Egypt's exotic scenery, cultural essence, and historical grandeur are sure to leave just anyone enthralled.
Exotic deserts, historical monuments, gorgeous beaches and the ever-flowing Nile River are the essence of Egypt. The country has long been swept away by news declaring the nation unsafe for visitors, deterring tourists from planning trips to Egypt. However, the political situation has since calmed down and it’s time to explore the roots of Egypt, a mystical country with rich culture, history, and background. Here are the top five reason to visit Egypt:
1. Egypt is home to one of the Wonders of the World
The northeastern African country is famous for the Great Pyramids of Giza—one of the famed seven wonders of the world. As one of Egypt’s most visited tourist attraction, you might want to
check out the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Sphinx while you're here. The Pyramids are known for their incredible geometry, unique shape and size despite being built approximately 4,500 years ago.
2. The Art and Culture of Egyptians
Egypt is a country famous for its advanced ancient civilization and religious society, and the plethora of temples, monuments, historic buildings across the nation prove Egypt a cultural paradise. Luxor and Cairo are home to the popular tourist attractions like the temple of Karnak, the Valley of Kings and the Egyptian Museum while Abu Simbel is a city famous for its temples and Alexandria for its rich ancient history and culture.
3. For the Desert and Water adventures
While cruising through the Nile river and exploring the vast nature of Egypt is the most famous experience, snorkeling and diving on the coasts of Egypt are other exciting adventures to enjoy. And submarine tours through the surrounding oceans will introduce you to rare species like the Sea Turtles and Manatees. If you want to experience a drier adventure, the desert safaris, sandboarding and camel rides through the mighty deserts of Egypt are well-worth experiencing.
4. Because Egyptian cuisine is mouth-wateringly delicious
Exploring new cuisines is the best part about travelling around the world and Egypt has some great delicacies you won’t find anywhere else. With influence from Middle-Eastern food and flavours, dishes like ful medames, mashed fava beans; kushari, with lentils and pasta; and molokhiya, a bush okra stew, which is the national dish of Egypt, are some of the interesting specialties of the Egyptian cuisine.
5. Cairo has one of the biggest bazaars in the Middle East
Located in the modern capital of Egypt, Khan al-Khalili is a paradise for shoppers—the bazaar has everything you’d never thought of and more. From antique jewelry to memorable souvenirs, there’s nothing you wouldn’t find in the lanes of Khan al-Khalili. Open from 9 am to late in the evening, the bazaar is lively almost every day week, flowing with customers from all over the world.
Simran Dali is a content writer at nepaltraveller.com. Apart from being an avid writer, she enjoys Korean delicacies and K-pop music, and being a travel enthusiast she's been to various regions across Nepal.