My views/experience about the destination
Jordan situated in the heart of Middle East, Jordan a land of many facets.......On arrival into Amman itwas cold and chilly as any of the European cities I have witnessed in the past.
The highlight of Amman is the Citadel and the Royal Automobile museum, I was not to keen in seeing the Automobile museum it was nothing but an absolute waste of time. The excitement started on the second day after an hour drive from the Capital I reached the ?σΤιΌ?£ Ajloun Castle?σΤιΌΤδσ enroute the scenic beauty of the olive fields and vineyards, I was indeed unfortunate not to have been there on a clear day it was something I did not want , what a miss in getting the glimpse of the Holy city ?σΤιΌ?£ Jerusalem?σΤιΌΤδσ but yes something kept running down my spine and it was the cold and chilly morning of Ajloun. With a late afternoon drive to ?σΤιΌ?£ Jerash?σΤιΌΤδσ an ancient city which was discovered only a few years back ?σΤιΌ?ͺ Just wondering how could a city be discovered! But yes that is the fact and you need to be there to believe it. But this time I was fortunate to see the Chariot race which happens only twice a day and I seen the second race, I was wondering if I was in 1100 BC seeing these men ride the Horse Chariot dressed like a Gladiator. Discovered another interesting fact after visiting the roman theatre in Jerash, that if you stood at the Epicenter of the theatre and screamed out your lungs your voice will echo but if you move a inch away from the epicenter and did the same thing there would be no effect to it, WOW something that was hard to believe. Late evening I reached back to Amman and did something that I always wanted to do ?σΤιΌ?ͺ Have the traditional drink the ?σΤιΌ?£ Aarak?σΤιΌΤδσ.
The third day was something that I was looking forward to ?σΤιΌ?£ Mt Nebo?σΤιΌΤδσ and the ?σΤιΌ?£ Dead Sea?σΤιΌΤδσ ( Lowest point on Earth ) both these places play a very significant role in the Holy book ?σΤιΌ?£ Bible?σΤιΌΤδσ . On Reaching Mt Nebo which is a 02 Hour drive from the Capital I was blessed since this was the last place where the ?σΤιΌ?£ Prophet Moses?σΤιΌΤδσ was seen and it couldn?σΤιΌΤδσt been a better place to visit this morning, after a short Prayer I left for Dead sea and stayed at the best Place which is on the banks of the dead sea i.e. Marriott ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Dead sea, a perfect place to experience the dead sea. I just couldn?σΤιΌΤδσt believe that you could float in this water irrespective if you know or don?σΤιΌΤδσt know to swim. But one thing you should remember that if you ever think of buying the dead sea products, Amman is the place and not the Dead Sea because the finished products are available only in Amman?σΤιΌ?ͺ. Do not miss out on buying the Dead Sea minerals. Each product has its own Medicinal value. But I just couldn?σΤιΌΤδσt believe two things at the Dead Sea, One was the drastic change in weather and the other was seeing another country ( Israel ) on the opposite side of the Dead Sea. You may need a Jacket in Amman because of the chilly weather but it?σΤιΌΤδσs the opposite in Dead sea you can survive in Tees and Shorts, Don?σΤιΌΤδσt you think I was right when I begun ? Jordan a land of many Facets. Morning was a holistic experience being at the Mt. Nebo but evening was ummmmmmmm?σΤιΌ?ͺ.. Watching Belly Dancers perform at the Hotel.
The Fourth day was another Biblical experience visiting the ?σΤιΌ?£Bethany- by Jordan?σΤιΌΤδσ this is the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by ?σΤιΌ?£ John the Baptist?σΤιΌΤδσ something every Christian would visit. The distance to Israel from the banks is just a 02 minutes walk, but you need to have a valid visa to be there. En route to Petra I visited the ?σΤιΌ?£ Wadi Rum?σΤιΌΤδσ The desert of the east provides ample opportunities for exploration, by 4WD or camel. This is the old stamping ground of Lawrence of Arabia, and at Wadi Rum you can see where the English soldier led his band of tribesmen in the Arab Revolt.
While I reached there in the afternoon it was different experience the weather was different it was much colder than the Dead Sea. But I was wondering what I will do in 4WD when there are no Sand dunes it would be an absolute waste of time?σΤιΌ?ͺ. But I got it wrong the experience was not about the 4WD it was all about the Sunset in the Desert, An awe-inspiring site the change in colors of the Rocky Mountains in the dessert, This was something I had never seen in my life?σΤιΌ?ͺ. Hence I have kept repeating Jordan a land of many Facets.
Later in the evening I visited the ?σΤιΌ?£Captains Dessert Camp?σΤιΌΤδσ in Wadi rum it is a wonderful experience to stay here but I didn?σΤιΌΤδσt get the opportunity except to have a traditional coffee and move on to Petra. I was dead tired before while I reached Petra.
The Next morning it was decided to visit ?σΤιΌ?£Petra ?σΤιΌ?£One of the world's most remarkable ancient settlements, the city of Petra sits in the steep sided canyon of the Wadi Musa. Known as the rose-red city, Petra has been hewn out of solid sandstone, its buildings carefully excavated caves, painstakingly carved by its founders over 2,000 years ago. But one thing you need to be sure while you travel to Petra you definitely to have a good pair of Shoes because from the gates to the main site is an hour walk one way and you cannot escape that if you need to see this lovely monument.
I learnt a most important phrase while I was in Petra ?σΤιΌ?£Do not ask a Bedouin his Knife , his wife and his life ?σΤιΌ?£ he will never give it to you.
The same evening I drove to Aqaba which is at the southernmost tip of the country, known for its duty free zone and the Biblical Red sea. The first thing I did in Aqaba was visited the local market for some shopping and the best things to buy is the Spices and the Dry fruits, do not get cheated by buying the Fake Chinese products, they are not worth the money .
You may see a variety of Shops selling artificial jewellery, Do not buy this if you are an Indian since this all imported from India and sold in Aqaba. The other best thing to buy is Liquor only if you need it, it?σΤιΌΤδσs much cheaper than the ?σΤιΌ?£ Amman duty free?σΤιΌΤδσ but mind you there is a certain quantity you can carry , there is a duty check at the exit of Aqaba town.
The next morning I visited Red Sea, the country's only seaside city. Enjoying balmy coastal temperatures year round it is the holiday destination of choice for domestic as well as international tourists. The city itself is full of attractions, including some fabulous historic and prehistoric relics. Today after a 05 hours drive I reached the Capital for an overnight stay .
Today morning was a mixture of emotions , absolutely sad because I was leaving the Land of many Facets ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Jordan?σΤιΌ?ͺ?σΤιΌ?ͺ. Ma?σΤιΌΤδσassalama (Good bye in Arabic)
My experience on food, shoping, sight seeing & things to do
Food - Indian Vegetarian is a little difficult but can be found in Amman, the Best restaurant for Indian food is " Kashmir" in Amman.
Shopping - Dead Sea Products should be Purchased in Amman instead of the Dead sea.
Night Life- There are no much Clubs and Discos but yes you may find a few in Aqaba and Amman.
My advice to fellow travellers
- Please do not discuss on Border disputes between Israel and Palestine it doesn't go well with the Jordanians.
Yes I would recommend this destination to fellow travellers