You may have grown up dreaming of visiting the land of pyramids – Egypt, wandering through walls and corridors that are filled with hieroglyphics. Were you always captivated by the tales from Egyptian mythology? If yes, you’d be taken aback once you visit Egypt, the place of archaeological and historical treasures.
Despite doing boatloads of market research on this country and asking experienced travelers about tips to visit Egypt, once you’re there, you’ll always find certain elements for which you were just not prepared. This is why you should go through this travel guide before finalizing your next vacation photo shoot in Egypt.
Where Should You Go in Egypt?
Should the need arise; tourist visa holders are given a chance to renew Egypt e-visa or extend their permit. If you are done with your visa formalities, you must be eager to know where to visit once you reach the destination.
Undoubtedly, Egypt is home to one of the grandest and oldest sites in the world. There’s a lot more to Egypt than just the Giza Pyramid. From Cairo, you can take a day trip to the lesser-known pyramids, Dahshur and Saqqara. You may even spend a day or two visiting the mosques and churches found in Cairo, go out for a walk in Old Cairo, and brush up your history lessons at the Egyptian Museum, visit the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Al Azhar Park, or walk across the beautiful Muizz Street. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria can also make an engaging and interesting day trip from Cairo. When you’re in Luxor, you can not only visit the perfectly decorated tombs of the queens of Egypt but also visit the Temple of Luxor or the Karnak Temple.
Did You Know That the Pyramids of Egypt are Anti-climactic?
Once you discover the congested and high-traffic highways of Cairo, a city that is home to 22 million people, you’ll understand that the ideal image of the pyramids amidst a background of never-ending deserts is a sly trick. The Pyramid of Giza lies on the western bank of the Nile, lying at a stone-throw distance from the busy bazaars and crammed skyscrapers.
Despite all that, nothing can distract you from the beauty of Giza, one among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The UNESCO Heritage-listed site has 6 pyramids, great burial tombs built for the 4th dynasty kids nearly 4500 years back.
The shadow of the pyramids provides shelter to the camel owners who sit there to take a break in between rides. Clicking a photograph with one such camel will need $10. Although the majority of the camels look healthy and fine, yet this is an activity that isn’t suited for every traveler.
When is the Best Time to Visit Egypt?
If you’re someone who wishes to explore Egypt amidst a favorable climate and stay away from the scorching heat, then September to April is the best time to visit. The hottest months that are extremely humid in Egypt are from May to October. Try to avoid traveling at this time to make your journey comfortable.
Nevertheless, the advantages of traveling in the summer season are getting fewer crowds and easily gaining access to sites due to which you’ll be left with more time for exploring other sites. You may even choose to take a rest by the pool.
Is Egypt Safe to Travel?
It will be rather irresponsible for anyone to claim that ‘Egypt is safe’ only if you have never been subject to any issues. There have already been several examples of devastating and dangerous attacks targeting both the citizens of Egypt and tourists across the nation and hence you have to be watchful.
No, you can’t guarantee 100% safety to people but it is believed that security and safety are an issue that needs to be kept in mind seriously before traveling to a place like Egypt. Though harmful crime is uncommon, you should still stay alert about petty crimes and scams.
The long list of mega sights and consistent tourism clearly means that traveling here is an overwhelming task. However, that doesn’t make it inaccessible. Unravel the rich history of Egypt along with its fabled culture and help the country rebuild its economy.
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