After Oman, Jordan has now relaxed visa norms for Indians. Find out why this country is worth spending your summers at this year. By Shikha Pushpan

 

Let’s admit it; the idea of a Middle Eastern holiday, for most of us, is often limited to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Turkey, Israel, and Bahrain (of late). However, with a ‘Visa on Arrival’ available for Indian travellers now, it is time to dig deep into the luxury experiences on offer in Jordan.

 

The Jordan Tourism has relaxed its visa norms for Indians, which means the only document required to gain entry into the country from any of its border crossing is a proof of onward journey or return ticket. You can also obtain visas directly through Jordanian diplomatic missions before you travel. While we’re busy hunting a new destination for our summer vacation, find out why Jordan should be on the top of your bucket list this year.

 

 

Swim at the Lowest Point on Earth

 If you’re visiting Jordan, make sure you visit the lowest point on Earth—Dead Sea. Almost 10 times saltier than normal sea water, Dead Sea is rich in minerals and helps you stay afloat more easily. So, don’t forget to take your book and a hat for a leisurely read under the sun, in the sea. However, if you’re more inclined towards wellness, the spa at Four Seasons Hotel Amman offers mud treatments and salt scrubs using organic products straight from the Dead Sea.

 

Dead Sea

 

 

 

Wadi Rum Desert from Up and Above

Nothing beats the sheer excitement of photographing colourful hot air balloons floating in a barren, brown desert. Instead, hop on to one of these oversized balloons and go on an aerial tour of the Wadi Rum Desert. The views on offer include granite and sandstone peaks that sparkle in the sunset and canyons creating deep golden valleys. Private plane charters are also available with local tour operators, such as The Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan.

 

 

wadi rum desert

 

 

 

Visit an Ancient City at Night

 The latest entrant in the New Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient city of Petra is a must-visit for every traveller. You do not have to be a history buff to fall in love with this place. Tour the place at night and you will be overwhelmed by the sight of hundreds of lamps lighting the main structure, The Treasury. Night tours take place only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

 

petra

 

 

 

Opulent Hotels

The capital city of Amman has seen an influx of 5-star hotels in the recent past. If your idea of a perfect holiday is being pampered at a luxury hotel, while exploring local delicacies of a new destination, choose from Grand Hyatt Amman, Four Seasons Hotel Amman, InterContinental Amman, and Kempinski Hotel Amman for a memorable stay.

 

 

Four Seasons Amman