Photo Journey Through Jordan

Bordering Iraq, Syria, Palestine on various sides, Jordan sits precariously in the middle of a war-zone. When we decided to spend our October in Jordan, we were met with a lot of questions on the strange choice of destination. Of course, we weren’t without a tinge of apprehension ourselves but the ten days we spent driving around length and breadth of Jordan washed all of it away. Here, we take you through our journey to tell you why Jordan is one of the most fascinating places we’ve been to.

A long overnight journey later, we checked into our hostel in Amman and opened the curtains... to this view - A Roman Age Amphitheatre, apartments across the hills? A long overnight journey later, we checked into our hostel in Amman and opened the curtains… to this view – A Roman Age Amphitheatre, apartments across the hills, pine trees. Say, what?

Late evening walk in the downtown took us past such beautiful mosques and illuminated streetsLate evening walk in the downtown took us past such beautiful mosques and illuminated streets

Before we knew it, we were in a European styled street with eateries like this serving up delicious falafel sandwichesBefore we knew it, we were in a European styled street with eateries like this serving up delicious falafel sandwiches

We were in the Middle East, after all. What's a day without shawarma? We were in the Middle East, after all. What’s a day without trying the best shawarmas?

Our first drive out of the Amman took us to these gates at Jerash, an ancient Roman cityOur first drive out of the Amman took us to these gates at Jerash, an ancient Roman city

We walked along the roads that one led to Syria. Today, Syrian refugee kids sell toffees hereThis path once led to Syria. Today, sadly, Syrian refugees sell toffees here to make a living

From Amman, we drove down to the lowest point on Earth - Dead Sea - with such views to gorge onFrom Amman, we drove down to the lowest point on Earth – Dead Sea – with such views to gorge on

As the Dead Sea came to full view on a nice sunny afternoon, we felt a lurch in our stomachAs the Dead Sea came to full view on a nice sunny afternoon, we felt a lurch in our stomach

A bucket list item soon got ticked off - floating on the Dead Sea, effortlessly!A bucket list item soon got ticked off – floating on the Dead Sea, effortlessly. The lurch turned into goosebumps

Smacking on some therapeutic dead sea mud was an opportunity we weren't going to miss - not many places to give you a free facial! Smacking on some therapeutic dead sea mud was an opportunity we weren’t going to miss – not many places to give you a free facial!

As we headed further south of Jordan, Dead Sea stayed by our side giving us company for hundreds of milesAs we headed further south of Jordan, Dead Sea stayed by our side giving us company for hundreds of miles

As the drive stretched further, we ascended on to the highway to this jaw-dropping vistaAs the drive stretched further, we felt like we were the only two people alive here. Miles and miles of nothingness.

We arrived into the famed lost city of Petra. It started off with a long two mile walk through 'The Siq' - a naturally formed gap in the rocksWe arrived into the famed lost city of Petra. It started off with a long two mile walk through ‘The Siq’

cThe moment that the ‘Treasury’ at Petra reveals itself is a moment that stays with you long after you see it

Petra is so huge a site (42 kms!) that you'll need to have a lot of Bedouin tea with sagePetra is so huge a site (42 kms!) that you’ll need to have a lot of Bedouin tea with sage that has replaced our idea of a good cup of chai

The long arduous climb up to see the Monastery is blessed with such views of Petra, with shepherds for company

Sore legs won't matter once the Monastery shows up - you just know why this is one of the 7 wonders of the worldSore legs won’t matter once the Monastery shows up – you just know why this is one of the 7 Wonders of the World

After seeing a World Wonder, we believed we couldn't see much more than captured our imagination but magic awaited usAfter seeing a World Wonder, we believed we couldn’t see much more that could capture our imagination but weren’t we wrong big time?    

We were in Wadi Rum, our planet's very own corner of Mars with bedouin men and Camels in itWe were in Wadi Rum, our planet’s very own corner of Mars, with Bedouin men and Camels in it

Atallah, our Bedouin guide/ driver/ cook/ friend showed us his vast home - the desert. Atallah, our Bedouin guide/ driver/ cook/ friend showed us his vast home – the desert

Not many cute corners like these on our planet to enjoy a fresh Bedouin lunch and enjoy a nice afternoon siesta, eh?Not many cute corners like these on our planet to enjoy a fresh Bedouin lunch and enjoy a nice afternoon siesta, eh?

And then magic happened. The sunset illuminated the entire desert, a moment that seemed to last foreverAnd then magic happened. The sunset illuminated the entire desert, a moment that seemed to last forever

Sleeping under the stars in a small cave under the starry sky had us singing 'Starry Starry Night...'Sleeping under the stars in a small cave under the starry sky had us singing ‘Starry Starry Night…’

The night wasn't going to be before we had dinner cooked under the sands of Wadi Rum, the infamous Zarb style of cooking.The night wasn’t going to be before we had dinner cooked under the sands of Wadi Rum, the famous Zarb style of cooking

Thought that's all? Hold on - there are cute historic villages like Dana too!Thought that’s all? Hold on – there are cute historic villages like Dana too!

With this view to feast on, we cooled off in Dana drinking tea and staring wide-eyedWith this view to feast on, we cooled off in Dana drinking tea and staring wide-eyed

We pulled back into Amman for one final evening and full moon was waiting for usWe pulled back into Amman for one final evening and full moon was waiting for us

With many 'wow' moments to reminisce about, we handed our car back in, took in the Jordanian landscape one last time, and came back knowing we had witnessed more than just one wonder With many ‘wow’ moments to reminisce about, we handed our car back in, took in the Jordanian landscape one last time,  and came back knowing we had witnessed more than just one wonder

Are you dreaming of Jordan now, too? We can’t fault you for it.

7 thoughts on “Photo Journey Through Jordan

  1. Kudos for finding such a magnificent n calm place in the middle of high tension areas…!!! Inspiring people to be travellers than tourists..

    1. Thanks, Ranjith. Funny how there’s not even a tinge of tension there inspite of how close it is to the border. Guess that’s what travel teaches us all!

    1. Thanks, Therie. So glad our pictures could convey the real beauty of Jordan. Yes, Jordan is absolutely incredible! Have you been?

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