A distraction from Southeast Asia, Petra, also known as the Rose City was possibly built in the 5th century and is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.
Al Khazneh, a 45 metre temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade, known as The Treasury, is perhaps the most famous monument in Petra. Lit with over 1500 candles at night the narrow walkways through rock walls called Siq is a magical sight to witness. Explore the dunes through camel rides, and float away with a book in hand in the Dead Sea later. Your trip to this historic city will never have a dull moment.
Best time to visit: February to April and September to November, weather is moderate during spring and autumn, avoid fairly hot summers and chilly winters.
How to reach there: Fly to either of the Jordanian cities of Aqaba or Amman from New Delhi, Petra stands only a couple of hours away from both.