A trip to Egypt is, for most people, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a genuine dream come true. Years of learning about the mysteries of the pyramids culminate in an amazing experience of actually standing before these famed, ancient structures.
This photo of Tomb of Ramses VI is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The city of Luxor holds an abundance of treasures for history buffs and travelers, and, though many of these sights are laden with tourists and vendors who are all-too-eager to scam you out of a few extra dollars, this city is still absolutely worth spending some time in.
Egypt is well-known for vendors who will call out to you, adamantly offering their services and trying to rope you into hiring them or signing up for their tours. In order to avoid being scammed, research costs for not only sightseeing, but food and drink as well, and talk with fellow travelers in your hostel or hotel about what they’ve seen. They will usually give you some good perspective on what is worth doing and how to make the most of it. For example, visiting the temples and pyramids at a certain time of day may make for a less crowded experience, or they might already know a good tour guide they can recommend.
The following are five spots you should not miss when visiting Luxor:
1.) Temple of Hatshepsut
This one is a double whammy, since the natural setting for this monument is just as breathtaking and mesmerizing as the temple itself. Lonely Planet describes the scene this way: “The eyes first focus on the dramatic rugged limestone cliffs that rise nearly 300m above the desert plain – and that’s before you’ve even seen the temple.
2.) Tomb of Ramses VI
Although this temple is not included in the standard ticket price for most temples, it is worth shelling out the extra cash. Visitors who have been the temple have praised the still vibrant wall and ceiling markings and elaborate nature of the tomb. According to TripAdvisor, the tomb was originally commissioned by Ramses V, but was improved upon by his successor.
3.) Luxor Temple
This astonishing structure was built in honor of the traditional Beautiful Feast of Opet. The likeness of Ramses II can be seen on the enormous statues built to commemorate him that adorn the temple, and the towering columns are also a sight to behold.
4.) Valley of the Nobles
In the small village of Gurna, wander through grounds that house the remains of 400 nobles from ancient times. It’s difficult not to imagine what these people were like, what their personalities were, who they lived, and how they played politics in ancient Egypt. In a sense, it is like walking through a valley of ghosts.
5.) Mummification Museum
Put everything in context and learn how the serious work of mummifying a body is done. This museum is reportedly a small one, although many who have visited say it is well worth taking the time to see it, and peruse the artifacts and relics that are housed here. And the museum does not disappoint when it comes to its name – the mummies of humans and animals are on display here.