The Next day, i.e., on 3rd March 2017, we headed to the airport to travel to Luxor. We were not heard much things about luxor. We were curious to know how luxor will be.If you take a flight to Luxor from Cairo, you can get a beautiful view of River Nile from the top.It gives you a strange feeling as there is a desert on one side and river next to it.
After 1 hour, we reached luxor and then another Tour Manager welcomed us.Oops Sorry, I forgot his name.The tour manager started giving introduction about himself and the driver and then about the Luxor City. He told us Luxor is a less populated city in Egypt and a green city as it is near to the river nile’s delta region. He also mentioned that people are more kinder in Luxor compared to Cairo. After some time, our curiosity went away as we started seeing lot of green colors on either side of the roads filled with lot of trees and crops.We were amazed as we had thought Egypt is a dry place.The views were simply Alluring. It is a must visit in Egypt as you get a different feeling over there and your perception about Egypt will change.
First, In Luxor we started our journey to this place called “The Valley of the Kings” with our tour guide named “Mrs.Shaima Baheeg” which is located in the west part of Luxor. Our tour guide was very kind,sweet and informative.She possessed good amount of knowledge about ancient Egyptian culture and tradition.
Info : Ancient Egyptians believed that the east part is the region to live as sun rises(start of life) and west part is the region where they used to bury bodies as sun sets(end of life).
Earlier in the old and middle Kingdom, ancient Egyptians used to build pyramids to keep the mummified bodies of kings but as and when time passed , it used to be tough for them to maintain and it used to consume lot of time to build them.In Addition, lot of robberies used to happen as pyramids used to contain ornaments of royal families. So, in the new kingdom, they started building tombs for kings by digging deep inside the mountain which resembled shape of pyramids in the west part of Luxor. This is known as Valley of Kings.Most of the mummified bodies of the kings which were found here have been kept in the Egyptian museum.
We happened to see the three tombs of the Kings Ramses 4,Ramses 9 and Merenptah as that were allowed in the tickets.The carvings that were leading to the tombs were amazing. All the images from holographic signs were put on it and filled with colors.The Coffins were kept at the end of the tombs.
Info : They say King Ramses 2 was the greatest king of ancient egyptian kingdom and his tomb existed in the valley of the kings but was closed.When we asked they said King Ramses 2 had more than 50 wives and more than 100 children and till today there are 135 chambers that have been discovered inside King Ramses 2 tomb and they are expecting more to be discovered.Post which, it will be open to public.
Unfortunately, taking pictures were banned inside the tombs as they said it will spoil the colors that were inscribed on the walls that were leading to the tombs.
After the Valley of Kings, we moved to a place called “Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut“. This Temple has a spectacular view and an amazing architecture.It was first built in the Coptic era to commemorate Queen Hatshepsut’s achievements and to serve as a funerary Temple for her, as well as a sanctuary of the God, Amon Ra. It was rebuilt again by the Polish authorities after it got destroyed from the earthquake in Egypt.Queen Hatshepsut is the only woman who depicted herself as a king during the ancient Egyptian times as they did not accept women to rule.
After the Temple, we went to a place called “Colossi of Memnon“, which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during Dynasty XVIII. The same was reassembled after it got destroyed due to earthquake.
Next, We were taken to a shop in Luxor where they carve different kinds of artifacts using the Alabaster Stone similar to how ancient Egyptians used to do.We decided to buy a pyramid there as a token of memory from Egypt.
It was around 2 PM, they took us to a 5 Star Hotel for lunch.We thought we will reach by road but our tour guide took us on the boat to the hotel which was located on the other side of Nile River.We enjoyed the river view.
If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, I hope this blog is helpful.If you have already been there, do comment below with more suggestions and places.If you need any additional information about travelling to Egypt from Saudi Arabia , Please leave a comment.
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Tips & Other Information
1.You can get all the information regarding visa to egypt from this link .The visa costed 40 USD per person for us : https://egypt.visahq.com/. It will take 3 to 4 working days to get visa for indian residents living in KSA.
2.If you are travelling with your family to Egypt, then it is preferred to opt for a package trip as you will be secured and safe.Otherwise you can explore on your own.I opted package from this https://www.memphistours.com/
3.You can get your currency exchanged in any airport in Egypt or any of the egyptian cities as you will get better conversion rate over there.
4.Preferred time to visit Egypt is from November to April as weather would be much cooler.
5.If you have more time in Egypt, please opt for a cruise from luxor to aswan as it is the most opted adventure over there.
6.Tipping is Customary in Egypt.It is advised if you are willing to offer it, this would be great – if not, you are not obliged to do it.
7.Most of the places in Egypt will have entry tickets not more than 150 EGP per person.