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Jordan Expedition 2017

  • Date: 25th November 2017 – 2nd December 2017
  • No of Participants: 25
  • Drive on Dead Sea Highway
  • Drive to reach Lowest point on Earth
  • Drive thorugh the ruins of Petra and Wadi Rum
  • Overview
  • Participants

Here’s how we started our love affair with timeless Jordan, a country that is steeped in majestic ancient monuments, stunning landscapes and sacred history.

After carefully curating the perfect itinerary for a drive in Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, we embarked on the great adventure with 27 participants, including the most adorable 2.9 year old kid, Ariana.

While Jordan is known for the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, carved from rock over 2000 years ago, which is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, we took our time to explore the best of what this country has to offer. From the rocky desert of Wadi Rum to the drive to the lowest point on Earth – Dead Sea, our Jordan expedition was full of fun, food, uncountable photos and desert sand.

The expedition officially began from the capital of Jordan, Amman. What followed after the initial greetings was a night of endless laughter, intense conversations and a few too many drinks to help break the ice. The  next day, we excitedly took charge of our specially arranged 4*4 and got exploring. We visited Madaba, City of Mosaics and Mount Nebo, which is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan. We ended our day with a stay in Feynan EcoLodge, which is hailed as one of the top eco lodges in the world by National Geographic Traveler. This idyllic candle-lit lodge which was set deep in the heart of the mountainous Dana Biosphere Reserve, at the end of a rugged track, provided us all with some much needed peace and quiet.

Next day, we continued our drive to the moon like landscape of Wadi Rum Desert. Wadi Rum is the world’s richest and largest archaeological site set in a spectacular red sandstone landscape. Here everyone got a chance to drive in the desert for the first time. The vehicles constantly getting struck in the sand made the drive more challenging. Being well aware how most of our favourite films like Indiana Jones to Red Planet to The Martian are shot here amidst the vibrant desert of Wadi Rum, we all took turns to pose like an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars (recreating the poster from The Martian).

While the day was dusty and dramatic, it was the night that left us all in awe as we witnessed the magic of blazing shooting stars. We tested our photography skills to capture the night sky before resting in our Bedouin style camps.

One of the highlight on this expedition was our lunches. We had a team who were driving 1 hour ahead of us and arrange picnic style lunches for us all. One time we had lunch in a gorge and another time overlooking the spectacular desert valley. This was also the first expedition where we didn’t have to open any of the packed Indian food that we took with us, despite having 10 vegetarian members. The food in Jordan was so good that we didn’t miss Indian food at all!

Next up was the much awaited visit to the lost city of Petra. Pick any travellers bucket list and we can assure you that Petra will be on the list. It was our time to tick this one of the 7 new wonders of the world out of our bucket list. After experiencing Petra by the night and during the day, we believe that there is nothing quite like seeing Petra lit by candles, moon and stars.

After satisfying the historian in us, it was time to relax, renew and refresh ourselves as we slather the Dead Sea mud on us. We drove through the Dead Sea highway parts of which are 350 metres below sea level. We witnessed remarkable scenery to reach the shores of Dead Sea making it the lowest point on earth!

Now who doesn’t want the odd feeling of floating without any effort at all? We certainly had a great time defying gravity in the mineral-rich waters of Dead Sea that has so far managed to lure in the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra to Brangelina, and Nicole Kidman! Oh and we also posed for the obligatory reading-while-floating photos for our Instagram feed.

Jordan hasn’t been less than a paradise for us with warm and welcoming people, history, nature, beautiful sites and delicious food! Jordan has been the end of our 2017 expedition calendar and the start of many life-long friendships and ofcourse unforgettable memories.

Mrs. Ridhima Jain

Name – Mrs. Ridhima Jain
City – Mumbai, India
Profession – Entrepreneur
3 Travel essentials – Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Perfume
5 Places in your Bucket List – Leh and Ladhak, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Greece
Fav Music – Bollywood
Celebrity Travel Partner – Salman Khan

 


Mr. Rajat Asawa

Name – Mr. Rajat Asawa
City – Mumbai, India
Profession – Entrepreneur
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Leh
3 Travel essentials – Sunglasses, Music, Lots of food
5 Places in your Bucket List – Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Vegas, Rome
Fav Music – Hip Hop
Celebrity Travel Partner – Scarlett Johansson

 


Kinjal Dilip Trivedi

Name – Mrs. Shaka Bhat
City – Mumbai, India
Profession – Business woman
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Ladakh
3 Travel essentials – lip balm, toilet roll and food.
5 Places in your Bucket List – Greece, South Africa, Spain, Philippines,Turkey.
Fav Music – Soft/light Music. English and Hindi Both
Celebrity Travel Partner – Milind Soman

 


Dr. Abhijit Deo

Name – Dr. Abhijit Deo
City – Nagpur, India
Profession – Orthopaedic surgeon
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Ladakh
3 Travel essentials – Camera
5 Places in your Bucket List – Entire coastal India, ancient India, forests in India,
Fav Music – The Beatles
Celebrity Travel Partner – Scarlett Johansson

 


Mr. Buddhi Sagar

Name – Mr. Buddhi Sagar Saligrama Thammaiah
City – Mysore, India
Profession – Business
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Mysore to kanyakumari
3 Travel essentials – Good food, Good car and Good Stay
5 Places in your Bucket List – Bolivia, Great canyon, Vancouver, Queenstown & South Africa
Fav Music – Hindi music
Celebrity Travel Partner – Tiger Woods

 


Mr. Karan Khanna

Name – Mr. Karan Khanna
City – Ludhiana, India
Profession – Business
Ever been on a Road Trip – No
3 Travel essentials – Backpack,music,sunglasses etc
5 Places in your Bucket List – Russia , Scandinavian countries,Canada or USA road trip
Fav Music – Rock music and sometime unplugged or fusion music
Celebrity Travel Partner – Baadshah

 


Krutesh Shah

Name – Mr. Krutesh Rajendrabhai Shah
City – VADODARA, India
Profession – Doctor
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Mauritius / Dubai
3 Travel essentials – Europe / African Safari / USA
5 Places in your Bucket List – Yes. Alaska , Australia, Newzealand, African Safari, Scandinavian
Fav Music – Garba
Celebrity Travel Partner – Amitabh Bachhan

 


Mr. Vijay Shreyans

Name – Mr. Vijay Shreyans
City – Mumbai, India
Profession – Artist
Ever been on a Road Trip – NO
3 Travel essentials – Innerwear, Perfume, Music
5 Places in your Bucket List – Antarctica, Brazil, Montenegro, Israel, Russia
Fav Music – Punjabi
Celebrity Travel Partner – Neil Patrick Harris because he is the best Wing Man 🙂

 


Mr. Anil Relia

Name – Mr. Anil Relia
City – Ahmedabad, India
Profession – Artist
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Rajasthan
3 Travel essentials – Good company, Good company, Good company
5 Places in your Bucket List – USA by road
Fav Music – Osho
Celebrity Travel Partner – Any Artist Friend

 


Mrs. Tanuja Anil Relia

Name – Mrs. Tanuja Anil Relia
City – Ahmedabad, India
Profession – Home Maker
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Rajasthan
3 Travel essentials – Good music, Good food, Good company
5 Places in your Bucket List – Alaska, Greece, Africa
Fav Music – Retro Hindi songs
Celebrity Travel Partner – My husband

 


Mr. Mahendrakumar Maneklal Patel

Name – Mr. Mahendrakumar Maneklal Patel
City – Ahmedabad, India
Profession – Civil Engineer, Real estate Developer
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, bicycle trip from Gujrat to Rajasthan
3 Travel essentials – My coffee mug, folding Table, flask
5 Places in your Bucket List – Crossing Africa Cairo to Cape Town, Ahmedabad Kanyakumari- No Hotels
Fav Music – Old Bollywood songs
Celebrity Travel Partner – Gul Panag

 


Mrs. Shobhanaben Mahendrabhai Patel

Name – Mrs. Shobhanaben Mahendrabhai Patel
City – Ahmedabad, India
Profession – Home Maker
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Ahmedabad to Goa in Maruti van
3 Travel essentials – Gujarati snakes Music
5 Places in your Bucket List – Kashmir, Goa in monsoon, New Zealand
Fav Music – Old Bollywood songs
Celebrity Travel Partner – Narendra Modi

 


Dr. Kavita Singh

Name – Dr. Kavita Singh
City – Delhi, India
Profession – Doctor now pursuing healthcare product development
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Ahmedabad to Goa in Maruti van
3 Travel essentials – Music, snacks and my specs
5 Places in your Bucket List – New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Egypt, Ireland, Hawaii
Fav Music – Bollywood hits

 


Miss Ariana Asawa

Name – Miss Ariana Asawa
City – Mumbai, India

 


Mr. Ashish Kalode

Name – Mr. Ashish Kalode

 


Ms. Pritha Pal

Name – Ms. Pritha Pal

 


Name – Mr. Krishnamurthy Sanjay Sivapooja
City – Mysuru, India
Profession – Chartered Accountant
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes, Leh-Ladakh
3 Travel essentials – Mobile phone with GPS, Drinking water, First Aid kit
Fav Music – Fusion
5 Places in your Bucket List – South Africa, Vietnam, Machhu Picchu, Peru, AntarticaBurma
Celebrity Travel Partner –  Tom Cruise

 


Name – Ms. Rina Bhansali
City – London, UK
Profession – Retail
Ever been on a Road Trip – Yes
3 Travel essentials – an open mind, music and camera
Fav Music – music everyone can sing along to!
5 Places in your Bucket List – Mongolia, South America (Patagonia to the Galapagos), Ankgkor Wat, New

Zealand, Mount Kailash and Mansarovar

Celebrity Travel Partner – the only real ones out there, Tushar and Sanjay!

 


Name – Mr. Sridhar Pallikondan Krishnamurthy
City – Mysore, India
Profession – Business
Ever been on a Road Trip – No
3 Travel essentials – Camera, Sneakers, Water
5 Places in your Bucket List – Spain, France, North pole, Iceland, Norway
Fav Music – Light and trance
Celebrity Travel Partner – Michael schumaker

 


Name -Mr. Sambath Kumar Damodaran

 


Name – Mr.Koushik Adithyan

 


Name – Mr. Rudra Prasad Biswas

 


Name – Mr. Madhusdan Prakash Bungale

 


Name – Mr. Shashidhar Bangalore Sathyanarayan

 


Name – Mr. Raghavan Narayana

 


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