Tata Tunaq, Guide Book by the Regency of North Lombok, NTB.

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