CAIRO, EGYPT

 

Cairo’s an ancient city that also happens to be a modern metropolis—it’s one of the biggest cities in the Middle East and has the traffic and noise issues to prove it. But as long as you’re not looking for solitude, Cairo is the place to visit ! ?

Those looking to get a glimpse into Egypt’s history and experience the culture first-hand will want to make sure a visit to Cairo is on their travel wish list. Sun, sea and sand interspersed with a touch of exotic culture and heritage, the gushing river Nile, ancient monuments, vast deserts, world-famous coral reefs to cosmopolitan cities – enough reasons to visit Egypt

Mumbai to Cairo flights charges will approximately be 27,000 INR. depending on the month you will be travelling in. 

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Where can you stay in cairo

Luxurious hotels

If you want a luxurious vacation, you can book your stay at the following places. These places will not only give you great services but also a taste of European architecture.

  1. Fairmont nile city

  2. Cairo marriott hotel/p>

  3. Radisson blu hotel

  4. Intercontinental cairo citystars

  5. Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir Cairo

  6. Sheraton cairo hotel & casino

  7. Ramses hilton hotel

These hotels range between 5,000INR to 10,000INR.

Cheap hotels in cairo

  1. Jamaica hotel – 900inr

  2. Minerva downtown hostel- 1,000

  3. Bluebird hostel- 900inr

  4. Meramees hostel – 700

  5. Louriss inn – 652inr

DAY TOURS FROM CAIRO…

 

  • Giza and the sphinx-

I am sure that everyone must have wanted to visit this place ever since you read about giza pyramids and the sphinx in our history textbooks back in the school. I mean, how fascinating it would be to witness a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. 

If you take public transport from Cairo then you will take almost 2 hours to reach this place and it would involve too much walking. So i suggest, you should hire a car and travel around as it would be less time consuming. You shall reach here within 40 minutes by car since it is just 24km from cairo. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the sound and  light show at the pyramid of giza. 

 

  • Alexandria- 

 

Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city in Egypt. During the Hellenistic period, it was home to a lighthouse ranking among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as a storied library. There are so many things to do and see in Alexandria! 

For starters- 

Fort Qaitbey- 

Fort Qaitbey was built by Mamluk Sultan Qaitbey in an effort to fortify this important Egyptian port from attack, and rubble from the toppled lighthouse was used in its construction. Inside, you can explore the series of stone-walled chambers and climb up to the roof to look out over the Mediterranean.

Corniche –

Downtown Alexandria’s wide waterfront road is as much a symbol of the city as any of its monuments. 

Ras el-tin palace-

As I mentioned before, all the history and heritage lovers are going to fall in love with Egypt !

Sumptuous Ras el-Tin Palace was once a summer escape for Egypt’s sultans when the desert heat of Cairo got too much to bear.

       Abu Abbas al-musri mosque-

This mosque was built in 1976 over the tomb of the              13th-century Sufi holy man Abu Abbas al-Musri.Those that want to  enter to see the beautiful and intricate mosaic halls should dress  modestly and leave their shoes at the main entrance. 

The Andalusian-style Mosque of Abu Abbas al-Mursi is the largest mosque in Alexandria, Egypt. A 13th century Sufi saint from Spain is buried beneath the mosque.

                            Day Trip to the El Alamein War Memorials-

 Today, the war memorials that stand are a poignant reminder of the    13 days of fighting that claimed so many lives. The rather excellent El Alamein War Museum does a good job of giving an overview to the El Alamein campaign, with plenty of military memorabilia displayed.

             Montaz gardens-

If you need a dose of tranquility, a trip to Montazah is just the ticket to restore your sanity before diving back into the inner city fray. Minibuses heading west up the shore-front Corniche road all pass by Montazah. They charge between 1-2 EGP depending on where you board.

Cleopatra’s Palace-

    This place is an astounding treat to all the history lovers. Being a history lover, I am sure you all must have visited a number of museums and explored heritages in different parts of the world. But have you ever thought of exploring the heritage underwater ? sounds impossible right ? but get ready to dive in the tranquil water and explore the remnants of Cleopatra’s palace.

Historians believe that things like earthquakes and tidal waves caused the downfall of Cleopatra’s palace. The ancient underwater ruins of Cleopatra are found under the Mediterranean sea off the shore of a big Egyptian city named Alexandria.

Hotels in alexandria

Luxurious hotels-

  • Four seasons alexandria – 22,000inr
  • Hotel romance alexandria corniche – 8,000inr
  • Grand plaza alexandria – 5,000inr
  • Hotel helnan palestine – 14,000inr
  • Hotel hilton alexandria corniche – 14,000inr

Cheap hotels in alexandria-

  • Alkadi – 1,200inr
  • Sea view al agamy- 2,000inr
  • Kaoud sporting – 2,000inr

 

  • Luxor- 

 

the ancient city of Luxor, also called Thebes, served at times as Egypt’s capital and became one of its largest urban centers.

You can book a flight to Luxor from Cairo as it will not cost you much and would be time saving. Whereas, if you travel by car to Luxor from Cairo then it will take you around 8 hours to reach. You do not want to waste so much time travelling so flights would be the best option. However, if you are on a budget then you can travel by train, boat or bus.

Pack your best clothes while going to luxor because all the pictures you click will be gram worthy ! 

Top best things to do in luxor

  • Temple of luxor- 

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as luxor. This place is just 3km from the Luxor city centre so you can go by walking or take public transport. 

You can enjoy the night view of this place as the temple lights up in the evening.

  •       Colossi of memnon-

Let a donkey take you to the West Bank to see the two 18-meter-high stone statues of Amenhotep III (all that remains), and marvel at the style and decoration of the tombs.

  •    Mummy museum-

We have grown watching mummy movies and have heard so many stories about the mummies. And we always wondered if the mummies really existed or just another fictional word ? well! You can find all the answers to your questions by visiting this mummy museum. 

The tickets to this   museum will cost you around 450INR.      . Find the remnants of animals and humans in this museum and have a thrilling experience. 

 

  • Karnak temple-

 

This was the center of all religious life in ancient Egypt. If you want to discover ancient Egypt then there is no better place than this.

  •   Luxor museum- 

This is one of the best museums in luxor so do not let the ticket price put you off. It is worth it. Explore the egyptian history and hey, do not forget to buy gifts for your friends and family from the gift shop at the museum.

  1. A day tour on the felucca on the Nile-

Felucca cruise on the Nile river is one of the best experiences you can have in egypt. This ride is of two hours. Witness the beautiful sunset and enjoy the nightlife at cairo.

The tickets start from 3,000 INR. 

  1. Dahshur  –

Dahshur is a royal necropolis located in the desert on the west bank of the Nile approximately 40 kilometres south of Cairo. Here you can see the bent pyramid and also go into the red pyramid and see from the inside how the tunnels into the crypts were made and how phenomenally good the Egyptians were at building these amazing structures – probably built with more accuracy than many modern buildings.

Places to visit in dahshur-

 

  • Bent pyramid- this is an unique example of pyramid development in egypt. 
  • Red pyramid- The Red Pyramid, also called the North Pyramid, is the largest of the three major pyramids located at the Dahshur necropolis in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Saqqara –  Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world-famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base, as well as a number of mastabas.
  • Pyramid of aenemhat 3- It is one of the five remaining pyramids of the original eleven pyramids at Dahshur in Egypt. 
  • Imhotep museum – it is an archaeologist museum. 
  1. Memphis –

During Egypt’s Old Kingdom period, Memphis, located near Cairo, was home to the pharaohs who built the pyramids. But domestic architecture didn’t last like the pyramids did, so most of all that remains of Memphis today is the Mit Rahina open-air sculpture museum.

  1.  Ain sokhna –

Ain sokhna is  a town approximately 120 kilometres east of Cairo. 

You can reach here by private yacht or any other transportation. 

Ain sokhna is quite famous for its luxurious resorts.

Luxurious resorts in ain sokhna- 

  • Stella di mare grand hotel – 11,000 inr per night 
  • Horizon el wadi hotel- 8,000inr per night 
  • Dome marina hotel and resort
  • Cancun sokhna resort – 5000 inr

        Other than lavish hotels, Sokhna has beautiful beaches and red sea. Explore the unexplored and relax at the beaches. 

 

  1. Al fayum –

Faiyum is a city in Middle Egypt. Located 100 kilometres southwest of Cairo, in the Faiyum Oasis, it is the capital of the modern Faiyum Governorate.

  Things to do in al fayum-

  • Wadi el rayan – 

Witness the breathtaking waterfalls and lakes in the heart of wadi el rayan. 

  • Al fayom museum- this museum has artifacts which will blow your mind.
  • Wadi el hittan – this Unesco World Heritage Site is home to the earliest prehistoric whale fossils ever discovered.
  • Lake Qaraoun – This is the second largest lake in Egypt, second only to Lake Nasser. There is still some fishing going on, despite urban crawl. The lake spills into the Rayan Protected Area in a series of streams, cascades, and the waterfalls.
  • Lisht pyramid – This pyramid belongs to Senusret I, and has not survived well due to its mud brick core.
  1. St catherine monastery- 

Saint Catherine’s Monastery, officially “Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai”, lies on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai, near the town of Saint Catherine, Egypt.  

Top attractions in st catherine

  • Mount sinai 
  • St catherine’s monastery 
  • Sinai trail
  • Sheikh mousa day tours
  1. 10. El minya day –

          Minya is the capital of the Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt. It is located approximately 245 km south of Cairo on the western bank of the Nile River. 

Places to visit – 

  1. Beni hassanBeni Hassan is off the beaten track, but totally worth your time. You have an amazing view of the Nile valley from up the hill and the graves are spectacular well preserved.

 

  • Tell el amarna- 

 

 It is surprising how much colour and decoration, in the distinctive late 18th Dynasty/Amarna style, still remains in situ within the various noble and Royal tombs, and exciting to see imagery of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, even if ritually defaced. Keep your eyes peeled for Mutnodjmet, wife of Horemheb, and her two dwarves on Panehsy’s tomb lintel and the unique Egyptian representation of a rainbow in Meryre’s Tomb.

 

 

  • Tuna el gebel-

 

This Necropolis, covered by drifts of sand, with streets of tombs and ruins, mostly still to be excavated, contains highlights such as the Tomb of Petosiris, High priest of Thoth dating from the fourth Century.

 

  1. White desert and bahariya oasis – 
  2. Camel market of birqash –

Get a firsthand look at Cairo’s camel trade with this tour to the Birqash Camel Market. Get off the beaten path in the company of a guide and visit an unusual site where most travelers don’t venture. Listen to your guide’s commentary about the history of 

the use of camels in Egypt and their biology and behavior while watching the traders go about their business.

I hope this travel guide will be helpful to you while planning your trip to Cairo.