Jewels of Egypt

Tripoto
29th Sep 2014

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

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Tombs of Ramses and generations — at Valley of the Kings.

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Madinet El-Nasr, Al Qahirah, Egypt.

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Symbol represents #KeyOfLife

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Photo of Jewels of Egypt by Juhi Mitra
Photo of Jewels of Egypt by Juhi Mitra

Just the entrance is left out of the whole temple. — at Colossi of Memnon

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Karnak, Egypt

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Started towards east bank. — in Karnak, Egypt

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Entrance to the Karnak Temple

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Walked down the avenue of ram headed sphinxes that connect the #Precinct of #Mut

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The great #Hypostyle Hall with #134 colossal papyrus columns — in Karnak, Egypt

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Luxor Temple Of Karnak

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My Cruise :)

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While we started moving from #Luxon to #Edfu

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Temple dedicated to the falcon god #Horus

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Temple of Horus

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Insides - Temple of Horus

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Kom Ombo-Aswan

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Galabiya Night Party at Cruise

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Dedicated to the crocodile god #Sobek and the falcon god #Horus — in Kôm Ombo, A

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Kom Obmo Temple

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Mummified crocodile-at the museum

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Nile of Aswan

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Temple of Philae

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Philae Temple

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Learning the way Papyrus paper is made

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Felucca ride @ the Nile

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Light & Sound show @ Pyramids of Giza

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Pyramids of Giza

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Pyramid of Giza

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Belly Dance dress-The local market

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Sheesha-Local Market

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Spices-Local Market

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Lampshades-Local Market

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Essence-Local Market

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Such a sweet gesture.. Gift to everyone crossing the toll on the occasion of Eid

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Pompeli's Pillar — in Alexandria, Egypt.

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The only Amphitheater built by the Romans in Egypt

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Shwarma-Local Food-Completely Yummilicious

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The Mediterranean Sea — in Alexandria, Egypt

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The Mediterranean Sea — in Alexandria, Egypt

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Outside Catacomb.. Open museum (Underground cemetery) — in Alexandria, Egypt

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Outside Catacomb.. Open museum (Underground cemetery) — in Alexandria, Egypt

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The epicenter of Hollywood fables and bestselling novels, Egypt has nurtured one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world. It’s one of the most riveting tourist destinations, thanks to the rich culture heritage and traditions that have been in existence since the time of the pharaohs. 

Words fail describe the immortal beauty of architectural marvels that stand tall even now – the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Citadel of Salah El Din in the capital of Egypt, Cairo 

We Cairo I experienced a wide array of attractions ranging from the pyramids to Nile cruises that took me through the charming cities of Luxor, Aswan, Edfu and Kom Ombo. Besides towering pyramids, it is also home to the temples of Saqqara and Dahshur and the Mosque of Mohamed Ali.

Twenty-four kilometers south of Cairo is the necropolis of Saqqara, known as Saqqara complex. Housing the ancient capital of Memphis, the complex has a necropolis with a collection of mummified Apis Bulls and coffins of kings; some sights that I will remember forever! Philae Temple (Cairo), Kom Ombo Temple (Cairo), Karnak Temple (Luxor) and Luxor Temple are some of the most beautiful Egyptian temples. 

After the archaeological trysts, enjoyed activities like diving off the coast of Sharm El-Sheikh/Gulf of Aqaba/Hurghada, camel rides almost anywhere in the country and enjoyed a sheesha and shai at an El Fishawy tea shop in Cairo. I also ended up for sand boarding in Sharm El-Sheikh, took a felucca cruise down the Nile, bird-watching at the Red Sea and Abu Simbel regions. 

Besides housing famous cultural sights, Egypt is quite a playground for shoppers. Alabaster (a translucent metal extracted, processed and sold in Luxor), appliqué, basketry, belly dancing costumes, ethnic attires, Egyptian brass, cotton products, gold and silver jewelry, incense, papyrus, perfumes and Mother of Pearl are few things to buy here.

Reached Cairo!! Took flight from Cairo to Luxor. Once I arrived in Luxor, I proceeded for the Nile Cruise. Thereafter, I started our tour to the East Bank. I got chance to discover the Karnak Temple Complex - a vast area of temples, chapels, pylons and the Great Temple of Amun. Walked down the avenue of ram headed sphinxes that connect the Precinct of Mut, the Precinct of Amun-Re and the Luxor Temple. After lunch, spent the afternoon at leisure. Later in the evening, enjoyed dinner and a comfortable overnight stay on the cruise.
Photo of Cairo-Luxor-Nile Cruise by Juhi Mitra
Started the tour to the West Bank. As I entered the Valleys of the Kings, I passed Deir El Medina, Madinet Habou and the Colossi of Memnon. I visited the colonnaded temple that was uniquely dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut. During lunch, i cruised towards the ancient cities of Esna and Edfu. Disembark in Edfu to visit the remarkably well preserved Temple of Horus. Enjoyed an overnight stay on the cruise.
Photo of Luxor, Luxor City, Luxor Governorate, Egypt by Juhi Mitra
As I cruised onward, I disembarked at Kom Ombo and explored the Double Temple dedicated to the gods Sobek and Horus. Arrival at Aswan was late night. Enjoyed overnight stay on the cruise.
Early morning, took a short ferry across the Nile to Agilika Islands Philae Temple dedicated to goddess Isis. After lunch, visited Aswan’s Dams, both the Old and the High. Sailed the tusk shaped Elephantine Island and the beautiful Kitchener Island. In the evening, I had time to explore Aswan’s renowned markets. Enjoyed the overnight stay on the cruise.
Visited one of the most important monuments - the Great Pyramid at Giza. It was the tallest man made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. Then headed towards the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, where I witnessed the magnificent treasures of the Egyptian Museum — including Tutankhamun’s and the famous Gold Mask. Late evening performance of this spectacular sound and laser light show is a must to see while you are in Cairo. The voice of the great Sphinx tells the story of Pharaohs and how the great pyramids were built. (The show is in many different languages).
This Mediterranean City, founded by Alexander the Great, has many unique attractions. Spent the day viewing the relics of a bygone age; these are the highlight of Alexandria. Visited sites such as Pompeii's Pillar, the only Amphitheatre built by the Romans in Egypt, Catacomb and more.
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