Rising from tropical jungle, magnificent Borobudur stands proud as the world’s largest Buddhist monument. The striking 9th century monastery sits in Indonesia’s Central Java, which is easily accessible by helicopter.
Standing proud as one of Southeast Asia’s cultural icons, Borobudur dominates the sweeping landscapes of lush paddies and thick forest. Nestled atop a hilltop the stunning 9th century temple is a must-see on visitors to Indonesia’s bucket list.
The sprawling site is home to nine giant stacked platforms – six square and three circular – topped by a central dome decorated with 2,672 ornate relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. In an incredible architectural feat, the structures were built without using cement.
The mighty UNESCO World Heritage-listed complex survived 10 centuries of neglect, and was left forgotten after being buried under volcanic ash. It was rediscovered in 1815 and in the 1970's underwent huge restoration work to return the temple to its former glory.
Due to its size, visitors can spend the day exploring the expansive site. This makes hiring a helicopter the ideal way to enjoy unparalleled views of Borobudur from above, especially for those tight on time.
Helicopter also makes it easy to fit a visit to incredible Prambanan Hindu complex easily into the same day.
Located close to Yogyakarta in Central Java, impressive Prambanan comprises the remains of 244 temples featuring sculptures, carvings and stone spires.
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed complex stands as Indonesia's largest Hindu site and one of Southeast Asia's top attractions. The sprawling site’s main focus is the central compound, home to eight main and eight minor temples on a raised platform.
The largest temple is dedicated to Shiva, with the two smaller structures to its right and left dedicated to Brahma. The tallest temple rises to 47 meters high, dominating the surrounding landscape.
After hundreds of years of neglect, Prambanan was rediscovered by the Dutch in 1733 and has since undergone huge restoration. With the site and surrounding park dotted with temples and religious relics, visitors can spend hours on foot – a special experience that can be enhanced from the air.