Ever had a thought in the childhood of becoming an astronaut after seeing Sunita Williams or reading about Kalpana Chawla? Well, it’s still not late. Get your bags packed and let’s head to Wadi Rum also known as Valley of Moon. Oh and you don't need any space suit here!
Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet, Krrish 3, The Last Days on Mars and many more movies were shot here in Wadi Rum
How to get there!
You can take local buses from which cost around 7-8 JD which will drop you at Aqaba or take JET buses which were more convenient. It cost around 11jd.
From Amman you get down at Aqaba and take a local bus, that will drop you at wadi rum village.
Amman ➡️ Aqaba (4Hrs)
Aqaba ➡️ Wadi Rum (Aprox 2hrs)
You can take a flight from Amman to Aqaba and then take a cab or bus to wadi village.
From Aqaba city to wadi rum it costs 25jd. From the airport, Aqaba south beach it costs around 30Jd.
So let’s start our journey and know why I decided to get down out of my cab at a highway on my way and got a ride from Bedouin tribe people.
I woke up with the sound of rains at 5 am. It was raining all night and my fever was down.
I booked Uber at 6:00 am and it showed 9mins waiting. It took 45mins for him to come and by the time I reached the JET bus stop at Abdali, my bus was gone. Next bus was at 9 am, I had no other option but to wait for 2hrs.( you can check bus schedules online)
The good thing about JET buses is they are very punctual, so sharp 9 am we left from Amman
I slept throughout the journey and woke up at a checkpoint where they asked me and other non-Jordanians to come out and asked few questions and then allowed us to enter.
Way to Aqaba is very beautiful, a lot of mountains, beaches, resorts. You can also enjoy water sports in the Red Sea.
So after getting down at Aqaba, I found out that local buses were not operational on that day and will have to take a cab. But I still wanted to give it a shot. I felt like an only fish left in the sea which every fishermen wanted to have. The moment I got down from the bus all taxi driver surrounded me and were biding their prices. I asked one of the cab driver to take me to local bus station which was a few minutes away for 1jd.
On the way, he tried a lot to convince me and gave me a price of 30Jd to take me wadi rum village, even after saying no he was driving towards village instead of the bus stop.
I said “stop the car, I don’t want to go" he could see I was angry, good he decided not to argue with me and he stopped and didn't ask any money. I took my bag and got down, he left.
Again I was on roads where I could see fast cars passing and mountains around me nothing else.
I never thought I would ever stand up for myself if ever someone tried to do wrong thing or had enough guts to walk alone on those roads and was feeling proud of myself. I was discovering myself again.
A Jeep stopped by me, there was a boy around 15years old and person driving must be his dad, on the back seat was an old lady eating falafel.
They asked me if I needed help. I gave them my tour guides number and next moment they asked me to join them and they will drop me to the visitors center.
“Welcome to Jordon” 15yr boy Ali said to me, a common phrase which everyone would say to you.
They dropped me at wadi rum village and my Tour guide whose name was also Ali came to pick me up.
I was pissed off and bit also upset with the taxi driver and decided not to go for any tour and spend time alone walking around in the desert.
Ali was charging 50jd for a tour and I refused. He asked me why I was upset and told him the whole scenario.
So instead of camp, he took me to Jabal Umm Fruth Bridge one of several natural arches in Wadi Rum!