“Welcome to my country! Hope you have a great time” “Indian? Indians are the best people I met” “Welcome to Jordan! Don’t worry be happy” “Welcome! Would you like to have some tea?” Welcome, welcome, welcome! I have not felt so welcomed anywhere to date. Yes, interestingly enough not even in all the states of my own country. The warmth with which Jordanians welcome you was a big take away from the trip. So if you are planning to explore Jordan, you are in the right place!
Jordan is an Arab country towards the east of Jordan river. Dotted with thousands of archaeological sites right from Palaeolithic age, Jordan is a heaven for history buffs. All these sites have traces of Greek, Christian, Muslim, Roman architectural styles- showcasing architectural marvels from over the world. Right from the ancient city of Jerash, the mosaic town of Madaba, the lost city of Petra to numerous castles, churches and carvings on the caves.
Jordan is more than 80% desert, still, has a lot more to showcase – hills in the north, dramatic red sand in the centre, beautiful coral down south, volcanic basalt in the east. The cliffs in the Jordan Valley, the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, the dramatic desert of Wadi Rum and aquatic beauty of the Red sea – there is a lot to choose from, none of which would disappoint. I bet you are all pumped up to explore Jordan, already!
In my blogs, I take you through my journey. Right from the guide to visit Jordan that answers all your questions about planning the trip. To individual blogs which detail out all the locations, I have been to. What more? I have an exclusive guide to being vegetarian in Jordan and the perfect 8-day itinerary! So go ahead, explore Jordan through my eyes!
Best Books to Read Before Visiting Jordan
Married to A Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermasen
for those travelling to Jordan, this book offers an intriguing and personal account of a Dutch woman who marries a Bedouin and immerses herself in the Bedouin way of life. This memoir offers insights into the culture, customs, and traditions of the Bedouin people and is a must-read for those looking to understand Jordanian culture.
The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber
is a memoir that explores the author’s childhood in Jordan and her experiences growing up in a family with a Jordanian father and an American mother. This book offers an intimate and personal account of the author’s life and is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of cultures in Jordan.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
is a classic work that details the author’s experiences in Jordan during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. This book provides a historical perspective on Jordan’s role in the region and is a must-read for anyone interested in the country’s history.
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson
is a biography of T.E. Lawrence and provides insights into his experiences in Jordan during the Arab Revolt. This book is a great read for anyone interested in T.E. Lawrence and his contributions to Jordan’s history.
Desert Queen by Janet Wallach
is a biography of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer, writer, and archaeologist who played a significant role in Jordan’s history. This book provides a fascinating account of Bell’s life and her contributions to Jordan and is a must-read for anyone interested in the country’s history.
Our Last Best Chance by King Abdullah II
is a memoir by the current king of Jordan, which provides insights into his experiences and perspective on Jordan’s role in the region. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Jordan and the challenges facing the country.