Israel is a destination that is sure to intrigue you in many ways. Not an easy choice for a regular traveler of course, you need to be a tough nut. A land locked country between two major seas - the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, this West Asian country shares a history that is an epitome of religious, social and cultural diversity, resilience and strength.
The land of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and the birthplace of Jesus, Israel shares a unique set of experiences that is not usually on the itinerary of a regular tourist. Planning 'your' trip to Israel? Here are 10 things you need to know.
Prelude:- Understanding The Country
If I have to delve briefly over the background of Israel, the foundations of this country are no different from India, excepting one- The ownership of territory. Whereas India has been the victim of invasions on its own soil, Israel had to choose another soil altogether for their settlement.
Israel was founded over the backdrop of ethnic disparity enforced upon them during and much before WW-II, which led to the formation of a separate Jewish state in the heart of the Arab land. In fact, the only thing that motivates their people to technological developments is the constant and never-ending rivalries from their aggressors.
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It is always an ironic reality that the places of religion surround themselves with the maximum disputes. Each struggles to establish a permanent and complete identity through its followers despite the knowledge that this quest has no end.
Despite their daily struggles, Israel is a country blessed with rare and unparalleled natural beauty that is sure to keep you hooked up all the while. The Holy Land has surely its own set of blissful experiences that flocks in people from all over the world.
1. Cheapest Flight Options To Israel
Israel has two major international airports - Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv and Haifa International Airport. You can get the cheapest flights to these airports from New Delhi International Airport. The best way to fly in to Israel is to hop to Ben Gurion International Airports, Tel Aviv.
However, if you plan to explore North and Central Israel, you can choose between Haifa and Tel Aviv based on convenience. In that case, you can fly into Israel via Haifa and fly out from Tel Aviv once you finish exploring the Northern and Central Region.
But, if it is the Central and South Israel on your mind, then the best way is to fly in and out via Ben Gurion only.
2. The Best Time To Travel
The convenient time to travel to Israel is between April and August, when the winters have just faded and it is the start of summers. The best times to travel to Israel is between April-May and September-October when the weather is at its pleasant best.
3. The Tourism Duration Is Short - Avoid travel after August.
The entire country keeps mourn to commemorate the Six Day War also known as the "Yom Kippur" War. It has a deeper cultural importance for the natives and almost the whole of Israel shuts down momentarily during this time.
In case you still intend to plan your trip during this time, it is a good idea to first read and understand about the events and then plan it out. I read about the "Yom Kippur" war in the bestseller "Mossad" by the author duo Nissim Mishal and Michael- Bar-Zohar where they have pointed out the explicit details leading to the events and how it changed the course of history for the country.
4. Plan your excursions with an agency registered with Israel Tourism Department
Although I have always advocated planning your trips yourself, you can always entrust some part of the planning unto the local hands. There are various advantages of taking that option. First, it saves you the time and effort in planning and most importantly, it prevents you from landing yourself at places where you do not want to.
The country has done its best to safeguard its interests from the neighborhoods, and one of the ways it does so is protecting its tourists.
The disputed areas are closer to the West Bank and Gaza strip. Thank fully, these are locations far away from the main tourist attractions and the Tourism Department can help you to take the right way to explore them.
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