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Some 60 km south of Jakarta, Bogor is the "bo" of the massive Jabotabek conurbation, with 3,000,000 people or so of its own. Located 290 meters above sea level, Bogor is noticeably cooler than the torrid lowlands. The town was the capital of Indonesia during the brief British occupation, and under the name Buitenzorg was also the summer capital of the Dutch in the hot dry season.
Bogor's epithet is Kota Hujan, meaning "City of Rain". Statistically, it's the rainiest city on Java, and locals jokingly advise getting any sightseeing done in the morning because it's guaranteed to rain in the afternoon. Then again, tramping through the Gardens can actually be more pleasant in a cool drizzle.
There are direct Damri buses from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Bogor.
Eksekutif-class trains called Pakuan depart Jakarta's Kota station, with a stop in Gambir, roughly hourly. Ekonomi-class trains depart Jakarta's Kota station every 20 minutes or so, but can be crowded beyond belief and do not stop in Gambir.
Buses from Bogor to Bandung take about three hours, except on weekends when they're not allowed to use the Puncak pass and have to loop through Sukabumi, adding an hour to the trip.
By highway, Bogor is about 40 minutes from Jakarta in ideal traffic, but when there are jams (which is often) you may have to double or triple this.
The easiest way to get around Bogor is by angkot, little green minibuses, hordes of which infest Bogor's central streets. Any trip from anywhere to anywhere costs Rp. 2000, paid when you get off. There are also some Bali-style bemo minibuses, mostly outside the city center, which are even more cramped than angkot and charge around Rp. 1500. A full table of angkot and bemo routes is available here (http://www.kotabogor.go.id/fasilitas.php?info=angkot&submenu=0203&lang=id).
The downsides to using angkot are are that the drivers are reckless and theft is all too common (guard your belongings). Also, angkot only depart from their pangkalan (terminals) when full — 10 minutes on a good day on a busy route, 90 minutes on a bad day on an unpopular one.
By horse cart
Horse carts known as delman can be found in central Bogor and are not too bad an option if you want to cruise around and take a look at the city. The poor beasts aren't very comfortable in the traffic scrum though.
Bogor's local specialities include pickles (asinan) and grilled bean sprouts (tauge goreng).