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How to visit Petra in Jordan? A brief guide for first-time travellers

If visiting ancient archaeological marvels interests you or has been on your bucket list for quite some time, you must visit Petra in Jordan at least once in your lifetime. One of the seven wonders of the modern world, Petra’s story is magical. An architectural marvel carved into a majestic rock mountain, hidden away in a desert wadi, the city of Petra was the capital of the Nabateans’ empire.

If you plan next holiday destination, it is crucial to start planning your finances now. Until then, here are the details on Jordan tourism, the best time to visit Jordan, Petra, and places to visit in Petra, so that you can set your financial goals and itinerary accordingly.

Places to visit in Petra, Jordan

There are many breathtaking places to visit in Petra, provided you are ready to endure a little bit of heat.

  • The most famous landmark is Bab As-Siq, or shaft, in English. The As-Siq corridor was formed when tectonic forces broke two mountains in half, and it is magnificent, to say the least
  • A trek to the Ad-Deir or monastery is a must if you have an adventurous streak. Climb the 800 steps to revel in the view from the top
  • The Colonnaded street with its Roman influence may interest history enthusiasts
  • The famous Al Khazneh, or treasury in English, was built for King Aretas III. It is carved out of a sandstone rock face

While these are listed as some of the best places to visit in Petra, you will find countless other options if you’re staying in Petra for a longer period.

Ways to visit Petra in Jordan

There are two ways to visit Petra in Jordan.

  • From Amman or Aqaba in Jordan
  • From Tel Aviv or Eilat in Israel

Travel companies in all four cities offer packages including transport, stay, and options for places to visit in Petra. However, for a hassle-free experience, check out packages by the official Jordan tourism board.

Best time to visit Petra in Jordan

The city is located in a desert, and summers in Petra can be unbearably hot. Therefore, the best time to visit Petra in Jordan is in the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) months, when the weather is pleasant.

Cost of tickets while visiting Petra in Jordan

A one-day pass to visit Petra costs JD 50 (USD 70; a little more than INR 5,000) per person with an additional JD 5 per day, for the second and third days. However, you can get a JD 40 refund if you return the next day. Children below 15 years of age get free entry. You can hire tour guides for JD 50–100.

To avoid hidden or additional costs, it is advisable to check prices with the Jordan tourism office online or on-site.

Start saving for your dream vacation

Petra in Jordan is a must-visit travel destination. There are activities for everyone and some remarkable historical expeditions to choose from. You can start saving and investing right away, through mutual funds and a systematic investment plan to reach your financial goal of visiting this wonder. You can also reach out to a good financial advisor that can help you with your broader financial plans to ensure that your financial goals are met.

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