Jordan, officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom, is an Arab nation covered with mountains, deserts, nature reserves and oceans. It is one of the most fascinating countries in the Middle East and one of the safest. As a tourist in Jordan, you have a plethora of things to indulge in. A small country by size, there is so much variety in Jordan that every single day spent in this beautiful country will reward you with new experiences. Jordan is located right in the middle of a conflict zone sharing borders with Saudi Arabia in the south and the east, Iraq in the north-east, Syria in the north and Israel and Palestine in the west. However, tours to Jordan are still extremely popular amongst holidaymakers who continue to flock to Jordan for several reasons. Most tourists in Jordan spend around 7-10 days exploring this Arab country. A Jordan tour normally starts with a flight to Amman, the capital of Jordan from where you can easily travel around the country by road. It is also possible for tourists in Jordan to rent a self-drive car at the airport and explore the country on their own. A typical Jordan trip consists a couple of days stopover in Amman before going on a road trip to Wadi Rum followed by a visit to the ancient ruins of Petra and finally concluding the trip at a resort in the Dead Sea.
The best time to go on a road trip to Jordan is spring or autumn from September to November or between March and May. During these months, days are pleasant and evenings are cool which will make your Jordan trip very comfortable. As an Indian tourist in Jordan, you can also get a 30-day tourist visa on arrival at the airport but unfortunately for Indian tourist in Jordan, there are no direct flights available to Amman from any city in India, at least not as of now. But many middle eastern airlines can help you start your Jordan trip with one stopover in their country such as Air Arabia, Kuwait Airways, Emirates etc. But before you start your road trip in Jordan, make sure you have a proper budget to meet all your expenses in this country. Jordan is an expensive country and everything from meals, accommodation and entry tickets to tourist places are higher compared to many other countries. So when you plan your Jordan tour, make sure you consider your budget carefully.
Start you Jordan tour from Amman, the capital and the largest city of Jordan. It is a modern city with a lot of ancient ruins scattered all around the city. As the economic, political and commercial hub of the country, Amman is the ideal place to start your road trip in Jordan. Most tourists in Jordan spend a few days exploring this beautiful city and whether your interest lies in art, food, history or culture, Amman has everything to offer. Amman Citadel is one of the most popular tourist sites in Jordan. A historical site located in the centre of downtown, the Amman Citadel sits on Jabal Al Qal’a, one of the seven hills that originally made up Amman. This citadel is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited places, and it has a long history of occupation by many great civilisations such as the Romans and Byzantines.
The most popular place to visit near Amman is the city of Jerash located just 30 miles north of Amman. Jerash is famous for its Roman ruins. This archaeological site is popular for tourists in Jordan, second only to Petra. Jerash is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East and is a popular destination to witness and experience the majesty of Roman architecture, marvel at well-preserved mosaics and carvings, and to see full-speed horse-drawn chariot races. If there is just one thing that you must do in Amman, it is without a doubt a visit to the ancient ruins of Jerash.
Start your road trip in Jordan by driving south from Amman towards Wadi Rum. En route, visit the breath-taking canyon of Wadi Al Hasa. It is the longest and the most beautiful Wadi in Jordan and considered to be Jordan’s natural water park. Since you are taking the road towards Wadi Rum, you will be one of the very few tourists in Jordan who will be able to explore those parts of Jordan which are not on the tourist map. As you continue exploring Wadi Al Hasa, you will find warm springs and hidden pools as the Wadi finds its way to the Dead Sea. Continue your road trip in Jordan and reach your Bedouin-style tents in the red desert of Wadi Rum.
Wadi Rum, also known as Valley of the Moon lies in the far south of Jordan, set on a high plateau at the western edge of the Arabian desert. It is a valley cut into sandstone and granite rock. Wadi Rum is famous among tourists in Jordan for its stunning desert landscape, spectacular sandstone mountains, desert valleys, canyons, sand dunes and natural rock bridges. If there is any place on earth that looks like planet Mars, it is Wadi Rum. For this reason, this otherworldly landscape has been used as a filming location for a lot of Hollywood and Bollywood films such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Prometheus’, ‘The Martian’, ‘Transformers’, ‘Aladdin’ and many other movies. Whether you are on a road trip in Jordan or travelling as a tourist in a chauffeur-driven car, spend a full day exploring the beauty of Wadi Rum. Try your off-road driving skills on the dunes with an expert guide along the southern border of Wadi Rum and explore the hidden gems of this landscape including the natural rock bridges and incredible sculptures. One of the most popular activities for anyone on a Jordan trip is to ride a camel through the very dramatic landscape in Wadi Rum. End your evening gazing at the million stars as you witness the magic of a beautiful desert sunset. Wadi Rum is one of the most popular places for anyone who is on a Jordan tour and we strongly recommend that you visit this beautiful part of Jordan atleast once in your lifetime.
If there is one reason for anyone to go on a Jordan tour, it is simply to visit the lost city of Petra which is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a symbol of Jordan. Without a doubt, Petra is the most-visited tourist attraction in Jordan. It is a world-famous archaeological site in Jordan’s southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Petra is full of ancient tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs which has also earned it the nickname of “Rose City.” The most famous structure in Petra is the Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade, and known as The Treasury. You may recall seeing the giant façade of the Treasury in the famous Hollywood movie ‘Indiana Jones’. Even though most tourists in Jordan exploring Petra during the day, but Petra by Night is pure magic. After spending an entire day exploring Petra, if you still have energy left, we recommend that you go back into this lost city at night to experience “Petra by Night”. Experience the magic, mystery and dramatic scenes of Petra by Night as you stroll down the Siq to the Treasury, lit with over 1500 candles, with the traditional Jordanian music played by the local Bedouins in the background.
After having stepped back in time in the lost city of Petra, it is time to hit the road again as you continue your Jordan road trip. You have already witnessed the magic of Wadi Rum and seen the wonders of Petra. It is now time to experience the natural phenomena by floating in the waters of the Dead Sea. Today, you will drive on the Dead Sea highway which can go down to 1200 feet below sea level also making it the lowest point on earth. You will witness remarkable scenery as you climb the mountains taking the famous King Hussein Highway famously known as the King’s Way on your way to the Dead Sea.
As you continue your road trip in Jordan towards the Dead Sea, take a short detour to visit Mount Nebo, the site of Moses’ tomb. Located on top of a hill, Mount Nebo is a popular pilgrimage site, with an excavated fourth-century church, small museumand views of the Jordan Valley. You can also see the Dead Sea far ahead below you and on a clear day, it is also possible to see the land of Israel far ahead in the distance. After visiting this holy place, continue driving towards the Dead Sea and check into a resort located on the shores of the sea. After a well-deserved rest, do what every tourist in Jordan does i.e. experience floating in the extremely salty waters of the Dead Sea. Isn’t it amazing that you are at the lowest point on earth and about to float in the waters of the Dead Sea, which truly is a natural wonder? The Dead Sea makes you float in its water because it has a huge salt content (33%), because of which no life can survive in these waters and it is also almost impossible to sink in it.
Conclude your Jordan trip by floating in the waters of the Dead Sea but be very careful not to sink your head in the water. If the water enters your eyes or mouth, it will sting a lot and the impact of the salt can irritate you for many hours. Relax and go back home smiling after having done a road trip in Jordan, one of the most remarkable countries in the world.