5 Must-Visit Sites When Touring Jerash City

Posted on 14 January 2019 (0)

The city of Jerash is without any doubt one of the dream destinations of many tourists. Located north of the Jordanian Capital Amman, Jerash city homes the ruins of the ancient cities, which dates back to the ancient civilization. The ruins depict the ingenious architecture and advanced engineering concepts during the Bronze Age. Jerash city offers a variety of tourism activities to both local and visiting tourists. If you wish to learn more about the Jordanian culture and ancient civilization, then the following five sites are your go-to places.

Hippodrome: This is a massive arena with a capacity of 15,000 spectators. The Arena hosts some sporting events, with the chariot races being the most common. The reenactment of the early days sporting event, gladiator battles, military drills, and chariot races take place twice a day. Therefore, passing by the Hippodrome guarantees you an opportunity on learning more about the Roman rule in Jordan.

Jerash Archeology Museum: Situated above the Southern end of the Roman Cardo, the Archeology Museum is among the tourists favorite. The museum houses a collection of jewelry samples and mosaic which have been painstakingly excavated from the city’s archeological sites. The official hours of the museum are 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, but this changes depending on seasons and religious months. So make an effort of visiting the museum to learn more about daily life in the Bronze Age.     

Forum: This oval-shaped plaza in the city center is among Jerash’s undisputed highlights. This amazing 90m long and 80m wide space links the Cardo Maximus with the Zeus Temple. The shadows of the 56 iconic limestone columns create a vortex of shades with a spectacular view. To enjoy the beauty of the Forum, you can always climb on top of the Zeus Temple.    

Temple of Artemis: Standing tall beyond the Corinthian Pillars, the Temple of Artemis gives a suggestive perspective of the Roman Ruins. The ruins depict the influence of the Romans in the area. You can learn and interact with locals or visitors from different backgrounds. You can take photos in different scenic sites within the temple.

Nymphaeum: Sitting on the Western side of the Roman Cardo, the two-story structure remains one of the most loved Roman ruins in the city. The ancient Roman architects meticulously curved this ornamental fountain to display seven lion heads. While water no longer cascades through the lion heads, the Nymphaeum still provides a refreshing focal point of the city.   

Bottom line: While the beauty of the iconic attraction sites cannot be overstated, the city can experience extreme weather conditions, very hot in summer and too cold in winter. So plan your trips to counter such challenges. Also, there are several vendors at the entrance of the temple who sells unique souvenirs, so be sure to buy a piece or two for the memory of the unique site.

Tips for a budget trip to Jordan

Posted on 10 December 2018 (0)

Jordan is a small, stable and safe country, compared to some of her Middle Eastern neighbors. You can visit even as a lone traveler without fear. There are lots to see, from the ruins of ancient cities to the vast deserts.

But though small, Jordan is not a cheap place to visit. So do not rush to tick it in your list of countries you intend to go and seek adventure; not so fast. You need first to consider that its currency is stronger than the USD. One Jordan dinar is equivalent to $1.40. That is a concern, especially for a broke traveler planning a tight budget trip. You need to plan, un-plan and re-plan to get your math right. These tips will help you do your math to come up with a tight but comfortable budget that can afford you a fulfilling adventure in this country.

Buy the Jordan Pass online

If you get your visa on arrival, you will have to part with $60, regardless of which country you come from. But if you buy and process the Jordan Pass online before you arrive, you pay nothing for the visa. Once you arrive at the immigration counter, you just produce a print out of the Jordan Pass alongside your passport and you are given the green light to enter the country. With the pass, you can visit nearly all the historical sites in Jordan. The pass is $105, but if you consider that some of these historical sites charge $70 and you are likely to visit more than six of them, a Jordan Pass is a significant saving.

Budget Flight

Fly Dubai is the cheapest airline so if you are on a tight budget, give it a tick as you plan your trip. However, you will also have to get a visa to the United Arabs Emirates to use it. If you already have the UAE visa, you are lucky. Etihad Airways is also affordable if you are traveling from India.

Transport inside Jordan

The public transportation is the cheapest. Unfortunately, it offers poor services. You may have to rent a car. Many car operators in Jordan charge highly, especially the big-name operators, but you can get an affordable car rental from local companies like Monte Carlo. The good news is that you are in the Middle East, the heart of oil, so once you have rented a car, you will only pay a small amount for fuel. You can drive 1000 KM with mere $46 worth of fuel.

Meals

Street-eating is the way to go if you are visiting Jordan on a budget. Instead of a major feast in a restaurant, you can move from one street eatery to another, trying varies delicacies. If you are visiting certain sites, you will have to buy your water away from the location because they overcharge at the site.

In some restaurants, you can even negotiate the price, especially if you an Indian.

Accommodation

There are clean, comfortable and friendly hotels that charge fair prices, although the rooms are small and the bathroom is shared.

Parting shots

Because of the terrorist activities within the Middle East, sometimes tourism is negatively affected, and the prices do come down. At some times, you could take the risk and fly to Jordan on the tightest budget. You will even be able to enjoy the comfort of normally expensive hotels at a low price.