Discovering Jordan’s rich legacy in Wadi Rum

From stargazing to experiencing Bedouin life, Wadi Rum is frozen in time
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Discovering Jordan’s rich legacy in Wadi Rum
Discovering Jordan’s rich legacy in Wadi Rum

Jordan offers a serene escape characterised by stars, sand, and sun, in complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of the capital, Amman

Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan, is brimming with dramatic sandstone mountains, natural arches, prehistoric inscriptions and carvings waiting to be explored. Jordan Tourism Board highlights a few attractions.
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It is known as ‘the Valley of the Moon’ and has been featured as Mars in numerous Hollywood films, but in real life, it is inhabited by nomadic Bedouin tribes. Wadi Rum in southern Jordan offers a serene escape characterised by stars, sand, and sun, in complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of the capital, Amman.

With a history dating back to over 1,000 years, Wadi Rum’s desert  encompasses vast landscapes and endless horizons. Jordan Tourism Board says that Wadi Rum presents an Arabian fairy-tale that is waiting to be explored.

Wadi Rum Nature Reserve

Wadi Rum Nature Reserve

JTB says that Wadi Rum, with its imposing rock formations, winding valleys, and boundless skies, provides a welcoming haven for all. Visitors here can delve into the ancient engravings etched onto the venerable mountains, creating a timeless fusion of human and natural history.

Stargazing at RumSky

The board says that RumSky, which is located in one of Jordan’s most picturesque areas, gives guests the chance to take in the starry nights of Wadi Rum. Through a guided tour programme, guests can deepen their understanding of the cosmos. 

The bustling atmosphere of urban life often obscures the splendour of the skies and heavens, but thanks to scientific advancements, RumSky brings us closer to the mysteries of the universe, where stars, planets, nebulae, all become accessible, says JT

Hot Air Balloon

Visitors can experience the beauty of Wadi Rum from an altitude of 600 m above the surface. Nestled in the Disi area of Wadi Rum, accompanied by guides, visitors can embark on a journey off the conventional trails at the aerial panorama of ‘the Valley of the Moon’.

Bedouin Life Experience

JTB says that at the core of Bedouin culture in Wadi Rum is hospitality. Herein, visitors can experience the genuine essence of Bedouin way of life, far removed from ordinary routines. They can engage deeply with Bedouin traditions, promising both physical and spiritual nourishment for soul and stomach alike.

Horseback Riding

The Bedouin community holds a deep affection for their camels and horses, often regarding them as cherished members of their extended family. Reminiscent of adventures like Indiana Jones in ‘the Last Crusade’, visitors can embark upon a memorable equestrian journey from Wadi Rum to Aqaba, traversing mountain valleys with grace. 

4×4 Jeep Tours

The statement adds that the tours are conducted in exhilarating 4×4 jeep adventure, racing across sand dunes and feeling the rush of desert winds as one marvels at the breathtaking rock formations of Wadi Rum. 

Train of Jordan Heritage Revival Company

Step back in time to the era of colonial expansion. Onboard the restored locomotive dating back to the early 20th century, which once linked the Ottoman Empire to the desert landscapes of the Middle East, visitors can experience the essence of a century-old conflict as they embark on an historic 14 km journey along the Hijazi train tracks.

Hidden Gems of the Nabataean Kingdom

The Nabataeans, an ancient Arabian nomadic tribe renowned for their architectural masterpieces in Petra, also left a lasting legacy in the desert of Wadi Rum. Evidence of their presence includes remnants of temples and water systems scattered throughout key locations in the Rum Desert, along with carvings and markers once utilised by ancient traders.

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