Have the ruins of Petra, Jordan’s Nabatean capital, the mysteries of the Dead Sea, and the varied cultures of Amman lured you into planning a trip to this Middle Eastern country? We’re sure you will love this historically famous place. We’re equally sure you have a lot of questions on your mind: where to start, the entry process, how to figure out the many things one needs to consider before visiting a new place. Considering the fact that Jordan is a relatively lesser known tourist destination, you may find it more challenging to find the right answers.
Here we try to give you as much information as we can, in one glance.
Visa For Jordan
Unless you belong to one of the 10 visa-exempt countries, tourists require a visa to visit Jordan. The Hashemite country offers visa on arrival to 120 countries, with different rules and fees depending upon the nationality.
Indians can apply for visas, in advance, at the nearest Jordan embassy in the country or through an authorised travel agent. The other option is visa on arrival, however, one must be prepared with the entire list of documents required, because it will be asked for during immigration. You can find out more about the process on the official tourism website of Jordan, visit.jordan.com.
Best Way To Travel In Jordan
The best way to reach Jordan is by flying in to Queen Alia International Airport, which is 45 minutes away from Amman and services most major airplane carriers.
From the airport, a taxi or shuttle bus can drive you down to the main city. Within Amman, you can move around via taxis, rented cars or buses arranged by various sightseeing tours.
You can use similar modes for inter-city travel, starting at a price of 8JD (Jordan Dinar) onwards. If you are driving from Amman to Petra, you can opt for a slower but scenic route through the King’s Highway. One of Middle East’s most ancient trade routes, it offers breathtaking views of the wadis (valleys) and crosses countless riverbeds during its 280km-long journey.
The distances between the top tourist areas are as follows:
Amman to Petra – 237km
Petra to Aqaba – 126km
Amman to Aqaba – 334km
Aqaba to Wadi Rum – 64km
Amman to Dead Sea – 60km
Amman to Jerash – 53km
Best Time & Weather To Visit Jordan
With different topographical regions coming together, Jordan is a land of extremes. Right from the desert to beaches to cold valleys, the weather conditions can vary from one extreme to another.
The spring months of March to May are ideal for a trip to Jordan, as the temperatures are light and the hills and valleys are covered in a carpet of pretty flowers. The days are warm and nights are cool but, bear in mind, that this it is also the peak season and you may experience heavy crowds and higher prices at most tourist locales.
The summer months of June to August are extreme with scorching heat in the desert.The hot winds and the stifling temperatures can get pretty unbearable. On the other hand, the country gets very cold during the winter months of December to February. The desert regions of Petra are covered in snow and temperatures can go as low as -8 degree Celsius. This isn’t the best time to visit Jordan, however, the sea resorts of Aqaba are operational and make for a fine retreat even during these winter months.
Things To Pack For A Trip To Jordan
You don’t need to stuff your suitcases for a trip to Jordan. You need to pack less, but pack right. Here are a few things you should include in your packing list.
A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must to ward of the sun’s rays in the desert.
Light-weight shoes that help you walk through sandy areas beat heavy leather footwear.
Although Jordan has no particular dress code, women in shorts or skimpy clothes are not allowed in certain areas, since Jordan is a Muslim country. So don’t forget to add some pants and full sleeve t-shirts, just in case!
The nights can get cold, so carry a sweater, warm socks and gloves. You won’t regret it.
With all the beauty waiting to be photographed, a good camera or mobile phone is a must (a selfie stick too, if you’d love photographing yourself at exotic destinations).
The Best Food To Eat In Jordan
Jordanian food is influenced by and derives flavours from the nearby Turkish, Syrian and Lebanese cuisines. The sheer variety of culinary offerings here are a treat for foodies. The country’s staple food is bread or rice with stew or maglouba, as they call it. Mansaf, a traditional dish made of lamb and served with rice in a gravy of dried yoghurt, is Jordan’s national dish.
And that’s not all, Jordan’s streets are lined with places offering different Arabian offerings like falafel, shawarma, pita with hummus, kebabs, moutabel, and more. Visit Amman’s high-end restaurants, which can cook up just about any cuisine that you would like them to.
Currency & Costs In Jordan
The Jordanian Dinar (JD) is the country’s main currency and comes in both coins and notes. One dinar can be further divided into 10 dirham, 100 piastres, or 1,000 fulus. You can find coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 piastres, while notes are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 JD.
A day in Jordan will not burn too big of a hole in your pocket, but it depends on the kind of traveller you are. For a budget traveller, anywhere between 20-40 JD a day maybe enough to cover a shared room, street fare and public transport. A luxury traveller may need to shell out anywhere between 120-140 JD per day to stay in a 5-star accommodation, with private transport and guided tours. At a lot of places, especially in Petra, they expect a tip in return for any service, so be prepared to let go of that extra buck.
Fact File On Jordan
Location: Jordan, Middle East
Official Language: Arabic
Currency: Dinar (JOD)
Food & Drinks: Hummus, Ful Medames, Jordanian Meze, Arak, Jordanian Wine
Time zone: EET (UTC+2)
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