“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
It’s not every day you get to do something different, or go beyond the mundane. But spend a week in Jordan, and every single day can be filled with a set of diverse experiences. This vibrant country has varying personalities and offers everything from adventure to history to culture and nightlife. But talk about going offbeat, and it tops the game. Although, the list of to-dos in Jordan is endless, we’ve shortlisted the 7 absolute musts!
1. Go Canyoning Through The ‘Wadis’
A comparatively newer sport, canyoning involves jumping, walking, climbing, rappelling, and swimming through through canyons. The hidden valleys and gushing mountain streams of Jordan form perfect virgin territories to explore through canyoning. The hike through Wadi Mujib, also known as ‘The Grand Canyon of Jordan’ is filled with cliffs, waterfalls and rock pools. Wadi al-Hasa and Wadi Himara are other valleys that you can attempt to conquer. Considering this sport is relatively new in Jordan, it is advisable to use expert supervision and travel in a group.
2. Camp with the Bedouins
Opt for a traditional camping trip within the desert and book a rendesvous with the Bedouins. These camps are aimed at giving you a glimpse of the desert world by taking you through various aspects of the traditional Bedouin lifestyle; storytelling, cooking, star gazing, interactions with the tribe and more.
Choose from a host of other activities such as a camel safari, jeep rides or walking trails and discover your surroundings and admire the magnificent rock formations. As the sun hides behind the mountains and the night sweeps in, enjoy cultural dances as you sip on a glass of Bedouin tea by the bonfire.
3. Hike Through Nature Reserves At Dana
The Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest protected area comprising approximately 300 sq km. The coming together of three different geographical zones and dramatic changes in elevations (from steep cliffs to sand dunes), has resulted in a vast biological diversity. Wildlife lovers will find trekking through this ecological province the high-point of their Jordan trip, as they discover rare, threatened and endangered animals. Choose from self-guided/guided tours that can last anywhere between an hour to the entire day. This is one excursion you are bound to remember for life!
4. Float Over Wadi Rum Desert In A Hot Air Balloon
Soar peacefully through the red sandy dunes of Wadi Rum, which is at a height of 6000 feet and watch in amazement the surreal rock formations.
Flights are generally early morning and take you to different sites each day. Offering impressive views of the landscape beneath, this is one of the most magnificent hot air balloon rides in the world.
5. Learn To Cook Like A Jordanian
The best way to get under the skin of any country’s culture is by learning the secrets behind the local food. Jordanian cuisine holds influences from Mediterranean and Arabian cooking styles and the fantastic part is that in Amman and Petra, there are a lot of cookery classes that travellers can take. Understand the traditional spices, the aromas and the flavours of this unique cuisine from passionate local women and expert chefs. It would be great to impress your friends by dishing out Mansaf, Maglouba and Fattoush on your next house party. Don’t you think?
6. Meet The Aquatic Life While Scuba Diving
The wonders of the sea are only known to those who take the plunge. Aqaba lies at the tip of the Red Sea and has over 500 species of coral and a plethora of marine animals. Swim with friendly dolphins and ogle at the multi-colored fish, as they move about in search of food. With easy access to prominent dive sites, cool breezy weather through the year and numerous beach resorts along the coastline, Aqaba is a tourist haven. Enthusiasts can also enroll themselves for scuba training from licensed instructors.
7. Revitalise Your Soul
With the therapeutic Dead Sea as your backdrop, the seaside resorts of Jordan not only offer pure leisure, but also several wellness packages. Bathe in the relaxing waters, indulge in a mud spa, float in the indoor pools or visit wellness centres with their first class facilities to re-energise yourself. With an increasing number of people adopting healthier lifestyles, this is just the ideal destination for a spa vacation!
Fact File On Jordan
Location: Jordan, Middle East
Official Language: Arabic
Currency: Jordanian Dinar (JD)
Food & Drinks: Hummus, Ful Medames, Jordanian Meze, Arak, Jordanian Wine
Time zone: EET (UTC+2)
About The Author
A Pune’ite who is in love with the world, Alefiya Rashiq is a copywriter and a communications professional. Cracking into jigs, making quirky observations and her untimely giggles keep her going when she is not writing. Life is NOW, she believes!
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