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What You Should Know More About Egypt

  • Travel Advice

    • Do not drink directly from the tap here. It is always a good idea to buy bottled drinking water so as to keep yourself safe. If you are unable to find bottled water, you can carry with you filtration tablets, add them to the water and then drink it.

    • Check for the seal of the mineral water that you buy from the stalls.

    • Opt for a local transportation to move around in the city.

    • Honeymooners must find a hotel that is away from all the brouhaha of the city.

    • Some of the high end restaurants and cafes have rigid dress code. Do inquire about the same before going to any new place.

    • Respect the customs and the religions of everyone. Do not indulge in any conflict or argument.

    • Know where to bargain before buying.

    • Try and learn some of the basic words of the local language prevalent here. It is a good way to feel closer to the people.

    • Bargain respectfully. Don’t go about pushing the negotiations more than what may seem disrespectful.

    • Confirm about the situation and the status of the Visa in the country.

    • Avail necessary travel insurance.

    • Gather enough information about any new place that you are traveling.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for consumption of alcohol is 21 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Pyramids of Giza

    Pyramids of Giza is the last extant of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This is indeed one of the most identifiable landmark of Egypt. Constructed as mausoleums of the doughty Pharaohs and protected by the obscure Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza has always awed the travelers for generations. The pyramid has always had conspiracy theorists and the archaeologists intriguing over how these pyramids were built over the centuries. At present, these archaeological memorials to the dead kings are just as astounding sight as they always were. This is one undeniable highlight of Egypt that shouldn’t be missed during your holiday to Egypt.    


    Luxor's Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings

    Noted for the Valley of the Kings, Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut and the Karnak Temple, the Upper Egypt’s, Nile-side town of Luxor has an array of tourist attractions. There is ancient Thebes which is regarded as the hub of the New Kingdom pharaohs. It is a home to more sights than you can possibly see in one visit. Though the East Bank is brimming with vibrant souk action, the West Bank is relatively quieter. West Bank houses an array of temples and tombs that have been regarded as the biggest open air museum in the world. Just spend some days exploring the beautiful wall art of the tombs or gazing in appreciation at the gigantic columns in the temple and you’ll know why Luxor still happens to fascinate the archaeologists and historians not only in Egypt but across the world.


    Islamic Cairo

    The scenic, narrow lanes of the Egypt’s Islamic Cairo is brimming with monuments, mosques and madrasa. They have been a part of the history from the period spanning from the Fatimid era to the Mameluke eras. It is where you’ll find the shopping hub of the Khan el-Khalili. Artisans and the copper smiths conduct their tiny workshops here. Stalls of these artisans are stocked with textiles, perfumes, spices and ceramics. Across the market, there is ataxia of roads which houses some of the most magnificently preserved architecture from the archaic Islamic empires. Islamic Cairo has an opulent history waiting for you to explore. You can plan a visit to the Sultan Hassan Mosque and the Al-Azhar Mosque also here. Do ensure that you climb the top of the ancient medieval gate of Bab Zuweila for witnessing the most striking minaret-speckled vistas across the district.


    Aswan

    The most tranquil town of Egypt is Aswan. It is nestled upon the convoluted curves of the river Nile. Beautified by the orange tinted dunes, this is definitely the most important place to see and unwind in Egypt. Relish the soothing breeze and the chilled out atmosphere of the place. You can hire a river ferry that will take you across the Elephantine Island. From there, you can go strolling the flamboyant streets of the Nubian villages. Riding a camel on the East Bank to the desert monastery of St. Simeon is an important thing to do. Drink endless cups pf tea at one of those river boat restaurants while you watch the lateen-sailed feluccas go away.


    Abu Simbel

    Despite the country being decorated with temple, Abu Simbel is something different. It is Ramses II's beautiful temple that is adorned with giant statuary guard on the outside. The interior here is adorned with alluring wall paintings. Popular for its monument proportions, Abu Simbel is also renowned for its incredible feat that saw the entire temple rotating from its initial setting in a manner that it is set to vanish under the water because of the Aswan dam in the year 1960 in a colossal UNESCO operation that took about 4 years to finalize.


    Egyptian Museum
    Egyptian Museum of Cairo is a treasure house of the Pharaonic world. It is one of the greatest museum collection of the world. It has a mansion in faded pink color that is a home to a variety of brilliant exhibits. This bewildered place has minimal labeling on offer and little chronological order. This is just a small chunk of its old school charm. It is the most important place to see in Egypt.   

  • What will you like there?

    Your Truly One Stop Shop

    From monuments to gushing rivers, vast desserts, world-famous coral reef sites, beaches, cosmopolitan cities and monuments, everything can be found in Egypt. This means, you’ll never have to browse through hundreds of possible destinations across the globe to have an ideal holiday getaway.


    Home of the Great Pyramids… and Much More
    Though the different tourist attractions across the world only offer a glimpse of the past, it is only in Egypt that you can actually stand at the viewing platform on the Pyramids plateau  and take a good look at the solo left out wonder of the ancient world. The tourists who come here for sightseeing discover that these legendary pyramids are only the tip of the colossal icebergs.  
    One Nation, Numerous Civilizations

    Egypt is indeed a medley of civilizations. Be it Greeks, Ottomans, Pharaohs, Mamluks, Persians, Nubians, Arabs, Romans and Copts, everyone has played a significant part in contributing to the architectural wealth of Egypt. As of today, the traces of these civilizations can be seen all round the country.


    Hospitality, Egyptian-Style

    Egypt is said to be the most travel friendly of North Africa and Middle East. People here are warm, welcoming and treat everyone in a manner that they are a part of their own family.


    The Year-Round Destination

    Given the multi faceted topographical make up, traveling to Egypt irrespective of the time of the year is a preferred choice to make. Winter days that you spend cruising the River Nile in the Upper Egypt are simply unforgettable. If you go during the summer holidays, a visit to the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada or Sinai or the Mediterranean coast of Alexandria can be the ideal choice to make.


    Witness the Dynamics of Three Mesmerizing Regions Combined

    Egypt has striking characteristics of lying amidst the two continents. Major portion of it is part of the North Eastern corner of the African continent. On the other hand, the eastward portion of it lies in the Sinai Peninsula that reaches out towards the Asian continent. Further, Egypt also plays a significant role in modifying the Middle East. So, that is basically a mélange of three regions that are all equally rich in traditions, cultures and customs for all of you to experience and enjoy the minute you enter the Egyptian soil. 


    Budget Friendly

    Compared to the other destinations of the world Egypt is definitely one of the top places that assures a true value of money. You can book a tour package in accordance with your needs and budget, and you are sorted.   


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  • When is the best time to visit Egypt?

    Egypt can be visited anytime in the year. However, the months of summer can be particularly hot, dry and sunny; especially in regions like Luxor and Aswan that are towards the south of Egypt. The best time to visit Egypt can be claimed from September through to April when the weather is rather pleasant and bearable to tourists belonging to cold regions.

  • How to reach Egypt?

    Egypt is an ancient country but it is ahead in developments. Being a famous tourist destination, it is well connected to all parts of the world.

     

    By Air-

    Cairo International Airport and Luxor International Airport are the main airports in Egypt. Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Gulf Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Oman Air, Emirates and Egypt Air are the major airlines that fly to Egypt on a regular basis from India and its neighbouring parts.

     

    By Road-

    Bus can be considered to be the most convenient and popular way of travelling to Egypt. While renting cars is an inexpensive option in Egypt, buses are rather affordable. However, getting here by car is not the preferable option as the authorities in the border areas often refrain travellers from granting entry. Therefore, people prefer to get to Egypt by bus and not a car while using the road.

     

    By Water-

    Waterways are mostly suitable for the localites. There are daily ferries travelling between regions such as Nuweiba and Taba. Another route of ferries is from Aqaba in Jordan. There are a number of cruises that halt in Egypt as a part of their itinerary. So you can get off at Port Said or at Alexandria.

  • Do I need a visa for Egypt? How does one get a Egypt visa?

    Tourists going to Egypt need to obtain a visa from one of the Egyptian diplomatic missions. There are several countries that are exempted countries or countries that are eligible for visa on arrival but India is not one for them. So for Indian citizens, holding passports that are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival to Egypt is a necessity in order to get a visa. The application process for obtaining an Egypt visa can be done online by submitting necessary documents. The entire procedure is listed on the Egypt government official website and is easy to understand.

  • What is the currency of Egypt and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency of Egypt is Egyptian Pound. Travellers can get the currency exchanged at any airport or bank in Egypt. These are quick service providers and are very convenient for all tourists. Moreover, you may also find other money exchange shops in various parts of the any city. You can ask your hotels for help. Many hotels provide this service as well.

  • What are the things to do in Egypt?

    Egypt is the home to ancient Pharaohs, vast tracts of desert, superb scuba diving, the famed Nile River and so many more things. There are several places to be visited and many activities to indulge in. So to choose a few activities amongst so many options becomes a task. However, we are ready with our homework and our top things to do in Egypt are-

     

    • Get amazed by the Pyramids of Giza
    • Visit Luxor's Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings
    • Visit Islamic Cairo
    • Explore Aswan
    • Spend time at Abu Simbel
    • Visit Egyptian Museum
    • Discover the White Desert
    • Visit Siwa Oasis
    • Visit Alexandria
    • Explore St. Catherine's Monastery
    • Relax at South Sinai
    • Pray at Abydos Temple

  • What is the local food of Egypt? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Egyptian cuisine makes it a blend of a lot of legumes, vegetables and fruits. Since Egypt's rich Nile Valley along with the delta produces large quantities of these crops, all in high quality; people of the country consume the same in great number. Here are some dishes you must try on your visit to the country. You may not remember the names of every dish, so you can take a note of them or refer to us whenever needed-

     

    • Ful wa Ta’meya
    • Kushari
    • Kabab wa kofta
    • Hawawshi (Egyptian meat pie)
    • Shawerma
    • Fattah
    • Sayadeya
    • Besarah
    • Baladi Bread

     

    Here are a set of restaurants that serve great Egyptian cuisine-

     

    • Abu Ashraf

    Location: 28 Shari‘ Safar Pasha, Bahari

    • Fish Market

    Location: Corniche An Nil, Bahari (near the Kashafa Club)

    • Samakmak

    Location: 42 Qasr Ras At Tin (near the Citadel of Qayetbay)

    • Mohammed Ahmed

    Location: 17 Shari‘ Shakor Pasha, near Meadan Ramla

    • 1902 Restaurant

    Location: Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel, Shari‘ Abtal At Tahrir, East Bank

    • Trianon

    Location: Corner of Saad Zaghloul and Meadan Ramla

    • Koshary Ali Baba Restaurant

    Location: Shari‘ Abtal At Tahrir, East Bank

    • Aswan Moon

    Location: Corniche An Nil, East Bank

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Egypt?

    Like in every other country, Egypt also has a set of transport facilities for its people. These modes of commuting are great options for tourists as well. The main modes of public transport in Egypt are-

     

    Tuk-tuk

    Locals call them tok-tok and these are very popular in small towns. They are the same price or cheaper than taxis; for instance E£ 10 for a 15-minute ride. However, make sure you negotiate and fix onto a price before getting in.

     

    Microbus

    Often called as a micro or a minibus and pronounced as mee krob as, by the locals, this is a van with seats for 14 passengers. They run along most of the same routes as buses but are a slightly cheaper. You can also stop anywhere on the way on request.

     

    Metro

    If you are in the city of Cairo, you can use the metro rails as this is the only city having this facility.

     

    Taxi

    Even the smallest cities in Egypt have taxis. So this is your ultimate mode of transport, in case, you are not happy with any other mode of internal commuting. Cairo has metered taxis but you will have to negotiate in other parts of Egypt.

     

    Train

    The rail network in Egypt is over 5000 km of track connecting almost every major city and town. These are preferable over cars and buses as you don’t get stuck in traffic and thus save a lot of time.

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Egypt?

    Most travellers get travel vaccines and medicines ready before the trip because there is a risk of a certain diseases in the country you are visiting. Here are some vaccines suggested by doctors before a trip to Egypt that help you to remain fit, no matter what you eat or drink.

     

    Hepatitis A

    Typhoid

    Rabies

    Yellow Fever

    Hepatitis B

  • What is the local language in Egypt and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    Arabic was adopted by the Egyptians after the Arab conquest of Egypt and today Egyptian Arabic is by far the most widely spoken in the country. Here are some common greetings used by locals that may be of use to you.

     

    Hello!

    is sal?m 'alaykum

     

    How are you?

    Male- izayyak

    Female- izayyik

     

    Reply to 'How are you?'

    Male- kwayyis, al hamdulillah. wa inta

    Female- kwayyisa, al hamdulillah. wa inti

     

    Good morning

    ?ab? il k?ayr

     

    Good evening

    misa' il khayr

     

    Goodbye

    ma'is sal?ma

  • Which are the best shopping places in Egypt and what are they famous for?

    The Souks, or the local markets, and the larger bazaars are among the most remarkable attractions of Egypt. The markets of Egypt are famous for selling The Shisha, the traditional Egyptian waterpipes, a large collection of backgammon boards, decorative boxes, and many other handicrafts, Sandals, bags, and shoes, marvelous pottery products etc.

     

    • Khan El Khalili
    • Aswan touristic market
    • Khan El Khalili Market in the Hussein District in Cairo
    • Cairo Festival City Mall. Ring Road
    • Emerald Empire (Twin Plaza)
    • Citystars (Stars Centre) Mall of Arabia
    • Downtown Mall..
    • Arkan Plaza
    • Dandy Mega Mall
    • San Stefano Mall

  • Which are the best islands to vacation in Egypt?

    Even the thought of being surrounded by water on all sides is breathtaking and Egypt offers quite a few such mesmerizing islands for a perfect vacation. No matter which of these islands you choose to go to, these island are secluded, surreal and away from the noise of the world. Our favourite islands for vacationing in Egypt are-

     

    • Pharaoh Island
    • Elephantine Island
    • El Nabatat
    • Agilkia
    • Mahmeya
    • Sehel Island
    • Tiran
    • Shadwan
    • Mukawwa Island
    • Banana Island
    • Giftun Island
    • Abu Monkar

  • Which are some famous archaeological sites in Egypt?

    Egypt is home to numerous archaeological sites. Each one depicts the history and culture of this land. A lot of them are in Cairo alone but exploring and visiting each one of these sites is not possible. So here are the best ones-

     

    • Giza Pyramid
    • Saqqara
    • Dhahshur
    • Memphis
    • Egyptian Museum
    • Mohmmad Ali Mosque
    • Khan El Khalili
    • Aswan - Temple of Hathor
    • Kartak Temple
    • Luxor Temple
    • Kom Elshuqafa
    • Roman Amphitheatre
    • Graeco Museum

  • Which are the best boat cruise options available in Egypt?

    If you are bored of visiting the ancient monuments, you can take up Nile River Cruises in Egypt for a change. These are fun activities and can be very refreshing. Here are some best picks-

     

    • Egypt Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor
    • Egypt Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan
    • Dahabiya Journey
    • River cruise tour through Cairo, Giza, Aswan
    • River cruise through Cairo, Luxor, Dendera

  • What kind of water sports can be done in Egypt?

    After a tour full of history, visitors can give themselves a chance for some adrenaline fun by engaging in the number of water sports activities Egypt has to offer. Some of which are-

     

    • Deep water diving
    • Sailing
    • Cruising
    • Wreck Diving
    • Kite Surfing
    • Kayaking
    • Canoeying

  • Which are some romantic places in Egypt for honeymoon?

    While not everybody will consider Egypt to be a honeymoon destination, the uninterrupted and lesser crowded places are actually great to be at with your partner. In case you still can’t imagine where to go for your honeymoon in Egypt, trust us, the below places are the ideal choice.

     

    • Cairo
    • Sharm-El-Sheikh
    • Alexandria
    • Aswan
    • Luxor
    • El Gouna
    • Dahab

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Egypt

    Egypt is a very diverse country. It has ancient monuments, rich history, splendid islands, colourful bazaars and what not. There are many things to catch up on and there is a fair amount of chance for any tourist to miss out on important things or places. So here we have, a few tips for you as we want you to make the most of your trip to this land.

     

    • Hire a guide-they will give you insights.
    • Bring out your negotiating and bargaining skills.
    • Take your toilet paper. Finding one in Egypt can be a task!
    • You can use Uber in Cairo
    • Always ask for prices before buying anything
    • Use metros in Cairo, they are good and quick!
    • Wear comfortable shoes in Egypt and don’t forget to take extra pair.
    • You need to stay hydrated
    • Eat the local food, it is delicious!
    • Respect and maintain the culture
    • No skin show please!
    • Bring a scarf to cover your hair when visiting mosques and other religious sights
    • Don’t be that guy with sleeveless shirts, tank tops and gym attire

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