Welcome back to the final part on my Adventure Trips series on my travel across Egypt .In my earlier posts of Egypt we explored
(1) A Land Where Beauty Never Fades
(2) Egypt Travel Tours
Today I will continue to the cities of ASWAN ending in SANAI
This is Egypt's third largest city located at the foot of the Nile near Lake Nasser. It is known for its local holiday shopping and fresh spices. Many cruise boats bring in visitors to stop over for a while. The city is filled with temples and monasteries to visit. Abu Simbel- It consists of two rock-cut temples built by Ramesses II in honor of himself during 1290-1223 BC.
When the Aswan Dam was being built in 1960's , many countries of UNESCO collectively helped save the temple from drowning in the waters of lake Nasser by breaking the parts and bringing it up 65 meters to a higher ground and reconstructing the entire temple, piece by piece to restore it to its original glory. It took 4 years to complete the rescue operation!
Other attractions include the Nubian Museum and the Unfinished Obelisk which was abandoned due to some flaws during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. It would have been the heaviest obelisk of Ancient Egypt, had it been completed.
Sinai is of historical, archeological and religious importance to many cultures. It formed a pilgrim route for many in the ancient times. Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. The Red Sea Riviera consists of the coastal towns along the Red sea beginning from the Gulf of Suez. And the famous towns of Taba, Nuweiba, Dahab and Sharm-El-Sheikh fall in the Sinai region.
Tourism flourishes here with beautiful hotels, resorts and restaurants. The lazy beaches, turquoise blue sea and the therapeutic mud and sand attract visitors in plenty to soak in the sun and surf. Deep sea diving and snorkeling are popular sports here. The magnificent coral reefs and crystal clear waters are a perfect haven for amateurs and professionals. Hurghada, Safaga, Marsa Alam, Al-Qusseir, and Bernice are some of the other popular towns.
situated on the Western Desert offer a unique experience of witnessing their geographical beauty and observing the people, their culture and lifestyle. The most famous Egyptian Oasis' are Baharia, Dakhla, Siwa, Kharga and Farfara Oasis.
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Travel Tips For Egypt
TRAVEL TIPS WHILE IN EGYPT
Drinking Water- Always drink bottled water and carry lots of it. Tap water is only for bathing and washing. Bottled water is cheaper at the shops than on the cruise boats or hotels.Guides- Availing a guide through the hotel could work out a lot cheaper than from the local touts. None of the so called guides at any of the monuments have been employed by the government. They are all freelancing and may not always guarantee credible information.
Groups usually have packages with an Egyptologist included. You may also take help from the hotel you stay in. Going in a group can be fun, safe and have most of the inclusions except tips.
Hot and dry summers with high humidity along the coastal areas calls for heavy sun protection. Sand storms are common between March- April. October - Feb are the most pleasant months for a visit.
Clothing- Wear light and absorbent clothing. Sunhats and scarves serve to protect your head from the strong sun. Dress modestly especially when visiting the monuments and religious places. Women must avoid sleeveless clothing and shorts/ short skirts. Being an Islamic country, certain norms and practices must be accepted and respected. Trousers are best for monuments that involve climbing steep stairways.
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Transport- Travel is best arranged through the hotel/ tour operator. The Rail system is good but very crowded. Road transport can be arranged. Taxis may not all be licensed so follow the color coded license plates. If you hire a felucca on the Nile, make sure you get a good captain so that you don't get taken for a 'ride'! The Nile cruises organized through the hotel or tour operator are the best.
Security- Entry to most places would involve heavy security checks because of the recent unrest in the region. Be patient and prepared for these delays.Baksheesh is sought by anyone who even poses for a photograph with you. So be prepared to be asked for tips. 'La Shukran' means "No, Thank you" and should be used every time someone tries to sell you something or asks for an uncalled for tip.
Carry a basic medical kit with pills for headaches, stomach problems, eye drops, etc.Carry Egyptian Pounds separately so that you don't have hawkers and peddlers looking into your collection of credit cards and foreign currency and charging you more!
A pocket flashlight helps inside stairs and passageways of some monuments which depend solely on natural light.