Dayr Quruh Travel Guide

  • Gamla model and ruins in background, Israel
    Gamla model and ruins in background,...
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  • Nesher (vulture) at Gamla, Israel
    Nesher (vulture) at Gamla, Israel
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  • The old city
    The old city
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Dayr Quruh Things to Do

  • Enjoy Gamla's Furry and Feathered...

    You'll find a lot of Judas trees and almond trees along the path and the slopes of the hills here. There are also a lot of animals such as foxes and boars, porcupines and gazelles - but what it may most be known for (besides the tragic history and highest waterfall in Israel) is for its birds of prey living here. If you're lucky, you can catch a...

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  • Visit the Gamla Nature Reserve

    Most people enjoy hiking along the "Ancient Trail" which is about a half a mile, and not all that difficult. There's a special observation point overlooking Gamla Hill (see photo), and then the path goes beyond it for approximately 20 minutes, toward the ancient town of Gamla. Gamla was a major city during the end of the Second Temple period. It...

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  • Gamla waterfall

    This 50meteres high waterfall is (unfortunately) the tallest waterfall in Israel. Its definitely a pretty one and the hike towards it is a real lovely, easy and not a long one.While arriving to the view point over the waterfall you can just stop there relax enjoy the clean air and the great tranquility. There is no going down to the waterfall and...

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  • Eagles Watching

    Gamla Preserve is known for the eagles which are nesting there and flying there all day, There's a bird's-eye lookout where you can sit and watch them and of course You can photograph them but its better to have a real good cameras with great lenses. Another thing that will help and i think is a must is a binoculars.This experience of watching this...

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  • The old city of Gamla

    Gamla was an ancient settlement around the end of the 2nd Temple period and some says that there's a possibility that Jesus visited This very ancient city !The story of this city os actually very onteresting and i recommend you to read about it here: http://www.parks.org.il/ParksENG/company_card.php3?NewNameMade=0&from=116&CNumber=508481Hiking to...

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  • Vultures and Eagles

    One of the main attractions of the Gamla nature reserve is the vulture lookout. From the top of the cliff, you can watch the elegant vultures, eagles and falcons soaring effortlessly in the gorge.See more in the travelogue.

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  • The Gamla Ruins

    The word Gamal is Hebrew for Camel. The old city is located on a hill which looks like a Camel's hump, whence the name Gamla. This city was quite important around 2000 years ago, and might have been visited by Jesus. The city got famous during the great anti-Roman revolt of 67 AD. Josephus Flavius, the famous Jewish historian, who was one of the...

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  • Gamla Nature Reserve

    The Gamla nature reserve has some attractions making it appealing to everyone. Beautiful flowers and butterflies, Israel's highest waterfall, the oldest synagogue remains and the birds of prey. See the other tips for specific inofrmation on the different sites.

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    Right next to the entrance to the reserve there is the old Byzantine church of Dayr Quruh, more than 1000 years old. The ruins are quite impressive, built with the local volcanic black stone.See more in the travelogue.

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Dayr Quruh Warnings and Dangers

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    by jadedmuse Written Dec 18, 2005

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    It's a good idea to call the Reserve before you visit, since the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) often practices their military maneuvers in the Golan Heights area.

    When they are practicing close to the Gamla Reserve, the park shuts down.

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  • Gamla Vultures (Gyps Fulvus)

    The Gamla family of Vultures (Nesher in Hebrew) are Gyps Fulvus or Griffon Vultures. On the day we visited we were lucky enough to see them in all their glory. Gamla has an observation post where you can sit and watch them. As you can see from some of the photos I was able to see them at close range. Observing is fine, but imagine how difficult it...

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  • Gamla Valley

    There is a beautiful waterfall in the Gamla valley which you can see from the Vulture observation point near the Gamla ruins (the first photo). There is a well marked trail that takes you from the parking lot to the waterfall, but once on the trail you will not see, hear or even know where the waterfall is till you are almost upon it (last photo...

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  • Gamla ruins

    The ruins of Gamla, or what is left of them after the Romans destroyed the fortress, may not be the most impressive in Israel, but the VIEW from there may be. The fortress is located on the edge of a promnitory that juts out toward the valleys below. Having only a single level road for access should have made it very strong, but not as strong as...

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