Jordan is home to one of the oldest cities in the world. It occupies an ancient land, that bears the traces of many civilizations. Due to its location, it always played a vital role in Biblical History. It is considered the most politically liberal country in the Arab world.
• Population: 10.2M in 2021
• Currency: Jordanian Dinar. 1 US$= 0.71 JOD
• Official Language: Arabic
• Visa Requirements: Travelers from most of the countries can get their visas on arrival with a visa fee of 40JOD. You can check the criteria for your visa here.
• Best Time to Visit: March through June is the best season to visit Jordan. It is a high season as well as spring season in Jordan. October/November is also considered as a good window for visit with a pleasant atmosphere.
Jordan is a very safe country but petty theft and crime do exist there as it exists in the whole world. You have to exercise the same safety precautions you would take at home and be especially careful with your passport. You may observe a strong security presence and metal detectors at hotels, public buildings, and major sites. However, Jordan is one of the safer countries in the Middle East when we discuss terrorism and crime.
Transportation – Jordan has a main and rural road network, most of which is hard-surfaced. Not only it links the major cities and towns but also connects the kingdom with neighboring countries. You can use a private taxi (Yellow Taxi) or rental car service. Besides, for intercity transfer, you can use a JETT bust system and can be booked online. Jett bus relies on tourists which are very few nowadays.
Accommodation – All types of accommodation start from budgeting to high end are available easily.
I stayed in Sadeen Amman Hotel. Other sites to plan and choose your accommodation might be Booking.com, Air BnB, Agoda, or Hostelworld. However, when you’re looking for a hostel, do your research, read reviews to get a feel for the place. and book somewhere that suits you
Food and local Dishes – Jordan has a very rich cuisine of all sorts of food. I had tasted the best food in the middle east area from Jordan. Some of the must-try dishes in Jordan might include…
• Mansaf: The national dish of Jordan made from lamb and rice. The lamb is cooked with a special sauce made with yogurt and spices, known as jameed.
• Maqluba: It prepared over a low fire. This dish of rice, chicken, potatoes, and vegetables is inverted tableside. Its presentation matters a lot.
• Mandi. Mandi was usually made from rice, meat (lamb, camel, goat, or chicken), and a mixture of spices.
• Falafel, a creamy bowl that arrives alongside tomatoes, onions, and fresh herbs makes it a spicy dish.
• Kunafa, A crisp layer of pastry threads tops tangy cheese or cream in this popular dessert
• Manakeesh. is a kind of pizza that is very popular in Jordan. A crispy round and thin dough topped up with local ingredients make this dish truly middle eastern.
Suggested daily budget – 25-30 USD
Jordan is a budget-friendly travel destination, but it is comparatively expensive than the other middle east neighboring countries. You can get a hostel lodging for under 10$. Meal cost starts from $2 from a street vendor and up to $15 for a better location. Taxis within the city are 2-5 $ per trip and about 50$ for a day trip to nearby cities like Jerash.
(Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, and using the local transportation. By keeping in view your travel style you can up or lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!
Free Horse ride. At Petra, a few fake tour guides offering a “free” horse ride and then demanding a big tip afterward. Sometimes they ask you that your ticket includes the horse ride.
• Get the Jordan Pass, it will be beneficial if you have to stay more than three nights in Jordan. It costs 70JOD and most of the Jordanian attractions (including Petra) are covered with this card.
• The famous yellow taxi can be found everywhere in Jordan but make sure its meter will be working. In addition, check the digit before paying.
• Never say no to food when the local offer you but how to avoid is a bit critical question.