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Jakarta Post

Gliding to a restful temple near Garut

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 11 2009   /  11:27 am

Stairway to heaven: The area surrounding the Hindu temple known as Cangkuang is kept immaculate by local residents. JP/Simon Marcus GowerOn the road between the West Java towns of Bandung and Garut is a small turning at a village known as Leles. Much of the traffic along this minor road consists of horse-drawn carts, or delman, which evidently provide the taxi or bus services in this area. The winding road goes on, meandering through scenic countryside and several lakes and ponds.It is these small bodies of water that connect to our destination, which is also surrounded by water. Once the narrow, winding road with its busy horse-drawn carts has been negotiated, one arrives at a large body of water. This lake is initially covered with water lilies, while local people restfully dip their fishing rods in the lazy-day hope of getting a bite.There is already a sense of time being much more l...