Here come Part-2..
This part will depict more about Danau Toba. -> Actually you will get confused in
t-shirts you found there for souvenirs, it can be sometimes written Lake Toba, but also Toba Lake 😛
Lake Toba has history related to the volcanic explosivity 75,000 years ago which changed the world climate at that time. The eruption cause the dusty rain and stones to 1,000 cubic km to atmosphere and cause the earth like getting back to the ice era – “Year without a summer”. The summit fell down and created Lake Toba,whilst some of the ruin created Samosir Island.
The myth version : Once upon a time, there was a young fisherman got a golden fish.. When he’s about to chop the fish. The fish was talking to him, begging him not to chop it and to pay his kindness, the fish promise to provide him food every day. Day by day, the fish turned out to be a beautiful woman and made this young man fell in love with her.
He finally propose her with one vow from the woman to keep the identity of the fish to anyone. They finally married and had a son. One day, the son was asked to deliver the food to his daddy in field, but his son was too neglectful, playing with his friends and then ate the food hungrily.
He was too afraid going to meet his daddy with no food. But he did it, and his daddy got angry seeing him bringing no food, “D*m* you! A son of fish!” The son was shocked running home and asked his mommy.
His mom was upset knowing his husband had broken the vow, she cried and left his husband and son. The thunder soon came and the flood occured! Not long after that, it’s created a lake which so called Lake Toba…
Ok, that’s all about the origin of Lake Toba 🙂
Now, I would like to suggest Lake Toba as the must visit site if you come to North Sumatera.
Because it’s too bad missing the beautiful view in a huge freshwater lake in a distance about 200km away from Medan city
(around 4 hr car trip) !
The climate is pleasant and the setting is cool as well.
For sure ,it’s the biggest lake in Indonesia, the largest lake if South East Asia and the deepest crater lakes in the world. It rests
in the crater of one Sumatera’s many volcanoes.
The water surface of Lake Toba is 905 m above sea level and about 1,100 km2 wide. The total area of the lake, including the areas of Samosir and Paradapur Islands, amounts to 1,780 km2. The mountains around the lake are called Batak Highlands
So, for Jakarta citizens, pls don’t compare Lake Toba to Lake Sunter (Danau Sunter), coz it’s big difference!! It’s beyond your expectation of a Lake Toba figure! 🙂
This area is the home-town of the Batak people. The Bataks themselves are descendants of the ‘Old Malay’ race who are isolated in the highlands and therefore defended their traditional culture by forming a clan, where there are Bataks Kings and head of clans.
Their houses, tombs and villages are preserved for centuries according to their custom, in spite of the western influence brought by the Christian Missionaries.
The beauty of Lake Toba is just started when you arrive the Parapat, a town aside Lake Toba.
There’s a crossing dock in Ajibata area towards Samosir Island, which located in the middle of Lake Toba. The ferry boat will serve the passengers every hour for the route Ajibata-Tomok in Samosir.
With the payment of Rp.45,000 for each car and Rp. 1,500 for each passenger, you can have a two-hour trip on the ferry boat.
Tomok is the main village in Samosir north beach, it’s one amongst the travel spots as you can find old traditional houses and the graveyard of Raja Sidabutar. Another most visited spot is Tuk Tuk where you can find the Batak castle, the center of traditional clothes-Ulos. You don’t have to worry about the souvenirs, you can find key chains, hats, t-shirts, ulos, hand made carving stuffs.
1) In the area of graveyard, please behave you as the belief of illogical supernatural sacred do take role here.
Believe it or not, I’ve heard a lot about the mystics sacred cases and even saw it myself. So again, just please behave your deed and your words.
2) Shopping, you have to deduct the price about 50% or more for the barganining price. Otherwise, you’ll purchase it expensively.
You can feel the Batak here are more abusive than the ones in Brastagi, so please be patient and don’t get offended as it’s their culture of speaking out loud. Despite of that, they are basically kind and friendly ones like how you can find them so happy to tell you of their culture, the how to make ulos, etc.. They are also known for their hardworking and high tolerance to the culture.
It’s been ages since I last visited Lake Toba, from the media I read, there are less visitors every year, i know it can be the effect of Indonesia condition overall lately, which is not affected only Lake Toba, but also the other well known places like Bali, Yogyakarta for its Candi Borobudur. I myself even experience that it’s hard to find travel package to Danau Toba in Medan when I recommended Lake Toba to be the must-visit place, so the guests must rent the car to reach there. 😦
I sincere hope Lake Toba can be promoted well for both domestic and international travelling guide.
The photos above in this posting also taken from different websites, but not for commercial use. 🙂