7 CITIES YOU SHOULD VISIT WHEN IN EGYPT
January 1, 1970
by Aishwarya Sebin
Egypt has always held a special place in my heart. I lived in Egypt for almost 2 months doing a tourism
internship. While I was there, I visited quite a few places. Visiting different places was actually a part of my job. Yeah, that’s right! My job there was very cool. Now, when I am sitting in front of my computer and thinking what to write about my days in Egypt, I really can’t explain how overwhelming it is to me.
The cities/towns mentioned below, each one of them is very special to my heart and I have a lot of memories there, so I cannot really number them according to my favourites, so I have just randomly listed them down below.
Cairo is probably where you would land. It, being the capital city, all major flights are connected to Cairo. So, Cairo is just like any other city in the world, but what makes it so special? Is it the Egyptian culture? or Is it the tasty non-veg food you get there? or Is it the people?
The answer to this question is, it is the river Nile! A City built around a river is expected to stand-out on its own. The river Nile separates the city into two. If you are a fun-loving person, Zamalek is the place to be. You can find a lot of clubs here and many even have live music. You Just need a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a group of amazing friends to have a great time here. What is the most amazing part of it all is you can have a party on a boat, generally referred to as a felucca, and that too for only 20egp per head. Don’t get it? There is this place in Zamalek, where you can book an entire boat to yourself and a person would take you around the city. The loudspeakers in the boat will make sure you have an amazing time aboard. You can just connect your phone and play your playlist.
You can even go to Maadi. there you can do skate-boarding, watch films and play games. For an amazing view of the city, head to the Cairo Tower. If possible go there just before sunset, and wait there for the sun to set, the view would be just spectacular. And when you are talking about the view, how can one forget the Citadel of Salah Al-Din.
ASWAN AND LUXOR
History lovers! You’ll just love it here, with the land so rich in history so ancient. I took a cruise from Aswan to Luxor and had the time of my life. After all the travelling, I was so tired, it really felt good to have a day to just to sit and relax while you are on your way to a new place. The Abu Simbel temple in Aswan would just mesmerise you. It was rebuilt in the exact same way to build a dam nearby. There’s also a temple called Kom Ombo, also referred to as the crocodile temple because hundreds of crocodiles were killed here to avenge the murder of a prince.
Luxor and Aswan are all about temples. Another amazing thing in Luxor is the Valley of the Kings. Once I actually visited the place, I was suggested by my guide to go on a hot air balloon ride, the next day at dawn. I had never been on a hot air balloon before so I instantly agreed. I must say, it was the best decision I made. I witnessed the entire sunrise from about a height of 3000ft. Our guide was very enthusiastic and even showed us the Valley of the Kings from atop. It was a sight to see!
Like Dolphins? Ain Sokhna is home to hundreds of them. The dolphins here are so friendly, you can practically touch the wild dolphins. There were around 20 of us, and we hired a yacht and went into the sea. We spent an entire day in there. As soon as we were done with our breakfast, we changed into our swimsuits and jumped into the sea. Suddenly, one of my friends spotted a fin approaching us. I was so scared, I practically ran for my life, as I thought it to be a shark’s fin. Later, we realised it was a wild dolphin! We were swimming with about 5 of them in the next 5 minutes.
Dahab is not exactly a city, but a town. Not just a town, a beach town! Now that sounds exciting, doesn’t it? When people think of Egypt, the first few things that probably comes to their mind are pyramids, deserts, mummies and ancient temples. But do they ever think of beaches? Let me tell you guys,
Dahab is probably one of the most beautiful little beach towns you’ll see. You can just relax and have fun here. The vibe here is so amazing, you’ll probably forget all the superstitions about Egypt. The best part of this place is it has amazing water bodies! Snorkelling at the blue hole would overwhelm you to a point you’ll start thinking, how little we are in this world. This place has some really amazing corals. Also, the Dahab Lagoona is so pretty, you’ll never feel like leaving this place. The people here lead a very simple life. When you are in Dahab, please do NOT forget to get your hands on the Dahab pants! It’s so soft and comfortable, I regret buying just one.
Also, while I was there, I went on a trek to St. Catherine at night and watched the sunrise from the top. Oh! It was a sight I would remember forever… though the trek down was a bit tricky. All the restaurants here are themed restaurants, so take your pick, every one of them would be amazing.
BLACK AND WHITE DESERT
I went on a desert safari when I was in Egypt.
Pretty much mandatory when you are in an Arab country, I think. Anyway, this desert safari was nothing like the ones I had before.The place is very beautiful with many hot springs, oasis and natural sculptures. We slept in open in the desert and were in the constant fear of desert foxes and other animals. But when we looked up to the sky…all was forgotten.I would have seen at least 10 shooting stars that day. The guys who took us had done all the arrangements. They even carried food to cook along with ice cold water. We ate fried chicken for dinner that night.
Another major town in Egypt is Alexandria.
With such beautiful beaches, it attracts a lot of crowd. There are many beach shacks in this place and it also has a restaurant called Alban Swissra where you’ll get amazing cheesy food. The place is comparatively cleaner than Cairo. Also, the Citadel of Qaitbay has an amazing view to offer.