There are so many reasons you should put this enthralling country renowned for its rich sightseeing and natural attractions on your vacation wish list.
According to UNESCO, Jordan is a natural museum open to ancient sacred civilizations. It has always been a dream destination for millions of nature lovers and history enthusiasts as it is home to magnificent, rare archaeological and curative sites.
Here are some of the best spots to hit:
Petra: One of the Seven Wonders of the World That Inspires Millions of Tourists
Petra, the unparalleled Rose City, was built and designed in the first century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people. It was carved into the pink rock by the Arab Nabataeans hundreds of years ago. They carved out their homes, graves and theatres that have proudly withstood centuries to become one of the Seven Wonders of the World because of its archaeological greatness and scientific aesthetic. It was also a commercial hub in the heart of Europe and the Arabian Peninsula that linked east and west, China and Europe via the silk and spice trade routes.
The Dead Sea: The Number One International Therapeutic and Tourist Destination
The Dead Sea has a unique natural charm as being the lowest point on the face of the Earth, at 400 meters below sea level, in the center of the Jordan Valley. High mountains, overlooking the ancient cities of Jerusalem and Salt, surround it. It receives a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan, which spreads fertility, life and beauty in the area. The Dead Sea enjoys an internationally high standing for the unique therapeutic properties of its extremely salty water rich in natural minerals that heal many chronic skin and respiratory diseases. Its air has the highest oxygen content on Earth, which helps psychological and physical relaxation.
Madaba, Mount Nebo and Jordan River: The Religious Pilgrimage Sites To Visit
Whoever visits the Dead Sea must visit the ancient City of Mosaics, Madaba, which houses some of the oldest churches and ancient arts: mosaics, hand-woven carpets, archaeological restoration and public markets. From Madaba, visitors can go to Mount Nebo, the mountain from which Moses saw the Promised Land and the baptism site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
Wadi Rum: Adventures and Challenges
The golden Wadi Rum desert is a unique place that resembles the moon with its terrains and the stars that light up the night more than any other place on Earth. It is situated in an amazing location, where weather and winds carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast and echoing.” A maze of monolithic rock-scapes rise up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m, creating a natural challenge for experienced mountaineers, amateur parachute jumpers and lovers of hot air balloon rides and camping and safari trips. This was where Prince Faisal bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt.
Ajloun Nature Reserve: The Perfect Place To Relax
Foreign and Arab tourists love to visit Ajloun Forest Reserve every year, located in the north of Jordan. It occupies a large, grassy clearing, enclosed by oak, pistachio and strawberry trees, some dating back several hundred years. These trees are a source of livelihood and are used as firewood. Some trees even have nutritional and medical benefits that are known to the local population.
Ma'in Hot Springs: An Oasis for Treatment and Relaxation
Thousands of visiting bathers come each year to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of the hyper-thermal waterfalls of Ma'in Hot Springs. Some people turn to thermal mineral waters for health issues such as skin diseases, arthritis and rheumatism, while others seek to relax and alleviate depression or boredom. A variety of services are provided, such as spa treatments and underwater massages, which give the spiritual feeling of being born again in the heart of the nature.