The Rose-Red City
Petra an ancient capital city located about 150 miles south of both Jerusalem and Amman, the capital of Jordan, and about midway between Damascus, Syria, and the Red Sea which dates back almost 3,000 years old, making it one of the oldest metropolises in the world. The ancient city became one of the 7 New Wonders of the World when it was chosen in 2007 by a vote of 100 million people, but unlike other countries on the same list Jordan is comparatively affordable. it’s a safe country to travel with incredibly friendly and welcoming natives.
Our trip began by arriving in Amman at the Queen Alia International Airport with a one night stay in Amman at the Gerasa Hotel in Queen Rania Street. Next day we leave for Petra commencing an adventuresome journey of approx. 230 kms on a coach via Madaba & Mt. Nebo we finally reach Wadi-musa & checked in to Petra Moon Hotel a 4 star upscale, family-run hotel with warm rooms & polished vibe, it also offers Upgraded rooms with mountain views.
In the morning we visit the Rose City of Petra which has been named due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.
The main entrance to the ancient Nabatean city is known as Al-Siq which is about a 1.2 kms narrow valley leading to Al-Khazneh one of the most elaborate ruins of Petra.
It is the beauty of the treasury due to which it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. UNESCO has described Petra as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”.
The city’s carved rose-red sandstone rock, tombs, temples & ruins became famous worldwide with its appearance in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade starring Harrison Ford & Sean Connery.
You will definitely fall in love with the dazzling colors & formation of the rocks, especially if you visit Petra at night. Open at night on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the Siq and Treasury are lit by candles for the Petra by night tour, the sight is simply a visual treat for your eyes..Next day we continue towards further down in southern Jordan along with the other significant sites including Wadi Rum.