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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.