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Queen Hatshepsut ruled Egypt from1486 till 1468. She tried her best to be a stong Pharaoh. She even ordered the schulptors to add a beard to her stautes. And cut her temple in a uniqe style to adapt the slope of the hill.
To have a full panorama zoom out from the sky, enjoy and explore.
Updated Apr 14, 2005
Luxor —the city— is the world's greatest open air museum.
Ancient Greek poet Homer described it as "Thebes of the hundred gates". Luxor —the name— was derived from the Arabic word "al-qusoor" i.e. "the palaces".
Take a better taste, and go little bit higher to explore more.
About Cost? It is a bit less than one air ticket!
Updated Feb 5, 2005
In Luxor's Bazaar I found a store that was selling CDs with Egyptian music.
Our tour leader recommended me a compilation of the most famous Egyptian singer Hakim.
I paid something like USD 5-6 for the CD.
Now, back home, I must admit that it the perfect way to remember the days spent in Egypt.
Written Nov 4, 2005
Definitely get a bicycle for at least one day! You don't get hassled by all the horse drawn carriages and street-sellers and its all flat so you can travel a long way quickly and cheaply. It also gives you the opportunity to venture into the small villages surrounding Luxor. This is what we did and actually came across a little shop in one of the villages where we didn't have to haggle for our coke and chips etc and paid the real price!! Quite a relief after 2 weeks of arguing over the price of a loaf of bread (usually 3-5 times the correct price is what they'll try to sell it to you in Luxor). We met these young boys while riding around the back of Karnak temple and they gave us sugar cane in return for a pen. They also asked us for money (baksheesh) Please don't give the children money unless you feel you REALLY have to as they begin to see tourists as money for nothing and you just make the situation worse for those to follow after you.
Written Mar 10, 2004
The valley of the Nile is crossed by numerous channels which take water from the river. Owing to this the width of the valley has several kilometers. Where channels are not present, the desert comes closely up to the river. Unfortunately, banks of channels are dirty enough.
Written Jul 18, 2007
Dendera Temple is not that far off the beaten track, but many first time visitors to Egypt miss it. It is DEFINITELY worth a visit. It can be done as a very long day trip via the Lotus Boat or combined with the temple of Abydos and done by road.
Will add more info...but in the interim, please enjoy the photos!
Updated Oct 22, 2009
When we had Felucca ride we saw how local fishermen are drawing toils.
For me it was really surprising - i know that water of the River Nile is very impure, and think, that there isn't possible to get some fish :-) But i was wrong.... ;-)
The view was really interesting!
Written Dec 23, 2003
But we shouldn't forget our guides! Yes, these two guys were our guides. The one on the right is Vladan, our tourist guide, and the one on the right is Ahmed, a local guy. Very nice and very young
Why did I put this as a tip? Simply because people usualy don't have fun with their guides on travels, unless they are having a friend as a guide. So this is definitly an "Off the beatten path" tip by all means.
Updated Mar 9, 2005
Said to be the larger than Karnak, the funerary complex of Amenhotep III had been reduced to two giant statues - officially called Colossi of Memnon - that stand forlorn near the entrance to the Valley of Kings. This is what most tourists first see on their way to visit the intricately-designed funerary complexes of the Theban pharaohs. Inundation of the Nile over hundreds of years had been the primary culprit behind the destruction of Amenhotep III's giant funerary complex.
The monument, housed in white sandstone with gold throughout and floor covered with silver and doors with electrum, would have been a fitting tribute to one of the greatest Egyptian pharaohs. It was during Amenhotep III's reign that Egyptian culture and power reached its zenith. Among other achievements, it was him who built Luxor Temple.
Over the centuries, hundreds of statues and other artifacts were not only destroyed by the flooding of the Nile. Some monuments were vandalized by other pharaohs, and some moved to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Many others had found their way to the British Museum and in Turin, etc.
Sadly, only the two colossi remain of this once magnificent monument, and the whole place had been reduced to a minor tourist attraction whose only value is to provide tourists with a short photo op session on their way to the Valley of Kings.
Updated Sep 25, 2007
OK, let's face it - Luxor is not a pleasant town to walk around with touts hassling you minute by minute, meter by meter. But that should not prevent you from enjoying the simple pleasures like gawking at the dolled up builidings along Al-Mahatta, the main road leading to the train station, and the station itself, which was in the finishing stages of being spruced up. It's a pretty cool area to walk around with lots of interesting stuff like:
1) Colonial architecture which reveals a lot about Luxor's importance as one of Egypt's tourism centerpiece as early as the 1800s. The buildings have been given a new lease of life with fresh coat of paint and refurbishing. While the effect could be contrived and Disneyesque, one could take comfort in the fact that these were authentic colonial buildings - only spruced up.
2) Lots of interesting merchandise displayed here from traditional spices to mobile phone accessories to funky summer wear (in picture here).
3) Humor is something Al-Mahatta does not lack in - that is if you find this "naughty" moviehouse humorous (3rd picture). From the looks of it, it specializes in skin flicks like the one shown here - movie titled "Haram," which means "forbidden" in Arabic. I just have to take a photo of it to show to my Egyptian friends back home - who now all deny having seen the movie. Really now.
4) At the end of this grand boulevard is Luxor's train station, which was in the final stages of sprucing up when I was there. The main hall is now adorned with beautiful reliefs and colorful stained glass - all nicely done. One thing hasn't changed, though - touts still lurk around waiting for their next prey. Oh well, welcome to Luxor.
Updated Dec 29, 2007
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