I have always loved rummaging about places that have stories to talk about when you reach its peak when you summit it! And a trek to Jordan’s Wonder of the World surprised me to the very end! From the very start, Jordan fell squarely into my bucket list category of bragging rights, a world wonder, wanting to trek another Seven Wonders of the World.
A trip across the most anticipated rose-red city of Petra, covering an area of about 100 square km, where over 800 monuments can be found. This was one of the places I was really looking forward to on my trip to Jordan, and let me just say, it did not disenchant. I started the day exploring the vast, ancient city, wandering along narrow canyons and exploring the famous Indiana Jones facades. My camera couldn’t stop flashing by as at every seam you can witness here steep valleys of limestone, sandstone, and granite with surreal colors.
Making an enter to the lost city of Petra!
Crevices and colours that astound you at every seam!
Trekking further deeper into The Colored Canyon, I was flabbergasted with the intricate swirls of blazing red entwined with stark yellows and deep purples. As the late afternoon sun began to set I could see the secrets this city had to unfold from a topmost viewpoint that overlooks the famous treasury. Every step deeper into this red carved limestone monument it felt I was in a word of my own. The stunning rock formations here are a true reminder of the fact that sometimes nature is really the utmost artist out there. The sights were spectacular but it was the opportunity of witnessing them so closely that made the place truly spellbinding, a journey meriting a story all on its own.
Making way through narrow coloured passages!
The Royal tomb at Petra!
An overview of the Petra city with the Bedouins!
Some sunsets can set your path ablaze!
The trek is not complete unless you brave the adventure to the jagged mountain popularly known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Yes, Visiting Wadi Rum was all about its immensity, colour and awe-inspiring shapes creating an almost supernatural atmosphere. Upon arriving here you can feel the Bedouin regime and culture further. Trekking along barefoot on the dark sand of this famous desert valley, it is easy to imagine that you are lost in some lunar landscape, unchanged for the millennium. As the afternoon clouded over, the sun would peak here creating a perfect dramatic backdrop to the expedition.
Enroute the Wadi Rum!
Inching closer to this marvel!
Seven pillars of wisdom!
Experiencing the Bedouin camps!
All in all, Jordan was amazing. Trekking the marvels of this country was more than marvelous. No country has ever surprised me as much as this one did, and I mean it when I say I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there. This is one trip that I would want to do again. It still inspires me to pack my bags immediately and make another run for it.
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