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Jordan: The Epic Road Trip

   JORDAN

Jordan, an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the “Rose City.”

“JORDAN:EPIC ROAD TRIP”

How about a 8 days road trip, 900 km, desert camping and 10 strangers. If this sounds you adventurous then time is here to make it happen. Join TBT for a 8 days road trip in a country like Jordan.

Brief of Itinerary 

Day1#     Land in Jordan
Day2#    Ma’in Hot Springs
Day3#    Petra
Day4#    Petra
Day5#   Wadi Rum Camping
Day6#    Aquba
Day7#    Amman
Day8#   Fly Out
Flight Tickets:
#Book flight from India to Jordan on 22-Feb and return on 01-Mar
#Land in & Fly out from Queen Alia International Airport

Day 1 : Ma’in Hot Springs

Land at Queen Alia International Airport and start road trip from here only, reach Ma’in Hot Springs after completing 51kms and check-in the hotel to get freshen up.

The Ma’in hot springs are located 58 km south of Amman in Madaba Governorate and is 27 km away from Madaba. It is 120 meters below sea level. The Ma’in region contains a total of 63 springs at different temperatures but similar chemical composition, containing important elements such as sodium, calcium, chloride, radon, hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide. Temperatures in some springs reach 63 degrees Celsius.

Dead Sea

Your random bit of history for the day: The Dead Sea is the lowest spot on earth’s surface—the shores of Dead Sea sit 1,388 feet (423 meters) below sea level. This level makes it possible for a number of other Dead Sea wonders—the sea’s waters maintain nearly 34% salinity and the River Jordan dead-ends into Dead Sea, with river water evaporating and leaving behind vast beds of salt and minerals. Then consider the UVB rays;  the barometric pressure and high oxygen levels on the sea’s shores dilute the sun’s harmful rays more than any other place on earth.

Karak Castle

Karak Castle was a crusader castle built during the twelfth century and was initially called Crac Des Moabites. It is also the biggest crusader castle ever to have been constructed in the Levant, and following its completion, it became the center of power for the rulers of the time.

The Levant is essentially a large area which today covers a number of countries, including the following: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Southern Turkey, Palestinian Territories and Cyprus.

At the time Karak Castle was built, the term “Levant” wasn’t as definitive as it is nowadays, and it might have included places even further afield. Either way, the fact remains that in all that vastness, there was no other castle as formidable as Karak.

Wadi Musa

Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures–including the Nabataeans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.

In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T.E.Lawrence, who passed through several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18.In the 1980s one of the rock formations in Wadi Rum, originally known as Jabal al-Mazmar (The Mountain of (the) Plague), was named “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” afterLawrence’s book penned in the aftermath of the war, though the ‘Seven Pillars’ referred to in the book have no connection with Rum.

Little Petra

“Little Petra” provides a more intimate glimpse of Nebataean culture than its larger namesake four miles to the south. The entrance is through a narrow passage, the Siq al-Barid (Cold Canyon), a natural defense. When the passage opens a little, one immediately sees evidence of Nabatean work. Houses carved from the sandstone nestle cheek and jowl with dining halls and cave dwellings. Threaded among them are numerous stairs running crazily up the canyon walls, as in a drawing by M.C. Escher.
Why did the Nabataeans create this place? One theory holds that it was a religious settlement. Another theory says it was a caravanserai for travelers who wished to be close to Petra while avoiding its extremely high tolls.

Day 2&3

PETRA

The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, it is Located 240 km south of the capital Amman and 120 km north of the red sea town of Aqaba , Petra the world wonder is undoubtedly Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction, and it is visited by tourists from all over the world.

Siq

It is the ancient main entrance leading to the city of Petra, starts at the Dam and ends at the opposite side of the vault, a split rock with a length of about 1200m and a width of 3 to 12m, and height up to about 80m; most of the rock is natural and another part was sculptured by the Nabataeans.  The Siq, the main road that leads to the city, starts from the Dam and ends at the Treasury.  It is a rock canal that measures 160 meters in length, 3 to 12 meters in width and reaches up to 80 meters in height. The main part of the Siq is created by natural rock formation and the rest is carved by the Nabataeans.

Petra

It is not known precisely when Petra was built, but the city began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire from the 1st century BC, which grew rich through trade in frankincense, myrrh, and spices.

Petra was later annexed to the Roman Empire and continued to thrive until a large earthquake in 363 AD destroyed much of the city in the 4th century AD.

Obelisk tomb

The first major monument that you come to will be on the left side of the road. This is the Obelisk tomb, named after the four Indian obelisks that decorate the top of the tomb. This tomb has two stories to it. The top story houses the tomb proper, while the bottom story, decorated in a more classical style contains a traditional dining hall for Nabataean funnery rites.

Petra’s Treasury

The first glimpse of Petra’s Treasury (Al-Khazneh) upon exiting the Siq. Al- Khazneh. Detail of the façade. Al-Khazneh (Arabic: الخزنة ; “The Treasury”) is one of the most elaborate temples in the ancient … As with most of the other buildings in this ancient town, including the Monastery, this structure was carved out of a sandstone rock face. It became to be known as “Al- Khazneh”.

Street of Facades

Street of Facades, a series of tombs carved into the cliffs just outside of the heart of the ancient city. Situated right by the famous “Treasury,” the road is fringed with sandstone cliffs that house Nabatean tombs. Inspect the elaborately carved entrances and facades of the tombs, some of them high up on the towering cliffside, and admire the variety of hues and nuances of the sandstone.

Royal Tombs

Royal Tombs that took its name from the rich decoration. To reach them you have to climb a stairway that leads to the famous Urn Tomb, which was used as a place of worship during the Byzantine Empire.

Beside the Urn Tomb is a small tomb known as the Silk Tomb. This name comes from the rich color of the sandstone. Then come next the Palace Tomb, the Corinthian Tomb and the Tomb Of Sesto Fiorentino.

Colonnaded Street

Colonnaded Street, stretches out ahead, framed by the barrier range of mountains – and the flat-topped giant Umm al-Biyara – behind. Although there are excavations continuing on the flat, rounded hills to either side, the overall impression is of rocky desolation; nonetheless, in Petra’s prime, the landscape in all directions was covered with buildings – houses big and small, temples, market-places – all of them long since collapsed

Great Temple

The “Great” Temple Complex represents one of the major archaeological and architectural components of central Petra. Since 1993 archaeologist from Brown University have been Excavating this temple precinct. These investigations are conducted under the auspices of the department of Antiquates of Jordan .The great temple precinct which you see before the majors estimated 7.000m2( 76.000 sq. ft) and this comprised north south of Propylaea monumental entryway ( a lower temenos ) sacred area : twin exedra.     ( semi-circular structures ) flanked by broad stairways: and an upper temenos – the sacred enclosure for the temple itself.

The Monastery(Ad Deir)

Ad Deir, also known as El Deir, is a monumental building carved out of rock in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra. Built by the Nabataeans in the 1st century and measuring 50 metres wide by approximately 45 metres high, architecturally the Monastery is an example of the Nabatean Classical style.

Petra at Sunset

As Petra is located in a valley, you must travel to the outskirts of Wadi Musa to see the sunset. The best spots to see the sunset are located along the road (no. 35) from Wadi Musa to Taybeh, about a 5-10 minute drive from the centre of Wadi Musa. There’s a small municipal park that has a great view of Petra – the city is right there at your feet.

As the sun sets, watch the mountains change from a bright orange to gold. This is an experience you won’t easily forget!

Petra In Night

Petra by Night starts at 20:30 from the Visitor Centre and lasts for around 2 hours. I starts with walking the entire Siq (the small canyon) to the Treasury, lit with over 1,000 candles to bring the major attraction due to the spectacular view it has. Your evening starts with a stroll down the Siq in complete silence to take in the incredible sights around you. Once you arrive at the Treasury, known as Al Khazneh, you will be requested to be seated and listen to the traditional Jordanian music played by the local Bedouins. It will make you excited, just when you think the music is complete, and where you see a musician with his flute appears out of the dark Treasury, making his way through the candles to stand before the crowds.
Following that you will be entertained with a story about Petra and the Nabateans where it adds more interest when you know the nice informative and cultural about the past. The night is complete with the traditional Bedouin mint tea, to a nice warm up to cherish the experience you had with this great event Petra By Night!

Aaron’s Tomb

The area around Petra is dominated by hills and rocky prominences, with the tombs of Aaron and Miriam located on the tallest, Jabal Haroun, or Aaron’s Mountain.  A well-worn trail leads up the hill from the main city ruins.  A good distance up the hill, almost at the top, is the Ad-Deir Monastery, though whether the small building was ever actually used as a monastery is questionable.  Originally a Nabatean structure which predates the Roman period, the current shrine was built over an earlier site which purportedly contains the Tomb of Miriam.

Day 4: A trip to Wadi Rum

Start with  guide in a 4×4 from Wadi Rum village to the most important sights of  beautiful desert Wadi Rum e.g. Lawrence’s Spring, Wadi Um Ishrin, Jebel Anafishiya, Lawrence’s House, Barragh Canyon, Jebel Burdah, Um Fruth Bridge and Khazali Canyon. Including lunch, dinner and an overnight stay in the desert.

Stay In Unique Camping

After doing a 30 min drive in Wadi Rum, we will reach our unique stay at Full of star camping, you will stay in desert at night and can see star so close to your bed like anything.

Day 5 & 6

Aqaba

Aqaba is a Jordanian port city on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba. Inhabited since 4000 B.C., it’s home to the Islamic-era Aqaba Fort and the adjacent Aqaba Archaeological Museum. Its beach resorts are popular for windsurfing and other water sports, and the area is a top destination for scuba divers, with notable dive sites including the Yamanieh coral reef in the Aqaba Marine Park, south of the city.

Sunken wreck of a tank in Aqaba

More popularly known as ‘The Tank’, this American M42 Duster with a self propelled anti-aircraft canon was originally in employ of the Jordanian Army before being scuttled as an artificial reef on September 1st 1999 by the Jordanian Royal Ecological Diving Society. It has has since accumulated a lot of marine life.

Some reports in the diving press that it was Russian came from ill informed visitors; the compressed air starter tanks at the back of the engine bay are marked with a working pressure in PSI – a Russian-built tank would feature pressures measured in bar or kilopascals.

Photo credits @Alibakjaor Instructor

Old Town

Aqaba’s glistening waterfront may evoke the 21st century, but its historic center is an unexpected dose of old Arabia. At its core is the suq — a warren of covered stalls and boutiques. After picking up local crafts, refuel at Al Firdous Café (no phone), a traditional outdoor coffee spot where kaffiyeh-covered men sip fragrant brew. Then pay a visit to the 14th century Mamluk fort, a crumbling stone castle set right next to the Aqaba Archaeological Museum.

Palm Beach

The free public beach of Al-Hafayer, also recently known as ‘Palm Beach’, is located on the southern coast, some 10 minutes from downtown. Due to local sensibilities, chances are female westerners are unlikely to feel tempted to go down for a swim. If you’re not intent on swimming, however, this is the perfect place to enjoy a pleasant sunset with some tea and grab a taste of Aqaba life among friendly locals on their leisure time.

Day 7 Amman

Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan, and the country’s economic, political and cultural centre.Situated in north-central Jordan, Amman is the administrative centre of the Amman. The city has a population of 4,007,526 and a land area of 1,680 square kilometres (648.7 square miles).Today, Amman is considered to be among the most liberal and modernized Arab cities. It is a major tourist destination in the region, particularly among Arab and European tourists.

City exploration for next 24 hours

Fly back or join us for our extended trip

Arabian Horseback Riding

Arabians I had the opportunity to visit the Arabian Horse Club of Amman and I have to admit it was pretty special. I grew up around horses but never had the chance to ride an Arabian.have a reputation for being some of the most good-natured of all breeds. They are also the prized horses of the native desert.

#Learn to Cook Arabic Food (Best Sitti)

This will be our near to culture activity in Amman! Beit Sitti an Arabic cooking school hosted in a cozy homestyle setting. You’ll learn to cook delicious Jordanian style food; like hummus, saffron rice and fattoush.

#Visit the Royal Automobile Museum

Last, but not least, be sure to check out the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman. It showcases the private collection of cars and motorcycles of the late King Hussein from the early 1920’s through present day.

It’s an impressive collection (even if you’re not a big car fan). The museum showcases the automobiles in chronological order and is a fun way to learn about the history of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Rumi Café

Where there are hipsters there’s good coffee, and that’s certainly the case with Rumi Cafe. Located in the increasingly hip Jabal al-Weibdeh district, it literally buzzes (and not just from the caffeine) with millennial and progressive Jordanians who hobnob over Turkish coffee, cappuccino, cold brew coffee and tasty pastries.

Day 8 

Fly back

Package 73333 INR p.p

Includes

8D/7N stay in double occupancy

1 night in Camping

Breakfast(7)

4×4 desert drive

Airport pick n drop

8 days travel in private vehicle, fuel, toll

Admin for guidance during the trip

Excludes

Flight Fare

Visa (On arrival 4500, for more details check their website)

Lunch/Dinner (8-10k approx)

Red Sea scuba diving (3000 INR approx, check on their website also)

Entry to monuments

Q: Can I see your pictures of this trip?

Ans: Follow the link: PICTURES

Q.Can I drive?

Ans: Yes you can drive, if you have a valid Indian driving license.

Q. Why this trip is less costly ?

Ans. We believe in passing the benefits to members also, as we are a group of passionate traveler who are running this company and not a business oriented company.

Q. How will I meet the group if I come?

Ans: We will add you in our WhatsApp group for further communication and if you are coming alone then we will arrange a airport pickup for you.

Q.Any discount for a group?

Ans: Yes, if you are more then 2 then you will get a group discount of 2000 Rupee per head.

Q.Where can I see T&C of the trips?

Ans: Follow this link: T&C

How to Contact us?

Call us on 9029099709 or E-mail us on info@travelbuddiestalk.com

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9029099709

February 22 2019



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Start: February 22 @ 8:00 am
End: March 1 @ 5:00 pm
Approximate Budget: 73333 ₹
Confirm Booking Price: INR73333

Venue

Jordan

Organizer

Gaurav
Phone: 9029099709
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