Jordan is one of the most alluring and magical places in the world. It never fails to mesmerize its visitors with its unparalleled beauty, mysteries of the desert, and age-old culture. Jordan is a safe country as a travel destination, and its citizens are proud of it, though it is always advisable to be vigilant in a foreign land.
Jordan, being a Muslim country, it is advisable to dress conservatively with respect to their religion and also a way to blend with the locals.
The best part of package holidays is that you get to visit your favorite destinations at very reasonable rates. British Passport Holders can also club a trip to Israel along with Jordan as they can get Visa on Arrival.
There are numerous sights in Jordan that can hold a visitor in awe and crave for more. The six things that I loved about Jordan are
The ‘Lost City’ has a million stories to tell its visitors. Petra, one a trading centre, and a thriving city was abandoned and was lost from the World.
The massive entrance with red sandy pillars and detailed stone carvings are a sight to behold. It’s almost a kilometre walk through the canyon, surrounded by tall glorious cliffs which are carved with monuments, sacred structures and tombs. Petra is the Seventh Natural wonder of the world. Petra was once in possession of Rome; a blend of Greco-Roman and Nabataean architectural style can be seen here. ‘The Treasury’ is the most imposing structure here and also the most popular.
It was during the time that it was under the Roman Empire, the once thriving city started to lose its glory. Earthquakes further aided in the decay of the city of Petra.
The capital of Jordan is rooted in history and dates back to 13th Century BC. You can look at the ruins of the Greek and Roman era, and the galleries and museums are equally impressive.
Amman is a beautiful blend of the old and new and tourists can experience its fantastic nightlife. Attractions in Amman include:
- Jordan Museum
- Roman Amphitheatre
- Art galleries in Jabal Amman
- Jerash, which has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman city of Gerasa.
It is at Mount Nebo that Moses is believed to have seen the Promised Land. His grave is also believed to be here but has not been located till now, a church and memorial dedicated to Moses are located on top of the hill.
The Dead Sea
The very thought of floating freely on water has always captivated my imagination, and it definitely tops my list of the things that I loved about Jordan. The Dead Sea is shared by Israel, Jordan, and Palestines, and due to its high salinity allows swimmers to float on it. The mud from near the Dead Sea is known for its restorative properties and is a considered a natural Spa on Earth.
Wadi Rum is a protected part of the desert and is listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage site. It is used as a location for movie shootings.
With a backdrop of photogenic mountains and the deep blue waters of Red Sea, it is one of the most beautiful places in Jordan. A tank at the bottom of the Red Sea and the corals is one of the major attractions along with diving, snorkelling, and swimming.
Along with these few places, Jordan has a lot more to offer to its visitors. The people are equally welcoming and friendly. Communication is also not a problem as most Jordanians speak English well.
Excellent holiday packages are available which make the travel to Jordan even more memorable.