Ciater memang sudah lama sebagai tujuan wisata. Wisatawan lokal maupun asing pergi kesana karena ingin berendam air panas sambil menikmati pemandangan gunung Tangkuban Perahu yang sekelilingnya dihiasi oleh perkebunan teh nan sejuk segar.

Di Ciater ada beberapa kolam pemandian berupa aliran sungai yang ditanggul dalam berbagai tempat dengan sumber mata air panas. Biasanya orang luar kota mampir ke Ciater sambil berendam air panas untuk dapat melepas kelelahan selama perjalanan.

Untuk menuju Ciater, sangat mudah. Daerah Ciater termasuk dalam kawasan Gunung Tangkuban Perahu namun masuk dalam wilayah kabupaten Subang.

Kalau dari sisi kota Bandung, maka Ciater ada di Utara kota Bandung. Dari Bandung sekitar 30-an km menuju arah utara. Rute yang harus ditempuh dari Bandung Kota menuju ke Lembang, terus dari Lembang ke arah Subang. Setelah menanjak melewati jalur Cikole/Tangkuban Perahu, maka jalan akan menurun tajam menuju arah Ciater. Sekitar 7 kiloan dari Cikole.

Setelah masuk kawasan Ciater, nanti ada pertigaan belok kanan (ada petunjuk arah). Setelah membayar tiket, bisa masuk kedalam.

Oiya, kalau mau kesini jangan lupa bawa baju ganti, karena sayang kalau ke Ciater tanpa mandi air panas, karena sebenarnya obyek intinya adalah menikmati uap belerang dari aliran sungai Ciater.

Anda juga bisa berendam dalam kolam atau disungai sambil bermalas-malasan sepuasnya. Wisata yang sangat simpel, selamat menikmati uap belerang dari kaki Tangkuban Perahu.

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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepalís Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake

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