As one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the lost city of Petra in Jordan is ideal for bringing a little old world mystery to your holiday. A place oozing with mystery of a time gone by, Petra is an archaeological wonder carved out of the soft igneous sandstone rock by the Nabateans, who regarded it as their capital city and religious center for centuries.
There is never a dearth of memorable experiences to savor in Petra. Some of the best places to visit here are-
Places To See In Petra, Jordan
One of the first wonders of Petra that is sure to leave you enthralled as you walk down its serpentine path is the dramatic Siq that is a narrow fissure carved through the towering rocks.
Snaking its way down a meandering path, the Siq has on its left side a water channel quite like an aqueduct that brought water from a spring several miles away from the heart of Petra. This is a stunning natural wonder that one must visit while vacationing in Petra.
This 40 meter tall rose red edifice is carved from unyielding rock. Though it was formerly a regal sepulcher, legend tells us it got its forename for the reason that there was treasure concealed in the giant urn, which stands on the second level. The urn still bears the scars of the thousand bullets that ravaged it when the local Bedouins shot at it in the hope that the story of its treasures was true.
Ammarin Bedouin Campsite
If you are looking for some authentic Bedouin songs, dance, and delicious local cuisine, then a night of dinner and music at an Ammarin Bedouin Campsite is a must. After a tiring day of site seeing, the plush campsite nestled in the shadow of the Petra is a rejuvenating experience.
The tents at the camp are furnished with Bedouin style furniture and are endowed with all modern amenities. You can also treat yourself to plenty of mezze or starters like hummus with pita bread, babaghanouj and mains of skewered meats and veggies called zarb.
Nothing prepares you for the jaw dropping beauty of Al Dayr also called ‘the monastery’ which is a misnomer as the 50 meter high structure is actually a tomb. It perhaps got its name from the many religious symbols including an array of crosses that are carved onto its inner chamber walls. Having the largest tomb façade in all of Petra, Al Dayr, akin to the treasury, is made up of two stories topped by an equally large and stunning urn.
Many believe that Al Dayr was constructed by three different sets of people in three different periods, as the architecture bears influence from not only the Nabateans, but also from the Egyptian and Mesopotamian style.
Petra by Night
Romance will be at its zenith as you gaze in wide eyed wonder at the sheer beauty of Petra all enhanced by the shimmering glow of 1,800 candles that illuminate the whole city. You can walk through the Siq to Khazneh trailing a candle lit path and enjoy the evocative of Bedouins at the Treasury. This tour starts at 8:30 pm and finishes at 10:00pm and it operates only on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.