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In Photos: Incredible experiences of Jordan

Camels Petra 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!

Siq Jordan Petra

 

                                                             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

Camels Petra Jordan

 

                                                                       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.

Monastery Petra Jordan Jump

 

                                                          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?

Jerash jordan pillar roman ruins

                                                             

                                                            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.

Cmel safari Wadi rum Jordan

                                                                     

                                                                   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

 

Jeep safari Wadi Rum desert 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.

 

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                                                                   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..

Ajloun Castle Arch Amman Jordan Travel photo

 

                                              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!

Mount Nebo mosses bibilical site Jordan

                                                                     

                                                                    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.

 

Amman Citael Jordan Travel photo

 

 

 

18 comments

  1. Oh nostalgic memories again!

    Lovely pics Deepti, you took me back to Jordan. 🙂

    Also, I see, sitting on the first camel makes a difference. I was on the last one. 🙁

  2. Absolutely lovely experience, to read this.

    They say a picture says a thousand words; your pictures best describe this adage.

    I now have a strong urge to visit this beautiful place. Should happen soon, I reckon.

    Till then, do show us such beautiful places through your lens.

    Rgds,
    A loyal follower 🙂

  3. The photos and the write up are really good, and the most important thing I realized in geography was that Dead sea (always fascinated me) is accessible from Jordan. The assurance of the write up that it is safe is assuring – so I will making a trip to Jordan soon.

    1. Thanks Sundhar. Dead sea was indeed fascinating, the thought of being at the lowest elevation on land and floating on the saltiest water was so very exciting. Jordan is very safe and I can vouch for it. Do let me know when you make a trip in future. 🙂

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