Egypt is a country with a captivating history which dates back to the emergence of civilization and the monuments
built during those times are still preserved and protected by the Egyptian government which is why undoubtedly, it
is featured as one of the seven wonders of the world. Egypt is also considered as one of the oldest tourist
destination in the world and this country being in the African region, is frequently visited by Europeans, Asians
and Americans as it is at a central spot to all these countries on the map. There are many tour operators who
provide Egypt tour packages from India. This country’s stunning temples and the structural wonder of the pyramids
are what attracts the tourists for all these years. Most tourists visit this country to marvel at its ancient
architectural wonders, but there are other tourists too who visit to indulge in the natural attractions found in
this country such as the Red Sea coast which is famous for its Beach resorts and coral reefs and wading through
the Sahara Desert to discover freshwater springs. Summers in Egypt can be burning hot with the temperatures
soaring up to 45 degrees Celsius which makes it unbearable for touristy activities. The best time to visit in
Egypt would be from October to April which be pleasant at that time.
Some of the world-famous monuments that can be found here are the Pyramids of Giza, The Great Sphinx and the temples in Luxor which dates back to thousands of years. Visiting the longest river in the world – Nile and snorkelling and deep-sea diving on the Red Sea coast are also some of the famous activities to do Egypt tour packages.
Let us have a look at some of the interesting places to see in Egypt when you travel on Egypt vacation packages.
Mosque of ibn Tulun
The Mosque of ibn Tulun is known to be one of the oldest places of worship in Cairo which was built during the years 876 AD and 879 AD and authorized by the then Abbasid governor of Egypt, Ahmad Ibn Tulun. There is courtyard in the centre and a covered hall on each sides of the mosque. Some parts of the James Bond film “The Spy who loved me” was shot here in this mosque.
The Egyptian Museum is the top most tourist attraction in Cairo with over a lakh of ancient Egyptian antiques present in the museum. The museum consists of two floors – the ground floor is home to a widespread collection of coins and papyrus which were used during the ancient times and the first floor is home to artefacts from two different dynasties that once upon a time ruled Egypt and also some artefacts which were acquired from the Valley of the Kings. The highlights of this museum are the things from King Tutankhamen’s tomb and the 27 royal mummies in the Royal Mummy Room which have been there since the times of the Pharaohs. If you are a history lover, then this must be on your Egypt holiday packages.
Abu Simbel is located on the western banks of Lake Nasser and is basically and archaeological site which consists of two huge rock cut temples where were carved out from the mountains during Pharaoh Ramesses The Great’s reign in 13th Century BC. It was built by the Pharaoh as a lasting memory of him and his Queen Nefertari. Till date, Abu Simbel remains to be one of the top tourist attractions on Egypt tour packages from India.
Valley of the Kings
The valley of the kings is basically the burial site which was chosen by the Pharaohs of the new kingdom. This quarantined valley is surrounded by the pyramid shaped mountain called Al Qurn which translates to the Horn. There are 63 stunning royal tombs in the valley of the kings. Over the years these toms have suffered greatly due to the floods, treasure hunters and the overflow of tourists which have affected the paintings which were made over the limestone. Due to this, the Department of Antiquities have developed a rotation system where only a limited number of tombs are open to public at any given time. you should be aware and remember that photography and video is not allowed inside the tombs!
River Nile Cruise
The river Nile, which is the longest river in the world is also the lifeline of Egypt. The history of ancient Egypt can be traced back through the river Nile. One of the popular ways of exploring the upper Egypt side is by cruising on this river. If you embark on an Egyptian cruise the ship travels through Luxor-Aswan route which is totally safe to travel and you will get to see beautiful scenery along the way. If you want more adventure, then you can ferry down the Nile on Feluccas which are basically sail boats but not as comfortable as cruise ships, although the experience of sailing on an antique rig built thousand years ago is unique.
Red Sea Reef
The Red Sea reef is considered one of the most beautiful waters in the world to go diving and deep sea diving. You can visibly see the features of the most exotic seascape in the Red Sea. There are so many beautiful coral formations and this sea is home to so many different sea creatures. The beach resorts in Red Sea are located on both sides and the eastern side of Sinai Peninsula is the oldest established and well known area in the region. If you are an adventure lover, then this must definitely be on your Egypt tour packages.
These 3D triangle shaped structures are the last remaining ancient wonders in the world whose construction dates back to almost 4000 years ago. Many have always wondered how these structures were built and why were they built in the first place? After centuries of researching by archaeologists, the answer to these questions are basically, the pharaohs instructed labourers to build these as tombs for them to be mummified and buried in after death. The most famous pyramids in this region are the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Menkaure, Pyramid of Khafre and the Sphinx. But if you wish to explore further, there are so many temple ruins, tombs and small satellite pyramids that you can visit.
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