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September 2, 2013September 2, 2013  0 comments  Holy Land Pilgrimage

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a hub for many activities and exploratory trips. There is an array of options available for people of all interests, from the relaxed and luxurious to the downright ground level adventure trails. But if you've only got 48 hours in Jordan, then there are four cities and spots that are a must do.

 

Amman

 

As the country's capital city, Amman is probably going to be your first stop into the Kingdom. It is a great place to rummage through the culture's traditional and western aspects, indulge in delicious local food and walk the streets to get a ground level perspective. With endless options of hotels in Amman, finding a crash pad will not be a problem, whatever your budget may be. From walking down Rainbow Street, Amman's self proclaimed cobble stoned cultural center, to eating at Hashim- the best hummos and foul- in downtown area, to roaming the street markets in Abdali and Souk Jara as well as hitting the more fancy restaurants and cafes in Jabal Amman, there is something for everyone.

 

Dead Sea

 

dead sea

 

Known for its healing properties, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, and is a salt sea bordering Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Hotels in the Dead Sea are usually built like resorts, with pools, restaurants and cafes, making sure that all your needs are met. If splurging on a spa treatment in the hotel is not your thing, then simply going down to the sea, covering yourself in the healing mud, with minerals and vitamins able to cure many ailments, and then dipping yourself in the buoyant sea is sure to leave you feeling like a newborn.

 

Wadi Rum

 

Light pollution is not a problem when it comes to Wadi Rum, and if stars are what you're looking for, then stars are what you'll get. This desert trip is a gorgeous eyeful of beautiful colors, soft sand, sand-dune adventures, Bedouin encounters and star gazing galore. A stay at one of the campsites in Wadi Rum is a must. Enjoying the local buffet, black tea and bonfire stories after a day of off-roading, climbing up the highest dunes or, for the more adventurous, riding a hot air balloon is a perfect way to experience authentic Jordan.

 

Petra

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Close to Wadi Rum, Petra has to be at the top of the list as it is also home to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. A UNESCO heritage site, this Red Rose City, carved into the mountains and dubbed Red Rose because of the color of the stone, is a marvel. The iconic treasury is a short walk in between the canyon-like mountain pass, and then past that is the architectural rock-cut city in southern Jordan. Petra is home to a couple of luxurious hotels and staying there might mean the chance to see Petra at Night, a beautiful candle lit experience sure to remain unforgotten.

 

 

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Rayal Al-Mashal works for Yamsafer, a hotel booking company that specializes in hotels throughout the Middle East.

 

 


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