It was quite a long drive to Giza and then out in the distance, there they were.. giant, majestic and a perfect example of symmetry in monuments… the great Pyramid of Giza also known as the Pyramid of Khufu. The enormity of size doesn’t really hit you until you are up and close to them. Huge is not even a word to describe it. There are two other, slightly smaller Pyramids – Khafre and Menkaure.
Of course, over time and with extensive plundering by robbers during the ancient and medieval times, a lot may have changed in the external façade and internal loot but nonetheless that it did not stop me from being awe-struck. For a few minutes, we simply walked around the structures, me for once not saying much other than Wow ! Then the guide asked us, do you want to go inside ? Did we ever ? Yess… lets go … !!! So we climbed up a bit through the rubble and entered a long and narrow passage. It was exciting beyond words.
We started walking down the passage, full length first, slowly slouching a bit, then a little more, then a little more, then all fours crawling down and finally almost flat. The passage seemed to get narrower, darker, scarier, definitely the air was less, and then ….. we are into the burial chamber of the King Khufru. For that moment, I felt what an archaeologist must have felt to discover that tomb. A tiny granite sarcophagus was all that lay in front of us with a candle for light .. how that candle burned beats me to this day, since I had a tough time breathing with the limited oxygen available.
We saw the sarcophagus with the mummy inside … it was like going back into the beginning of time. We spent about 5 minutes there and crawled our way out of the tunnel. History aside, what a relief to breathe freely. Next stop was the Sphinx. Face of a man and body of a lion, it’s almost as if the Sphinx stands guard of the Great Pyramid.