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.
Begin your day with a bit of hiking as you set out to explore the Monastery here. Other sights you must add to the itinerary are the ruins of the Theatre in the ancient city, the Treasury and the High Place of Sacrifice viewpoint. The Royal Tombs, including the Urn Tomb, date back to AD 70 and are worth exploring too.The Petra by Night show is among the top things to do in Jordan. It begins from the Petra Visitor Centre at 8:30 p.m. sharp on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
On reaching Petra, enter through the Al Siq (a narrow canyon) into the glorious ancient city.
After a day of relaxing your muscles and recovering some energy, embark on a beautiful drive through the much-adored King’s highway towards one of the world’s seven modern wonders: Petra. Stop along the way to have a roadside picnic on one among the planet’s oldest known trade routes.Petra, which was voted as one of the new seven 'Wonders of the World', is an absolute show-stopper. An ancient city carved into pink-hued sandstone cliffs, Petra takes a minimum of 2 days to thoroughly explore. On the first evening you arrive, take the Petra by nights tour where you will see the monument under a dark sky, lit only by candles. Holding your hands together, wind your clock back a few hundred years to experience what the original residents of the ‘Rose City’ experienced. On your second day, go on a walk around the site including the long walk to the 'Monastery' and a climb up to the top of 'High Place Of Sacrifice'.Note: Petra is a sight to behold, even for those who are not intrigued as much by history. But, it does require basic physical effort in hot conditions.
Lost for more than a millennium, the red rose city – Petra, was built 2,000 years ago by nomadic Bedouins. This desert city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria- Phoenicia… And immortalised on celluloid by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade film.