An oasis of calm, packed with incomparable vintage appeal; Jordan will leave you absolutely awestruck.
Listedas one of the 10 most coveted destinations for the year 2019 by the globally-renowned travel publishers, Lonely Planet – Jordan is perched pretty atop the bucket list of most road trippers the world over, and deservedly so.
Our road trip to this gorgeous destination in the November of 2019 was nothing short of pure magic and unadulterated fun!
We began our incredible journey in the spectacular capital city of Amman. With a full day at our disposal, we had ample opportunity to discover this Middle Eastern gem of a city.
The wonderfully domineering Citadel, the spectacular Roman ruins which include a colossal amphitheatre, fascinating museums along with numerous souks and beautiful cafes and boutique stores; Amman had something that appealed to each one of us.Having stuffed ourselves with ‘the best’ falafel and hummus, we ended our day here on a sweetly decadent note by indulging in some mouth-watering desert.
The following morning signaled an adventure which had everyone utterly excited. Post a quick yet informative briefing session, we were given charge of our specially arranged Land Cruisers – locked and loaded for a thrilling escapade.
Cruising on the King’s Highway, which was unquestionably one of the most scenic and historic roads any of us had ever witnessed, as our magnificent automobiles serenaded its vintage slopes was truly an experience to remember.
After a night of blissful relaxation, we continued the next morning towards the ‘Valley of the Moon’ – Wadi Rum Desert. Described in the classic motion picture Lawrence of Arabia as a “vast, echoing and moon like landscape”, Wadi Rum is a Hollywood favourite. Wildly popular films like The Last Days on Mars, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Martian have been shot here, amidst others. Staying true to the tradition, we too decided it was time to pose like an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on the red planet.
During our two days of glamping in this gorgeous location, we all took turns to drive around and take in the beauty of the striking red sandstone terrain while thoroughly enjoying picture-perfect sunrise and sunset scenes.
The ancient, lost city of Petra was where we were headed next. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and a most-beloved UNESCO Heritage Site, Petra was the creation of the industrious Nabataeans. The breath-taking hand-carved architecture of the ‘Rose City’ recounts the tale of a lost civilization in the most poetic manner possible.
A delightfully exceptional and unforgettable place, we made sure we explored Petra twice. It was a sheer pleasure to tour it the second time at night, as it stood in the image of quiet elegance, illuminated by the brilliance of 1,500 candles, the moon and the stars.
After having explored celebrated architectural structures to our heart’s content, we hit the road for the last time to reach our final destination – the Dead Sea. Driving through the Dead Sea Highway, parts of which are approximately 350 metres below sea level, offered us a glimpse at some remarkable panoramas. Sometimes all it takes to reach a new high is to dive low, which in this case was exactly the lowest point on earth.
Continuing our journey onward, we took a detour and made our way to Mount Nebo, the site of Moses’ tomb. Sweeping views of the holy land greeted us at this popular pilgrimage spot, which to our delight also played host to one of the most exquisite sunsets in Jordan.
With the keys to the coveted Land Cruisers handed back upon reaching the destination, our merry bunch retired for the day. The subsequent morning brought with it the opportunity to enjoy some highly-deserved rest and relaxation.
All you need to do is grab a handful of the famously therapeutic mud that lines the banks of the Dead Sea, smear it on your body and wade into the intense blue water; the rest will be taken care off by this natural wonder as you realize it’s possible to defy gravity and float herein without needing to know how to swim!
It was intensely dream like for one and all amongst us to be bobbing on top of the water, and posing for shots à la Instagram celebrities.
Our last day in Jordan was a happy blend of warm laughter, ardent conversations and overflowing bubbly as the members of the convoy were handed their certificates of participation. This outstanding quest had been successfully completed, and we all were ecstatic to have been a part of it.
Jordan was many things for us, but most significantly it became a treasured memory that had earned a place in the fondest corners of our hearts.