It would be very easy for one to start this travelogue by saying “Jordan needs no introduction. It is a land of historical significance, natural beauty and warm hospitality”. While highly apt descriptors of the country, these words don’t even begin to explain the deep sense of magic, adventure and being one with Mother Earth that we felt as soon as we landed in Amman. Jordan has historic connections with many ancient civilizations like the Sumerians, Babylonians, Persians, Mesopotamians, Akkadians, Greeks, Nabateans, Romans, and Crusaders and hence it often just feels like your connection with the past, the centre point of Humanity and the messenger with answers to the deepest mysteries of life. After all, it is a Time Machine, inhabited by mankind since the Palaeolithic period.
Honestly though, my reasons to start planning to visit Jordan were singularly driven by Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones and his Last Crusade. I was awed when I watched the movie & it quickly became one of my favourites. I remained awed till I finally pushed myself to head out to one of the 7 Wonders of the World - Petra!
But Jordan is so much more than that one image in my head and that proved true with all the adventuring we did around in this wondrous country. And while it is possible to go on waxing poetic about Jordan, I would rather share the top 5 things one MUST DO while exploring this mystical place.
1. Swim in the Dead Sea
When I first heard of the Dead Sea many years back, I didn’t believe that such a place exists. The initial few pictures of the place simply looked unreal to me. But while planning the trip to Jordan, I realised that this ethereal place was within my grasp too and it soon became a must-do in my itinerary. We stayed at the Holiday Inn resort and spent most of our time peacefully floating in the Dead Sea or slathering our skins with the deliciously good mineral mud which is supposed to have spa like therapeutic properties. Ours skins were much softer by the time we left the Dead Sea area!
The highly salty mineral content of the water let even the most aquaphobic of us have a good time floating around with zero effort and we wasted no time posing for the cameras with the silliest antics and the most gorgeous sunsets! Just be mindful of not letting any salt water in your eyes and making sure any cuts / bruises are covered because the dense salt in the water burns!
The Jordanians also use the Dead sea mud in a huge variety of bath and beauty products and we couldn’t help stuffing our suitcases with loads of the same! And believe me, they do work wonders, we know!