Petra is one of those places in the world that is bound to fill you with both awe and wonder. A mixture of feeling that something is truly bigger than you – a masterpiece of architecture, of legends and myths and of ancient artifact. Petra is one of the oldest metropolises in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and gem that takes you through the history of the Middle East. As it’s so popular, it’s a good idea to know of some Petra tips before you go.
Built in 312 BC, the stunning remains of the city that once was still stand proudly reflecting the capital of the Nabataea kingdom. From the treasury building, to carved sandstones, to narrow canyons and horse drawn carriages, something about Petra oozes with magic Here are a few simple tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip this place famous for its beauty and history. Read below for some great tips for visiting Petra.
Best Time To Go To Petra:
Without a doubt, the best time to go to Petra and Jordan is during spring. Summers tend to get scorching hot so go when the weather is a bit milder. As for the timing of when to go to the Petra, make sure you go as early as 5:30 am before the crowds take over the entire place.
Before You Arrive At Petra:
Where To Stay Before Petra:
There is no place to stay at Petra and people usually take day trips to arrive there. The recommended city to stay in is of course, Amman. Amman is the capital of Jordan and is quite close to both – the Dead Sea (which is a must visit!) and Petra.
The hotels in Amman range from fairly inexpensive to extremely posh and expensive, so you have an array of options to choose from.
How To Get To Petra:
You can go to Petra using either:
- Public bus.
- A tour company.
- Hiring your own private bus.
- Hiring your own private car.
- A taxi.
Make sure if you’re hiring a guide that they know how to speak fluent English. Surprisingly, a lot of them don’t.
What Will You Be Seeing At Petra?
High Palace Of Sacrifice
Climb up 100 flights of stone steps to experience the overwhelming beauty of the holy ground of the Nabateans and reminisce over the ceremonies that were made to honor their gods.
The Obelisk Tomb & Bab Al Siq Triclinium
This is the first monument you see when you enter the Petra. Consisting of three different branches, you’ll be able to see the place where the Nabaeteans had their yearly feasts in. the place was specifically built to honor the dead through sacrifices, and the Obelisk Tomb is even inspired by the Egyptians. After checking out the attractions there, head over to the main entrance of the Petra from which your journey will begin.
The Rosy Treasury
The world-renowned treasury is contrasted with the backdrop of beautiful rosy rocks that come together to create this massive monument. Carved in the 1st century – this massive structure was mainly made as a tomb for the Nabatean king. The best thing about the Treasury is how it looks beautiful both in the morning and at night where hundred s of candles illuminate the entire path.
You’ll be amazed by the golden water channels that soar into the sky carved by the Nabateans. Carved water channels take the most bizarre formations that you can explore through foot or camel. Bonus points if it rains too, since you’ll be able to watch them in function.
More Things To Do Around Petra:
- The Urn Tomb
- The Horse Carriage ride
- Mount 800 stairs to the monastery
- Enjoy the beauty of the sunset