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What You Should Know More About Jordan

  • Travel Advice

    • The weather in Jordan is hot and dry and hence, you are advised to carry clothes accordingly.

    • Carry sun protection lotions and creams and stay hydrated in order to avoid sun-strokes.

    • Do not carry a lot of cash or expensive jewelry.

    • As Jordan is a place in the Middle East, do not wear clothes which are too short and offensive according to the local culture.

    • Do not try to offend the locals or their culture/lifestyle in any way.

    • Book your resorts, hotels or other stay facilities well in advance.

    • Though Jordan is a place of honest and friendly people, you should always be aware of scammers.

  • Drinking Laws

    The minimum legal age to consume all types of alcoholic drinks in Jordan is 18 years and you are advised to carry an age proof whenever you go out to drink.


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

    Al-Maghtas

    Al-Maghtas is a place which is believed to be where Lord Jesus Christ was baptized. This is a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site and 5th such destination in Jordan. This is an excavated site on the shore of Jordan and have ruins of ancient chapels, pools and caves of the monks and a visit here will give you a very holy and divine feel.


    Petra

    This world famous sight-seeing destination in Jordan is again a UNESCO World Heritage site. This place was carved by the Banataeans over 2000 years ago and would contain 3,000 dwelling, banquet halls and tombs in red-hued sandstone. The Sun Temple, which is the best known feature of the Petra is an impressive spot and to witness more, you should take a stroll of this place rich in heritage.


    Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea is a place most frequented by tourists in Jordan mainly for soaking themselves in the mineral packed mud from head to toe and also take a float in the sea. Because of the high salt content of the sea, you will keep floating and bobbing on the surface. This place is also the lowest point on land, which is 1,407 feet below sea level.


    Wadi Rum

    You cannot miss taking a flight over the Wadi Rum, which is a vast desert valley in Jordan, again declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witnessing this valley from the sky is indeed a mesmerizing experience and unforgettable for lifetime. You can also book a stay at some of the furnished ten accommodations and feast upon the delicious meats and vegetables served here. If the flight is not convenient, you can also take a camel ride here.


    Aqaba

    The Gulf of Aqaba, which is located to the north-west of Red Sea is the only coastal city in Jordan where tourists flock in order to swim, chill-out and get pampered by the luxury offered by the high-end resorts at the beach. You can also snorkel on this really beautiful and clear beach is it provides access to the Yamaniah Coral Reef.


    Qasar Amra

    Qasar Amra, the famous ‘Desert Castle’ of Jordan is yet again a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan and inside this ruined castle, you will see an array of ancient paintings on the walls, ceilings and rooms, depicting the daily life of people who once lived here. You will clearly imagine the grand life people here once lived, because the paintings depict naked women, zodiac symbols, music-playing animals and the overall lifestyle.


    Amman

    Last but not the least, Amman, the capital city of Jordan which is one of the longest continually civilized and inhabited cities in the world, which has an active past of millions of years. People here still live in the ancient ruins of citadels and worship at the Temple of Hercules built by the Romans and the Byzantine Church. In addition to this, the bustling markets in the city are worth shopping at.


  • What you will like there?

    Preserved Heritage

    Jordan houses ruins from ancient civilizations which are heritage monuments as well as a home to the people residing here in the current time. The locals here have successfully preserved the heritage and culture here and still live in the houses constructed centuries ago, which is a very unique thing to witness.


    Long Stretching Deserts

    The long stretching golden deserts, which are the pride of Jordan will definitely make a place in your heart after you leave from here. The desert valleys, sand dunes and camel rides on it will give you a very unique adventure.


    Crystal Clear Beach Waters

    The blue sea waters of Jordan alongside gleaming sand beaches are the cleanest and purest in the world. With no overcrowding of tourists and littering caused because of it, the beach waters here are crystal clear and the beaches here are really clean and serene. You will feel a different kind of calm and relaxation when you spend time on these beaches.


    Classic Street cafes

    Jordan is famously known for its lively street cafes where you can chill out while you are enjoying your holidays here and these classis cafes are indeed the best in the world in terms of food, ambience and the entire energetic feel and aura.


  • Recommended reads for destination

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    Travel Website


    Books :

    The Rough Guide to Jordan


  • When is the best time to visit Jordan?

    March to May is the best time to travel to Jordan. The weather is pleasant and tourist areas are open for business. However, if you don’t mind the heat, traveling in summer (off-season May to September) will allow you to enjoy certain tourist spots like Petra without the usual crowds.

  • How to reach Jordan?

    The country has two major international airports, the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba and the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. They’re served by many global carriers.

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

    A visa is required for entry into Jordan for some nationalities including Indians. You can obtain a visa on arrival although you may want to apply in advance to avoid long waits. It’s advised that travelers consult the Jordanian diplomatic mission in their countries before traveling as visa requirements may change without prior notice.

    If you’re applying for a visa in advance, you will need to fulfil the following. Note that the visa will be valid for 2 weeks.

    • Filled application form with one photograph having a white background
    • Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months
    • Bank statement for 6 months
    • Confirmation of return tickets and hotel bookings
    • Tour itinerary
    • Copy of passport containing address and personal details

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

    The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian dinar. Money can be exchanged at centers around the country. An option that many travelers prefer is to use an ATM. While a transaction fee is charged, the exchange rates are good.

  • Which are the major tourist attractions in Jordan?

    The historical country is teeming with must-see attractions like ancient ruins, museums and nature reserves. These are the top places to visit –

    • Petra
    • Little Petra
    • Al-Maghtas
    • Wadi Rum
    • Dead Sea
    • Mount Nebo
    • Jerash ruins
    • The Citadel
    • Street of Facades
    • Kerak Castle
    • Ajloun Castle
    • Montreal
    • Qasr Amra
    • Jordan Archeological Museum
    • King Abdullah I Mosque
    • Royal Automobile Museum
    • Azraq Wetland Reserve
    • Ummayad Palace
    • Dibbeen Forest Reserve
    • Mujib Nature Reserve
    • Arch of Hadrian
    • Mount Hor
    • Madaba Archaeological Park

  • What are the things to do in Jordan?

    Jordan offers visitors fun things to do. Here are some of the best activities to undertake in this stunning country –

    • Visit Jordan’s many historical sites
    • Float in the Dead Sea
    • Go hiking in nature reserves and the Jordan Trail
    • Go canyoning in Wadi Mujib

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

    Jordan has several terrific local dishes with influences from the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East. Top among them is mansaf, often considered the national dish. Other favorites include hummus, fattet hummus, falafel, kebab, moussaka, galayet and zarb among many more. Khobez is a staple.

    Popular places to sample Jordanian cuisine are –

    • Hashem Restaurant
    • Sufra
    • Reem Cafeteria
    • Falafel Al-Quds
    • Al Mandi
    • Al Mohandes
    • Shams El Balad

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

    Public buses are available but are not geared towards tourists. As such, you might find it difficult to move between tourist attractions. The best way to travel is to rent a car or to book a tour package where private buses will be arranged.

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

    Travelers coming in from the Americas and Africa are required to get vaccinated against yellow fever. Other vaccinations are recommended although not mandatory –

    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B
    • Typhoid
    • Rabies
    • Tetanus-diphtheria
    • MMR

  • What is the local language in Jordan 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 _____?)

    Modern Standard Arabic is the official language and most people speak Arabic dialects. However, English is also widely spoken.

    Learning a few sentences in the local tongue can help you greatly especially if you’re in an area where English is not popular. Learn to say –

    • Hello: as-sal?m 'alaykum (reply: wa 'alaykum as-sal?m)
    • Thank you: shukran
    • What is the price of..: (m) bikam h?dh?? (f) bikam h?dihi?
    • Good morning/afternoon-evening: ?ab??ul k?ayr/ mas?' al-khayr

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

    Depending on which part of Jordan you travel to, you’ll come across great finds such as pottery, beadwork jewelry, mosaic work, ceramics and fashion items. These are the best places to shop at –

    • Soap House Trinitae – organic beauty and skincare products
    • Haret Jdoudna Complex – textiles, ceramics, mosaics
    • Jordan River Foundation – handloom
    • Nour Al Hussein Foundation - needlework
    • Wild Jordan Center – candles, silver jewelry, jam
    • Souk Jara – handicrafts
    • Souk by the Sea – handicrafts
    • Visitor Center (Wadi Rum) – Bedouin rugs, textiles, ceramics
    • Holy Treasures Center – Dead Sea products
    • Made in Jordan (Wadi Musa) – paper, soap, olive oil

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

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Jordan
  • Before you jet off into Jordan, you might want to keep a few things in mind. They’ll make your trip a lot more pleasant and help you avoid unnecessary situations. Here goes –

    • Adhere to dress codes. While Jordan is quite a modern country, revealing attire is frowned upon for both men and women.
    • Public displays of affection are frowned upon no matter the gender.
    • Carry a scarf wherever you go. It can come in handy for covering your hair (when required) or keeping the heat away.

  • Which are some famous camping and hiking locations in Jordan?

    Jordan boasts several great hiking trails although camping sites are few. It’s best to book a camping and hiking tour so that you don’t encounter problems with permits.

    • Jordan Trail
    • Wadi Rum
    • Dana Biosphere Reserve
    • Siq
    • Wadi al-Mujib

  • How is the nightlife in Jordan? Which are the best places to enjoy nightlife?

    A bustling nightlife in the Middle East may seem a little hard to believe but Jordan boasts bars and clubs where you can while away the hours at night. Check out these trendy spots –

    • The Blue Fig
    • JJ’s (Grand Hyatt Hotel)
    • Cube Lounge
    • Murphy’s Pub
    • Sekrab
    • H2O Pool and Lounge
    • Maestro Music Bar
    • Cave Bar
    • Carakale Brewery
    • La Calle
    • Rovers Return
    • Copas Central
    • Royal Yacht Club Bar

  • Which are some famous archaeological sites in Jordan?

    Jordan is a hotbed of archeological sites. In fact, most of the must-visit places date back many centuries. Here are the most notable –

    • Petra
    • Numeira
    • Al-Maghtas
    • Beidha
    • Khirbat en-Nahas
    • Amman Citadel
    • Iraq Al Amir

  • Which are the best cruise options available in Jordan?

    Travelers can see Jordan from a new perspective by going on a cruise. Aqaba Port is the sole port so cruises to the country will connect here.

  • Which are some famous museums to visit in Jordan?

    Jordan’s rich history can be seen in detail at museums across the country. These should not be missed –

    • Jordan Archeological Museum
    • Dead Sea Museum
    • Jordan Folklore and Popular Traditions Museum
    • Royal Automobile Museum
    • The Jordan Museum
    • Petra Museum
    • Al Jaber Museum

  • Which are some best places for road trips in Jordan?

    Taking a road trip through Jordan will allow you to experience details that you may otherwise miss. If you’re an adventurous soul who likes to do things differently, this is the way to travel. You can start your tour from Amman and head to Jerash and on to Madaba. From there, you can take in Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba.

  • Which are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jordan?

    Jordan currently has 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are –

    • Petra
    • Wadi Rum Protected Area
    • Um er-Rasas
    • Al-Maghtas
    • Quseir Amra

  • Which are the best places to experience wildlife in Jordan?

    There are several nature reserves in Jordan that are the best places to see wildlife. Here they are –

    • Mujib Nature Reserve
    • Dana Biosphere Reserve
    • Ajloun Forest Reserve
    • Dibeen Forest Reserve
    • Azraq Wetland Reserve
    • Fifa Nature Reserve
    • Shaumari Wildlife Reserve

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