Egypt is the land where the Nile flows, it is home to the earliest known civilization known to man, and a kingdom where the Pharaohs ruled for centuries.
It is among the world’s top travel destinations and a treasure house of archaeological masterpieces. There’s so much to see around Egypt, and so many thrilling things to do, you will only come back to Egypt for more adventures. So let’s plan a trip from India to Egypt, and walk through an ancient land of mystic charm and royal splendor.
Air travel is the best way to go to Egypt from India. You can search from a large number of flights in websites like Skyscanner, a travel search engine for flights. You get the best choice from various airlines and book cheap airfare at discounted prices and get the best deals.
Cities to visit
In Cairo you can visit the three Pyramids of Giza. These tombs are the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. Visit the Egyptian Museum, where you will see the famous gold mask of Tutankhamen. Al-Azhar Mosque is among the oldest mosques in Egypt, and a wonderful monument of Islamic architecture. Old Cairo contains Christian sites like Hanging Church, Roman Towers, Babylon Fortress and others. To get a panoramic view of Cairo, go on top of Cairo Tower. In Cairo, May Fair Hotel has spacious rooms, with minimalist but elegant Egyptian décor.
Giza Plateau near Cairo, is where you can see the three Pyramids of Giza, i.e. the Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), Pyramid of Chefren (Khafre), and Pyramid of Mycerinus (Menkaure). These pyramids are giant stone structures that are the only intact wonder of the ancient world. The Sphinx, besides the pyramids, is an awe-inspiring structure. Also visit the Solar Boat Museum, which contains a wooden boat excavated besides the pyramids. In Giza, you can stay at the Best View Pyramids Hotel, whose rooms command a good view of the pyramids.
Luxor has the magnificent Temple of Karnak, which has temples with huge pillars and gigantic sculptures. The Valley of the Kings is where the Pharaohs were buried, and there are 63 tombs including the tomb of Tutankhamen. The Luxor Temple has huge chambers and halls in an open area. Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple, Tombs of Nobles, Valley of Queens, and Luxor Museum are the other attractions of Luxor. In Luxor, you can stay at the Pavilion Winter Luxor. It has a lovely garden, and is close to other attractions in Luxor.
In Alexandria there are many interesting sites like Bibliotheca Alexandrina. You can visit its four museums containing manuscripts and rare books. The Catacombs of Kom el-Shuqqafa contains tombs and mummies. Fort Qaitbey is where there once stood the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Montazah Gardens is a lush green space, with flowering trees and plants. Romance Alexandria Corniche Hotel has suites and rooms which give a good view of the Mediterranean Sea and has restaurants and nightclub.
Local transportation available in Egypt
In major cities of Egypt, there are many modes of public transport. In Cairo, the metro is a good and affordable choice. The buses and micro-buses are full of locals and are not advisable to travel. However, private taxis like Uber and Careem are easy to get to different parts of the city. For a more scenic ride, get a ride on a river bus or the Nile taxi. These are boats that will take you to various parts of the city.
Tourist SIM in Egypt
For Indians traveling to Egypt, buying a local prepaid SIM card is highly advisable. Vodafone, Orange and Etisalat are the major telecom operators in Egypt, which offer both prepaid and postpaid SIM cards with good 2G, 3G and 4G coverage speeds at good rates. Online 75 from Orange is a good option to buy a SIM card. It gives 5 GB of data, for 30 days. You can extend data packs. The package comes with voice and sms, plus social sharing on internet.
Best time to visit Egypt from India
Egypt is a desert region and as such, temperatures here can be high and uncomfortable for travel. As majority of its tourist attractions are in the sandy regions of the Sahara Desert, daytime temperatures can soar and make you avoid the sun. Winter months of December and January are the peak tourist seasons in Egypt. October to April is best for touring Egypt.