Musafir Hu Yaro Na Ghar Hai Na Thikana Bus Chalte Jana Hai
RTW trip 2004-2005
About Me (1)
New zeland (3)
* Aqaba and Wadi Rum
* Amman, Jerash & Ajlun
* The border crossing
* Sharm El Sheikh
* Cairo and surroundings
* Indian Impression
* Reading List
* Australia Impression
* Australia East Coast
* Charity really?
* Western Australia
* Towards the outback
* NZ impression
March 27, 2005
The sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor takes about 9 hours, it leaves Cairo around 7.40PM and arrives in Luxor at 5.00AM. The train compartment look exactly like the James Bond movie. I shared the compartment with a British guy, who has worked in Luxor for last two years restoring Colossi of Memnon and doing research. So it was a great to talk to him about things to see and miss. One advice that he gave me that was useful was to avoid hours 10AM to 1PM in main temples like Karnak, Luxor because that is the time loads of tourists buses come visit. I took his advice for next two days and hardly had to deal with any crowds at all. The train ride itself was okay not very smooth, but the train does have bar to help you get good sleep.
I checked into a hotel just outside the railway station where I haggled the room rate down from 120 LE to 55LE!! I had good six hour sleep on the train so after an hours nap, I took off to see the Luxor temple which is 10 min walk from the train station.
After spending an hour in Luxor temple I took a boat ride to Western side. Took a shared taxi to the valley of the kings.
Your ticket to valley of kings allows you to visit only three tombs, which I didn't know. However some of the higher up, hidden away tombs can be visited by bakshish of 10LE, its a pain to go back and buy ticket.
It is bit sad to see that men and women have been leaving their calling cards behind in great monuments since 1858!!
It is interesting to see that archaeologists are still finding new tombs in valley of the kings. Some of the tombs have very well preserved paintings.
After visiting about five tombs I decided to hike from valley of the kings to the Temple of Hatshepsut. As you hike you get great views of the valley of the kings as well as the Hatshepsut temple itself.
After about 8 hours of walking around I was bit tired so decided to go back to the hotel and catch some sleep and visit Karnak temple for the night show at 7.45PM. The night show is bit expensive 50 L.E. but I think it is absolutely worth it.
Posted by Subodh on March 27, 2005 08:36 AM
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