The vast lunar-like landscape of Jordan is peppered with ancient cities sandwiching metropolitan settings. This means you can explore this country in a myriad of manners. This includes traveling in style – the VIP way.  Pamper yourself or your family with fancy tours being offered by various tour companies in this majestic kingdom.

To get you started in planning your unforgettable posh visit to Jordan, here are some top-notch luxury travel ideas.

In our earlier article, we suggested some can’t miss places in Jordan. This time around, we would like to discuss some of the top experiences to have in the country of Jordan. These are the places and experiences where travelers can find themselves at an almost solitary vibe – away from the throng of tourists. It is another way of enjoying the rich culture, heritage and stunning landscape of Jordan.

To further help you plan your holiday, here are some unique ways to get off the usual path in Jordan.  

Whenever you are traveling, it is always important to exhibit caution by carefully planning your trip. This applies to every country in the world. Jordan is not excused from this. But this kingdom is generally considered  safe for you and other tourists. But there are still things to consider and put in mind before visiting this beautiful nation teeming with a rich history, colorful culture, tasteful cuisine, and friendly people.

The question every traveler loves to ask, especially for countries in the Middle East is always “Is it safe to travel to this country and that country?”. It could be a complex thing answering for other nations, but if the query is directed to the Kingdom of Jordan, the answer is a resounding, “Yes, it is generally safe to travel to Jordan”.

Knowing this fact together with this useful things to remember will greatly put your mind at ease when you visit Jordan.

The yoga capital of the world is India and there’s no doubt that the yoga scene there is pretty massive due to the fact that a lot of aspiring yoga teachers go there to study and get the certification. On the other hand, there are a lot of travellers these days that do not want to teach yoga but are engaging themselves in yoga practice to enhance their spirituality and wellness. Despite being on the road, they still make it to the point to do yoga at some point. If you are one of these travellers and you happen to be or planning to set your foot in Jordan, you can still continue to practice yoga because the wellness establishments in this beautiful country have been sprouting to cater both local and foreign market.

Yoga and Horse Soul Retreat

If you are in Amman, Jordan’s capital then you are at the right place to find a place to stay near yoga studios wherein you can join classes. The thing about these yoga centres is that they have already accepted the fact that there are many travelling yogis wanting to deepen their experience in their vibrant country.

The following yoga studios differ from each other completely but they are considered the best in Amman.

Here are the studios you can check:

One With Nature

One With Nature Center is a boutique yoga, Pilates, and fitness center in Abdoun, Amman, Jourdan. They have created a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere for everyone.

Their mission is to motivate and inspire you on your journey towards healthy living through mind-body fitness and wellness programs that promote physical, functional and emotional well-being.

This boutique facility aims to cultivate the mind, body, and soul connection. It’s a must visit for a unifying yoga experience. It’s a highly recommended center because it has everything and you will manage to receive almost one-to-one guidance from all of the inspiring instructors. They don’t just offer yoga but you can definitely check their some of their other programs related to fitness.

Prana Space

You are welcome to join the free chanting sessions in Prana space! Chanting sessions are further healing to the soul. Try this wonderful opportunity that won’t cost you anything but for sure you will do more and immerse yourself in one of their programs.

Prana space is cozy studio which offers healing therapy, yoga therapy, and yoga classes, as well as other workshops. It is a simple facility with a vibrant energy that can be felt when you first step on their door. You will also feel the joy and contentment brought about by the skilled and dedicated yoga instructor. If you are into healing practices then this is the best facility for you to experience a transformative journey in Jordan.

Over The Rainbow

If you want to pursue a yoga teacher training certification in Jordan, that is also possible through the pieces of training are on a specific schedule but who knows it might be the perfect timing for you. Art of Living course is the first yoga shop/studio in Jordan. It is a very inspiring and relaxing facility. If you are into art you can really appreciate the interior and the small details that it has. They take art seriously and it’s evident on the colors and patterns that you see. The wonderful scenery when doing meditation classes is also an added appeal as you would be able to have a glimpse of the other side of Jordan. In addition, many people have shared that the vibe of Over the Rainbow is definitely phenomenal.

Namaste Zone

Namaste Zone’s main goal is to really help people from all walks of life to have better lifestyle choices and to commit on themselves for their personal goals in order to become a better version of themselves.

Farah Qudsi is the founder of this centrally located yoga studio in Amman. She personally believes that yoga is the main road for positive changes in our lives. She also knows many things about yoga which definitely she would be sharing to you if you join in one of her classes.

The atmosphere of this studio is very calm and warm which are highly needed for yogis. It’s one of the best options too for beginners and advanced yoga practitioners.

Tribe Yoga Space

Find your tribe and have a space for yourself in a studio which has a friendly and professional atmosphere. If you are looking to join a class with a small group with reasonable pricing then this is the top choice for you. Classes for all levels in Tribe Yoga Space were made for the young and old.

An added feedback is that the music played while practicing yoga is always on point. There are also wet towels available for you if you need them.

Apart from visiting yoga studios, you can also join yoga holidays in this blossoming wellness destination of the Middle East. There are many organizers offering packages for transformative retreats in Jordan. We could really say that this country has a lot to offer for when it comes to yoga. It’s not just about their history but it’s about how the local people who are always ready to share their knowledge about yoga to everyone.

There are also other tours for wellness recreation in Wadi Rum that offers a day and night of yoga retreat.

Inside In2Jordan: Meet KhaledMeet Khaled Sabbah Atieg, In2Jordan’s colleague in Wadi Rum! Let him tell you about his job, his favourite places and what it’s like growing up in the desert.

Name: Khaled Sabbah Atieg
Age: 34 years old
Occupation: Tour guide and camp owner of Khaled’s Camp in Wadi Rum
Languages spoken: Fluent in Arabic and English

 

Q: How long have you been working with In2Jordan?
A: I have been working with In2Jordan for 6 years now.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The best part of my job is meeting new people every day! It is very nice is to help them explore and discover the desert of Wadi Rum, especially if they are visiting for the first time.

Q: What parts of Jordan do your guests get most excited about?
A: I think usually people who come to Jordan and Wadi Rum are most excited about Petra, the Dead Sea and of course Wadi Rum.

Q: What is the hardest part of your job?
A: There is not really a hard part in my job but what I don’t like when guest leave Wadi Rum and they are sad because they don’t have enough time to stay longer in the desert.

Q: Where is your favourite place in Jordan?
A:. My favourite place in Jordan is Wadi Rum, of course! But I also like Petra as well as Um Qais and Jerash in the north of Jordan.

Q: What was it like growing up in Wadi Rum?

A: Growing up in Wadi Rum means being close contact to nature. 

There is  a big connection between me and the desert because I was born and grew up here. I’m in love with the desert and I cant imagine any life different.

Being a Bedouin means knowing how to live in the desert and how to survive with limited resources in food, water and technology. It also means to know how to appreciate everything that nature has to offer. Our rhythm of life is the rhythm of nature.

For us, it is important to keep our traditions with generosity and hospitality and welcoming people. I am really proud to be a Bedouin .

 

 

To find out more about Khaled and his camp, check out his website: http://www.wadi-rum.com/index.php

or follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WADIRUMCAMPING/

 

 

Inside In2Jordan: Meet Khaled

We notice that nowadays more often people choose to ‘’travel local’’. But what does it mean to travel local in Jordan and why would it be something for you? 

Did you ever wonder where your money would end up during your all-inclusive holiday?

Perfect, your holiday is arranged from A – Z, you don’t have to worry about anything. Your room is getting cleaned, three times a day a hot buffet meal is waiting for you and if you are bored of the beach and the swimming pools, then the inhouse ‘travel agency’’ can arrange a ‘jeep safari’, ‘local diner with authentic dance performance’ or a ‘camel tour’ in just a wink. Why not? It is often cheap, easy and arranged without any hassle and you will even have the idea that you have learned something about a new country. But, did you ever wonder about what kind of impact your dream holiday has on the local community and economy?

Wadi Araba

Often, your money will disappear and goes to all those who are working behind the scenes. For the locals, there’s nothing left. The wages are poor, working conditions bad and often Europeans are flown in to take over the reception and hostess work. Even worse, local tour guides can’t find business anymore when the tour operators take their own guides from abroad. The same counts for cab drivers and restaurant owners. They get an offer from the big companies. But in the end, they lose their profit on ridiculous high amounts of commission. It’s not worth to participate in the end. I am sure you cannot agree with this. But can you change this positively? You can, and it is even easier than you think!

Travel local!

This way, the local people and the country’s economy benefit from your stay. Make sure to choose how and where to book your next holiday wisely. There are numerous companies who do care about the country and their people. Like this, drivers and guides will be booked and paid directly instead of the money rolling from here to there before arriving in the country.

Something else you can do while traveling, participate in a community based project such as a local family dinner or come along for the day with a local farmer and see how he’s harvesting olives to make soap or oil out of it. Projects like these can be found in almost every country in the world. Have a sincere look at the holiday destination of your choice and sign up for one of those projects to support the locals.

Zikra initiative, local family dinner

Traveling local is not boring or old fashioned. Local destination experts know the ins and outs, like hidden gems and hotspots, that you definitely must visit during your holiday. Traveling local will certainly has a positive effect on your holiday experience.

Enough reasons to think twice about where to book your next holiday, so that you can ensure that local people get the profit they deserve and that your money is not disappearing behind other people’s back.

Traveling with In2Jordan automatically means that you are supporting Jordan’s locals. We choose our drivers and guides carefully. We know them and their family’s personally. In this way, we know that the profit goes to our drivers and guides and their families as well.

This list shows you 5 of the many community based activities that In2Jordan is offering in order to support local communities:

1) Local family dinner: Enjoy a fresh home-made dinner at a local family. Experience how Jordanians live. Enjoy a cup of sweet mint tea while listening to their stories.
2) Bedouin weaving workshop: Experience centuries of old weaving techniques together with the Woman from Udruh (Petra area). You will go home with a unique handmade souvenir.
3) Visit the woman’s initiative of Iraq al Amir: Let the ladies show you their handicraft skills: from making soap to pottery and handmade paper.

Local woman in Udruh, weaving course

4) Visit local initiatives in Ajloun: At the soap house, you can learn more about traditional soap making, don’t leave without buying one of the unique soaps.
5) Come along with a local Bedouin and his goats to experience what it’s like to be a herder in rural Jordan. This day you can experience in Feynan, a ecolodge situated in the middle of Jordan.

 

To get more information about community based itineraries and what excursions we offer, please click here.

Photo by @army.arch

One thing is clear: Za’atar seems to be many things, and everyone has a different opinion on what Za’atar actually is.

Having talked to a local chef, we settled on the fact that Za’atar can refer to a herb mix, as well as the herb itself (which is very similar or even the same as oregano).

What do you use it for?

Za’atar is very popular in the Middle East and definitely not one of the things you should miss while in Jordan! It is often used as a dip, on bread, for seasoning meat and vegetables or some even sprinkle it into hummus or yoghurt.

Where does it come from?

The Za’atar spice grows in the north of Jordan and in the Mediterranean Middle East. It has to be cleaned, dried and ground before it is mixed with other spices. Once it’s mixed, that is the Za’atar you can buy in the shops and on the markets. Ingredients and taste of Za’atar tend to vary slightly depending on the region, but you can always ask for the ingredients or to try it first.

Recipe for Manakish Za’atar

We asked the local chef for the most popular recipe with Za’atar: It’s Manakish Za’atar! It’s easily done, and every bloody beginner can do it: Simply mix the Za’atar spice (or oregano, whatever you have at hand) with sesame seeds and lemon salt, then add some oil to make it into a paste. Spread the mixture (Za’atar) on flat bread and chuck it into the oven for 10 minutes. Done.

If you feel like this is not enough, you can also add grated cheese into the mix (Gibna Manakish), or meat with onions and tomato (Lachma Manakish)!

Photo by: @Phil Oglesby