No tour of Jordan is complete without a trip to Petra, the iconic desert city

High on the list of places you have to see in your lifetime is the Rose Red City of Petra

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The entrance through the Siq canyon is dramatic enough

A holiday to Petra won’t disappoint

A holiday in Petra is a truly remarkable experience, with many fascinating and moving sights. It is best to visit outside of summer, as between May and September the daytime temperatures are very high and Petra is extremely busy with other visitors. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time to appreciate the atmosphere of this ancient city, and the low light accentuates the beautiful rose glow of the stone.

This post will be provided as FAQs, so you will find what exactly you want to know

What is the best season to visit Petra?

The springtime is one of the best times to visit Petra, as the temperatures are milder yet still pleasantly warm, and there is not much rain. In March,

Temperature still relatively cool, hovering between about 18°C (64°F) during the day and getting down to about 6°C (49°F) overnight — so be sure to bring some warmer clothes for the evenings and frosty mornings. You can also expect there to be a little bit of rain lingering in March (however it is unlikely to disrupt your holiday), although by April the amount of rain is much less, and the average temperature increase to a high of about 24°C (75°F), dropping to about 10°C (50°F) overnight.

Temperature continue increasing during May, with a warm average daytime temperature of 28°C (82°F) and overnight lows of about 12°C (53°F). As summer draws near, rainfall is even less during May and it is very unusual for your plans to be interrupted by rain. The skies tend to be a beautiful blue, and there are wildflowers dotted around the landscape, which are great for photographs and views.

How many days do you need for Petra?

The Petra Archaeological Park is a huge 2,640 acres, and you could easily spend weeks exploring the complex, however one day in Petra is perfect to see the main sights! However In order to really appreciate its size and splendours, it is recommended to spend at least two days at Petra. This will allow you not only to take in the major sites such as the Treasury, Monastery and Royal Tombs, but also to explore the less popular trails at your leisure.
 

Where to eat Near Petra ?

Start your day early with a hearty breakfast from your hotel, most hotels include breakfast for guests and other breakfast options in Wadi Musa are limited. For dinner and/or drinks in the evening, you can’t beat the Cave Bar at the Petra Guest House Hotel, right outside the Petra main entrance gate. The Cave Bar is a really cool bar and restaurant set inside an actual cave, with cute booths built into the cave walls, beautiful traditional décor, and tasty food and drinks!

Is Petra worth visiting?

Petra is one of the seven wonders, and one of the most beautiful archeological places in the world, so do not miss the opportunity to visit.. To answer your question in a word, YES! Is Petra worth it – Absolutely; the most extraordinary place.

Does it worht attending Petra by night ?

For a different perspective on Petra, you may like to visit Petra at Night. Petra by night is offered three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It starts at 8:30 pm, the time at which they open the entrance gates. Petra by night costs 17 JOD or 24 USD, although children under 10 years old are free.

In order to purchase a ticket, you must have already acquired a valid day time ticket. There are unlimited number of Petra by night tickets so advanced reservations are not necessary. However, it is recommended that you purchase your Petra by night tickets at some point during the day to avoid long line ups or any delay in entering Petra.

Petra by night involves a 2.4 km (1.5 mile) walk from the entrance of Petra to the Treasury. Once you arrive, you sit on mats, are served tea and listen to live music – “the show”. Once that is over, you walk back the exact way you came. You do not go beyond the Treasury and explore more of Petra. That is only allowed during the day.

Where should I stay when visiting Petra?

A whole town – Wadi Musa – has grown up to cater for visitors coming to Petra. The town has hotels of all types and budgets, which start right next to the entrance and stretch up into the hills, as well as plenty of places to eat and souvenir shops.

How long is the Petra walk?

The walk from the entrance of Petra to the Treasury (the iconic facade that is the highlight on a visit to Petra), is 2 km long, or just over one mile. If you walk fast, you can get to the Treasury in 20 minutes. If you slow down, enjoy the views, and take lots of photos, it can take at least 30 minutes.

Can I go inside Petra?

If you mean to get inside the Treasury, then – No, you can’t go inside the Treasury, There’s nothing to see. It’s just an empty chamber. The Nabataeans, who carved the ancient city of Petra into the cliffs in the 1st century AD, were much more focused on the facade.

Are there toilets at Petra?

Yes. There are toilets at the Visitor Center when you arrive and then more throughout the site. make sure to check their location on the site map.

How do you get from Petra to Jerusalem?

One day tours from Jerusalem to Petra are available daily , You need to book transfer from Jerusalem to Eilat. You then cross into Jordan via Araba Border Crossing and we will arrange your trip to Petra.

Does anyone live at Petra?

Few Bedouins still live inside the historic site of Petra, though after being designated a World Heritage site in 1985, UNESCO and the Jordanian government began to relocate Bedouins from Petra–some decided stayed.

Why was the ancient city of Petra abandoned?

Romans would invade Petra in 106 A.D., and ultimately forced the Nabateans to surrender. The Roman Empire annexed the newly gained territory and changed its name to Arabia Petraea.
They continued to rule over the city for more than 250 years until the middle of the fourth century A.D., when an earthquake destroyed many of its buildings. The Byzantines eventually took control of the region, and governed Petra for some 300 years.
By the beginning of the eighth century A.D., Petra was largely abandoned and no longer a significant location commercially, politically and/or culturally.
After the eighth century, when Petra was largely abandoned as a trading center, its stone structures were used for shelter by nomadic shepherds for several centuries. Then, in 1812, the unique ruins of Petra were “discovered” by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

Are they still excavating Petra?

Architectural remains now visible at Petra indicate a thriving city, however, despite almost 100 years of excavation, only one-percent of the city been investigated. Therefore – Yes , Petra still under excavation.

Is Petra safe for tourists?

Currently, there are no travel warnings against Petra. Neither the US State Department nor the British Foreign Office has issue travel advice against visiting anywhere in the vicinity of Petra.

What religion is Petra /Nabateans ?

NABATEAN RELIGION . The scholarly consensus is that the Nabateans, whose kingdom flourished from about 400 bce to 106 ce and whose capital was Petra in Jordan, were in part the descendants of the earlier inhabitants of southern Jordan, though apparently ruled by a dynasty of north Arabian background.

Is the Holy Grail in Petra?

The Holy Grail Temple, also known as the Temple of the Sun, is actually Al-Khazneh (Arabic: “The Treasury”) and is located in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. They call Petra also the Lost City because a Swiss scholar found it in 1812 after it was forgotten for centuries.

What does the word Petra mean?

 “Stone or “Rock”
Petra is a feminine given name. It is a feminine form of Peter, which is derived from the Greek word “πέτρα” (pronounced [ˈpetra]) meaning “stone, rock“.

Why is Petra one of the seven wonders?

The ancient city of Petra in Jordan became one of the 7 New Wonders of the World when it was chosen in 2007 by a vote of 100 million people. The city’s carved rose-red sandstone rock facades, tombs, and temples became known around the world with its appearance in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade in 1989.

How many tombs in Petra ?

There are more than 1000 tombs in Petra: The carved tombs in Petra are well detained and beautiful. One of them is the iconic Urn Tomb. This tomb was carved into the façade of the mountain overlooking the rest of the city.
These tombs are said to be the resting place of the noble from the Nabatean tribe. The tombs were carved between the 1st and 2nd centuries.
They also represented the wealth and status of the Nabatean elite. The tombs are huge and richly decorated. Later after they left, Christians built churches alongside the tombs.

Is Petra as same as it was built by the Nabateans?

Most of the buildings in Petra were destroyed by an earthquake in A.D. 363. This led to the decline of the popularity and prosperity of the city.
Another disaster that destroyed the city was flood water. Several flash floods saw the destruction of several structures and loss of life.
But in 1960, the Jordanian government restored the neglected dams that were built by the Nabateans.

Recommendations

  • Wear closed-toe, comfortable, and reasonably athletic shoes. Running shoes is be enough. Hiking shoes would be better but not necessary to enjoy the hike.
  • Walking sticks would be helpful. It is a gentle slope going to the Treasury, and an uphill walk on the return. The path is mostly level and unobstructed, but it is not perfect and it is dark. Walking sticks would provide a bit more balance.
  • Bring water flask !
  • It is approximately 2.4 km or 1.5 mile walk EACH way. The walk is not difficult, although the return walk is all uphill (along a gentle slope), but it is long. You need to be in reasonable shape to do this walk.
  • You should arrive early to Petra Jordan. There was very little shade and the afternoon sun was very hot. Also, there are less crowds earlier in the day. Passengers from cruise ships docking in the Red Sea in Aqaba, approximately 2 1/2 hours away, may arrive late morning.
  • Like any place that is hot and sunny, you should wear a hat or scarf and put on lots of sunscreen.
  • Consider hiring a guide who can help explain the significance of everything within the sprawling city.
  • Sadly, you cannot go inside the Treasury — and will get a serious telling-off if you try!
  • Do not venture off the main trail alone. In order to ensure your safety, please explore only designated trails and arrange for a guide to take you along any of the other trails. You must have a guide for the guided trails.
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