Why you should go to Petra
Updated: Dec 12, 2021
Petra is a magnificent ancient city and UNESCO world heritage site hidden into the desert canyons of southern Jordan. It is known as the "Lost City," the "Pink City," and even the "Rose Red City." The magnificent surrounding desert vistas and dusty pink sandstone facade are one of the world's Seven Wonders. Petra is famous for its appearance in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and is an absolute must-see for anybody visiting the Middle East.
The ancient Nabateans constructed the city of Petra into the rock face, which is surrounded by stunning mountains and valleys. Visitors marvel at the beautiful carvings in the rock as they weave through the hidden passages as they enter the city, and each step reveals a new wonder. The neighborhood has been beautifully kept, and no motorized vehicles of any type are permitted, indicating that the city has remained relatively unaffected by modernity.
Exploring ancient history in Petra is an unforgettable experience. The Nabateans, who arrived in 9,000 BC, built a flourishing town here. Petra was once a significant stop on the Silk Routes between the Red and Dead Seas, connecting Egypt and Arabia.
Given the arid desert climate, the historical complex has the ruins of an extraordinary Roman and Byzantine water infrastructure. The architecture of Petra will impress you, especially the intricate rock carvings, ancient tombs, churches, and archaeological findings from a copper mine. The Treasury façade (Al-Khazneh) and the Siq (long, rocky corridor) are two of Petra's most famous features.
Bedouins, an established and nomadic society that has learned to adapt to the severe desert circumstances sustainably, inhabit the area around Petra and nearby Wadi Rum.
Bedouins are known for their hospitality and warmth, as well as their in-depth knowledge of their natural environs. They have achieved a remarkable mix of integrating into Jordanian society and the local economy while keeping their old traditions over time.
The Jordanian government has prioritized Petra as a conserved historical site that attracts tourism to the region, ensuring that it is accessible and safe for visitors. The country is primarily reliant on tourism and welcomes worldwide visitors to see this one-of-a-kind and spectacular location.
Petra is reasonably easy to reach and is frequently visited by the route from Amman to Aqaba. Taking a group tour to Petra is one of the most popular methods to see it. Joining a Petra tour from Eilat in Israel, allows you to visit the area safely and is a terrific way to discover more about the Lost City's dramatic history.