5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Jordan Now

Think of Jordan and the first thing that comes to mind is Petra- but of course you also think about the unrest in the Middle East and wonder if it’s the right time to visit. Here’s 5 reasons why I think now is a great time to visit Jordan.

Reason No 1: Jordan is absolutely safe

You might not think it when you see the media coverage about the unrest in the Middle East but Jordan is completely safe. Even though Jordan lies smack in the middle of a zone of turmoil, it is perfectly peaceful and safe. Jordan is a stable country (monarchy) that has very well policed borders and also very low rates of crime within the country so you are as safe as you will be anywhere else in the world. That is stick to the normal precautions you would take when visiting any normal country in the world and you’re all set to go!

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Take a Desert Safari through Wadi Rum

Jordanians are quite friendly. Although not speaking Arabic is definitely a barrier most people can manage a basic level of English and are quite helpful. Understand that people on the other side can be shy and sometimes that can come across as being rude.

Reason No 2: Jordan packs a punch

Jordan is not a very big country. It’s quite small and has a population of about 8 million people. However Jordan is full of interesting destinations to visit. Whether you love history, culture, adventure, nature or just plain relaxation Jordan has a place for you. I’m a history buff and I was stunned by the extensive Roman ruins in places like Jerash (I can’t believe it’s not yet a world heritage site designated by UNESCO), desert castles and of course the remains of the Nabatean city of Petra- which is one of the New Wonders of the World (for a great reason- it is awe inspiring!)

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The Roman Columns at the Oval Plaza, Jerash

Reason No 3: Ease of Access

And I don’t just mean that Amman- the capital city of Jordan- is well connected to the rest of the world by international flight connections. If you like me hold a passport which requires a visa to enter any country you will be delighted to hear that Jordan gives Visa on Arrival for a lot of nationalities (for more detailed information visit http://www.visitjordan.com/default.aspx). This saves you a lot of planning and documentation. For Indians you can get visa on arrival (costs 40 JOD but can be waived- read on) at Jordan provided you are there as a tourist, you don’t intend to stay longer than 2 weeks (confirmed return tickets) and you have confirmed accomodation/ itinerary and/ or about USD 2000 in cash (check regularly for any changes- this is from my experience). If you want to travel but groan about the hassle of getting a visa- Jordan’s a great place to go.

Reason No 4: JORDAN PASS

Every country/ city that places a certain importance to tourism has some kind of pass mechanisms that offers benefits on tourists. Jordan Pass is the mother of all passes. There are three different passes you can choose from (depending on the amount of time you want to spend at Petra). The base pass costs 70 JOD (seems like a lot of money but wait!) and offers free access (yes free not discounted) to most of the important monuments all across Jordan for 2 weeks starting from the date of first use. For example it costs 50 JOD for one day to get into Petra. Buy a Jordan pass and you get in for FREE. Which means you’ve already made up the 50 JOD you spent for the pass. Most other archaeological sites charge anywhere between 1 JOD and 10 JOD for entry and you get all of that waived with your Jordan Pass.

But the best part? If you spend at least three nights in Jordan and you buy your pass online before you enter the country, the Visa on Arrival fee of 40 JOD is waived (please check exact conditions before you travel). Which means that even if you just visit Petra and you get a visa on arrival you’ve already saved money!

Reason No 5: You get the place for yourself

It’s every tourist’s dream- to have the site for yourself. Obviously this is not a great thing for Jordan- that tourists have stopped coming to the country in large numbers. But it’s great news for you and me. In most sites there were just a few other people and you get to enjoy everything in peace and quiet. Think about any crowded tourist site you’ve been to and think about how much more you would have enjoyed the experience if there hadn’t been so many people- that is Jordan right now!

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The desert castle of Al Kharahanah- we had the entire place to ourselves

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and jet set go!

It may make it easier to have a local tour operator arrange your entire itinerary for you. We used Travel Jordan agency and they were great!

(All opinions are my own- and my visit was not sponsored by anybody so it’s all honesty here ).

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Sableyes says:

    How big was the desert castle? Was it with a guide or were you just aloud to walk about?

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Hi there! They’re all different sizes- the one in the picture is fairly large- about the size of a regular small castle. Qasr Amra is much smaller.
      You don’t have to have a guide and you can just walk around. However you can only take a taxi or a guide car to get there- no public transport. Hope that helps.

  2. Lav says:

    I second that! It was a wonderful experience!!! Go! Go! Go!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      That’s right!

  3. arv! says:

    Interesting post…The idea of buying pass is certainly, good one and shows that tourism authorities are keen on promoting tourism in the country!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      That’s right- it’s pretty new- only introduced earlier this year so we may see a few tweaks but it’s a great initiative!

  4. Nirmala says:

    Amazing! Good information for friends wanting to travel.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

  5. Kates Blog says:

    great positive post = ) like the wadi rum photo! what a view! Hope to visit there when my parents come to visit me next year

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you for visiting. I hope you get to visit too!

  6. I totally agree with you about Jordan. We visited in 2013 and we absolutely loved the country and would go back anytime…(Suzanne)

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Me too! I loved the country and keep thinking I must go back!

  7. sab says:

    Bientôt pour moi!! Comme j’ai hate!!😉

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Chouette! Comme j’ai envie d’y rentrer un jour!

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