Jordan- The Ultimate Holiday Destination
For an exotic Arabian holiday, that seems like something out of a fairytale, Jordan is the ideal destination. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the country’s formal name, and it is located in a part of the world that is acclaimed to be the cradle of civilization. Jordan’s neighbors include Israel in the West, Saudi Arabia in the East and South, Iraq in the North-East and Syria in the North.
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The country has a marvelous geography for you to explore and cherish. It shares the Dead Sea, which is a salt water lake in the Jordan Rift Valley, with Israel. There are many natural marvels that the state offers its guests. The climate here is relatively dry and moderate in the summer and cool and wet in the winter.
Whether you have an interest in history, archeology, topography, or just want to have a good time, Jordan is the perfect holiday destination for every traveler. Spread over close to 90000 sq kilometers, the state offers its visitors plenty to explore, and to do. Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and is not to be missed. The rock cut architecture makes Petra truly unique, as does its ancient history. You may have seen the Rose City, a name that is attributed to the color of its stone, in some movies. The walk through the entrance or the Siq, to the ancient capital of the Nabataeans is fantastic. There is a timeless beauty to the architecture and location that is nearly impossible to define, and has to be experienced.
In South Jordan, close to Aqaba, is another place of interest, the Wadi Rum, which literally means Valley of the Moon. The country’s largest valley extends over 700 sq kilometers. The rockscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly magnificent. The ancient sandstone and granite stone structures are the highlight of the desert safari. You can go rock climbing, touch the handwriting of the ancients on the rocks, and enjoy the desert on camelback or in a 4X4 vehicle. A unique way to see the Valley is from a hot air balloon or from a two-seater light aircraft. It is also famous as the base for Lawrence of Arabia’s Arab revolt, after the First World War. The region is mostly inhabited by Bedouins who are friendly but fairly conservative. Tourists are often requested to maintain decorum.
The resorts on the shores of the Dead Sea and those in Aqaba offer opulence and respite. Do remember to take home some wonderful Dead Sea skin care products. The Dana Biosphere Reserve is a treat for the naturalist. This is Jordan’s largest natural reserve, and offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the four geographical zones in the country, Mediterranean, Sudanian, Irano-Turanian and Saharo-Arabian. This also means that you will get to see a wide range of flora as well as fauna.
Amman is the capital of the country, and also its largest city. It is Jordan’s political and commercial centre. If you are looking to enjoy the high life, then Amman, with its many clubs and bars is the right choice for you. Jordan receives millions of international tourists every year. Many of these are guests who return to Jordan for yet another fantastic holiday.
Jordan is a constitutional monarchy and has an appointed government. The country takes great pride in its hospitality and tourism sector, which accounts for about 12% of its Gross National Product. The Arab nation has a well planned transportation structure that connects it to its neighbors and the rest of the world. It has three international airports, two at Amman, and one in Aqaba. Jordan offers visitors first-class health and hygiene conditions.
From archeological students, history enthusiasts, to travelers looking for a few days of fun in an exotic location, more and more people are choosing to make Jordan their favorite holiday destination. The country offers top grade medical services to its people and visitors, and medical tourism is gaining prominence in the country.
Jordan is a wonderful vacation spot for everyone. Families are known to enjoy their travels through the country as much as couples or lone travelers do. The diverse range of activities and sights make Jordan a holiday spot that tourists like to visit frequently. This is perhaps why travelers like to return to the country, time and again. .. read more