Be prepared to revisit ancient history when you visit Jordan. This Arab country contains ancient relics of powerful empires that once ruled this desert kingdom.
There are modern metropolitan cities and fascinating ruins and there are fantastic desert landscapes all around, and lots of other adventures that await you in Jordan.
So let’s go on a trip to Jordan from India.
Available flights from India for Jordan
From India, there are no direct flights to Jordan. However, you can choose flights with 1-stop or 2-stops to go to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. You can search from many flights from Skyscanner, and get cheap air tickets with great deals. Jazeera Airways stops at Kuwait en route to Amman, while Saudia Airlines makes a stop at Riyadh. Emirates Airline makes a halt at Abu Dhabi International Airport in UAE, before going to Amman.
Cities to visit in Jordan
Amman Citadel is where there are relics of Neolithic age. Visitors can walk in the ruins of the Temple of Hercules and marvel at its pillars. Umayyad Palace is a classic example of medieval architecture. Jordan Archeological Museum has a rich collection of pottery, jewelry and statues. The blue dome and twin minarets of King Abdullah Mosque are famous in Amman. Visitors can go to Rainbow Street and shop at flea markets, or eat Mediterranean food in cafes and restaurants. Amman Rotana is a good hotel to stay in Amman.
Petra, built in the 6th century by the Nabataeans, is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Here, you can see Al-Khazneh, or the Treasury, and As-Siq, the narrow gorge with giant multi-colored rock walls. Ad-Deir, or the Monastery, is sculpted out of towering rocky cliffs. The Street of Facades is where you’ll see Nabataean Royal Tombs. The Roman ruins of Colonnaded Street can be seen here too, and there are the Great Temple and High Place of Sacrifice, both of which are Nabataean sacred sites. Visitors can stay in the Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp in Wadi Musa.
The coastal town of Aqaba near the Red Sea contains rich treasures of Arab culture. You can go snorkeling and scuba diving in the Red Sea and see wonderful corals and marine life. The ruins of Mamluk Castle and the ancient Islamic city of Ayla are awesome. Visitors can see ancient relics and medieval artifacts in the Aqaba Archaeological Museum. Wadi Rum is close by and can be visited in day trips from Aqaba. There are many seaside resorts and luxury hotels in Aqaba, and Mövenpick Resort Aqaba is a good choice.
4. Wadi Rum
The red sandy desert of Wadi Rum, with its towering rocky cliffs is a spellbinding place to visit in Jordan. Canyons like Khazali Canyon and Barrah Canyon are places resembling an alien landscape. There are rock paintings made by the Nabataeans on the rock surfaces. The natural rock bridges of Burdah Rock Bridge and Um Fruth Rock Bridge are even stranger sites. From Um Sabatah, you can get a sweeping view of the rocky landscape of Wadi Rum. Enjoy the Bedouin hospitality of Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp.
5. Wadi Musa
There is not much to see in Wadi Musa. The town is close to Petra, and is named after Moses, who is believed to have struck a stone on a hill, and water emerged in the form of a spring. Visitors can go to Moses Well, and still see water flow at the site. There are many places to shop, eat and rest after a day of sightseeing. There are restaurants and shisha smoking bars, where you can smoke a hookah. There are Turkish Baths too, and a Cave Bar, inside a cave that’s old as 1st Century BC. Visitors can stay in Seven Wonders Hotel in Wadi Musa.
Local transportation available in Jordan
In Amman, you can travel in yellow colored private taxis and white colored shared taxis. Private taxis are the best to travel within Amman and also go from one city to another. You get service taxis from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, which will drop you at your booked hotel.
Go in shared taxis only if you know the city pretty well. Public buses have fixed routes in Amman, and can be boarded only if you know where to go in the city. But for sightseeing outside the city, you can go in private buses like Jordan Express Tourist Transportation Company (JETT). These air-conditioned buses will go to famous attractions in Jordan.