First-Timer in Enchanted Egypt? Here is to-do list of activities
A must-visit list of places for Egypt Trip you shouldn't miss out
Yes, it is for real! As the plane flies over the blue river Nile, it will hit you that you are flying to Egypt for a holiday! The land of pharaohs, pyramids and papyrus - Egypt entices us all. You will get intrigued by anything but an Egyptian, believe me! So when the opportunity to visit one of your fantasy nations falls into your lap, would you be able to try and consider turning down the chance? Obviously not! Rucksack stuffed, visa verified, you got to board the plane. And not by any means the long flight journey would damp down your spirit! Egypt is a research work in contrast. The golden and glowing sand of the Western and Eastern deserts, the profound river Nile tempts you as the wonder of human science and exact creations from the past leaves you entranced!
So, have you decided on the various activities, which you can do while in Egypt? Truly, the list is never-ending, yet in the event that you have time limitations, here is the one consisting of the best activities in Egypt, which you can never say no!
Here is a short guided tour catering to the 'to-dos' while holidaying in Egypt:
The pyramids - one of the seven wonders
The pyramids are one and the same with Egypt. By what way can you not visit one of the seven antiquated wonders while in Egypt, is not it? Situated in Giza, Cairo's neighboring city, they are just magnificent. You can never decipher how enormous the edifices are until you are close it. There are three of them and the most amazing is the Pyramid of Khufu otherwise known as the Great Pyramid which can be seen from miles around. The blocks of granite were shipped by means of the Nile River from the quarries and afterward stacked to make the same. In the archaic days, the stones would clearly sparkle on account of a limestone covering. Today, the remains are in just bits and pieces. Additionally, do not miss the Sphinx in the complex. The carving of half man and half lion limestone is situated in front of the following pyramid. This is probably the best activity in Egypt, you can do.
Light and sound show at Giza - a must watch!
For all the lovers of history, do not miss the marvellous light and sound show that takes place at night at the Pyramid complex. Each pyramid lights up alongside other secondary tombs and the Sphinx narrates to you the account of the well-known pharaohs and how the edifices were constructed right down to when Napoleon assaulted Egypt. It is a beautiful narrative as you would be able to appreciate how outmoded the place seems to be. A sip on hot espresso (which is readily accessible) and be mesmerized by the unfurling of the show.
A 'never-ending' visit to the burial chamber
Regardless of the grand show of greatness outside, the burial chambers somewhere inside the pyramids of the earlier pharaohs were without any grandeur and ritual. Totally plain walls encompass the burial chambers at the three pyramids. There is a reason as the later rulers had lot many of shows in their burial chambers - as an aid to go into the afterlife. Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure accepted they were divine beings. So, to go into the afterlife, they gave importance to all these shows. The later pharaohs believed themselves to be demigods and had a belief that they would require a way/passage to enter life following death. The tunnel is long and narrow in various places. But, yes do remember to take a mental picture of the whole place, as photography is strictly prohibited here!
The Cairo Museum - let the old Egyptian treasures bedazzle you
The Cairo Museum is totally overflowing with Egyptian treasures. From antiquities found in the pyramids to antiquated papyrus parchments, the flawlessly planned stone coffins to canopy containers, the gems of the rulers to their very much safeguarded embalmed bodies, it is just like a 'Christmas-come-early' for all the lovers of history. The mummy room where Ramses II's body is kept alongside numerous others, under temperature control, is a must-visit. Moreover, an absolute necessity to visit is the room which holds King Tutankhamen's renowned gold mask.
Tahrir Square - Egypt's most well-known stopover square
Tahrir Square is one of Cairo's greatest and busiest squares. In 2011, that is the place everything started when protestors accumulated by several thousand requesting President Hosni Mubarak end his 30-year dictatorial guideline. From that point forward, Tahrir Square has turned into a symbolic place to visit. It is huge enough to house loads of people and is centrally situated - alongside the well-known museum, government offices and TV stations. You have to be cautious since security is tight and they ask you not to photograph the whole place.
Khan Al Khalili - souvenir hunt in a bustling souk
Who does not care to shop while on a vacation, right? Khan Al Khalili is probably Cairo's busiest souks. It is a noteworthy holiday destination and one can lose all sense of direction in its insignificant by lanes, chasing for genuine Egyptian souvenirs. In a straight line, from much-frequented bric-a-brac like, lodestones/magnets to papyrus parchments, the souk has various stuffs. As retailers shout to you, let yourself explore the various shops that sell essences, spices, lamps, porcelains and adornments. When you have window-shopped or really purchased some souvenirs, try out a nice cup of slow roast coffee, at one of the bistros. It will ease out all your tiredness! Running into local souks is perhaps the best activity, you can do in Egypt.
Stopover at an aroma store in the vicinity
Egypt has a long and steady association with the assortments of aroma. When the world is busy making bottles of lovely fragrances, Egyptian history is loaded up with recipes to prepare different sorts of aromas. In the archaic days, they even adored Nefertum the divine god of aroma! Try heading to a local aroma store and spend at some point sniffing the different fragrances. They come in little flawlessly packed containers and are for the most part oil-based, so the fragrance keeps going longer. Why not get an Issey Miyake at one-third of the value, isn't it a steal!
Mediterranean Sea at Alexandria
When making your list of activities in Egypt, plan taking a day trip to the second-biggest city of the nation. Alexandria's is so wealthy in history that to begin a construction on a new venture, one requires unlimited consents from the legislature. Established by Alexander the great, it was the second-most significant city after Rome in the prehistoric world. The city even had two of the Ancient Wonders of the world - the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Library. While there is another library built today in the shape of an eye, facing the ocean, the Citadel of Qaitbay stands precisely where the lighthouse used to be. Barring that, a visit to the tombs and Pompey's Pillar is an absolute necessity.
Get overloaded with Egyptian food and espresso
Egyptians enjoy a great deal of bread, vegetables, fish and meat as kebabs or stews. The food is greatly prejudiced by its local countries. Each supper begins with hummus, falafel and pita spread out on the table. Try grilled fish in Alexandria or rice and meat enveloped by vines in Cairo. Remember to enjoy the different kebabs on offer and attempt fava beans for breakfast. Remember to taste Hamam Mahshy (pigeon cook, a claim to fame). At that point, have the moderately roasted espresso where coffee beans, cold water and sugar are heated up a few times. In the event that you get the chance, attempt the Jabana espresso which is made with flavors and is so great, one cup is not sufficient! The local food is great to such an extent that you should include the same number of local cafAs, you can on your best activities' list in Egypt.
Djoser in Saqqara - Egypt's first pyramid
Around 4600 years back, the pyramid built for Djoser in Saqqara, initially. In contrast to its later partners, Djoser's pyramid was one of a kind - it had six steps. Conceptualized by Imoteph, the step - pyramid appears six mastabas in shrinking size, stacked one over each. When it was assembled, it was the overwhelming structure at Saqqara. Today, it draws sightseers similar to its associates in Giza does.
Nubia - experience the Nubian lifestyle
Nubia was a district along the Nile in Upper Egypt, neighbouring Sudan. Nubians have lived for a large number of years along the Nile River. It was only throughout the construction of dams and reservoirs as of late that the Egyptian government migrated the Nubian populace in desert settlements or little islands in Aswan. Head to one of the insignificant islands in Aswan which has a Nubian populace and experience their way of life. Visit their homes and experience the astounding cordiality. Drink Jabana espresso prepared over a small fire as you swap stories.
Abu Simbel - a 300km worth drive!
Going to Abu Simbel from Aswan is a lifetime experience. One is accompanied by a military escort as you drive down amidst the night through the desert to see the dawn at Abu Simbel, situated on the banks of Lake Nasser. Abu Simbel has two enormous rock temples worked by Ramses II, devoted to the Sun God. The front veneer of the primary temple has figures of Ramses II seated. Inside, it has three corridors and on two days a year, the morning beams infiltrate the temple and light up the internal haven. At the point when the Aswan Dam was developed, the temples were saved from the water moved to higher ground, block by block. Visiting the dazzling temples must be high on your best to-do things during a trip to Egypt.
Lake Nasser-Check out the ultimate artificial lake
Lake Nasser was made during the 1970s when the River Nile was blockaded. The huge water reservior is situated in Upper Egypt and Sudan. The lake puts a noteworthy job in Egypt's angling industry. The blue waters can be seen for miles around and the region is exceptionally serene and calm. Additionally, notice the well-known Aswan Dam which is right there present and click a photo in front of the monument Friendship Lotus Flower.
Aswan stone quarry - the gigantic incomplete obelisk
Situated in a stone quarry at Aswan, the Obelisk was appointed by Hatshepsut. Notwithstanding, it could never be finished owing to huge cracks showed up when it was being cut out of the bedrock. Had it been done, it was stand tall at 42m! One has to trek up to a specific point and look down at the obelisk and feel like an insect in correlation!
River Nile - a cruise down the lap of Mother Nature
Lifeline of Egypt, the River Nile is the best way of experiencing most part of the country by cruising down the river and stopping at significant ports en route. Begin the cruise from Aswan and go up to Luxor. It is around a day's cruise (there are longer ones also) and flawlessly fits into your tight agenda. The feeling while sailing down will make you go back in the past as you visualise how in the early times, all sorts of stones from the quarries were transported along the similar route in order to build the pyramids. You can unwind, read a book, drink, spoil yourself, catch some rays, rest and eat however much you might want on the cruise delivers! It is perhaps the best to-do thing while holidaying in Egypt!
Kom Ombo Temple - go in for a night tour
Kom Ombo Temple is interesting and in contrast to others, it is committed to two divine beings - Horus and Seth. The temple has a dual of everything - lobbies, doorways and havens - and is consummately symmetrical along the hub. During the evening, the twofold temple is flawlessly lit and looks great from the River Nile. When you visiting, try to comprehend the strange history behind the temple and furthermore about the Egyptian mythos from a tour guide. Remember to take photos of the carved roofs and wonderfully hued columns.
Luxor Temple - get captivated by the creation
The temple at Luxor was initiated by Amenhotep III and later pharaohs went for the add-ons, including Ramses II. Throughout the years, the sanctuary was covered under the avenues of Luxor. And truth be told, the mosque of Sufi Shaykh Yusuf Abu al-Hajjaj was built over it. During unearthing, the mosque was meticulously protected and today forms an integral part of the temple complex. The wonderful obelisk is positioned outside, it is twin now in Paris. Outside, lies the road of Sphinxes, which were once connected to the temples of Luxor and Karnak. Try visiting the place during a twilight in order to get a treat for your eyes by the fully-lighted arenas.
Hot-air balloon - an aerial view will make your day
While on a holiday in Egypt, do not miss experiencing the aerial view of the whole city, courtesy a hot-air balloon ride! Try fixing the trip early morning to enjoy the serene a beautiful view, from the sky. The view on the West Bank and River Nile is astounding, and to top it all, flying over the temple complexes, will pamper you with the intricate detailing done on the edifices. In case you are not scared of heights, it is certainly something to do in Egypt.
Karnak complex- Try not to miss
The diggings of the Karnak complex is as yet incomplete, however whatever one can see, one is hypnotized. There are three primary sanctified zones devoted to Montu, Amun and Mut. It took more than 2000 years for the whole development to be finished with numerous rulers adding on structures. It is most likely the biggest religious complex covering a zone of 200 hectares. Aside from the principle haven, the complex has different corridors, columns, pintsized sanctuaries, a holy lake, living quarters and a mast. You will wonder how the early Egyptians must have been hypnotized 2000 years ago! It is so spectacular to such an extent that Karnak ought to be on your to-dos in Egypt holiday list.
Valley of the Kings on the West Bank - exploration galore
To spare the pyramids from being pillaged, later pharaohs were buried in the concealed tombs situated ground beneath in a valley, whose shape looked like that of a pyramid. A large number of the acclaimed rulers like Tutankhamun, Seti I and Ramses II were covered here. The tombs were intricately designed and devoted to the journey to after-life, in the wake of death. The doorways were well-hidden and till date just 63 tombs have been discovered. In any case, with unearthing persistently on, who knows, perhaps a 64th chamber will be found one day! Photography inside the tombs is strictly prohibited, so try taking mental note of the same.
Deir el-Bahri - Pay homage to Egypt's most successful female ruler Hatshepsut
Deir el-Bahri is the funeral parlour constructed by Hatshepsut, the fifth female pharaoh in the 18th dynasty. Her reign lasted for 22 years and was one of the most successful. She established trade routes and appointed foreign trips. She efficaciously built many projects, right from temples to monuments. It is dedicated to the Sun God and had three tiers. Positioned behind the Valley of the Kings, it is set adjacent to the funeral parlour of Mentuhotep II.
Gain proficiency with the way toward making papyrus
Earlier Egyptians used papyrus parchments, and the writings were done on papyrus in symbolic representations or hieroglyphs, hieratic content or demotic content. The same were made using a plant by a similar name, it is an extensive procedure. It was additionally used in making regular things like baskets and ropes. Learning the history behind this ought to be on your to-do list, while holidaying in Egypt. Head to one of the numerous shops that make Papyrus simply like the ancients used to, and become familiar with the procedure. At last, purchase a small parchment for memento.
Sharm El Sheik - full-on water sports activity
Sharm El Sheik is a well-known resort, located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. It is close to the Red Sea, while making it famous for water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving, boating and para-gliding. You can become a certified scuba diver and take in the underwater kingdom of marine life and corals.
Hence, binoculars in hand, DSLRs ready and a back-pack! Happy enlightening the ancient times in the land of Pharaohs!
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