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, pine trees. Say, what?
Late 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 sandwiches
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 city
This 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 on
As 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. 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!
As 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 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’
The 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 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 World
After 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 it
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?
And 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…’
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!
With 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 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
Are you dreaming of Jordan now, too? We can’t fault you for it.