No tour of Jordan would be complete without a visit to Wadi Rum and Lawrence’s Spring in which Lawrence of Arabia once bathed. Petra too, is just a short way away.
Most people have heard of Lawrence of Arabia. They might have learned about him in history books, or maybe they have seen the movie about him. In fact, the movie is still considered to be one of the best and most influential movies ever screened.
In short, the movie, “Lawrence of Arabia” was a story about the life and existence of Lawrence while he was living with the local tribes of the desert during World War One. Some people even go as far as saying that Lawrence effectively changed the course of history.
He became one with the area and the local Bedouin tribes, and he spent a considerable amount of time living in the area which is today known as Wadi Rum, a protected area of the desert in Southern Jordan. In manuscripts which were written by Lawrence himself, he makes mention of the surroundings in the desert, and he writes about a natural spring which has since been named Lawrence’s Spring.
He would climb up the hill after returning to their camp, and relax in the cool water that flowed from a crevice in the rocks. Although only a few square meters in size, the immediate area around the spring was akin to a mini oasis, with lush green vegetation fed by the cool waters of Lawrence’s Spring.
Today, some tour operators promise visitors the exact same sort of experience, but in truth, you might only find a stagnant pool of water when visiting Lawrence’s Spring. Nonetheless, with so much history, it is definitely one of the must see Jordan tourist attractions.
Lawrence’s Spring And Real Bedouin Hospitality
The best way to visit Lawrence’s Spring is by means of a Wadi Rum tour. Tours can be arranged through your local tour operator before you even arrive in Jordan; they can be booked through most hotels in Jordan, or you could even make your own way to the Wadi Rum visitor center and then arrange for accommodation and a guide.
Whatever you decide to do, there’s a lot more to see in Wadi Rum than just Lawrence’s Spring. The desert alone is an amazing attraction, and it’s made even better by the locals you inevitably meet. Expect friendliness like you’ve never seen it before, and expect to be served with real authentic Bedouin food since virtually all local accommodation includes free breakfast and dinner.
The Rose City Of Petra
Interestingly, Petra, or ‘The Rose City” as it’s frequently called, is considered by most to be Jordan’s primary tourist attraction. Just like Egypt has the pyramids, Jordan has the Rose City of Petra. It’s ancient; it’s spectacular, and it is one historical site you simply cannot afford to overlook.
An ancient city carved into the rocks, Petra flourished because of its water management system. The inhabitants never had much, but they discovered how to harness the water that would descend down on them during annual flash floods. Their strategy paid off, and Petra thrived, and much of the ancient city is remarkably well preserved
Time Is Running Out
Whether you want to visit Lawrence’s Spring, or whether your goal is to explore Petra, you need to accept the fact that time is running out. With every passing day, more and more of the Wadi Rum Bedouin people are moving to the ever growing cities in search of a better life.
How To Get To Wadi Rum
To get the Wadi Rum, one has to make a relatively short detour from the main Desert Highway than runs between Amman and Aqaba. The side road that leads to the Wadi Rum visitor center is well signposted, and besides, everyone in the area knows where the intersection is so if you are unsure, just ask someone for directions.
Some buses travelling to and from Aqaba will stop at the intersection to let you off but it’s better to confirm this with the driver prior to getting on since some buses are not allowed to stop. Hitchhiking is very common in the area, and it’s one of the few places in the world where it’s safe even for single women.
With Egypt Tours Plus you can book the perfect combined Egypt and Jordan Tours which will include a visit to Wadi Rum and the various nearby attractions, including Lawrence’s Spring. We also offer top quality customized tours based on your own personal requirements.