The 3 Jewels of Egypt
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on | Oct 30,2013
Most travel advisories are still warning against a trip to Egypt with civil war threatening to break out. But nothing can diminish the sheer magnificence that is Egypt or their historical significance as one the great ancient civilizations of the world. We all harbor dreams of Egypt from the pages of our history textbooks where we first saw the great pharaohs and the great pyramids they built.
WeAreHolidays (weareholidays.com) bring to you the three jewels of Egypt, the 3 most famous places to see in Egypt.
Valley of Kings
One of the most popular tourist destinations amongst tourists in Europe, the Valley of Kings lies on the western banks of Luxor city. It is essentially a necropolis for the pharaohs of the ‘New Kingdom’; archeologists have discovered 62 tombs in this site alone. This Biban el Moluk is also the final resting place of the boy king Tutankhamen, the most famous of the Egyptian pharaohs. No other tomb has attracted as much public attention as this one.
The pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the world, are a sight that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. These iconic architectural wonders define Egypt in every way and still hold many undiscovered secrets. The pyramids of Giza lie on the great plains outside of Cairo and serve as burial grounds for several generations of Egyptian royalty. The area also houses hundreds of “mastaba” structures that served as the final resting places for the relations and important court servants of the ancient Pharaohs.
Temples of Abu Simbel
Carved directly into the mountain face, the temples at Abu Simbel were built during the reign of Pharoah Ramses II. Built very close to the River Nile, these ancient temples were saved from destruction after the Aswan Dam began flooding Lake Nasser in the 1960s. In 1964, the Big Temple and the Small Temple were actually relocated to higher ground by UNESCO. The entrance to the temple is protected by 4 stone giants depicting the figure of Ramses II. There is a light and sound show that happens every evening.
These are places of historic significance beyond our comprehension. Our own Indus Valley Civilization was probably one of just a handful that rivaled the Egyptians in terms of civil functioning and governance. Egypt tours from India aren’t as common or inexpensive as one might hope. But if you ever get the opportunity you must most definitely go to Egypt!