Jordan is a tiny middle-eastern country bordering Israel, Syria & Saudi Arabia. Not many people from India travel to Jordan, but it has got two amazing wonders One is the Dead sea (natural wonder) & the other is the Lost city of Petra (world wonder).
I was working in Muscat, Oman. So travelling to the nearby middle-eastern countries was easy. Travelling from India, you can connect via Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai
WHAT WE DID
WHAT WE MISSED
The Capital City
You can never Sink
The World Wonder
Red Sea Diving
Petra by Night
Missed the lights
Things to Know before you Go
Visa: On- arrival Visa for Indian passport Holders.
Currency: The currency in Jordan is Dinar. 1 Dinar is equivalent to about 100 Indian rupees. Jordan is not a cheap destination, you can still do budget travel, but limited to Amman
Best way to travel in Amman: Shared taxis and cabs are available and it is the cheapest way to travel. Going to the dead sea or Petra, it is better to rent a car or book a taxi to get you to and fro
Arabic is the official language of the city, but you can find English widely spoken and boards/signs in English. Tourism is one of the main sources of income to the country
Food is mostly kebabs & falafel sandwiches. It is inexpensive as well. We didn’t try any fine or mid-range dining, as we had two day trips in 3 days time
Credit Cards and ATMs: We used our cards in some of the restaurants in Amman, but to be on the safer side, we withdrew cash and kept it ready.
How we got to Jordan
We flew from Muscat Airport, Oman to Queen Alia International Airport, Amman and it took 4 hours one way.
The easiest and hassle free option to get to the city centre is taxi, will cost 7 to 10 USD depending on your place of accommodation. Public transportation is still available, cheaper than taxi's, but we were unsure. Uber is another option
As it was a last minute trip, we didn't do our basic research and so we lost out on the Jordan pass. We highly recommend to buy this. It will save a lot of money.
WHAT IS JORDAN PASS?
The Jordan Pass is the ultimate sightseeing package that gives pass holders hassle-free prepaid entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan including Petra. It also waives off tourist entry visa fees if you purchase the Jordan Pass before arrival to Jordan and stay a minimum of three nights (4 days).
Jordan was marginally on the higher side compared to the other Middle eastern countries cost wise.
We flew Gulf Air, Muscat to Amman via Bahrain
You can get a decent enough accommodation in the city for USD 20 and dorms starts at 10 USD. We stayed in our friends apartment, thereby saving some money
Eating out was again not expensive. 10 Jordanian Dinars/person/meal
Taxi to Dead sea - USD 20 one way
Taxi to Petra - USD 220 one way(we were 4, so 75$/person)
Where to Stay
As we mentioned earlier, we stayed in Hostels, Hotels, Resorts, Airbnb’s
Here are some of my favourite places to find accommodation options around the world:
If you’re traveling solo, we recommend staying in a hostel. You will meet fellow travellers and it’s a great way to have fun. It saves you money. If you prefer privacy, you can still get a private room, but you can also get to know people.
From what we read, you can find budget & mid-range accommodations in Amman easily. But, when you travel into the desert or Petra, it’s only the premium resorts or 5-star accommodations. It’s better to do some research and book according to your travel plan.
For me, I stayed in one of my friend’s apartment. So I didn’t look for any outside accommodation. If I had to search, I would have preferred the hostels or budget accommodation in
Ideally we would have liked to spend 5+ days, but you need minimum of three days to get the highlights of the country. We spent one day in the city, one day in Dead sea and did a day trip to Petra