Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan. Quietly bewitching tourists for decades, Jordan is the underdog of Asia. Admittedly, it is not the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Middle East. But if you’ve seen enough of metropolitan skies, shopping malls and towering skyscrapers, Jordan will be like a breath of fresh air for you. Forlorn and forgotten, Jordan stayed undiscovered for many years.
Here are 9 reasons why Jordan should be in your Asia bucket list:
1. Swimming With Jelly Fish in The Red Sea
Pretty much the coolest experience you will have in Jordan, swimming in the Red sea at Aqaba is an intrepid diver’s dream come true. Watch gelatinous jelly fish waddle by as you explore some of the clearest waters in Asia. As the guides there would tell you, there is no reason to be afraid of stings!
2. Mediterranean Delicacies
Most times my very first impression of a new place is through its cuisine. In that regard, Jordan scores high up there. Here, you can find the most luscious hummus, baba ghanouj and falafel. While you’re here, don’t forget to try the mansef which is flavorful rice in lamb curry. Cherry on top is the friendliness and warmth of the people here.
3. Camping under the stars at Wadi Rum
Stay in a traditional Bedouin camp at the glorious Wadi Rum desert. Detach with the world and connect with yourself as you discover the true beauty of silence under the billion stars that twinkle in agreement. At Wadi Rum, prepare to be moved by the ravishing views that unravel themselves.
4. Floating in the Dead Sea
Slather yourself with the mineral rich mud of the dead sea and watch how it cradles you like a caring mother. The high salinity of the water means that you can float in the sea’s waters without the fear of drowning. How cool is that?
5. Tour of the City Built Into a Mountain: Petra
Petra is almost a heroic city. Abandoned by its own people after a series of devastating earthquakes, it finally got its time in fame when a Swiss traveller chanced upon it in 1821. This sandstone wonder will entice and enchant. Discover all the ancient trade routes and monuments that were built miraculously in a mountain.
6. Learn How to Make Mosaic At Madaba
Madaba is mosaic city. Known for its byzantine and ummayad mosaics, Madaba’s mosaics are a must see when you visit Jordan. Don’t miss the large byzantine-era mosaic map at this city. What’s more, you can even get your name immortalized on a mosaic. What a great souvenir it will make!
7. Natural Therapy by the Ma’in Hot Springs
This series of hot springs is full of therapeutic, mineral rich water that acts like a healing rejuvenation for your body. These springs are located 264 meters below the sea level.
8. The Nightlife at Amman
Amman is nothing short of a revelation. With a thriving night scene and atmospheric street cafes, the city is buzzing with activity. The people here are extremely amiable and make interesting conversationalists. All in all, this city has a great vibe that makes it a stand out destination.
9. Qusayr Amra’s Iconic Ruins
By far one of the best preserved buildings of the Umayyad era, this UNESCO World heritage site is popular for its risqué frescoes. This almost ostentatious work of art is a one of a kind attraction that deserves all the attention it gets.
Jordan is walking proudly into the new world, holding close its heritage from a rich past. A trip here will open your eyes to the many possibilities that this compact country offers. Jordan is proof that a person with an open mind is rewarded handsomely.
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