Petra – The Lost city of stone of the Nabateans and an UNESCO World heritage site, had fascinated me since I read about this famed city, located in desert area between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, in National Geographic Magazine as a kid. Although Petra’s claim to popular fame was the Indiana Jones Movie (Raiders of the Lost Ark), I was blissfully unaware of Petra’s ‘popular’ fame and longed to visited this ancient city of the Nabateans for its intriguing history, it’s mind-boggling water harvesting system in the middle of the desert and its being one of the important caravan trading cities in the crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia for centuries.

I stayed at Petra for 2 and half days, experiencing the beauty & grand history of Petra UNESCO world heritage site in various ways –  via a walking trail through the mountains, through the siq, on a donkey ride to Monastery and ofcourse Petra by night. Read about my detailed Petra experience along with pro-tips here.

Visiting Petra by Night – A special feature for tourists & travellers to Petra is the experience of visiting Petra by Night. Petra by Night runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week, starts at 8:30 pm from Petra Visitor Centre and is a show that runs for 2 hours. It takes visitors through the dreamy candle lit pathway of siq upto the Al-Khazneh (Treasury) ~ the most famous monument of Petra. At the Al-Khazneh (Treasury), it’s a stunning sight of innumerable candle lights burning bright against the night sky and the flaming orange hues of the Treasury pillars are visible. It’s quite a tease to view the Al-Khazneh like this for the first time. The Bedouins serve tea to the guests as they regale with their melodious flute renditions and narrate the ancient story of Petra city. It’s a magical experience to Visit Petra by Night and I would recommend experiencing this

Petra By Night Entrance Fees – The Petra by Night Feature costs 19JD per person and it is not included in the Jordan Pass. Therefore, one has to buy the tickets for this separately at the Petra Visitor Centre. Some of the hotels also provide the facility for getting the tickets on behalf of the guests (we got our tickets from the hotel itself to avoid queues at the Visitor Centre).

Petra by Night Feature Tips and Guide for Visitors – As mentioned earlier, the feature runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, therefore plan your Petra trip likewise not to miss out on experiencing this while you are there (whether its one day visit or 2-3 days visit to Petra). To truly experience the beauty of the candle lit Al-Khazneh, try to be among the early birds in the queue, as later it gets crowded and the view isn’t the same.


If you like this, then you might find my other travels below interesting :

Jordan self-planned travel Guide

Uzbekistan Trip – On the Great Silk Road

My Hong Kong Self planned Solo Trip

Switzerland Self-Planned Trip

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3 Comments

Golden Triangle Tour 6 Days · November 29, 2018 at 9:59 am

This place seems a great place and I would love to visit it. Hope that it will soon shower its pure blessings on me.

Renuka Walter · October 16, 2018 at 6:25 am

I have experienced Petra by night walk and the light show. It is indeed spectacular! Jordan is so mysterious and charming.

pamperedkidz · October 11, 2018 at 11:23 am

Interesting post reading your article. regarding Lost city of stone of the Nabateans and an UNESCO World heritage site

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