en.infoglobe.cz » Israel – Qasr al-Yahud and Ein Gedi Oasis

Israel – Qasr al-Yahud and Ein Gedi Oasis

Published: 23.4.2018
On this day, we visit the famous land of Qasr al-Yahud on the eastern bank of the River Jordan. Then we set out to Ein Gedi osasis.

First of all we stop at a place at 0 meters above the sea level. The area is by the way called Sea Level. This place is situated in the Judaean desert. Even though it is not for giving it long sights, we recommend you to spend there couple of minutes. First we meet there a Palestinian owner of a beatiful camel. He has to stand by busy road whole day to give a ride to several tourists. Similar sight is present at every gas station. Unfortunately. With every other step taken we go more and more below the sea level.

at the Sea Level   camel by the road

Soon we reach our first point of interest – Quasr al-Yahud. This is the place where, allegedly, Jesus Christ was baptised in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. This holy place of pilgrimage is protected by the UNESCO. The borderline between Israel and Jordan runs across the River Jordan. Close from here, Jordan enters the Dead Sea. this place is important for Christians as well as for Jews. After their 40 year roaming in the desert, the so called children of Israel crossed here the Jordan River and entered the Holy Land. Elias allegedly ascented to heavens.

cestou k místu křtu Ježíše Krista   cestou k místu křtu Ježíše Krista

na jordánské hranici – místo křtu Ježíše Krista

Yet were are about to start our afternoon trip. Even in a land such dried by the sun as this one you may find a green oasis. In our case Ein Gedi (Kid's spring). The oasis stretches from the Dead Sea shore to rocky mountains in close vicinity. The place is popular among tourists and is well known from the Bible. King David took shelter there to hide from King Saul.

Ein Gedi

We set out to Ein Gedi nature reserve situated in the eastern corner of the Judaean desert. From here you may enjoy magnificent vista over the dead sea. Elevation of such hike is from - 423 m to 200 m. There are many easy as well as difficult trails in the reserve. Our book guide claims that it would take 4 hours if we wanted to see all the important thigns around here. Two valleys are situated in the reserve – Wadi David in the north and Wadi Arugot in the south. Four fresh water rivers run there - the spring of David, Arugot, Shulamit, and Ein Gedi spring. Altogether these springs give around 3 million cubic meters of fresh water each year thanks to percipitations in the Judaean mountains. Water is collected in Ein Gedi kibuc and then, for instance, used to produced Ein Gedi mineral water (En Gedi).

Ein Gedi – Dead Sea

Ein Gedi   Ein Gedi

As Ein Gedi has rich water deposits, you may see here many species of plants and animals. Two species acacia tree grow there as well as reed, paliurus, desert date palm, or Cordia sinensis. Fauna here mostly consists of wolves, hyenas, leopards, snakes, or lizards. Insects are also present and the same goes for river crabs. However, don't expect to see these animals with naked eye. Rock Hyax is, however, an animal you will likely see as a group of them live close by the road. Their keep their distance and then don't let themselves to be pet. Still, you can take plenty beautiful pictures from there.

Ein Gedi   Ein Gedi  Ein Gedi – rock hyrax

We recommend you to have good booths for Ein Gedi. The terrain there mostly consists of sand, dust and stone. Even less experienced and fit tourists can get easily to the waterfalls as they are located close from the main entrance. Climbing up the cliffs is more difficult yet the vista around local landscape is amazing.

GPS: (Ein Gedi) 31°27'58.6"N 35°23'24.4"E

 

Text and photos: Veronika Schubertová



Discussion at the article (0)


Related Articles

Izrael – Eilat and Its Surroundings
Published: 4.6.2018
Today is our last day in Israel. And because we are flying home at night, we borrow a car early in the morning and we make ourselves a really rich programme.

Palestina, Bethlehem – A Short Trip from Israel
Published: 28.5.2018
Before we head back to the south of Israel to the city of Eilat, we make a short trip outside to the neighboring state. Palestine. Less than 4 million inhabitants live there, mostly Muslims and Arabic speakers here. There are ongoing conflicts between Israel and Palestine stemming from territorial disputes and delimitation of borders.

Israel, Jerusalem – Behind Old Town's Walls
Published: 21.5.2018
Not only the Old Town of Jerusalem is hiding real tourist treasures, so today we go for a walk that directly behind city walls. We start on Mount Sion, whose name is only another expression for the State of Israel. This mountain is located behind the southwest wall of the Old Town, the biblical King David's burial ground, and the very last supper of the Lord happened here.

Israel, Jerusalem – Old Town
Published: 14.5.2018
Early in the morning we set out on a bus from Haifa and travel to Jerusalem, a historic city where we plan to spend two nights. We stay close to the Gate of Damascus, one of the entrances to the Old Town.

Israel – Haifa City and Karmel Mountain
Published: 7.5.2018
On train we leave Tel Aviv in the morning. Traveling north we are about to visit the city of Haifa and also a national park there. It is a very comfortable ride for us. The train is on time and wi-fi is available at train stations.

Israel – Masada Fortress and Swimming in the Dead Sea
Published: 30.4.2018
We leave the amazing Ein Gedi oasis and follow the main road along the Dead Sea. We area about to visit the famous ancient fortress of Masada. The historic sight belong to UNESCO world heritage and was listed in 2001. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Israel.

Israel – Arrival and Visit to Tel Aviv and Jaffa
Published: 16.4.2018
A flight to Israel takes about 4 hours. Add a shy hour to that which takes you to get from Ovda airport to downtown Eilat. We attive on Thursday at 11 pm. Only at half past one am we reach the bed. Also, be careful when considering accommodation. Cheap accommodation is rather not operated legally. Therefore, arrange with owner your excat time of arrival. I reccommend you to search through rating of accommodation. Our first impression over dirty room is self-expressive.

Israel: Haifa – The Unbelievable Bahá'í Gardens
Published: 3.7.2013
In the article today we continue on our journey across Israel. We move to the third largest city in the country, to Haifa. This port offers not only a splendid view of the Mediterranean Sea but also tolerant atmosphere and beautiful nature.

Israel: Caesarea – The City of Herod the Great
Published: 10.7.2013
Caesarea or Caesarei, or Kaisareie in Greek, is a city located near the larger city of Hadera, in Israel, on the shore by the Mediterranean Sea. This historically important city is one of the most popular cities in the country. Why is it so we tell you in our article.

Israel: Qumran – The Dead Sea Scrolls
Published: 17.7.2013
Today we move to one of the most popular archeological sights of the world, to Qumran located at northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, near the city of Jericho. This place is famous for finding of the so called Dead Sea Scrolls, also known as the Qumran manuscripts.

Israel: Dead Sea – Salt More Than Gold
Published: 19.6.2013
On the borderline of Jordan and Israel there is Earth’s lowest elevation on land, the Dead Sea. This endorheic hypersaline lake is popular tourist attraction, golden mine for companies extracting medical salt as well as a palce of rich and interesting history.

Israel: The Western Wall – The Most Sacred Place of Jews
Published: 26.6.2013
There are many sights in Israel’s largest city of Jerusalem. There are also many sacred places and symbols of many religions. One of these sights is the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall that attracts millions of pilgrims from all-around the world to say their prayers.


Related Photogallery

Israel: Journey Across the Holy Land III
There is probably no more sacred country than the State of Israel and its landmarks. Most of it i...

Israel: Journey Across the Holy Land II
Perhaps the most valued pearl of the Near East is the state of Israel, . It connects bohatou hi...

Israel: Journey Across the Holy Land I
The state of Israel is located Near East, in southeast Asia along the Mediterranean sea. It is ho...

Place

Czech republic

Partner:

Vyžaduje Adobe Flash Player

Partners:

We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017

 

Guide:

Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone

 

 

Today:tuesday 11. 12. 2018
Holiday:Dana
Today:
tuesday 11.12.
3 °C
Tomorrow:
wednesday 12.12.
2 °C