Jordan Travel Guide

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Amman

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Petra

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990,2535,22

Aqaba

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175,356,27

Madaba

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167,624,9

Wadi Rum

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243,575,7

Al Karak

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Jarash

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Wadi Musa

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34,88,15

As Salt

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13,60,0

Qasr al Azraq

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Umm Qays

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13,63,0

Qasr al Kharanah

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13,73,0

`Iraq al Amir

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4,25,0

Tabaqat Fahl

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6,14,0

`Ajlun

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22,90,0

Qal`at al Hasa

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1,4,0

Ash Shawbak

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1,6,0

Ar Ramtha

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0,1,0

Al Mafraq

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Amman

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  • Dead Sea

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amman Things to Do

    The Dead Sea is Divided into the Jordanian Side and the Israel (West Bank) Side. This Tip will be on The Dead Sea Part of Jordan is located at the eastern shore and the Northern Part of the Jordanian Dead Sea lies in the Madaba Governate of which Madaba City is the Capital. There are a number of Resorts at the Dead Sea like the Mariott Hotel,...

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  • Four Seasons Hotel Amman

    Amman Hotels

    The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman is definitely fit for a king (or queen). An Arab sheikh would like...

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  • the blue fig

    4 out of 5 stars

    Amman Restaurants

    DON'T EAT HERE!!!!!! They were moping and dusting right next to us and when we tried to tell them we are bothered about this issue the owner of the restaurant came to us telling ": Oh,,,,it's not like we are puting the mop in your plate!!!!" He was very ironic and in top of it saying " Thank you for eating in our restaurant""" very nervous of...

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Petra

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  • The Treasury - Al Khazneh

    5 out of 5 stars

    Petra Things to Do

    The first grand monument of Petra you see as you enter the city is the Al Khazneh (the Treasury). It's an incredibly sight as the view of it opens up exiting the last few meters of the Siq. Almost every tourist stops and staggers, catching their breath as they stand and stare at the vast building carved out of solid red stone. Despite its name...

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  • El Rashid Hotel

    Petra Hotels

    I was moved to this hotel in Wadi Musa, after the hotel I booked did not have a room available. The...

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  • Camels & Horses

    Petra Transportation

    The Camel is the main beast of burden of the middle east and north africa and even in Petra, you will see a lot of Camels in the Complex and you can take the slow tour of petra complex riding the tall camels. A camel ride wil start in front of the Al Khanzeh (treasury buidling) where there are lots of camels and bedouin camel herders and you must...

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Aqaba

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  • Aqaba fort

    Aqaba Things to Do

    Much of this building was 'under construction' when I visited, although it wasn't clear what construction was actually being done. Large parts of the building were cordoned off for safety so I could only explore pat of it.This is Mamluk fort, originally built in the 1300s by Sultan Qansweh Al Ghuri. Its entrance is impressive, with two semicircular...

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  • Moevenpick Resort Aqaba

    Aqaba Hotels

    This was my second Movenpick resort in as many days, and my second-ever stay in a 5* hotel. The...

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  • Archaeological Museum & Sheikh Hussein's...

    Aqaba Things to Do

    I'll be honest and say that I was rather disappointed by Aqaba's little archaeological museum. My Rough Guide dates from 2007 and mentions several items which I simply could not find. The museum seemed to me quite empty so I do wonder if artefacts have been stored or shipped elsewhere (I believe a new archaeological museum will soon open in Amman...

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Madaba

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  • The Church of the Virgin

    Madaba Things to Do

    The church of the Virgin is the first in-situ ancient site one comes across as one explore Madaba's extensive Archaeological Park, although there are many mosaics from elsewhere displayed on the walls as one walks towards it.There is quite a lot of academic debate about the exact date this church was built (you can read a detailed paper here if you...

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  • Mosaic City Hotel

    Madaba Hotels

    Yarmouk St, PO Box 962, Madaba, 17110, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • The 'Hippolytus Hall'.

    Madaba Things to Do

    This is another site in Madaba's Archaeological Park.The 'Hippolytus Hall' is not its real name, of course. The name comes from the wonderful mosaic 'carpet' tellling part of the story of Hippolytus (a Greek traged by Euripedes) which was placed in one of the rooms of this Byzantine mansion.The Church of the Virgin (see tip) was built over this...

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Wadi Rum

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  • Scamming In Wadi Rum

    Wadi Rum Warnings and Dangers

    While being in Wadi Rum, be especially careful. Recently there increased a number of cases when foreign girls and women were scammed by the local Bedouins. Through charm, sweet words and beautiful lies they try to take all your money. Scamming is growing very rapidly in this region.Also, planning your trip to Jordan, be especially careful dealing...

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  • Wadi Rum Zeltcamps

    Wadi Rum Hotels

    Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Wadi Rum Desert Camps Fool Tourists

    Wadi Rum Warnings and Dangers

    Most of the camps in Wadi Rum listed on TripAdvisor, Routard and other Internet resources don’t exist in life. Their “owners” together with the help of their girlfriends, who write and speak good English, create a fake website and post a lot of self promoting reviews in order to attract naive tourists. As a result, the last find themselves in...

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Al Karak

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  • Krak des Moabites

    Al Karak Things to Do

    Perched on hill that dominates the surrounding arid countryside, Krak des Moabites is the castle that gave Kerak its name. It was built in 1142 AD by Payen le Bouteiller, a Crusader Lord under King Baldwin II of Jerusalem. The site he chose was once an important city in the ancient kingdom of Moab and remained of some importance during the Roman...

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  • Turkish Coffee in Kerak

    Al Karak Things to Do

    Driving from the Dead Sea to Petra in late December 2010, we stopped for a quick Turkish coffee in the centre of Kerak. The friendly gentleman in the attached photo made us our coffee.

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  • The Castle

    Al Karak Things to Do

    You may decide to wander around the castle.a word of warniing: it is not another Krak de Chevalier in Syria! This site is far smaller because a lot of it has been built on. Much of the modern town perches on the old castle site. As you approach by road stoop your car to take in the huge walls and earthworks. Remember the fantastic view down from...

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Jarash

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  • North Gate

    Jarash Things to Do

    The North Gate is at the far end of the Cardo, and was built in 115AD. It marks the beginning of the old road to the city of Pella, one of the ten cities of the Greco-Roman federation (Decapolis).

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  • Macellum

    Jarash Things to Do

    This was the city's major marketplace, located halfway up the colonnade, just before the major crossroads of the city.

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  • Cardo

    Jarash Things to Do

    Up from the Forum is the colonnaded Cardo, which was the main shopping thoroughfare of the city. Once a vast array of shops and markets were here, serving the local community. It's also the main artery of the city, so it was also lined with many of the city's most important buildings. The street is wide, and has a complex draining system. It also...

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Wadi Musa

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  • Ain Musa

    Wadi Musa Things to Do

    According to tradition, during the many decades the Hebrews spent wandering the desert on their way from Egypt to the 'land of milk and honey' (Canaan), wheber water was desperately needed Moses/Musa struck water from the rocks with his staff, as God commanded.Ain Musa is traditionally one of the springs created when Moses/Musa struck the rock with...

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  • Shara Mountains Hostel

    Wadi Musa Hotels

    at the tourist street opposite side of the Iskan, Petra / Wadi Musa, 71810, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Zurrabah water reservoir

    Wadi Musa Things to Do

    I spotted what was very obviously an ancient building from the bus and, later, decided to walk back up the road to investigate.The Zurrabah water reservoirs dates from sometime between the 1st century BCE (BC) and the 1st century CE (AD). It was the most important of the many water reservoirs which were constructed (hacked out of the rock) in order...

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As Salt

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  • Historic Old Salt Museum (Beit Abu...

    As Salt Things to Do

    Considered one of the finest of the Ottoman-period mansions of as-Salt, Beit Abu Jaber was built in 1892 and likely named after a certain Abu Jaber family. The foundation of the structure and the first floor looks much more ancient, probably of Mediaeval construction. It was recently restored and turned into the Historic Old Salt Museum, which...

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  • Stacked Houses of as-Salt

    As Salt Things to Do

    As-Salt was built on a very hilly terrain. The centre of town lies in the middle of a deep valley and the town spreads up the surrounding hills. The effect is quite picturesque with the houses stacked on top of each other as in the attached photos. For more photos, check out the travelogue: "Stacked Houses of as-Salt".

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  • As-Salt Small Mosque

    As Salt Things to Do

    The Small Mosque of as-Salt, as it is called, was built in 1905 and restored in 1995. It has a round minaret with beautiful decorations, but otherwise, the mosque is fairly plain. It is located on al-Hammam Street.

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Qasr al Azraq

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  • Ancient stones........

    Qasr al Azraq Things to Do

    If you go inside the only building, apart from the entrance and the mosque, which remains intact you'll ind a small 'museum' displaying ancient carvings and inscriptions found in the area surrounding the fort.A small information board told me that, in 1983, 35 stones were found when a small (man-made) pool near the original Roman fortress was being...

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  • Within the walls......

    Qasr al Azraq Things to Do

    The smallish courtyard area within the basalt defensive walls is dominated by the small mosque in the centre, one of the very few structures in the fortress which remains almost fully intact. There is no certainty about its date of construction: my guidebook suggests it was built during the Ayyubid renovations (1200s), wiki suggests the mosque was...

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  • Push the door open and enter the...

    Qasr al Azraq Things to Do

    The same (Druze) family has been looking after Qasr Azraq for 3+ generations, since the days of T.E. Lawrence. You may well be greeted by one of them as you walk towards the entrance and you'll certainly appreciate the little flower garden one of the family members has created to its side.Those two massive stone doors date from 1237, when the...

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Umm Qays

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  • Visit the ruins

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    These ruins are spectacular, as are the views over the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilie.Well worth a visit and a wander through the ruins.The site is quite large and there is a lot to see

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  • Ottoman village

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    On the acropolis of Gadara was an Ottoman stone village built during the 19th century. The houses were inhabited until 1986 when the villagers got money from the Ministry of Tourism for leaving their homes, as the site was going to be cleared and excavated. Well, the village is still standing there and there have been plans to turn it into a hotel,...

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  • Basilica Terrace

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    Looking to the north from the Western Theatre the black and white columns at the Basilica Terrace is a nice sight. The octagonal interior of the church has black columns and the atrium white columns. The church is from the Byzantine era and was built in the 6th century.

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Qasr al Kharanah

  • Rental Car + Driver

    Qasr al Kharanah Transportation

    There is no public transport to Qasr al Kharanah, so the easiest way is to hire a car+driver or a taxi, especially since you can visit some of the other desert castles. Highway 40 is mainly a truck road, with lorries speeding on their way to – so we've been told – Iraq. Given this, and the lack of signage to the castles, having a driver is probably...

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  • Qasr al-Kharaneh

    Qasr al Kharanah Things to Do

    Access to Qasr al-Kharaneh costs one dinar, which allows you access to all the other desert castles on the same ticket.

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  • Transport

    Qasr al Kharanah Transportation

    I visited Qasr Kharana as part of a tour (only transport) organised from Farah Hotel in Amman. We were three people in the car sharing the price and I paid 13 JD. The places we visited were Qasr Kharana, Qusayr Amra, Qasr al-Azraq and the Wetland Reserve, Hammam Sarah and Qasr al-Hallabat (in the mentioned order).We had lunch in Azraq and the...

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`Iraq al Amir

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  • Qasr el-Abd (Iraq al-Amir)

    `Iraq al Amir Things to Do

    One of the few remaining structures - if not the only one - from the Hellenistic period in Jordan, Qasr el-Abd (also known as Qasr Iraq el-Amir) dates from a little after 200BC. The small palace is thought, though not definitively, to have been built by Hercanus Tobiad, the governor of Ancient Ammon/Philadelphia. The palace is known as Qasr el-Abd,...

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  • Sculptures of Qasr el-Abd

    `Iraq al Amir Things to Do

    The most striking architectural feature of Qasr el-Abd are the three well preserved lion and panther haut-reliefs decorating its exterior. The two panthers, on either side of the palace at ground level, were fountains (the water spout in the mouths can still be seen). It is said that these sculptures show a mix of Sassanid and Hellenistic styles,...

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  • The Interior of Qasr el-Abd

    `Iraq al Amir Things to Do

    It takes a bit of imagination to visualize the interior of the palace in its full splendour. What is partially mounds of rubble today was once a two floored edifice, where the lower floor served as the working area and the upper floor as the "piano nobile". Attached are a few photos.

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Tabaqat Fahl

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  • The Scenery

    Tabaqat Fahl Things to Do

    Run out of things to say, but I've got another photo left, so here it is! The scenery around Pella is beautiful, with golden, sun-bleached hills and green trees.

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  • The Valley

    Tabaqat Fahl Things to Do

    The valley in which Pella was built is one of the greenest and most fertile in northern Jordan. I'm told the spring here grows in to a river and never ever runs dry.

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  • Then the Arabs...

    Tabaqat Fahl Things to Do

    In the 7th century AD, Pella was captured by Arab armies and was a significant city in the Umayyad Empire for over 100 years. But in 747 AD, Pella (along with much of Jordan) was destroyed by a huge earthquake. Only a small, rural community lived here afterwards, during the Mamluk and Abbasid periods. Most of the villagers left for good when Israel...

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`Ajlun

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  • Getting There

    `Ajlun Transportation

    For less than 1JD you can travel by bus to Jerash (about 30 minutes), Amman (about 1 and a half hours) and even Madaba. Whatever you do, it's a good idea to combine a trip to Ajlun with a trip to nearby (and absolutely unmissable) Jerash. A taxi will also do the trip to Ajlun and Jerash, but look at paying around 30 or 40JD from Amman or Madaba...

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  • Ajlun Castle

    `Ajlun Things to Do

    Also known as Rabadh Castle and Qal'at Al-Rabed, this famous fortress sits on top of a hill just outside the sprawling city of Ajlun. The castle is most famous for being the Saladin stronghold that faced off against the Crusaders who sat in Kerak castle (of Kingdom of Heaven fame) to the south. In fact about 200 of the world's finest crusaders...

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  • The Castle

    `Ajlun Things to Do

    In 1214 the castle was enlarged. A fifth tower was added and a bridge decorated with pigeons (those can still be seen) built. Invading Mongols destroyed the castle in 1260, but it was soon recaptured by the Mamluks who restored it. It is very nice to walk around the labyrinth of rooms exploring, and then take a rest at the top of one of the towers,...

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