Jordan, a small, compact country in the highly volatile the Middle East, is one of the safest countries to visit in the region. Despite its size, Jordan packs a punch with plenty of natural and historical wonders and presents its many treasures to its visitors warmly. If you're planning a holiday to Jordan, rest assured that there's an endless list of things to do, see and experience! Jordanian hospitality is famous in the region and the mouth-watering local cuisine comprises of all the elements of Jordanian, Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi and Palestinian cuisines.
Jordan’s commitment to peace and stability in the region is very well documented as well. One of the most progressive countries in the region, Jordan’s rich repertoire consists of a Mars-like landscape owing to wonders like Wadi Rum, the historic Roman ruins, crusader castles, the famous Nabatean wonder of Petra and the Dead Sea, the lowest point in our planet.
Check out the top things to do in Jordan
1. Explore the Nabatean wonder of Petra
Jordan’s most celebrated cultural treasure is the iconic Nabatean Treasury of Petra, which is now part of the Seven Wonders of the World and also UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about this lost civilization and its amazing architecture that still captivates visitors.
2. Soak in the landscape of Wadi Rum
The vast desert of Wadi Rum resembles the landscape of Mars. Red and ochre coloured arid, dry desert with withered rocks and cliffs that make the landscape look as if it’s from a different planet altogether. This is also the place which is associated with the legendary British military officer T.E. Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.
3. Float on the Dead Sea
A sea filled with high saline content, which practically allows you to float on the water without any effort! Known to be the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea is an amazing highlight of Jordan where you can relax and rejuvenate amidst complete peace and solace while enjoying floating on water.
4. Take a hike in Wadi Mujib
Wadi Mujib is Jordan’s “Grand Canyon”. A protected nature reserve, Wadi Mujib is a gorge dotted with several walking trails, rugged valleys, and occasional water springs.
5. Enjoy the drive on the King’s Highway
The King’s Highway is one of the most scenic roads in the world that connects the several historic villages and towns along its way.
6. Discover Umm Qais
Strewn with Roman ruins and Ottoman castles and buildings, Umm Qais located in the far north of Jordan offers spectacular views of Sea of Galilee.
7. Visit the ruins of Jerash
One of the most well-preserved historic ruins in Jordan, Jerash is an exciting place to visit, especially for history buffs. It has highly preserved and maintained Roman ruins, colonnaded streets, and churches with rich mosaics.
8. Chill in Madaba
Madaba is an interesting city with a rich Christian heritage and a major centre for the mosaic art of the Byzantine period. Visit the historic souks here and check out the historic and precious mosaics with biblical displays.
9. Explore ancient Amman
The historic city of Amman dates back to the Roman times. Today, its heritages are evident in the Roman ruins, the fascinating amphitheatre, and its historic streets and quarters.
10. Feast on Jordanian Cuisine
Jordanian cuisine is rich in flavour and ingredients. It has the elements of Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian, Arabia, Iraqi and Palestinian cuisine, thanks to the country’s intake of large numbers of refugees over the years.
11. Spoil yourself with the Jordanian hospitality
One of the brightest spots of Jordan is its warm hospitality. Do enjoy a stay at a Bedouin camp to understand the culture, tradition and local folklore of the country. What’s more, staying at the camp also ensure an unmatched opportunity of star gazing!