Jordan is a young country dense with history, full of natural wonders, spiritual atmosphere, and historical sites. A well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, old and new. Due to its strategic location and mild climate, it has been constantly settled throughout every single period of history since 9500 BC. The multitude of civilizations in Jordan left distinct marks behind, turning it into an open museum, evidence for the rich heritage that Jordan enjoys today.
In this blessed landscape, you have great chance to be in touch with the elements of nature and to be in touch with yourself. Jordan also has many positive energy sites perfect for meditation and yoga practicing like Petra, Wadi Rum and The Dead Sea, to name a few, which have provided the stage for many of history’s most momentous dramas making it one of the best meditation tourism destinations world-wide.
Jordan is well-known for the warmth and friendliness of its people. Anywhere and everywhere you go you will always find someone to assist you. Jordanians have always been eager to open their doors and welcome visitors to experience their remarkable country.
The rock-carved rose-red city of Petra is the treasure of ancient world full of mysterious charm, hidden behind an almost impenetrable barrier of rugged mountains, boasting incomparable scenes that make it the most majestic and imposing ancient site still-standing nowadays. It has been said “perhaps there is nothing in the world that resembles it” and that it was “designed to strike wonder into all who entered it”.
Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe. Petra is undoubtedly Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction, and it is visited by tourists from all over the world.
A journey to Wadi Rum is a journey to another world. A vast, silent place, timeless and starkly beautiful. Wadi Rum which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Jordan’s main tourist attractions and one of the most stunning desertscapes in the World. Uniquely shaped massive mountains rise vertically out of the pink desert sand, which separate one dark mass from another in a magnificent desert scenery of strange breathtaking beauty, with towering cliffs of weathered stone.
It is truly majestic place where you can enjoy amazing scenery, meditate, and experience Bedouin life. Enjoy the desert when it is lit by a full moon on a clear night, or when the darkness is perforated by a million stars that you feel you can reach out and touch them. You can ride camels and follow the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climb the highest peaks or sand board across the rolling sand dunes. Explore hidden canyons by foot and discover secret messages carved in stones over 4000 years ago.
Amman is the modern and ancient capital of Jordan and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World. The seven hills of Amman are an enchanting mixture of ancient and modern. Gleaming white houses, kebab stalls and cafés are interspersed with bustling markets (known in Arabic as souqs) and the remains of civilizations and ages long past. Sunset is perhaps the best time to enjoy Amman, as the white buildings of the city seem to glow in the fading warmth of the day. The greatest charm of Amman, however, is found in the hospitality of its residents.
Amman is a safe and friendly city to walk around even very late at night, and a stroll is the best way to discover its hidden treasures. Most of Amman’s noteworthy historical sites are clustered in the downtown area, such as the Citadel and the Roman Amphitheater. Lovely turn-of-the-century villas in Rainbow Street, glamorous modern residences in Abdoun, and gaily decorated shop-fronts where colorful tiles and curving Arabic script compete with elaborate window-dressing for your attention. Amman can provide you with diverse activities and is a good base to move around Jordan as it is strategically located within the Kingdom.
The Dead Sea is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the whole world. At 423 meters (1388 foot) below sea level, it is the lowest body of water on earth, the lowest point on earth, and the world’s richest source of natural salts, hiding wonderful treasures that accumulated throughout thousands of years. A unique combination of several factors makes Dead Sea a total attraction: the spiritual atmosphere, the filtered sunrays and oxygen-rich air, the chemical composition of its water, the mineral-rich black mud along the shoreline, and the adjacent fresh water and thermal mineral springs.
The Dead Sea has evolved into a major hub of religious, health, wellness, relaxation, and meditation tourism in the region. A series of good roads, excellent hotels with spa and fitness facilities, as well as archaeological and mystical discoveries make this region as enticing to today’s international visitors as it was to kings, emperors, traders, prophets and pilgrims in antiquity.
Aqaba is warm, sunny and inviting, lined with palm trees, lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, cooled by a steady breeze, and surrounded by mountains that change in color as the sun sets. It is a microcosm of all the good things Jordan has to offer, including a fascinating history with some outstanding sites, excellent hotels and activities, superb visitor facilities, good shopping, and welcoming, friendly people, who enjoy nothing more than making sure their visitors have a good time.
For history enthusiast are sites reflecting human habitation for at least 5500 years, resulting from Aqaba’s strategic location at the junction of land and sea routes from Asia, Africa and Europe. This includes the world’s oldest church from the late 3rd century AD, the early Islamic city called Ayla, and the Aqaba Fort. Today, Aqaba has transformed into a lively city, featuring modern resorts with new international hotels, lagoon developments, marinas and waterparks.
A close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan, the ancient city of Jerash boasts as unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6500 years. The city’s golden age came under Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the World.
Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.
Beneath its external Greco-Roman veneer, Jerash also preserves a subtle blend of east and west. Its architecture, religion and languages reflect a process by which two powerful cultures meshed and coexisted, The Greco-Roman world of the Mediterranean basin and the ancient traditions of the Arab Orient.