Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Jakarta Indian Embassy in Jakarta Indian Embassy in Jakarta is located at Jalan Haji R. Rasuna Said Kav S-1, Kuningan, RT.8/RW.3, Kuningan Tim., Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12950, Indonesia Phone: +62 21 5204150 Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Jakarta Original Valid passport for 6 months from the date of travel along with the old passport, if any Visa application forms Hotel booking confirmation Return air ticket Day-to-day itinerary Income tax papers for last 3 years or Form 16 Original saving Bank Statements last 6 months updated with healthy balance Time Required: 10 - 15 Working Days About Jakarta Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is located in the northwestern part of Java and is regarded as the second most populous island in the country. The city of Jakarta is the favorite destination for the tourists because of the variation in flavors it offers. It has been under the influence of different powers at different junctures and so, it offers an amalgamation that stirs the wanderlust spirit inside the people here. As the economic, political and cultural center of Indonesia, the city has a lot to offer. This is probably the reason why it enjoys a whopping population that makes it the second largest city after Tokyo. In the erstwhile times, Jakarta was popular with various names depending on the powers that ruled over it. Batavia (Dutch East Indies), Sunda Kulpa (Sunda Kingdom), Jayakarta (Old Javanese to Sanskrit origin, which means ‘Victorious Deed’. On and from 8 August 1942, the name ‘Jakarta' was established. The city comprises two parts: Special capital region and metro area; with the latter being called Jabodetabek. The name found its origin by taking the initial few letters of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi consecutively). Many headquarters of renowned offices, further add on to the glamour of the city. Places to visit Jakarta has long been the place of attraction for tourists and hence has numerous points to mesmerize the tourists. If you are looking for places to visit in Jakarta, then you can find multiple travel plans, which will promise to show you around the city even in a single day! Jakarta is the culmination of the ancient and the modern world and you will get the chance to witness both the worlds simultaneously. If you want to take in the scent of the old world, then you should book a date for the museums, which are abundant in the city. Some prestigious places here include National Museum, Museum Bank Indonesia, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Mandarin Museum, Jakarta Cathedral, Istiqlal Mosque etc. However, if you want to feel the vibe of present-day Jakarta, then you can go the theme parks- Ocean Ecopark Ancol, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature, Ancol Dreamland etc. How to reach Jakarta from India Before listing the places, you want to visit in Jakarta you need to have a clear view about reaching your destination in a way that is comfortable for both you and your budget. Jakarta is a city of immense importance and it is the Indonesian capital; so it enjoys a good number of both international and domestic flights. You can reach Jakarta from all the major cities in India and it will take you 7 to 9 hours to reach the location. You can book your seats in Air India and Jet Airways from New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai. The Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport with 5-lounges and golf course along with chances of duty-free shopping is the busiest point. Travelling in Jakarta In order to reach the attractive locations and to do the things to do in Jakarta, one will undoubtedly need transport. If you have not hired any agency or booked yourself any trip, then you will have to get hold of local vehicles to roam around the city. In addition, you will find bus services, rails services, unlimited taxicab services and ojek (motorcycle taxis) to guide you through the city. The government is also eyeing at a rapid transit arm in the near future, which could consist of buses and rails to accelerate transportation. It is implementing toll tax to manage streets better. Indeed, there are many options, but if you want to enjoy a hassle-free tour, opt for double-decker tourist buses or vehicles especially for tourists. Enjoying the best destinations in and around the city on any such bus would be a treat to your eyes. Who knows you may end up gathering fond memories to reminisce till long. Best Time to Visit Jakarta enjoys a tropical climate i.e. it is hot and humid throughout the year. Though the attractions will remain same, yet it is advisable to visit the city from May to October when the rains are not there to ruin your mood. However, the best time to visit any place is when their native events are going on. In Jakarta, plenty of events and festivals take place and if you want to witness some, then you can visit the following: Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (largest festival in the world held during March), Jakarta International Film Festival (JIFFest), Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival (JIFF), Fiona Jakarta (Exhibition of Fauna and Flora held during August) and many more All these Jakarta fairs are very popular and stretch for one whole month from mid-June to mid-July celebrating city’s anniversary. Though the fair centers around trade fair, yet it consists of entertainments and performances by native artists that are quite refreshing and entertaining. What to Pack? When you are going to visit the Jakarta Points of Interest like the museum or the water parks or even the events, then you need to keep certain things handy. These include sunscreen, umbrella, cosmetics or skin-care products you use, etc. You might not find a particular brand you use or even if you are lucky to find that, it will burn a hole in your pocket. Hence, bringing it on along with you would be better. Moreover, keeping a bug repellent nearby is also a good idea to help you get rid of uninvited mosquitoes at several places. If you are a lover of alcohol or love your macaroni too much, then you need to carry both kinds of stuff. Jakarta, being a Muslim predominant area does not promote drinking much and the rarely found liquors here are very expensive. The clothes found here are cheap but there is no guarantee if you will fit into their size. As for bed covers and towels, it will be a good idea to carry your own. Top Delicacies Restaurants are one of the most sought-after places to visit in Jakarta and the dishes served here exhibit the multicultural nature of the city. The prime cuisine of Jakarta is Betawi Cuisine, which reflects the food habits of all the cultures that once ruled over Jakarta. It is an admixture of Javanese, Chinese Peranakan and Sudanese cuisines along with influences from European, Arabic and Indian cultures. The most popular dish is Soto Betawi, which is pork in spicy coconut milk broth. Some other such dishes are nasi uduk, Soto kaki, nasi ulam, ketoprak, gado-gado Betawi (salad dish in peanut sauce) and kerak telor (omelet with spices). Apart from these, you should also try out several tasty street foods to get the overall flavor of Jakarta. Visit Jalan Tibet, Jalang Sabang, etc. and try nasi goreng (fried rice), bakso (meatball), siomay (fish dumpling), etc., all of them simply mouthwatering dishes. The city is also home to foreign foods at several places, hence who knows you might find your own local dishes. Indian Restaurants in Jakarta Queen's Tandoor at Plaza Permata, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.57, RT.9/RW.5, Gondangdia, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10350, Indonesia. Serves North Indian and Indian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +62 21 3903288 Namaste at Kawasan Rasuna Epicentrum, Epicentrum Walk Lantai Ground, Jalan Haji R. Rasuna Said, RT.2/RW.5, Karet Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12940, Indonesia. Serves Chinese and Indian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +62 21 57941791 Little India Restaurant at Jl. Thamrin Boulevard, Thamrin Residence Level G Unit RGE11, Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia. Serves Indian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +62 21 29496288 Shopping List Essentials Shopping is a must in things to do in Jakarta's list, as it offers the largest shopping mall floor area in the entire world. It has numerous markets and malls like Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Pacific Place, Plaza Indonesia, Senayan city etc. All these malls offer luxury brands of international fame like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Giorgio Armani etc. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of high-street brands and were eyeing to get hold of that Zara dress or one from Uniqlo or Topshop, then Mall Taman Anggrek, Central Park Jakarta, Ciputra World Jakarta, Mal Kelapa Gading, etc. are your stops. Furthermore, if you plan to take some souvenirs back home in order to gift your near and dear ones, then you should visit the traditional markets and get hold of antique pieces or collectible items or even gemstones. Rawabening market, Surabaya Street, Pasar Baru, Blok M, Mangga Dua, etc. are names of some markets. Your shopping list depends totally upon the kind of person you are. But if you are in search of something that suits your budget and is exotic, then it is wise to go for small handicrafts and accessories. Some of the enticing items and accessories in this regard may include ikat, batik, tropical wear, sarong, Indonesian ingredients and foods, custom-made furniture, paintings, jewelry in pearl, silver, gold etc. Healthcare Centers Along with knowing the tourist places in Jakarta, you should also have knowledge about the healthcare centers so that you can seek medical help in crucial time. Though the healthcare systems are not of high quality the private care is better than the public one in Jakarta. A few names which you can trust with your health are Global Assistance and healthcare PT, V2 Gold Health Care Centre, Tirta Medical center, etc. It is advisable for the tourist to invest in international health insurance coverage or have a medical evacuation insurance to stay safe in Jakarta. Emergency Contact Numbers Police - General Emergencies: 110 / 112 (SMS 1717) Fire: 113 Medical Emergencies: 119 Tourist Police (Bali): (0361) 754 599 / (0361) 224 111 Tourist Police (Jakarta): (021) 526 4073 Currency To carry on with your ventures and to visit the famous places in Jakarta smoothly, the first thing that you need is money, as without it you will not be able to make a single move. The prevalent kind of currency used in the city is IDR or Indonesia Rupiah. You can easily change your native money into IDR from any moneychanger and carry on happily with your shopping and travel. It is better not to take help of departmental stores unless emergency to change money as the rate will be poor. However, some tour packages or hotel rates can charge USD. As per current exchange rates, 1 Indian Rupee = 209.22 Indonesian Rupiah; and I US Dollar = 13504.99 Indonesian Rupiah Local Do's and Don'ts Do's While approaching older people, it’s advised you to bend down a bit to greet them Use titles when you address a person Don'ts Don't reject a drink or meal offered to you Don't eat with your left hand Basics of Local Communication In order to thrive happily in any foreign city, you need to have a basic knowledge about their language as it will prove to be of immense and you will have to trust less on your acting skills. Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of the city; however, Bahasa Jakarta is gaining more popularity nowadays. This Jakartan dialect holds influence by the Betawi language. English is the second choice of language here and, so you won’t be in much trouble while communicating with the people and some old people say Dutch. However, in order to savor the native taste, it will be a good idea to memorize some phrases. Moreover, this will enrich your vocabulary and will make you feel more at home even in a foreign land. Here are some helpful phrases for your tour: Good Morning : Selamat pagi Good Evening : Selamat Malam My name is... : Nama saya Adalah... Where is...? : Dimana...? Yes : Iya nih No : Tedak (k silent) Please : Silahkan Sorry : Maaf Thank You : Terima Kasih How much is this? : Berapa banyak ini? Apart from these phrases, it is also useful to know the numbers: One- satu, two-dua, three- Tiga, four-empat, five- lima, six- enam, seven- tujuh, eight- delapan, nine- Sembilan and ten- sepuluh. Hopefully, this guide will help you to travel Jakarta. Happy Journey! Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. 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