Not only the cool temperatures and good soil conditions, this city turned out to save a lot of stories from the colonial Dutch East Indies in the early 20th century. The emergence of this city as the city’s famous productive in generating a lot of vegetables and fruits is influenced by the Dutch colonial policy. At that time, namely around 1920, was the center Berastagi North Sumatra plantations managed by the Dutch. From this city, the supply of vegetables and fruits in the city of Medan or other large cities in northern Sumatra island can be met.
In plain, Berastagi Town is a bustling city hawkers of fruits and vegetables along the way his city. Fruits and vegetables offered is the result of Earth’s land Berastagi. Passion fruit and orange become commodity mainstay of this city. From it, came the name for the city of Berastagi as the City of Orange Passion Fruit and Sweet. Passion fruit is usually processed to be used as syrup, and of course by-the typical North Sumatra.
In addition, the city of Berastagi is also famous for its wide variety of plants hiasnya and some festivals are held regularly every year, like the feast of flowers and fruits as well as cultural festivals. As with the annual flower festival event in North Sulawesi Tomohon, WDG also has held events each year, ie, Flower and Fruit Feast. Then, there are also party-juah Mejuah which is the annual festival of traditional culture. Such ceremonial event was held as a forum gathering back of the Karo People perantuan to establish a relationship with the relatives of the deceased. The rest, party-juah Mejuah serves to remind again that the Karo people have migrated since ancient tradition. The things that make rich tourism potential Berastagi Town.
Visiting Berastagi Town area has many advantages. Excellence in Berastagi tour not only when you have reached the location, but since the way to this place. This feature is caused by a number of alternative roads to reach Tanah Karo. And, various alternative road tour offers the experience of each. If you depart from Medan, which is about 78 km to Berastagi, you can take the path Sembahe which is one-track road Medan Berastagi. Within 45 minutes journey by motor vehicle from Berastagi Medan or about 15 minutes drive from Sembahe, you will cross the Sibolangit.
Sibolangit along roads in the Bukit Barisan mountain range that divides it, can you see the beauty of the original forest tourism ranks only a garden on the slopes of the Bukit Barisan mountain range. Weather in Sibolangit really cool. Appear there, little streets that serve as postal layoffs for local and foreign tourists. Along this road, you also can find durian cabins that can be used as a place to break for a while enjoying the typical durian North Sumatra. Not far from Sibolangit, continue your journey and stop by soaking in Lau-debuk Debuk. Lau Debuk-debuk a natural hot spring that contains sulfur and fit to pamper your body is tired. Early trip to Berastagi interesting, is not it?
The next goal and that is the central attraction in Tanah Karo, the City of Berastagi. Berastagi surrounded by mountain ranges, has the cool air with a beautiful expanse of farm fields, spacious, green again. In this city there are several choices purposes: such as Mount Sibayak and Sinabung which Tahura National Park located at the foot of the mountain. In addition to natural attractions, you can also enjoy a city tour, a traditional market, the typical architecture of the Karo Batak, to the culinary tour.
Some tourism lovers say about Berastagi that is a mainstay in addition to some of the above is the water quality is clean and clear, weather and air temperatures are cool because much of the air pollution, the food is relatively accordance with common sense, people who are friends with the settlers ( in this case is a tourist), and of course is the cost of travel is relatively cheap.
Experiencing nature in Berastagi region, enough to travel 10 minutes from downtown by public bus heading to the forest on Mount Sibayak tour to see both the natural wealth of flora and fauna. There, tourists can explore the National Park Tahura. This national park is a forest area called Bukit Lawang is not too broad, but very interesting because in it there are hundreds of species of flora and fauna, such as the Orang Utan. The textural, natural Tahura National Park an ideal location for trekking trips for families, because it sails through the comfortable terrain for walkers.
Meanwhile, for those visitors who want to enjoy the landscape Berastagi town from above, can get around by horse up the tour in a tourist area called Bukit Gundaling. In addition, the tourist town of Batak Karo unique architecture can be found in the villages around the town of traditional houses about 250 years old. This unique architectural example of the deliberations (jambur) Karo society, and buildings to save the skeleton corpse (geriten). Similarly, native crafts Karo Batak society that can be found in gift shops as well as when you go to the center of handicraft villages.
Then, for business meals, a variety of unique culinary tour Karo can easily be found in the region this Berastagi. Especially when entering the end of the year in preparation for New Year’s Eve event, there will you find `shocked ’stalls on the roadside offering a variety of cuisines, such as grilled fish. Or you want to try bersirih Malay-style nut. Betel-nut is available in the market Berastagi. End of year celebrations at this Berastagi will termeriahkan with fireworks by the tourists who vacation there. To get the fireworks, just a few specialty shops sambangi fireworks available in this city at a price that is also affordable as well.
After finishing a tour in the city of Berastagi, on the way back time to stop by the Bandar Baru is a small town approximately 47 km from Berastagi to the field. New Airport is a cool temperate region with beautiful natural scenery, and Penatapen which is a path-Berastagi Medan road near the border between Tanah Karo regency Deli Serdang regency. In those places, tourists are often used as a place to stop for a moment for the tired on the way, while enjoying the warm roasted corn on the cob or corn field and a warm coffee. From here we can look at the city of Medan, and also saw Sikulikap Waterfall along route to Mount Sibayak.
Berastagi Town, District Tanah Karo, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Before heading Berastagi in Karo regency, then you need to go to Medan first. Medan can be reached by land, sea, or air. Medan Airport (Airport) International Polonia is located 4 km from the city center as the terminal airways, while the Port of Belawan which is the third largest sea port in Indonesia located 25 km north of Medan can be used for sea transport users. In addition, the field also has 2 intercity bus terminal, Terminal Pinang Line Terminal in the northern and southern sandpaper.
Arriving in Medan, there are several alternative access for travelers to get to the city of Berastagi and all depends on where you go. First, you need to go to the bus terminal in Padang Month. From there, you can select majors City bus Kabanjahe or leading directly to the City of WDG with travel time for less than 2 hours drive. To rate this Berastagi bus to no more than 10,000, – (July 2009). Keep in mind that the bus which takes you directly to the WDG is usually full because of the availability of the bus is not much, so that your luggage will be placed on the roof of the bus ..
In addition to public bus from the terminal Padang Month, a special mini-bus tourism can also be an option as an introduction to the route Medan – Berastagi / Lake Toba – Bukit Lawang. Mini buses are widely available in hotels where the tourists stay, but the mini-bus service is much more expensive than public buses, which is about 50,000, -.
Visiting the city of Berastagi, you need not pay any fees. Pay the ticket or issue a new fee when you want to visit tourist sites are more specific such as the entrance to the National Park or Mount Gundaling Tahura, and staying in a hotel or inn is located in this beautiful small town.
Tour guide or a tour guide speak English or other foreign languages are usually provided by the hotels where you stay, or from travel agents to you.
In the holiday season in general, especially if it coincides with the celebration of the new year, accommodations such as hotels, inns, or guest house in Berastagi usually will experience price increases. Rooms at the inn for example, rose 100 percent from the normal price which is only 50 thousand to 75 thousand per night. Despite the price rises, you can get around this by ordering in advance well before arrival. Because, some managers offer lodging packages stay for a holiday and this way you can save the cost of an excursion.