Jordan

Country Facts

Straddling some of the most strife-ridden countries in the Middle East, Jordan is one of the world's friendliest countries. From a history that goes back to Moses who stood at Mt Nebo and surveyed the promised land, to the lost city of Petra, one of the new seven wonders of the world, Jordan offers the Dead Sea, the starkness of Wadi Rum, the bustle of modern Amman and the coral-filled wonders of the Gulf of Aqaba, besides several Roman cities, Crusader castles, citadels and Biblical sites. To get under the skin of Jordon, read, 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom', by TE Lawrence, watch, 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and listen to hit album 'Khaliji', featuring Naser Musa.

  • Capital: Amman
  • Official Languages: Arabic
  • Government: Constitutional Monarchy
  • Currency: Jordanian Dinar
  • Time Zone: +3:00 GMT (3½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 00962

When To Go

Best time to visit: April to May and September to October. The average temperature in Jordan is 17.5°C. The highest monthly average temperature is 33°C in August, while the lowest average temperature is 4°C in January.

What To Do

Authentic Jordanian cuisine can range from grilling, to stuffing of vegetables, meat, and poultry. Roasting, and preparing foods with special sauces is also common. Mezze platters are the norm for appetisers.


What to eat and drink
  • Mensaf: Bedouin dish of whole lamb on rice and pine nuts
  • Mutabbal: Aubergine dip
  • Shourabat 'adas: Lentil soup
  • Cardamom-spiced chicken with rice
  • Mussakhan: Chicken quarters baked and served on pieces of flat soft bread covered with chopped onions, pine-nuts
  • Shawaramah: Thin cuts of beef, lamb or chicken cooked on a spit and stuffed into pitta bread with tahina and pickles
  • Fattayer and Sambusak: Savoury stuffed pastries
  • Manaeesh: Flat bread with powdered oregano and sesame seeds
  • Sfeeha: A flat dough spread with spicy minced meat
  • Baclava
  • Jordanian beer
  • Tea

Nightlife

Decorated sand bottles, carpets, rugs, mosaics, sweets such as kunafa, basbousa and baklava, earthenware, headscarves, silver, knives, narghilas (water pipes), jewelery boxes, embroidered cloth, ceramics.


Shopping

Decorated sand bottles, carpets, rugs, mosaics, sweets such as kunafa, basbousa and baklava, earthenware, headscarves, silver, knives, narghilas (water pipes), jewelery boxes, embroidered cloth, ceramics.

Packages

Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.

Attractions

Travel Tips

VISA

http://international.visitjordan.com/generalinformation/entryintojordan.aspx


HOW TO GET THERE
By Air

Jordan is very well connected to the outside world. Queen Alia International airport is the busiest and biggest airport and a major gateway for foreign tourists.


TRANSPORT WITHIN JORDAN
By Bus

The most common way of getting between cities is by bus most of which are fifteen or eighteen seater. Some larger buses and air conditioned coaches also serve as public transport. Bus fares are very low.


By Air

Royal Jordanian operates the only domestic flight. It isn’t expensive and means you can travel from city centre to city centre in very less time. In addition the airborne views over the dessert, the dead sea and the Petra mountains are exceptional.


Self Drive

There are several car rental companies like Europcar, Avis.


DO'S & DON'TS
  • Jordan is a very hot and humid country. Carrying light and cotton clothes would be advisable.
  • Hats and sunglasses are a must.
  • Good walking and trekking shoes will be of great help.
  • Carry warm clothes when visiting the dessert the temperature tends to go below zero. A difference of 20-25 degree between daytime and nighttime temperature is quite normal.

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