I was making my way to Hyderabad airport yesterday when I saw a huge hoarding on one side of the road with a magnificent image of the Treasury Building in Petra, Jordan. This hoarding was of course put up there by Visit Jordan and yes you should visit Jordan, read why.
But looking at the poster just brought back memories about how awed I was when I visited Petra. They say that Petra and The Grand Canyon are two sites on the planet that never fail to impress you. To understand this remember how many times you looked at images of artifacts or monuments in books or websites which then got your imagination revved up about how magnificent or large these things were. When finally you saw them for real *poof* everything seemed so much smaller than you expected them to be.
This doesn’t happen with Petra- because it is always larger and more magnificent than you expect it to be! Look at the camels and look at the Treasury- it is immense. You are even more humbled when you think of the efforts of the men who carved these features into the face of the rock (nothing that you see now was built stone by stone, everything was just hollowed out or carved into the rock face).
Of course the feeling of being awed is also heightened by the long walk through the Siq- a narrow gorge that’s more than a kilometre long winding its way this way and that way until you finally see it…