Planning Your Jordan Holiday

For an exotic Arabian holiday, that seems like something out of a fairytale, Jordan is the ideal destination. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the country’s proper name, and it is located in a part of the world that is acclaimed to be the cradle of civilization. The Arab state has land boundaries with Syria in the North, Iraq in the North-East, Saudi Arabia in the East and the South and Israel in the West.

What to See and Do

The topography of Jordan is spectacular and is sure to mesmerize visitors. The salt water lake in the Jordan Rift Valley is called the Dead Sea, and Jordan shares it with its Israeli neighbor. This is just one of Jordan’s many magnificent features. The kingdom has a temperate weather in the summer season and is cool and moist in the winter.

Irrespective of your interests and the kind of holiday you dream of, you will find that Jordan is just right for every visitor. The country is spread over about 90000 sq kilometers of diverse landscape, and has plenty for vacationers to see and to do. A trip to Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, ranks high on the list of places to see. This historical site is a fine example of rock cut architecture, and dates back several centuries. Petra is also called the Rose City, due to the color of its stone, and has been featured in many films. The walk through the entrance or the Siq, to the ancient capital of the Nabataeans is fantastic. There is a timeless beauty to the architecture and location that is nearly impossible to define, and has to be experienced.

Close to Aqaba, in the Southern part of Jordan is the Wadi Rum or the Valley of the Moon. It is the biggest valley in Jordan and stretches over more than 700 sq kilometers. Wadi Rum’s amazing rockscape qualifies it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient sandstone and granite stone structures are the highlight of the desert safari. A camel ride through the desert or one in a 4X4 automobile and rock climbing are just few of the activities you can indulge in. You may also like to enjoy a hot air balloon ride or a flight on a microlight two-seater aircraft, over this breathtaking landscape. Wadi Rum was the base for T. E. Lawrence, popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia, during the Arab revolt, at the end of the First World War. The region is mostly inhabited by Bedouins who are friendly but fairly conservative. Visitors are asked to respect the lifestyle and customs of the people.

For some rest and relaxation, head out to one of the many luxury resorts by the Dead Sea and in Aqaba. Dead Sea skin and beauty products are a big hit with guests, and with locals. For the nature lover, the Dana Biosphere Reserve holds many treasures, just waiting to be discovered. The four geographical groups, Mediterranean, Saharo-Arabian, Irano-Turanian and Sudanian are well represented in Jordan’s biggest natural reserve. You can expect to see a diverse range of vegetation and animal life here.

Amman is the capital of the country, and also its largest city. The city is the seat of political and commercial power. Amman is also a hub for entertainment in the form of discotheques and bars. Jordan receives millions of international tourists every year. Many vacationers who have seen and enjoyed the beauty of this Arab state, return to enjoy it once again.

Jordan is a constitutional monarchy and has an appointed government. The tourism industry accounts for close to 12% of the country’s Gross National Product and is a source of great pride to its citizens. Not only is Jordan well connected with its neighbors, but also with the rest of the world. International tourists can arrive at any of the country’s three international airports, two in Amman and one at Aqaba. Jordan offers visitors first-class health and hygiene conditions.

From archeological students, history enthusiasts, to travelers looking for a few days of fun in an exotic location, more and more people are choosing to make Jordan their favorite holiday destination. The country offers top grade medical services to its people and visitors, and medical tourism is gaining prominence in the country.

Jordan is a terrific vacation spot for everyone. The country is enjoyed greatly by families, couples and by visitors who are travelling alone. There is so much to see and do, that usually one holiday is just not enough to truly enjoy Jordan. Jordan is the perfect place to come back to for another exciting holiday.

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