Egypt, Travel

The Temple of Hatshepsut

Egypt is growing again in its popularity for visitors. Tourism is one of this African nation’s major economic driving forces and I had the pleasure of touring here for three weeks. This is perhaps one of my favorite countries to visit.

Temple of Hatshepsut 

One of the highlights of our trip was Luxor and the many ancient sites offered here for visitors.  You will need at least two days to truly capture what can be seen on the east and west banks of the Nile.  There are several ways of getting to this city including bus, car, or plane. We chose to fly the short journey from Cairo as we were to begin our Nile River cruise here. Of course, one can explore the many hotel offerings in Luxor on Booking.com, but we were staying on board our ship for 4 nights.

One of the first ancient sites we visited in Luxor on the west bank of the Nile was the “The Temple of Hatshepsut.”  Situated under the cliffs of Deir el Bahri. Some of the photos of the past visit here.

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Entrance to Tomb of Hatshepsut

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Ancient Art…
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Hieroglyphics Inside the Temple

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Inside the Temple.
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Views of the Cliffs
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The Temple Entrance and Me

Of course, there is more to see and do than visiting this ancient complex.  I will be adding more posts of my adventure here soon.

 

What to See

This temple is open year-around from  9 am to 5 pm. I highly recommend going early to avoid the high afternoon temperatures. The Temple of Hatshepsut is just one of many archaeological wonders that make part of the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis. Consider staying for a few days and you can descend into the Valley of the Kings, wander the sprawling Karnak Temple Complex as one of my fellow bloggers has posted some great details and photos. Don’t forget about the Temple of Luxor.

When to Go

May through September is summer and often low season. If you can handle thedesertsummer heat, prices will be less and crowds smaller. Other times offers lower temperatures ‘milder’ and higher number of crowds.

 

Enjoy your next travel adventure!

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