Some two thousand years ago, the Nabataeans (Arabian People) carved Petra out of rocks. In ancient times, this city carried out trade of spices and silk with countries like India, China, Egypt, Rome, and Greece. The entry to the city is through Siq and after reaching Siq, with the first glimpse of the Al-Khazneh (treasury), you come to know why this city is called the treasure of Jordan.
For Christians, this region inspires their faith. This is the place where God first spoke to Man. It is the Holy Land where God gave his Ten Commandments to Moses, where Job suffered and was rewarded for his faith, where Jacob wrestled with the angel of God, and where Jesus was baptized by John.In the Book of Genesis, God refers to the Jordan River Valley around the Dead Sea as the “Garden of the Lord,” and it is believed to be the location of the Garden of Eden.The infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and many other places were the subjects of dramatic and enduring Old Testament stories, including that of Lot, whose wife turned into a pillar of salt for disobeying God’s will.Twelve hundred years after the death of Moses, the Bible claims that John the Baptist preached and baptized in a place called Bethany Beyond the Jordan. This place has now been identified as Tall Al-Kharrar and Elijah’s Hill.
Amman is the capital city of Jordan. It is a breathtaking city, a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern world which is located in between the fertile Jordan Valley and the dessert. It is quite amazing to see ultra-modern buildings, art galleries, smart restaurants, and hotels in the commercial zone of the city which co-exist with traditional coffee shops. The traditional heritage which gives glimpses of the older past is still kept intact. Most of the population of Jordan lives in Amman due to its prosperity and favorable climate. The people of Amman are well-educated and extremely hospitable. They are good hosts and enthusiastically take tourists around their colorful city.
After Petra, Jerash is the most sought-after place in Jordan. It is an ancient city with a history of more than 6,500 years. In 63 BC, it was conquered by General Pompey and from then, Romans ruled this city. This city is an example of the Roman urbanization comprising of colonnaded and paved streets, beautiful hill temples at the hill tops, Plazas, public squares, and fountains. The city is surrounded by wall with beautifully built towers and gates. For years, this city was buried under the sand and has come to existence only 70 years ago after excavation. Every year in July, the Jerash festival is celebrated. This festival turns the ancient city of Jerash into a lively place.
Wadi Rum is located to the south of Jordan and tourists from all parts of the world get attracted to its natural and breathtaking beauty. This city is a part of semi-desert region and is developing on the lines of Petra. Hotels or transport facilities are not available and it is just 30 kilometers away from the main road