When you thinking to stay longer to see different view from the rest of the massive ancient Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Dolok Sanggul, the capital city of Humbang Hasundutan Regency is the best chosen to complete your journey. The highlands of Dolok Sanggul in the southern Lake Toba are both blessed and cursed by their exotic beauty and climate. Dolok Sanggul is a city with a significant rainfall makes the weather is pretty cold at night or sometimes in the day time. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain.
What to Do
Sightseeing The Beauty of Bakara Valley
Stretch from west to east, Bakara Valley on the southern shores of the Lake Toba, lies in something resembling a bowl. Bakara Valley easily reached from Dolok Sanggul. Two swift but shallow rivers course through the valley to the lake. The Aek Silang River and Aek Simangira, both cascade from high cliffs. This beautiful valley indeed will thrill you. You can enjoy the scenic views of both the valley as well as the lake whenever you decide to visit the place.
Splashing The Binanga Janji Waterfall
Nestled among others village that surround Bakara Valley, the Binanga Janji Waterfall is one the most spectacular sights that nature has offer when you visit Dolok Sanggul. Waterfall Janji is one of the most beautiful waterfall by the village of Tipang. The sound of water rushing, gurgling and dripping over stone fills the ears. This 20-meter high waterfall is worth to see even in dry periods.
Sipping The Original Lintong Coffee
If there is one thing that lets you stay awake and active while exploring Toba, it is that cup of coffee. The island of Sumatra, particularly in North Sumatra, is known for producing a number of coffee. Namely Sidikalang Coffee, Mandailing Coffee and Lintong Coffee. Lintong Nihota, part of Humbang Hasundutan Regency, is the small town that has become synonymous with the entire southern part of the Lake Toba area and most of the coffee from the southern shores is sold as such. Sumatra Lintong gains much of its unique character from its processing methods, which involve a partial wet-process followed by a three stage drying cycle which "cures" the unroasted bean makes Lintong has an earthy aroma with sweet and bittersweet balance taste.
Considering Bizarre Food
The traditional Toba cuisine dominated by freshwater fish that live in rivers or Lake Toba. The Spicy Hot Pickled Grass Carp is one of the local cuisine must to try. Known as Naniura (raw fish), this is a fermented fish product popular in the Batak tribe community. The processing of Naniura begins with eviscerating and washing the fresh fish. The cleaned fish is fully soaked in a local lemon juice (asam jungga) mixed with condiments including onion, ginger, turmeric, and galangal. The fermentation process is allowed to take place for 1-4 hours. Traditionally, Naniura should be made from the increasingly rare fish (Neolissochilus thienemanni), a species found exclusively in Lake Toba. Nowadays, the common Carp is used instead. It's a typical meal served relating to a particular traditional event. It used to be served only to the King.
Get ThereThe easiest way to reach Dolok Sanggul is fly to Silangit Airport at Siborong-Borong and you will take a journey around 1 hour by taking an airport taxi. The official taxi counter is located outside the arrivals hall. The cost to Dolok Sanggul from Airport is cost IDR 200.000.