A place dazzling with culture and historical treasure, Egypt play home to ancient Pharaohs, temples, and tombs. But what people often overlook is that these are not all that the country has to offer.
A selection of vast tracts of desert, superb scuba diving, and of course the famous Nile River, this land has something for everyone. Be it the hidden history lover in you or the dormant adventure junky Egypt is one of the few places to offer something for everyone.
Beach lovers flock at the Sinai to soak up the beauty of the sun, while archaeology fans will have a field day in Luxor. Cairo is the magnet for the city slickers while Siwa oasis is actually an oasis for people tired from the mechanical and corporate and gives them a taste of the slow pace of the countryside.
So hold on tight and ready your binoculars as we traverse the lands filled with the sense of adventure.
1 Pyramids of Giza
One of the Seven Wonder of the world, one of the few surviving wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the country.
Originally built to the tomb for the mighty Pharaohs and guarded by the enigmatic Sphinx, Giza's pyramid structure has an intricate touch to its construction and a complex built which has awed travelers and archaeologists since ages.
Still a part of an ancient world, this is one of the parts that interest the tourists from around the world. The designations for the pyramids- Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, corresponding to the kings for whom they were initially built.
The one lingering question in everyone's head remains how the pyramids were built, has several theories but yet doesn't have a satisfactory. Yet this is one place that one simply cannot afford to miss on the tour to Egypt, for Egypt is not Egpyt without its pyramids.
2 The Valley of the Kings
The ancient Egyptians had a tradition of building massive public monuments of the pharaohs in order to also spend time and treasure creating hidden underground mausoleums beneath them. One of the results of this tradition was Valley of the Kings lying on the west bank of Nile.
During the reign of Egypt's New Kingdom, the valley has become a royal burial ground holding the bodies of pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II, as well as queens, high priests, and other elites of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties.
The tombs hold elaborate preparations for the next world, in which humans were promised continuing life, hence leading to the underground tombs to be well stocked with all the material goods a ruler might need in the next world.
Today the place holds the interest of archaeologists and history students from all over the world into the depths of the magical history of Egypt.
3 Islamic Cairo
A district crammed up with mosques madrassas and ancient monuments, Islamic Cairo, complete with narrow lanes is one of the most visited areas in Egypt.
If one stands here and looks around he can find the labyrinth shopping souk of Khan el-Khalili where coppersmiths and artisans still have their tiny workshops, and stalls are laden with ceramics, textiles, spice, and perfume.
The center occupied by the market is surrounded by a muddle of roads, a preserved museum of some of the most intricate preserved architecture of the old Islamic empires, holding their essence intact.
A visit to the wealthy history including Al-Azhar Mosque and the dazzling Sultan Hassan Mosque and the ancient medieval gate of Bab Zuweila providing the spectator with the best minaret-speckled panoramas all across the district.
Set upon the winding curves of the Nile, Aswan is the most tranquil town in Egypt. Having orange-hued dunes in the backdrop, this poses as the perfect place to visit with an amount of time in the bank.
The place has a large number of activities to pursue such as the river ferry to the Elephantine Island and stroll the colorful streets of the Nubian villages, riding a camel to the desert monastery of St. Simeon on the East Bank, or as simple as drinking from the endless cups of teas on one of the riverboat restaurants, while absorbing the lateen-sailed feluccas drift with time.
The place is oozing with history, having plenty of historic sites here and numerous temples nearby, but what steals the show is the slow life watching the water wave by.
5 Abu Simbel
Adorned with colossal statuary, Abu Simbel is a special something even in a country festooned with temples.
The interior of the place is decorated with a wide diversity of wall paintings and other artifacts. Famous for the megalithic proportions, The Abu Simbel is also known for the incredible feat which was that the temple changed its original setting and disappeared under the water because of the Aswan Dam. It was after the UNESCO operation launched in 1960 that people were able to recover it.
It is held as one of the best places in Egpyt and is one that you just cannot afford to miss.
6 White Desert
Filled with surreally shaped chalk mountains, White desert is Egypt's kookiest natural wonder, which resembles a snowy wonderland in the middle of arid sand.
The landscape of the place resembles a science fiction setting, complete with blindingly white boulders and ice-berg pinnacles.
The place poses as a paradise for desert fans and adventure junkies, posing as the ultimate weird playground. People fed up with visiting temples can have a change of setting is this place. Also a great change of pace from civilizations this gives one an insight in the uniqueness of nature in Egypt setting it apart from other nations
But then to each his own, the experiences vary on how the trips are planned. Do share some of yours in the comment section