Exploring the ruin of the “Lost City” of Petra was a dream of mine for a long long time – long before it was declared as one of the New Wonders of the World. Imagine my disappointment when Keith made it clear that he had no interest whatsover in going to Jordan. But also imagine my surprise and delight when he announced last year that, for my birthday trip, he was going to take me to —(drum roll)— Petra!
Who wouldn’t be intrigued? Petra was once a prosperous city built as early as 5th century BC by Nabateans along the busy spice trading route. They built amazing buildings carved out of sheer mountain rocks where water supply was so short. When the trading route changed, Petra declined and was eventually ruined and abandoned. Thanks to the Swiss explorer who rediscovered it in 1812, we, too, can now explore this incredible site.
We walked through Petra’s famous Siq, the one-mile narrow gorge that lead to the city. Lit by thousands of candles, it gave us a sense of how Nabateans and caravan traders traveled through this cobbled path at night more than 2 millenniums ago.
It was a lovely, atmospheric walk in a beautiful, cool June evening. It would have been more perfect if we didn’t forget to bring our tripod:( (All photos here were shot by a handheld camera. It was quite a challenge to steady your hands if you’re in this awe-inspiring situation.)
Through the crack of the Siq, we finally caught our first sight of the Treasury, Petra’s most spectacular building. (I was extremely excited at this point that I kept saying, “Oh my God, we’re here!” while squeezing and pinching Keith’s arm.)
Petra by night was so awe inspiring that we couldn’t wait to explore it by day. We were also anxious to explore the other incredible sites of Jordan. (After the trip, Keith appointed himself as the president of “VisIt Jordan” fan club:)
- You can experience “Petra By Night” every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
- Tickets can be purchased at the site entrance for JD20 or US$28.
- Keep in mind that “Petra By Night” is more about the atmosphere and experience and not about sightseeing. We heard about some people who were disappointed because they didn’t see much of Petra.
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