Listedas one of the 10 most coveted destinations in the world, Jordan is perched pretty atop the bucket list of most road trippers the world over. 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 following morning signalled 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 under the starlit sky of Wadi Rum, we continued the next morning to explore 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. 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.
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 making it the lowest point on Earth.With the keys to the coveted Land Cruisers handed back upon reaching the destination, our merry bunch retired for the day.
On our last morning in Jordan, we grabbed some therapeutic mud that lines the banks of the Dead Sea, smeared it on your body and waded into the intense blue water.The rest will be taken care off by this natural wonder as you realise it’s possible to defy gravity and float in the Dead Sea without needing to know how to swim!
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.