15 Reasons Why Jordan Should Be Your Next Destination!

A childhood friend Mitali recently asked me for suggestions for a foreign destination for her brother’s honeymoon. I got usual suspects when I asked her which destinations have already been zeroed in on. I suggested to her that for the same budget you will get more value and variety in Jordan. She asked me details and here they are, for her and for other discerning honeymooners or any travelers rather:

1 – VIBRANT CITY LIFE

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The vibrant Rainbow Street at Amman

The cities of Jordan are lively. While the ancient ruins of capital Amman co exists with its more modern counterparts, the port city of Aqaba exudes a charm of its own. I enjoyed walking through the streets of city of Amman with my eyes peeled constantly. The streets of Madaba oozes old world, small town charm. The amenities are good, roads clean and people have a great civic sense. A co traveler Kaushal even showed me ash trays attached to street poles.

2 – VARYING LANDSCAPES

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Me at a siq which leads to Treasury, Petra (This pic and featured image by : Arka Das )

Almost every day, I saw a new landscape in Jordan. While Amman was more about buildings, old and new, Petra had other worldly canyons and mountains. Wadi Rum gave me the illusion of being on Mars, Aqaba had crystal clear blue waters. Dead Sea was surrounded with salt deposits and the next stop Madaba and Mount Nebo had dry, arid landscapes. Wait, there is a secluded Hot Spring too! All these destinations are within few hours of driving distance from each other!

3 – BORDER JUNKIE PARADISE

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Spot the Israeli Flag! This is Israel side we could not cross. The water in foreground belongs to Jordan though!

I am a border junkie. I love to be around borders even if I can’t cross it. During a cruise on the very blue ‘red sea’ (in Aqaba), the attendant pointed out Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Palestine to me. This meant I could see 4 countries from my cruise none of which I could cross. Later also I came across many places which gave me a glimpse of other country without entering it. Most memorable moment  was seeing the Israel side up, close and personal at the Baptism Site.

4 – MARS ON EARTH, ANYONE?

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Me at Wadi Rum (Shot by : Arnab Maity)

Wadi Rum was my personal favorite of all the places I visited. I climbed up a high rock only to be rendered speechless. I watched in wonder as the sun cast its orange glow on Mars like landscape dotted with massive rock formations on sand. I am not going to forget what I saw, in a lifetime.

6 – ROAD TRIP FRIENDLY

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We took this path to reach Mount Nebo, the important biblical site

The roads in Jordan are baby bottom smooth. Most of the important places and cities are within a few hours distance. One can reach the Capital city Amman in 4 hours from anywhere in Jordan. Got the drift, eh?

6 – One of the 7 Modern Wonders Of The World!

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The Treasury, Petra and its caretakers!

You sure want to see all the 7 modern wonders of the world. Jordan houses Petra ruins (which includes The Treasury, Monastery, and Little Petra ). For some extra bucks you can also see Petra by night. On every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, the treasury is lit with hundreds of paper lanterns at its base.

7 – JAW DROPPING HISTORY AND ANCIENT ARCHITECHTURE

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The ancient ruins of Citadel. behind is the city of Amman perched on hills!

Everywhere you go in Petra you will see a mix of architecture styles and history so ancient, it will make your jaws drop. From Nabatean to Roman and Greek, you will see many influences on the architecture of Jordan. It’s an intriguing mix of western and eastern sensibilities. The many historical sites still standing tall after being exposed to the elements for thousands of years. They speak volumes about its culturally rich past.

8 – AMAZING PEOPLE

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A local woman making mural art pieces at Madaba

The people are friendly, cheerful and very welcoming. I have been offered help by random people on the road. The help always came with a smile. Perhaps, what helped further was that most were Bollywood fans and they made out that I was an Indian. Be it sitting with a Bedouin (a nomadic tribe) over a cuppa in his tent or interacting with a random person, each experience was friendly. It is also a very safe country to visit.

9 – MUSIC THAT STAYS WITH YOU

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He sung Arabic tunes in the ruins of Petra, adding atmosphere to it!

My mind still keeps racing back to the evening spent in the desert of Wadi Rum. It was made memorable with live music by a visually impaired magician, err, musician who played ‘Oud’ with aplomb. Next was belly dancing in the lap of luxury at Jordan Valley, Marriott near dead sea. And then there were Bedouins (Nomadic tribes) who would break in to a song and dance in the ruins of Petra, Little Petra, Jerash. These music experiences were the highlights of my trips.

10 – LUXURIOUS HOTELS, RESORTS AND SPAS

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View of Red Sea from Movenpick Resort. And oh that’s a jacuzzi above the road!

There is no dearth of luxurious stay options in Jordan. My favourite picks are the stay at the simple Evason mai’n Hot Springs done in earthy tones and Movenpick Resort and residences, Aqaba, thanks to its inimitable staff and the sweeping views of Red Sea from here.

11 – ART GALORE

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Mural wall pieces at Madaba!

Jordan is full of art. Most noticeable is the ubiquitous bottle filled with colorful sand. It is no ordinary bottle, the artist will write your name in sand through a meticulous process. The background will almost always be a camel against a setting sun. Then there is the centuries old tradition of mosaic paintings and wall hangings. These are the highlights, though the list is longer.

12 – FOLLOW THE BIBLE TRAIL

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Al Maghtas, Jesus was baptized here!

Did you know Jordan boasts of one of the most important Biblical sites? I didn’t know until I reached here. Al Maghtas, the site where Jesus was baptized is in Jordan, near the border of Israel. People from across the world come here to get baptized even today. Mount Nebo is another important site where Moses had a view of the Promised Land

13 – RED SEA TO DEAD SEA

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Me aboard a cruise on Red Sea, Aqaba. (Pic : Stuti Shrimali)

The seas of Jordan offer variety. While Red Sea had one of the bluest water I have ever seen, Dead Sea not only is visually stunning but also lets you float on water due to its high salt levels. I had a great time cruising over Red Sea and cheering my co travelers as they plunged in water for a snorkeling session or just a swim. Why did I not jump? Simply because the food cooked on board was too delicious!

14 – VEGETARIAN FOOD HEAVEN

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Mutabel with chilli paste; who needs non vegetarian food?

I am a vegetarian and sometimes dread going to foreign shores because you know why? It’s very easy in Jordan to remain a vegetarian, even a vegan! The mezzes like baba ganoush, mutable, hummus etc are not only vegetarian but are high on nutrition and low on calories. The breads are delicious, especially those topped with zattar powder. The deserts are sinfully delicious. I even tried to replicate some back home.

15  – SHOP TILL YOU DROP!

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Arabic dolls on sale!

The view from my #SoulWIndow exceeded my expectations!

NOTE : I was invited by Jordan Tourism Board to Jordan on a Press Trip

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Dead Sea; notice the salt deposits and blue – green water!

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25 thoughts on “15 Reasons Why Jordan Should Be Your Next Destination!

  1. What a unique take on it – I never really considered Jordan a honeymoon country, but you make it very appealing. Even more so because I am not going on honeymoon anytime soon and feel like I would not be surrounded (and subsequently annoyed) by too many honeymooners.
    And I love this term – border junkie 😉

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    • Thank you! It is a fab destination for honeymooners, friends and even family with kids. There is something for every one in Jordan. These days, Jordan is also emerging as the destination wedding venue. I think I am the only one who uses the term border junkie. I invented the term for myself. Or maybe, let me google, ugh! Who knows someone else is also using it, haha.

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  2. Jordan is on my Bucket list for years. Your post with pictures evem make it impossible for me to wait to explore this country. I would love to explore the famous Petra and the music of the desert. I don’t even need any reason as I am already mesmerized by everything about Jordan.

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  3. I love Jordan and it’s such a shame that like much of the Middle East it is getting bad press at the moment. The Dead Sea is incredible and whilst I would agree the country is great for a road trip, I also gave to stress that the driving is crazy there! There’s some great day spas on the Dead Sea too

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  4. Great photos as always Abhinav 🙂 I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit Petra (mostly so that I can pretend to be Indiana Jones) but it looks like there’s so much more to see in Jordan. You’ve captured it really well!

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    • Thank You Emily. Glad you liked it. Like you even I thought Jordan is all about Petra. And then I visited Jordan for a week and realized there is much much more to Jordan 🙂 Make it your next destination. Thank me later 🙂

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  5. Reasons 6,7,8,9 would do it for me! I remember seeing the mars pic on FB and it looked amazing :-). Now l know why my parents always liked to visit Jordan in the old days. Absolutely stunning. Definitely going to keep this in mind, l think l need to find some space for it on my never ending bucket list. Great images 🙂

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