In Photos: Incredible experiences of Jordan
In Photos: Incredible experiences in Jordan
Jordan was a dream, a dream I often saw with my open eyes. A dream to spend a day like the Bedouins, to light a lamp in front of the treasury in Petra, to read a magazine while floating in Dead Sea, to be lost in the vastness of deserts and to be find myself climbing in the natural bridge of Wadirum. Some of the dreams were realized and some more were added in my wish list. An urge to visit Jordan again is taking its shape in my heart as I collate my incredible experiences in Jordan
Walking through the Siq
Walking and admiring the natural curves and rose colors of the gorge was the most impressive sight one could witness while walking. I did it at my own pace. The horse carriages passed by me in a rush to reach somewhere. But for me, it was more about the journey!
To be lost in The Pink City
Literally carved into red, white, pink and sandstone cliff faces, Petra has a rich cultural past. Once an important link to international trade, today the city stands amidst varying blends of Nabataean and Greco-Roman architectural styles
Hike to the Monastery
I opted to walk instead of taking a mule to soak in the architectural glory of this lost kingdom. At every step and turn, there was something amusing waiting for me.
Roaming in the Roman city : Jerash
A close second to Petra on my list of favorite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts of an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back to more than 6,500 years. Amazing, isn’t it?
Riding a camel in Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum’s dramatic desert wilderness is accentuated with its huge mountains of sandstone and granite that emerge from wide sandy valleys. ‘Moon valley’, as they say was explored on camels in a slow rhythm.
Jeep safari in Wadi Rum
To cover a wider range, I explored all around the endless sand-dunes, dramatic canyons, impressive mountains, inscriptions, and drawings of humans and animals jostling for attention. It is hard to pick a favorite among them.
Also read: My First Impressions of Jordan
Mud play and spa in Dead Sea
The Dead Sea black mud is well-known for its therapeutic and healing properties. Considered to be a natural beauty remedy, I let myself indulge into Dead Sea special Spa and later floating in the salty water.
Crusader’s castle – Ajloun
The castle was an important link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders, who unsuccessfully spent decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby villages. The impressive interior is full of rambling corridors and staircases. Enough said..
See the holy land in Mt. Nebo
I have always heard about this magical place, to get to see it was quite an overwhelming experience. Overwhelming for the significance of the spot, to stand there and imagining what Moses would have seen!
Temple of Hercules
Though only fragments of the statue remain in the Temple of Hercules, I find myself still thinking about the enormity of the statue, a white human-like figure dominating the distant skyline. A key site at The Citadel is the Umayyad Governor’s Palace from the 8th century built on old Roman ruins and was my favorite corner though.