Jordan Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd

Jordan Off The Beaten Path

  • Place of High Sacrafice

    Petra Off The Beaten Path

    Very much worth the hike. We climbed up the "winding staircase" on a rainy/cloudy day and had this site at the top of the valley to our selves for nearly an hour. Amazing view! Check out the locals along the way as they have some interesting wares to sell. I picked up a couple of ancient Roman coins (they are actually authentic) and we engaged most...

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    Petra Off The Beaten Path

    I mean it, it is 1,000 steps - not a bad idea to mount a mule for this climb as it is long and tiring. You get the feeling along the way that you are on a pilgrimmage of some sort as the people going each direction seem to be either intent on making their way or better for their effort. Stop along the way to interact with the people selling...

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  • Travel to Jordan by boat!

    Three times I have taken the ferry from Nuweiba, in the Sinai Peninsula, to Aqaba, in Jordan, and three times I have enjoyed the sea voyage. During the three times I always have gone to the bridge to talk with the captain. From the bridge I had a still better view of that fantastic panorama offered to me. That journey is great. On your left side...

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  • Wadi Rum

    What a sensation, being drove in an old 4WD in that unique landscape. That lasted for only a couple of hours, but it was enough to feel the desert, the adventure of vehicles sunken in the sand, the relief and hospitality of a Bedouin tent, and the comfortable expectation of a shower and cold drinks waiting us at the hotel. What a surprise, the...

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  • Syria & The Hauran

    In more peaceful times, a trip to southern Syria from Jordan was very easy and extremely rewarding, whether as day trip or overnight stay. From Amman, it only takes about one hour to reach the border, very close to the Hauran region (Roman Auranitis), which has a wealth of ancient cities and ruins. Chief among them is Bosra with its spectacular...

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  • Special donkey ride

    If you want to discover "Al Deir" in Petra, I recommend to "rent" a donkey :)First the way up is super tiring: very long and too much stairsSecond it will be a very special experience that you will remember for everIt is a little bit scary especially if the donkey insist on walking at the edge and I don’t guarantee that it is 100% safe but it was...

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  • Abdullah's tent

    If you want to get a typical souvenir from Petra, don't miss visiting the tent of Abdullah who sells all kind of colored, magical stones transformed into beautiful necklaces, rings and others… and if you are eager to know about each stone, he is the right person to ask. Abdullah's tent is located just before reaching the stairs to “The Court”

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  • Mount Nebo

    Mount Nebo is an important place for christianity, as it is the place that Moses was shown the Holy Land. Mount Nebo is on a hill right on the border with Palestine, so from its summit you can see jericho quite clearly. Even if you're not religious it's still worth to go there and see the nice mosaics inside the ittle church. The friars are very...

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  • Wadi Mujib

    Of the many spectacular sights along the King's Highway, perhaps the Wadi Mujib canyon is the most impressive. This huge canyon winds its way from the mountains down to the Dead Sea, dropping from a height of 1200 metres to the lowest point on Earth, 400 metres below sea level. The canyon is situated between Madaba and Karak, and the best way to...

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  • Pella

    The ruins of Pella pale in comparison to those in Jerash or Umm Qais, but the location in the hills east of the River Jordan Valley is stunning and it's a very peaceful and scenic place with good hiking opportunities.Pella's ruins consist of three Byzantine churches spread out over a wide area. The site is free to visit but there's no information...

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  • Yarmuck Gorge

    Most visitors to Umm Qais take the road from Irbid, but there is a more scenic route along the Yarmuck Gorge road, which takes you from the River Jordan Highway up into the hills via a spectacular winding route with switchbacks. The views of the Jordan Valley and the Yarmuck Gorge are spectacular while you can also catch an occasional glimpse of...

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  • "The Jerash Trio" :)

    In your Jerash visit, you see three Arabic men in local costumes at ancient theatre. I call them "The Jerash Trio". When a group of tourist came into ancient theatre, they start to play most famous song of those tourists' country. They have a man at the entrance of theatre therefore they know the origin country of groups. It's fun. Tourists dance...

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  • Mud Fun at Dead Sea

    Dead Sea is, a place under 400m. of sea level, a real must see in Jordan. There are fine spa hotels and beaches for having mud experience. Dead Spa Hotel is a nice place with pools, a red beach and goor food.Protect your eyes when you play in mud. It hurts...The most impotant thing is in Dead Sea get relaxed and float. Sea will do everything for...

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  • Mukawir

    The small village of Mukawir is reached by a 20 km detour off the King's Highway, and is worth a visit for the chance to see the ruined Palace of Machaerus, which stands on a hill beyond the village, and which is best known as the place where Salome danced for King Herod and where John the Baptist was beheaded. Not much remains of the palace...

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  • Jebel Sartaba

    After staying overnight in the Pella Countryside Hotel, we hiked to the summit of Jebel Sartaba (309m) the following morning. This is a fairly straightforward hike though finding the summit took us longer than I would have thought. The hike starts from the Pella resthouse, and descends to the Pella ruins (40 metres below sea-level), before climbing...

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  • Create some bonds with locals

    Socialization efforts with camels are sometime an efficient way of bonding with bedouins. I'm not kidding (not too much), as the love Bedouins have for there camels, horses and dromedaries is not a legend.This could be extended to donkeys also (Petra)

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  • Shobak Castle

    Old crusader castle near Shobak village around ½ hour from Petra. The exterior walls are very intact and the castle commands a superb site. Inside is pretty much in ruins. Great example of crusader style castle and great views over Jordanian countryside. Well worth a detour.

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  • Dana Village

    Well, its a little off the beaten path, around ½ hour in taxi from Wadi Musa (Petra). The Dana village is set amongst some beautiful cliffs with Wadi Dana in the valley some 1500m below. Its very nice wandering around the village and lots of little treks around the town.

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  • The Wife of Lot

    When travelling north on the Dead Sea Coast Highway, at coordinates 31°25'50.23"N; 35°33'48.63"E, you can see an unusual rock formation. Legend has it, that this is the wife of Lot, who looked back on Sodom and Gomorrah and was turned to stone for defying God's orders. Whether you believe the story or not, it is still an unusual rock formation on...

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  • Dana Nature Reserve

    It's not really off the beaten path, because it's featured prominently in Lonely Planet, but the Dana Nature Reserve is pretty cool. The problem is that it's really sleepy there, and if you are a solo traveler it's not obvious whatsoever where are the featured hiking trails that LP mentions. There is a person at the visitor center, but when I was...

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  • Ajlun

    Ajlun is a small town 73 km north of Amman and 25 km west of Jerash (so Ajlun and Jerash can both be visited in the same day).Tourists come here mainly to see the castle.On a hilltop 2,5 km outside the town, on a hilltop, stands the beautiful castle Qala'at ar-Rabad.It was built in 1184 - 1185 by Izz al-Din Usama, general and nephew of Salah...

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  • Azraq Wetland Reserve

    Azraq Wetland Reserve contains a large mudflat, pools and marshlands just in the middle of the Eastern Desert of Jordan. The wetland has suffered big ecological damage as water levels decreased when more and more drinking water was pumped to Amman. Now the wetlands, or at least a part of the original wetland, is being restored.This is a place where...

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  • Qasr Azraq

    Qasr Azraq is built in black basalt and was originally constructed by the Romans (about 300 AD). Through the years it was then renovated several times. During the Umayyad period it was used by al-Walid II as a military base and for hunting. In 1917 TE Lawrence and Sherif Hussain bin Ali based themselves at Qasr Azraq for a few months during the...

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  • A turkish bath in Petra

    A turkish bath after a full day journey around Petra is a good way of relaxing and removing some back-ache or feet-ache that you might have after walking around for 10 hours. We took a bath at Silk Road's Hotel, which is 100 metres up the Mövenpick hotel, in the same street. The bath wasn't the best I've ever been to, but still was quite ok. Some...

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  • Flowers along the Dead Sea Highway

    Along the Dead Sea Highway you can see some good restaurant and service station. In these places you can see very nice flowers (like the ones in the photos) that creat a nice contrast with desert.

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  • The Kings Highway

    Since the new highway was built to go from north to south, not many people use the King's Highway. We were advised to take it as it passes through some amazing landscapes and depicts a good picture of the variety of landscape the country has to offer.

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  • More mosaics on the Madaba plateau

    Khirbet al Mukhayat is roughly between Madaba and Mount Nebo on a side road; it was originally the village near to the large Byzantine monastery of which the present Mount Nebo church is part of the basilicaThere are several churches, mostly pretty ruined. There is a beautiful mosaic in the "Martyrs' Church" of Saints Lot and Procupius but there...

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  • Fourteen churches

    More land has been opened to archaeologists at Um Ar Rasas and 1' churches have been discovered from the great mosaic period - all of them with magnificent floors. You can't see very much at the moment, these churches are just heaps of stones, but Father Piccirillo of the Franciscan Instititute at Madaba has succeeded in obtaining funds from the...

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  • The view goes on forever

    Pella, in the north of the Jordan Valley, is a particularly rich archaeological site. From the first settlement - Chalcolithic (4000BC) - man has left his mark here through the Bronze and Iron Ages followed by Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and on into the more recent early Islamic period. While there are no great ruins, there is evidence everywhere...

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  • A Byzantine road map

    Another detour off the King's Highway will bring you to the isolated Byzantine religious complex at Umm-ar-Resas - the most important section of which is housed nowadays in an ugly yellow hangar. Inside, however, are splendid mosaics in amazingly good condition. In the largest of these, scenes of rural and river life are framed by images of the...

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  • Salome's ghost

    Continue down the road from the Bani Hamida shop and, rising up in front of you, you will see the strange flat-topped mound of Mukawir, site of Herod the Great's palace of Machaerus, where Salome danced and claimed the head of John the Baptist as her price. Virtually nothing remains to be seen of the palace and the climb to the top is a stiff one,...

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  • Wonderful weaving

    Whilst you can buy the work of the Bani Hamida Bedouin weavers in Amman, a visit to their headquarters near Mukawir is another experience entirely. Here you will not only find a huge selection of this wonderful work (the warp-faced flatweave style is uniquely Bedouin), you will also see the great piles of dyed but unwoven wool waiting to be...

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  • Madaba

    The city of Madaba is the place to go if you like Mosaics. In the local church you can see the famous Madaba Map. Shown here is a different mosaic.

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  • Jerash

    Dont' miss a visit to the ancient city of Jerash. Where you'll find beautiful Roman ruins.

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  • Tomb of Aaran

    Aaran was the brother of Moses, you can see his tomb (just!), in the distance from the High Place of Sacrafice on top of Jebel Hor, Petra. Which is a 6 hour trek away!If you look very closely (enlarge the photo) at the middle peak you can see a while nipple shaped dome, that is the Tomb of Aaran! (~_~)

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  • ~Electric Rock~

    The High Place of Sacrafice is a good walk from Petra's main area, there is a path by the side of the Ampitheatre. Well worth the trek, the views are incredible. We only saw one other person on our way there & back and he was a drinks seller! We had quite an amusing experience whilst walking up to the high Place of Sacrifice at Petra.We came across...

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  • Get away from the crowds...

    Get away from the crowds in Petra & walk up to the high sacrifice, Also take the time to walk to the monastry rather than staying in the centre where it can be very busy. You can climb up the side of the monastry, on to the very top of it, but looking down isnt for those with vertigo! Give a donation to the donkey sanctuary as you walk in to...

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  • Umm Quais

    Umm Quais is one of Jordan' s most unique Greco-Roman Decapolis sites. Greeks, Romans , Byzantines and Ottomans settled here and left own marks. From the hillside , Umm Quais offers a beautiful panoramic view on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberius) and the Golan Mountains.

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  • Wadi Dhana Nature reserve

    Dana has one of the most beautiful and unspoiled mountain landscapes in Jordan, and a spectacular village perched on the edge of a deep and precipitous gorge, reminiscent of the Grand Canyon. It is rich in wildlife and one of the best places to watch birds, especially during Spring and Autumn migrations. There is a wide variety of hiking trails,...

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  • Abdoun

    This is the best modern street of Amman!Wealthy people lives here and it is full of great Malls and Restaurants and Villas!it is the best choice for your night Hiking and it is full of young people!

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  • Treasures

    The greatest thing there is that it is allowed to make photos!Wow this is the first time I see such a museum!I'm so happy!That's a cool thing in Jordan!

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  • Museums

    The museum of the citadel is really great and it has many treasures from the Roman Period and Greek and Islamic too!But the Amazing thing also is the Neanderthals Bones and tools!This is the second museum were I saw such things after our museum in Aleppo.

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  • Roads

    Roads in Amman are very similar to the roads of Beirut and Aleppo and Damascus!You can see Palms around the ways!and many traffic jams in Rush hour!

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  • Mosques

    There is plenty of beautiful Mosques but the top 3 in Amman are:1- Al Ashrafiah Mosque.2-Al Jamaa Mosque.3-Al Housain Mosque.You have to hear the beautiful azan which happens 5 times per day in any Mosque!

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  • The Roman Theater

    That is an awesome typical Roman Theater where the Gladiators were fighting and Roman citizens were watching!Down stairs from both directions there is the lovely and interesting National Museum which you must see once you're in the Theater.

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