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About Jordan

Mentioned in the world’s most iconic places, Jordan is synonymous to beauty and history. Located in the rocky desert of the northern Arabian Peninsula, Jordan is a young country of Southwest Asia. Tracing its history back to the ancient biblical kingdoms, it is one of the most politically liberal countries of the Arab world. 

Jordan is made up of warm red colour and historic architectural styles. The beauty of this place resides significantly in the historical places and untouched desert landscapes. Several archaeological sites are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from Petra to Quseir Amra, from Umm Ar-Rasas to Wadi Rum Protected Area. Or, you can admire Jordan’s beauty after dusk and watch the colours become warmer and the city lights start to shine.

An integral part of the Arab world, Jordan is home to deserts, nature reserves, and fascinating archaeological monuments. This place is an incredible destination for every kind of travellers. You can head on to the capital city of Amman, Jerash, Ajloun, Wadi Rum desert, the Dead Sea in Aqaba, and much more. UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lost City of Petra, is one of the biggest highlights of Jordan. 

There are plenty of activities to do in Rome. If your interests are inclined towards historical places, then you should explore the ancient Roman ruins in the town of Jerash. Or, head onto an adventurous trip to the nature reserve, Wadi Mujib. Also, you can start your day by witnessing the mighty Wadi Rum with a jeep tour. End your day by savouring the authentic Jordanian barbeque and staying at a lavish Bedouin tent. Moreover, you can also indulge in travelling the coastal town of Aqaba. This aqua adventure will take you to the colourful marine life.

Jordan’s climate is the Mediterranean, but the land is generally arid. Temperatures can stay between 8 and 26 degrees Celsius. The closeness to the Mediterranean Sea affects the weather of this place. The spring season, March to May, is the best time to travel to Jordan. Temperature from September to November is also pleasant as it starts to cool down.

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Jordan FAQ's

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.

  1. Filled application form with one photograph having a white background
  2. Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months
  3. Bank statement for 6 months
  4. Confirmation of return tickets and hotel bookings
  5. Tour itinerary
  6. 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 –

  1. Petra
  2. Little Petra
  3. Al-Maghtas
  4. Wadi Rum
  5. Dead Sea
  6. Mount Nebo
  7. Jerash ruins
  8. The Citadel
  9. Street of Facades
  10. Kerak Castle
  11. Ajloun Castle
  12. Montreal
  13. Qasr Amra
  14. Jordan Archeological Museum
  15. King Abdullah I Mosque
  16. Royal Automobile Museum
  17. Azraq Wetland Reserve
  18. Ummayad Palace
  19. Dibbeen Forest Reserve
  20. Mujib Nature Reserve
  21. Arch of Hadrian
  22. Mount Hor
  23. 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 –

  1. Visit Jordan’s many historical sites
  2. Float in the Dead Sea
  3. Go hiking in nature reserves and the Jordan Trail
  4. 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 –

  1. Hashem Restaurant
  2. Sufra
  3. Reem Cafeteria
  4. Falafel Al-Quds
  5. Al Mandi
  6. Al Mohandes
  7. 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 –

  1. Hepatitis A
  2. Hepatitis B
  3. Typhoid
  4. Rabies
  5. Tetanus-diphtheria
  6. MMR

What is the local language in Jordan and which are the most commonly used greetings?

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-salam 'alaykum (reply: wa 'alaykum as-salam)
-Thank you: shukran
-What is the price of..: ma hu thaman
-Good morning/afternoon-evening: sabah alkhyr / masa' alkhayr

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 –

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

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 –

  1. Adhere to dress codes. While Jordan is quite a modern country, revealing attire is frowned upon for both men and women.
  2. Public displays of affection are frowned upon no matter the gender.
  3. 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.

  1. Jordan Trail
  2. Wadi Rum
  3. Dana Biosphere Reserve
  4. Siq
  5. 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 –

  1. The Blue Fig
  2. JJ’s (Grand Hyatt Hotel)
  3. Cube Lounge
  4. Murphy’s Pub
  5. Sekrab
  6. H2O Pool and Lounge
  7. Maestro Music Bar
  8. Cave Bar
  9. Carakale Brewery
  10. La Calle
  11. Rovers Return
  12. Copas Central
  13. 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 –

  1. Petra
  2. Numeira
  3. Al-Maghtas
  4. Beidha
  5. Khirbat en-Nahas
  6. Amman Citadel
  7. 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 –

  1. Jordan Archeological Museum
  2. Dead Sea Museum
  3. Jordan Folklore and Popular Traditions Museum
  4. Royal Automobile Museum
  5. The Jordan Museum
  6. Petra Museum
  7. 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 –

  1. Petra
  2. Wadi Rum Protected Area
  3. Um er-Rasas
  4. Al-Maghtas
  5. 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 –

  1. Mujib Nature Reserve
  2. Dana Biosphere Reserve
  3. Ajloun Forest Reserve
  4. Dibeen Forest Reserve
  5. Azraq Wetland Reserve
  6. Fifa Nature Reserve
  7. Shaumari Wildlife Reserve

Jordan Reviews

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Deenabandhu Devar
Reviewed: 31 Jul 2020
5.0/5
We booked this tour and must say it was wonderful. The Dead sea and Mt. Nebo seemed the heart of the tour. And getting to know the culture closely was a whole different experience we had. It was amazing trip well managed by the team, and supportive drivers and well- behaved and helpful staff. Satisf... Read More
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Tanushri Pilla
Reviewed: 31 Jul 2020
5.0/5
Visiting such places is itself blissful, we loved the places and how nicely the people were with us. Loved travelling and all concept.
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Kamla Pandey
Reviewed: 09 Jan 2020
5.0/5
You made our experience unforgettable, not bad!!! the trip was very well-organized with proper execution, the team who helps us with the planning, booking, and during our trip was very responsive, considerate and, professional. The day trip we had for 4 days was simply amazing the place is very rich... Read More
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Bilwa Kaur
Reviewed: 07 Jan 2020
5.0/5
Firstly let me tell you that we enjoyed the trip... I always had a great experience booking my trip with Thrillophilia. Yes, this is my first time in Jordan but the way the team planned my tour I felt that I knew about each and every place I visit as it went so smoothly from the itinerary. The accom... Read More
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Bandhul Mahajan
Reviewed: 19 Dec 2019
5.0/5
Not an easy task to plan such a trip like this by our own, but this company did it they planned our trip to Jordan for the span of 5 days, and all these 5 days the trip went well without fail, the staff did an exceptional job with their explanations and organization... All the tour programs were put... Read More
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Baladitya Sethi
Reviewed: 25 Dec 2019
5.0/5
Don't worry this trip was well-organized and well-executed, I just came from this place and I booked with this package with Thrillophilia full guaranteed you won't face any difficulty at all during the trip... The country is truly beautiful and the people were extremely nice, interacting, and helpfu... Read More

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