When you think about the top reasons to visit Jordan, you would probably automatically think of religious references. And you’d be right about it. But there’s so much more to this destination than what is generally assumed. Because of this, it rakes as many as 4 million tourists every year, earning it about 3.5 billion dollars in revenue. But because of recent political instabilities, this industry has been threatened, causing as much as a billion income loss last 2011. In spite of this though, the attractions that make Jordan world famous still exists and they can be toured any time, provided the social conditions within the country is acceptable. If you are curious about what they are, then you should read on.
One of the most intriguing and amazing top reasons to visit Jordan is the city of Petra. Herald by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “28 Places To See Before You Die”, this historical and archeological find of Arabian decent is located on the slope of Mount Hor, in the town of Ma’an, and was believed to serve as the residence of the Nabataeans during 312 BC. It was first brought to the attention of the Western world in 1812, through explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Petra has been featured in many films, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as well as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. So it won’t be that hard for you to appreciate the idea of seeing it even before you actually set foot in the country.
If you find that attraction too trivial for a flight to Jordan, then the prospect of touring the Jordan River and Dead Sea should be exciting. Both have been mentioned several times in religious texts. And they have been the site of many miracles. But today, both of them can only provide a limited source of excitement, which includes guided boat rides, diving excursions, and spa treatments.
Mount Nebo is another one of the top reasons to visit Jordan and it provides a panoramic view of the Holy Land, the valley of the River Jordan and the city of Jericho. At the peak, there are also ruins of a church and monastery, which had been traced back to the 4th century. It is said that these served to commemorate the death of Moses and was a stopover in old pilgrimages. But today, it is merely an optional site to see when traveling to Israel.
Other exciting places to visit in Jordan are the ruins of Jerash, Amman city And its Citadel, as well as Wadi Rum, which is rumored to have the same landscape as Mars.