Al-Karak also known as just Karak or Kerak, is a city in Jordan known for its Crusader castle, the Kerak Castle. The castle is one of the three largest castles in the region, the other two being in Syria. Al-Karak lies around 150 Km to the south of Amman on the beautiful King's Highway. It is situated on a hilltop and is surrounded on three sides by a valley.
The Treasury (al-Khazna)
Off the beaten path experience in Petra: Ibrahim and I entered from a backdoor entrance which is strictly only for bedouins and rangers working in Petra. After a little talk, the guards finally let me in with Ibrahim. Wow, that first sight was mind blowing specially because there was literally nobody except both of us in this whole site. Tourists enter Petra from the front entrance and they always go for the "Al Khazneh" (aka Treasure) first and then make their way to the famous monastery We took the opposite path and hence, the whole walk towards the monastery was just excellent.
The hike was easy, was very long. I had enough food and water on me to keep my energy levels high. We kept walking on this beautiful rock formations, met hers of sheep and goats and also explored some natural rock arch formations. Then we arrived at the Byzantine Church and Ibrahim told me about the incredible history behind it. Read more about it here. Ibrahim was also a trained and professional guide in Petra and hence he knew everything about the place. He also had many friends in the site who offered us free Jordanian tea and food and declining food offers are considered very impolite in Jordan and hence I would always end up having free meals????.
8. Touch of the exotic – The Desert Castles ( East Jordan )built by the Umayyad Dynasty are not be missed if visiting Jordan. The most famous one, Quseir Amra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is renowned for the bath house erotic frescoes. Crusader’s too left their heavy presence and built magnificent castles at Karak and Shobak. Steeped in cruel history, exploring the underground grid of passageways of the Karak Castle (Central Jordan) is definitely one of the most thrilling things to do in Jordan. Jordan’s most historic city Salt (North West) is teeming with Roman, Byzantine, Mamluk and Ottoman history. As-Salt spreads in cluster over 3 hills and has yellow sandstone old domed buildings with arched windows and narrow winding hilly roads. It is a photographer’s paradise and the old city is definitely worth at least a day’s visit.