Mount Tambora National Park on the island of Sumbawa is a historical marvel due to its eruption in 1815. The eruption decimated the island entirely and sent the world to one of the longest winter. The 2,722 meters volcano is still asleep today, but it is safe for trekking and exploration. The volcano and the area around it have been declared as a national park by the local government. It is open to the public for those interested in exploring its regions. In 2015, local archaeologists found remains of a civilization that was buried by the hot ashes of Tambora in 1815. There is a possibility that those who visit the park may discover a hidden piece of Tambora's history that has been buried for over 200 years.
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On April 12, 1815, exactly 202 years ago, the Tambora Volcano erupted on a super-colossal scale. Festival Pesona Tambora (FPT) 2018 will take place starting from the 9th – 11th of April 2018 to commemorate the eruption as well as the anniversary of Dompu Regency in West Nusa Tenggara.
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The Festival will include exciting attractions such as: paragliding, folk art, and Barapan Kebo (water buffalo racing). There will be prizes to be won as the aim is to rise above the tragedy while remembering its history. The city of Bima will also be hosting dance workshops at the Asi Mbojo Place and in addition to art and cultural performances, there will also be trail adventures, mountain bike riding, fishing, and other activities. The festival is aimed at educating attendees and at the same time, boosting the economic growth of Sumbawa.
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How to get there
It is easiest to fly to Bima (BMU) from either Denpasar or Lombok. Arrangement for a private vehicle to pick you up at the airport can be made through tour groups prior to your trip. The drive to Mount Tambora is about 4 – 5 hours long. Public buses are also available at Terminal Dara in Bima; and usually leave around 6:00 am.
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Renting a motorcycle or a car is the best way to get around these regions, but you will need to negotiate a price with the rental. Public transportation is available, however it can be rather untimely.
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