Wadi Rum of Yordania

Explore of desert hills with rock located in the Kingdom of Jordan, is to make us like being in another world. No wonder the Wadi Rum often appear in science fiction movies. One of them is The Martian (2015), starring Matt Damon, an astronaut who inadvertently left behind on Mars, as his colleagues rush back to Earth.
Being in the middle of the desert area of ​​720km square does not mean we cannot “doing anything”. I’m lucky to be able to taste life in the desert by staying in camps set up by society Bedouin nomadic. One of them is the Captain’s Dessert Camp. In addition to staying at the Bedouin-style tent, we can rent a jeep and drive around Wadi Rum enjoys the unique scenery. Simultaneously stopping drinking tea and shopping in Bedouin tents around camp.

In the afternoon, let the camel ride and find the best spot to watch the beautiful sunset atmosphere. There is a sensation itself camel ride height up to two meters. And awaited arrives, enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner, such as mutton, chicken, potatoes, and carrots baked with charcoal buried in the ground. And sealed for two hours, until the meat is tender. This meal is called Zarb. After eating, do not forget we dance to the music of the desert. It turned out delicious but also camping in the desert

Petra of Yordania

The first place in my bucket list was to visit Petra, The Lost City, which is located thousands of kilometers away from Indonesia. The place that I know through the film Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989), this indeed has made me, since childhood, curious as hell. Can see immediately place all this time I can only imagine, really makes my skin crawl.
In the center of Shara Mountains closed to the outside world, Petra is already stands since 2,000 years ago. Petra achieve success in the era of the kingdom of Nabatean era, around the 1st century BC. Frankincense trade (a kind of fragrant wood rosin and basic materials were used for perfume), myrrh (a type of tree sap for perfume base material), as well as spices make this city rich.
After that, Petra alternated dominated many kingdoms. Had the kingdom ruled by the Greeks, Romans, until finally captured by Sultan Saladin of the hands of Catholic forces in 1187 AD during the Crusades. After that, Petra thought lost, until it was rediscovered by a Swiss explorer named Johan Burckhardt in 1812.
Towards the center of Petra, we had to walk past the Bab Al-Siq, whose length is approximately 800 meters. Along the Bab Al-Siq, we’ve begun to see the stone ruins of offerings, obelisks, tombs, until the houses are carved into the side of the mountain by the Nabatean tribes in the 1st century BC. If not strong running, you can choose to ride horses, which has cost already includes the entrance fee of 29 Jordanian dinars, or about Rp550.000.
After the Bab Al-Siq, there is a dam built to divert flood Nabatean tribe, by making a 88 meter long cave that split the rock. Nabatean tribe is known as an expert on the affairs of the water system. Then, like grabbing a big surprise that awaits, I had to pass through a narrow road along the 1.2 kilometer before getting the surprise. The road is flanked by rocks 70 meters high is called The Siq. There are two drains in the stone wall along the Siq. Dramatic effects caused by rock cliffs that protect the Siq makes me more enthusiastic. Moreover, many carvings on the sides, as if showing their stately life thousands of years ago.
Finally, we arrived at the end of the Siq open and show buildings that may have been little known, but still full of mystery, namely The Treasury (Al Khazna). Wow. I was thrilled and fascinated. With a height of 40 meters, Al Khazna is a beautiful building carved into the mountain rock. By decorating the pillars, lis flowers wrapped around pillars and statues. Roof storage precious objects decorated by an urn that supposedly is Pharaoh, who put when the Egyptians mastered Petra.
Passing Al Khazna, I was down the street in the middle of the city of Petra. All around, the rocks were carved into homes, cemeteries, churches, mosques, pillars, and shrines. Includes a sacrifice that is located on a hill, and can only be reached via a steep stone staircase. A theater that can accommodate up to 4,000 visitors seemed carved on a mountain side, the left. To keep the continuity, theater can only be seen from the outside, visitors are prohibited from entering.
At the end of the street, located slightly upward, seemed The Royal Tombs. This beautiful large building is the tomb of the royal members or people who are considered to be very important. The building structure is entirely built by chiseling a rock.
Then there are also churches and temples. Farthest and highest is The Monastery (Ad-Deir). You might be able to recognize it in the movie Transformers 2, Revenge of The Fallen. The building is the largest in Petra, with a width of 47 meters and a height of 48.3 meters. In it there is a bench and an altar, on the wall behind. This monastery was built in the 2nd century BC and was used as a church in the time of King government Rabel II. To get there, take a long time and the condition of the body fit, because visitors must climb 1,000 stairs first.
Unfortunately, our time is limited. It was not satisfied. Finally we went back down the Siq and the Bab-Al-Siq to return. Goodbye Petra.

Temple of Hercules Yordania

In this journey, I visited the capital of Jordan, Amman. Here’s the story goes.
Finally, Royal Jordanian plane that took me and his entourage landed smoothly at Queen Alia Airport, Amman, capital of Jordan. Although tired after the flight from Jakarta to Amman for 12 hours, I along with a friend of journalists and bloggers from Indonesia to keep the spirit started our visit at one of the oldest cities in the world.
With an area of ​​92 300 square kilometers, Jordan is in the center of the Middle East. Adjacent to Syria in the north, Iraq in the east, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, as well as Palestine and Israel in the west. Jordan is famous for having many historical places that represent the world’s great civilizations in the past.
Many great nations are trying to control and silence here, from the Kingdom of ancient Iraq as Sumerian, Babylonian, and Mesopotamian. Pharaoh of Egypt, to nomadic Nabateans, and the kingdom of classical civilization, Greeks, Romans, and Persians, and Ottoman empire. It makes a lot of world heritage found in Jordan. Including the remains of the Prophet, remember the location of Jordan which is located between Mecca and Jerusalem, where three great religions were born.
Amman city has existed since Neolithic times around 6500 BC. Amman also mentioned in the Old Testament, the name Rabbat-Ammon, who was then in power Ammonite rate (around 1200 BC). When in the Roman Empire, Amman known as Philadelphia. Until finally the city is ruled by the Umayyad dynasty and restored his name to Amman, after returning victorious in the Ottoman Empire.
Amman has now become old and modern city inhabited by around 4 million of the 7 million population of Jordan. Fueled by the ruins of the ancient city, such as the Roman Theatre, Roman temple and several Byzantine churches. Jordan also has many modern facilities like the capital city, such as museums, good infrastructure, shops, world class restaurants, as well as five-star hotel.
Hercules in Amman Citadel
There are dozens of ruins in Jordan, we visited with our guide, Waleed Haseyat, from the Jordan Tourism Board. One of them is a historic site located in the middle of Amman, the Amman Citadel, or Jabal al-Qal’a. Site of the ruins which are part of the heritage town of Roman, Byzantine, and another empire, located on top of one of the seven hills in Amman.
This historic complex consisting of the Temple of Hercules, Byzantine churches, as well as the ruins of the mosque and the lounge area of ​​the caliphs. Any of these ruins, it appears the greatness of the kingdoms. There are also pieces of sculpture hand sofa for one seat, allegedly part of a statue of Hercules. “Imagine how big the statue is intact,” said Waleed.
Unfortunately, all the witnesses of history was destroyed by the massive earthquake that hit the area in 749 AD. However, if you want to know more fully the history of civilization in Jordan, visitors can see it in Jordan Archeological Museum in the same complex.
From the top of Citadel, we are treated to views of downtown Amman. In the midst of the hustle and population density of the city, seemed a Roman theater, known as the Roman Theatre. Uniquely, the theater built by Greek used by Roman society. There is a difference between Greek and Roman theater. Theater seat made in Greece has always been carved in the side of a hill or a rock. So, part of the audience is part of the rock. While the Roman Theater has always set itself apart or stand-alone, not being part of the rock.