Egypt: One of the Best Destinations in the World to Visit
Ancient Egypt is a land of mysteries. No other civilisation has so captured the imagination of scholars and ordinary people alike. Mystery surrounds its origins, its religion and its monumental architecture: colossal temples, pyramids and also the enormous Sphinx.
The Egyptian pyramids are the most famous of all the ancient monuments, the only remaining wonder of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. The history of ancient Egypt spans the period from the early prehistoric settlements of the northern Nile valley to the Roman conquest, in 30 BC.
As life arose from the waters, similarly the seeds of civilisation were first sown along the banks of the Nile. This mighty river which flows towards north from the heart of Africa to the Mediterranean Sea, nourished the growth of the pharaonic kingdom. The long and narrow flood plain were a magnet for life itself, attracting people, animals and plants to its banks.
In the pre-dynastic times, nomadic hunters settled in the valley and began to grow crops to supplement their supply of food. Seen as a gift from the gods, the annual flooding of the river deposited nutrient rich silt over the land, creating the ideal conditions for growing wheat, flax and other crops.
The sun played a major role in Egyptian history. It was a principal deity whose passage across the sky represented the eternal cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The pharaohs were seen as gods, divine representatives on earth who, through rituals made possible the continuation of life. After death, they became immortal, joining the gods in the after world is the belief.
The Egyptians also believed that the body and soul were important to human existence, in life and death. Their funerary practices, such as mummification and burial in tombs, were designed to assist the deceased and to find their way in the after world. The tombs were filled with food, tools, domestic wares, treasures.
The most impressive tombs are the famous pyramids, shaped like the sacred mound where the gods first appeared in the creation story. These were incredibly ambitious projects, and amongst the largest structures ever built. Their construction was overseen by highly trained and skilled architects and engineers. Paid labourers moved the massive limestone blocks without the use of wheels, horses or any iron tools.
There are several legendary places to visit in Egypt. But being one of the most experienced Egypt travel agency completing 100’s of Egypt Tour packages, we would like to recommend the top three:
The Giza necropolis, situated in the immediate vicinity of the southwestern suburbs of Cairo is most likely the most famous ancient site in the world. The pyramids, together with the Sphinx at the base of the Giza plateau, form the iconic image of Egypt. Along with these major monuments are a number of smaller satellite structures, known as queen pyramids, causeways and temples.
One of the best places to visit in Egypt, the mid sized city has a lot to offer the traveller. Everything right from the ancient temples of Karnak and Luxor, to the ancient royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and spectacular desert and river scenery exists here.
Located near the mouth of Nile River delta, Egypt’s modern capital is a busy and buzzing metropolis with a long and turbulent history.
Modern Cairo is a popular starting point for cruises up through the Nile and for explorations of the Pyramids at Giza just outside the city’s limits. At the world-famous Museum of Tahrir Square, visitors can get a close-up view of the treasure of Tutankhamun as well as mummies and other artefacts from Egypt’s ancient past. Your visit to Egypt is never completed without doing Cairo tour packages.
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