If we said there is a city that was influenced first by the Nabateans, then by the Romans and then was rediscovered by a Swiss explorer named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, will you believe it? Well, if you don’t then Petra is a city which is being talked about. The city which in 2008 became one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” has been inhabited since prehistoric times and is half carved into rock and is half built and who wouldn’t want to visit such an interesting destination?! There are many fascinating places to visit in Petra and here you just cannot go wrong. The city lying between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea is also known as the “Rose City” and is home to many caves, temples and tombs.
Best Time To Visit Petra
You wouldn’t want to visit Petra during summer unless you want to explore some of the best places to visit in Petra in the stifling heat. The best time to visit Petra is during Spring which is from May through September or during the fall months which for Petra are from September to November. The temperatures range between 18 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius and the weather is very pleasant.
8 Spectacular Petra Attractions
Situated between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea the spectacular “Rose City” is half carved and half built and was originally known as Raqmu. Built in the 6th century BC the city is home to many popular tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage site too. Without further ado, let’s get to the many exciting places to visit in Petra.
As-Siq or Siq is a mystical corridor that leads to Petra. Siq when translated to English means ‘shaft’ and was formed when a mountain broke into two due to tectonic forces. A walk through this corridor will be nothing less than magical and with walls towering over your head it will be slightly scary too. But it’s all worth it as As-Siq is one of the most important and best places to visit in Petra.
Location: Al-Siq, Jordan
If you are someone for whom a trip is incomplete without undertaking an adventure then hike to Al-Deir Monastery in Petra which is one of the most phenomenal places to visit in Petra, Jordan and you will be surprised to see how well preserved the place is. Not just that you can enjoy some delectable delicacies here with a view. If you prefer eating healthy then try out a cup of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and you will be so delighted.
Location: Ad-Deir, Jordan
Timings: Open 24 hours
3. Colonnaded Street
You have to see it to believe it. If that is how you roll then the Colonnaded Street is one of the places to go in Petra. Built somewhere around 106 AD the street depicts the Roman influence on the city. Following the standard pattern of the typical east-west oriented decamanus, the Colonnaded Street has shops on both sides and you can’t miss this one.
Location: Colonnaded St, Jordan
Timings: Open 24 hours
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4. Al Khazneh
One of the most famous Petra attractions, the Al Khazneh is believed to be the most elaborate and extravagant treasury in Petra. Light to darkness is what exploring the place will feel like but we bet you will feel enlightened when you come out. Al Khazneh means ‘The Treasury’ when translated and is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to visit in Petra.
Location: Al-Khazneh, Petra, Jordan
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM (Monday to Thursday and Sunday); Closed on Friday and Saturday
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5. Royal Tombs
Ever heard of interesting burial places? If you have, great! If not, then Petra has one and you should visit it as soon as you can. Time and erosion has affected it severely and the place has somewhat lost its charm but the place is still an important site. Built originally for Nabatean King Malichus II in the 1st century AD, this place was made into a church some 400 years later and then into a tomb.
Location: Wadi Musa, Petra, Jordan
Timings: 6:30 AM – 6 PM
6. Qasr al-Bint
A 76 foot structure that is believed to be the most important temple in Petra is still very much alive and one of the most fascinating places to visit in Petra. It is confirmed that the walls of Qasr Al-Bint were once painted in bright colours and were embellished with the carvings of the busts of many gods. The Qasr al-Bint is the only freestanding building in Petra and one of the most important Petra attractions.
Location: Qasr al-Bint, Petra, Jordan
7. Petra Theater
Built in the 1st Century AD by the Nabateans, the Petra Theater is made out of rock and had the capacity to hold 3,000 people initially. The Romans expanded the theater when they came in and the capacity of the theater increased to 7000. However, there was an earthquake in 363 BC and the theater was damaged and was then further dismantled to build other structures. But it still remains one of the most important places to visit in Petra.
Location: Petra, Jordan
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8. High Place Of Sacrifice
If you want the best views of Jordan then High Place of Sacrifice is the one place in Petra that you can’t miss. One of the most approachable and accessible high places to visit in Petra, Jordan the High Place of Sacrifice is a place you can reach by hiking. If you don’t feel like it, you can also take a donkey ride which will cost you only JD 10 (INR 1015). The place was built atop Jebel Madbah back in the day when animal sacrifices used to happen and there was a need to chanel the blood.
Location: Jebel Madbah, Petra, Jordan
The UNESCO World Heritage site, Petra which is one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” since 2008 is a site to behold and a place that must be on your bucket list if you love exploring history and more so if you love adventure. If you are convinced that this is the place where you should be headed to, next, then check out these customizable options for a trip to Jordan and plan your trip with TravelTriangle.
Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Petra
A. Guides can be very inexpensive and if you split the costs with your travel buddies, it’s very well worth it.
A. These days, the official info is that Bedouins are the only one who is allowed to live on the site. They used to live in caves on the site, but these days they might occasionally sleep in their local stalls.
A. You can comfortably see Petra in a day.
A. Places to visit in Jordan that aren’t Petra, Amman or the Dead:
1. Dana Biosphere Reserve
2. Umm Qais
6. Al Karak
7. Wadi Rum
8. Azraq Wetland Reserve
A. Here are 6 places in Petra you can’t miss:
1. The Street of Facades
2. The Theatre
3. High Place of Sacrifice
4. The Garden Temple
5. The Tomb of the Roman Soldier
6. The Monastery
A. The long, winding path through Petra’s Siq is 1.2 km long and will take you around 20 minutes if you gun it.
A. Pack a pair of light, breathable pants instead (go for lighter colours to reflect the heat). A lightweight jumper/sweater: Nights in Wadi Rum can get pretty cold.
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