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Wadi Rum, Nature reserve is by far one of the greatest desert experiences I have ever had (Baring Jaisalmer, because Rajasthani for life *wink wink*). Described by Lawrence of Arabia as "Vast and echoing" Wadi Rum is an outstanding desert landscape. This remarkable landscape is a protected area, it covers over 700 sq. km. One can spend days and weeks exploring it. Wadi Rum is home to the Bedouins, a tribe known for their hospitality, craftsmanship and sweet tea. A lot of them earn their living via tourism in this area. My experience with them has been exquisite. A Large part of the desert is covered by red sand dunes, canyons, mountains and white sand. The fauna includes Syrian Wolf, Nubian Ibex and striped Hyena.
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Let’s start from the top, literally. If you missed watching The Martian in 3D, here is the real deal. Skydiving in Jordan will effortlessly transport your imagination to another universe and is guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed, seeing the grandeur of our home planet.However, if plummeting towards earth at 200km/hr is not your cup of tea, get your adrenalin pumping by taking a Microlight flight for an equally surreal experience. For a more leisurely alternative, a hot air balloon ride allows you to enjoy an aerial view of each auburn fold and crevice across the landscape.
Wadi Rum Protected Area
It is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km to the east of Aqaba; it is the largest wadi in Jordan.Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures–including the Nabateans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T. E. Lawrence, who passed through several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18.Filming locationThe area has been used as a background setting in a number of films. Filmmakers are particularly drawn to it for science fiction films set on Mars.Lawrence of Arabia ,Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – represented as being in Egypt, Krrish 3 – the song 'Dil Tu Hi Bata' ,and last but not the least , The Martian – filming for the Ridley Scott film began in March 2015, for shots that stood in for the surface of Mars.
Burdah Rock Bridge
The remarkable arch of the Burdah Rock BridgeYou'll have to get off your ride (camel or 4x4) to get to the summit of the Burdah Rock Bridge. A rock arched 80m above the surrounding rocks, the only way to get that picture on top of it is by taking a steep and challenging hike to it. But the view of the red and brown landscape of Wadi Rum, makes this climb well worth it.The red magic of Al-Hasany DunesThis will probably be a stop on your camel ride or 4x4 anyway, but make sure to ask ahead if it is included. There are many dunes in Wadi Rum, but the Al-Hasany are the most impressive with a striking red colour and a mesmerising view from top. They back up to red sand dunes of Jebel Umm Ulaydiyya and look their best at sunset.Getting thereThe only way of getting to Wadi Rum from India is by flight.By air: From New Delhi, fly to the Queen Alia International Airport, located 45km from Jordan's capital of Amman. From there, a taxi will take you to Wadi Rum in three-and-a-half hours, for around 90 JOD or Rs 8,300.To enter the Wadi Rum protected area, you will have to pay a charge of 5 JOD at the Wadi Rum Visitor Centre. From there, it is an 8km drive to the Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camps.All camp pictures have been sourced from booking.com.Have you been to Wadi Rum or any part of Jordan? If yes, then share your experience with the Tripoto community and inspire travellers to make this their next getaway.