One is very unlikely to repeat an international destination, unless is a Paris or London. However, some destinations just beckon you. And then conspiracies come together to make it happen.
I am not one to miss an opportunity to visit Jordan, even if I’ve ‘seen-it, done-it’. It’s a small place, but it packs a punch, not just the typical ‘touristy’ stuff, which it has in galore, but also a back-packer’s paradise. Though both my trips were the touristy type, I enjoyed them as much. For me, it is still the ‘Mystical Jordan’, the impression it created on my first trip. But the next time I am there (really!!), it will have to be back-packing, and with my family.
What amazes me is how, a country surrounded by Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, is so incredibly safe. In fact Jordan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. And I experienced this first hand. One can go out anywhere, at any time of the day, or night, without fear. I searched with a microscope, but found no sight of Terrorism or local crime. If you are a single woman, and I had a few colleagues on this trip, you may get unnerved on the streets of NY or LA, but not in Amman.
And I am simply in love with peta-bread and hummus, and can eat it all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and in Jordan, that’s how they actually do it, and in massive portions.
Here is reminiscing both trips through these photos.
The sky line of Amman, mostly flat, now has towers coming up.
Amman is a historical city, with its cultural centre at the Citadel which showcases Roman ruins
Amman is a mix of the old and the new. The east side is the old city, with lots of refugees, and the west is the new one, with well planned buildings
Amman offers a great night view from the 23rd floor of the Le Royal
Fort Ajloun offers great views of the plains of norther Jordan, and on a clear day, one can see as far as Syria and Israel
The camels and camel owners at Petra, are all well connected
Probably the most photographed site in Jordan, the view of the Treasury at Petra is imposing
Going down the Siq in a horse cart is like a journey through time
A sandstorm had hit Jordan a few days before we landed, however some evenings were colourful, like this sunset in Petra
There is a story behind the destruction of the Railway system in Jordan, which now lies defunct
The tracks are unused, however they intersperse the vast desert expanse of Wadi Rum
Bedouins, the natives of Jordan, move around the deserts, often giving a break to their animals while they rest a leg themselves
Jordanians are known for their hospitality. And no guest can leave without sharing a cup of tea with them
The atmosphere at Dead Sea was mesmerising as the sun went down behind the hills of Israel, at the opposite banks
Colours all over, as tourists enjoy floating in the Dead Sea, unable to sink as much as they try
Known as ‘Bethany beyond the Jordan’, this is the place where Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist, two millennia ago
If this side is Jordan, a few feet across the river is Israel, both spots holy for Christianity
The Oval Forum was a place of socialising for the inhabitants of Jarash, or a place of gathering when the Emperor wanted to make an announcement
An aerial view of the oval forum and colonnaded street, through which ancient traders passed by as they did business
Bagpipers provide entertainment at the Roman theatre in Jarash. The theatre is known for its unique acoustics.
The Jordaninan bread, is not very unlike the Indian naan
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