Wadi El Rayan – Man-made Lakes and Largest Waterfall in Egypt

Wadi El Rayan

Faiyum – Egypt
Wadi El Rayan is a small valley in the Faiyum oasis, the closest Western Desert oasis to Cairo (2 hours driving distance). Two man-made lakes, created by agricultural run-off water from the Faiyum oasis, are joined by a channel and charming waterfalls. The upper lake is densely vegetated whereas the lower lake is brackish and its shores mostly have no vegetation. Wadi El Rayan was designated as a protected area in 1989 to protect the area’s biological, geological and cultural resources.

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Guest Post: 5 Interesting Things To Do In Delhi

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The national capital city of India, Delhi is one of the oldest inhibited cities in the world and has remained populated since the 6th century BC. Known formerly by its historic name Indraprastha, the city was said to have been founded by the Pandavas from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The region gained further prominence with the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate around the 13th century AD and rose as the political and administrative centre of India.

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El-Gouna – As Good as it Gets in Egypt

El Gouna

El-Gouna – Egypt
A creation of the Egyptian billionaire Onsi Sawiris, El-Gouna is a self-contained holiday town frequented by Egypt’s chi-chi set and by Europeans on package tours. El-Gouna is an environmentally friendly destination complete with world class accommodations for all family members that offers a myriad of services and activities to suit everyone. It is located 22 km away from Hurghada and 470 km away from Cairo.

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Bahariya Oasis – Departure Point for Safaris in the Black and White Deserts

Bahariya

Bahariya – Egypt
Bahariya is one of the more interesting of the desert oases in Egypt, and at just 365km from Cairo it’s also the most accessible. Much of the oasis floor here is covered by sprawling shady date palms and speckled with dozens of natural springs, which beg to be jumped into. The surrounding landscape of rocky, sandy mesas is a grand introduction to the Western Desert’s barren beauty.

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Farafra Oasis – The Agabat Valley

Agabat Valley

Farafra – Egypt
Agabat, known as the ‘Beautiful Valley’, is located in the Western Desert region of Egypt and generally is the stop off point for tourists on their way to the White Deserts. It’s a spectacular small valley where steep white mountains meet yellow/orange sand dunes. Imagine a vast panorama of dunes at the base of formations, golden sand and crunchy saline on the desert floor, softly rounded white cliffs and yellow limestone rocks eroded by desert winds… Spectacular and breathtaking…

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Farafra Oasis – The White Desert

White Desert

Farafra – Egypt
The famous and dramatic gleaming chalk landscape of the Farafra Depression is one of the most astounding natural wonders of Egypt. The strange rock formations that rise above the white surface of the desert are known as inselbergs (from the German for ‘island mountain’) and form a 20km long series of free-standing formations in front of the northern escarpment. The white desert is best viewed at sunrise or sunset, in the light of a full moon, which gives the landscape an eerie Arctic appearance.

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Fayum Oasis – Lake Qarun, Waterfall, Valley of the Wales and Archeological Sites

Fayum

Fayum – Egypt
The Fayum Oasis is a depression in the desert immediately to the west of the Nile river and about 60 km south of Cairo. It is the only artificial oasis, created not by water springing forth from the ground but by a long canal, naturally formed by the flooding Nile, that dates from Biblical times and stretches from the Nile to the lake Qarun. The lake used to be major place for duck hunting and the hotels on its southern shore hosted such luminaries as Winston Churchill and King Farouk as they took pot shots at flying birds.

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Qasr Qarun – The Famous Ancient Labyrinth described by Herodotus

Qarun

Fayum – Egypt
Located at the ruins of the ancient town of Dionysus, from which caravans used to leave for the trek across the Western Desert to Bahariyya Oasis, is a Ptolemaic temple to the Egyptian crocodile god Sobek. The entire structure is open to visitors, including the roof, from which you can see the surrounding area and discern the structures of Dionysus buried under a thin layer of sand.

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Karanis – Fayum’s Ancient Greco-Roman City

Karanis

Fayum – Egypt
Karanis, or “the Lord’s Town”, was one of the largest Greco-Roman cities in the area. It was founded in the third century BC by Ptolemy II Philadelphus, and was originally inhabited by the mercenaries of his army. Karanis lies in the fascinating Fayum depression, 45m below sea level, about 160 km southwest of Cairo on the side of the Cairo desert road. 4×4 vehicle is not required to reach this site.

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Qasr al-Sagha – Another Mystery of Ancient Egypt

Qasr al-Sagha

Fayum – Egypt
Above the northern shore of Lake Qarun, in a now deserted and inhospitable area at the foot of the desert escarpment is a small temple known as Qasr al-Sagha. This golden fortress, is one of Fayoum’s mysterious sites which can be reached only by a 4×4 vehicle via a track, and is about 10km from the new main road. A local guide for this and nearby Dimeh al-Siba visit is recommended.

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