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.
Day 3 : After a good sleep we were all set of our next adventure i.e. camping in Wadi Rum. With our bags backed and tummies filled with khubus and cheese, we set out for Wadi Rum (taxi for 35 JD, as public transport if close to none).Known as the "Valley of the Moon", this place was plain crazy. It was true a spectacle, some thing seen never ever before. Traveling with a bunch of other tourists, we were taken to various popular spots in the desert. The icy cold wind made it difficult, but I never stopped clicking :)
Wadi means Valley, and it is the largest valley of Jordan. It’s a desert red sand desert with high barren rock formations. The last habitation here is the Rum village, after that it’s all desert. The desert safari, camping and star gazing is one of the highlights here on a clear night (though nothing can be compared to Nubra Valley, Ladakh) are major activities here.