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Monday, 15 December 2014

ADVENTUROUS EGYPT!

Entering the magical world of Egypt tourist can witness the beautiful monuments depicting the ancient Egypt, beautiful beaches and the stunning deserts. Egypt offers a great opportunity to experience the rich culture portraying the glorifying history and old traditions. One can get mesmerized in the temples, tombs, museums, monuments that display ancient artefacts such as coins, ceramic art, ancient emperors, mosaics, sarcophagi and mummies. The famous sound and light show at the Temple of Philae or Abu-Simbel is one of the most renowned place in Egypt.

It is on the best of destination for adventure lovers. Egypt award tourists with exciting sports like quad biking in eastern desert, rambling the Sinai Mountains and camping in the white desert. Another thrilling and miraculous adventurous sport to explore in Egypt is diving. Diving through the coasts of Egypt an individual can feel the underwater wealth of undersea life. The exceptional underwater living can be discovered by means of German submarine. Kite surfing in Safaga offers immense fun.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the most eminent structures listed in the seven wonders of ancient world. It is one of the greatest architectural structures made by man and is the oldest about 5000 years ago. It is only wonder present amongst the Seven Wonders of the World. The pyramids in Giza mainly includes 3 pyramids viz. the Great Pyramid of Khufu(or Cheops), the Pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura.

Each pyramid is dedicated to a king of Egypt. The Sphinx lies in the front also called Abu al – Hol in Arabic which means “Father of Terror”. The entrance of the pyramid is north facing and placed at a great height. The entrance is also connected to a passageway which slide down 191 ft through the pyramid into an underground chamber.

This passage takes a person to Grand Gallery which ultimately leads to the Pharaoh’s Chamber. It is built with red granite, and it is believed that the pyramid was constructed around the sarcophagus. Airshafts were also explored in the pyramids. The four airshafts were considered as the “escape routes” for the Pharaoh’s soul. Two of the airshaft directs to Orion and the other two direct towards the polar stars.

Initially, the Great Pyramid of Giza was constructed to display Egypt’s wealth and power but at present the pyramids are a symbol depicts Egypt’s rich history and culture. The Great Pyramid of Giza is a witness to the Intelligence and technological advancement of Egypt’s ancient civilization.

The Interesting Facts
1. The pyramid is constructed with about 2,30,000 stone blocks with weight of 2-30 tons and some even weigh upto 70 tons.
 2. Two types of limestones were used in pyramid construction. The core blocks were made by soft limestone and a hard white limestone was used for the mantle.
 3. The Great Pyramid could be seen from the mountains of Isarel and even moon due to its mantle.
4. The Pyramid is located at the centre of the land mass of the earth.
 5. The cornerstone present in the pyramid have ball and socket which have the capability to deal with heat expansion and earthquakes.

Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel is the most well known monument of ancient Egypt after The Great Pyramids of Egypt. Words can't explain the amazing view when you see the marvelous sunrise upon Abu Simbel temple every day.

The most spectacular feature about this monument is that it is built on the solid rocks above the banks of Nile River between the first and second cataracts. A beautiful sound and light show is played daily. In addition, Abu Simbel festival takes place twice a year in February and October. The natural sunlight and excellent architecture lights up the temple.

It’s a breathtaking sight and the music, dance and food completely complements the festival and creates a beautiful environment. Abu Simbel is located near the Egyptian border with Sudan. The closest town to the temple is Aswan. The best way to reach Abu Simbel is by boat.

Interesting Facts:
1. The Abu Simbel Temple is made of two individual temples which were build during the rule of King Ramses II in 1200 B.C. One temple is dedicated to King Ramses II and second one to his wife Queen Nefertari.

2. The Nefertari Hotel is the closest to Abu Simbel Temple and is located at a walking distance.

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