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Not too far from Borobudur, set between Gunung Sumbing and Gunung Merbabu, the small Hindu Temple of Selogriyo is a wonderful trekking destination. On this hike, our guide will lead you past smiling local farmers working hard in the hot jungle sun, across lush succulent rice paddies, up a gradient muddy trail and through verdant valleys laced with hazy grey clouds. Less than a mile and half of hiking through breathtaking scenery takes us to the foot of a massive stone staircase ascending through dense jungle thicket. At the top, the unobtrusive Candi Selogriyo forefronts a majestic backdrop of mist covered volcanic mountain valleys. The temple itself is an unassuming stone structure with five niches cut into the walls. Two on either side of the entrance, and one in the center of each of the other three walls. Statues of Durga Mahesasura, Ganesha, Agastya, Nandiswara, and Mahakal have been placed inside each cutout. Unfortunately, time and vandalism has taken its toll leaving all the statues headless, and some wall stones have been carved with graffiti. Although this temple remains a testament of ancient times, it is the remarkable scenery along the way, and the fantastic mountain view from atop the temple plateau, that make this journey another miraculous destination in Central Java.
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