Jordan Tourism Board has announced the figures for 2016 Indian arrivals to Jordan, which showed a positive growth.
Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) has unveiled an impressive figure of overnight visitors from India that has shown an unprecedented growth of 18.4 pc. Consequently, the same day visitor arrivals from India has declined by 4.5 pc, which indicates that visitors are now spending more time in the country.
The India Representative office of JTB, Think Strawberries has set a goal to take Jordan to the position of ‘Most Desirable Destination’ for the Indian traveller by 2019 by achieving higher visitor arrivals and increasing the overnight stay steadily.
Ashit Taneja, Country Manager, Jordan Tourism Board, India Office said, “Jordan still is and will remain one of the safest destinations to visit. It is a very stable country with a unique blend of culture, history, food, wellness, adventure and warm hospitality that continues to draw tourists from India and all over the world every year. Jordan offers an excellent blend of tradition and culture along with developed infrastructure and world-class hospitality services. Jordanian food and the great experiences of Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum make it distinct from other countries. We welcome the Indian tourists to Jordan and want them to come back to India with fond memories and memorable experiences.”
Since the beginning of 2016, Indians can avail free visa on arrival in Jordan. The traveller can book through the Jordanian DMC/supplier and stay for minimum two nights with minimum five people as a group. They can also buy the Jordan Pass and stay for minimum three consecutive nights in Jordan. The Jordan Pass is the ultimate sightseeing ticket to Jordan. It offers hassle-free prepaid entry at a reduced rate to over 40 attractions in Jordan.
If the traveller cannot qualify with the above mentioned requirements, then instead they can also pay USD 56 (JD 40) and avail the visa on arrival. For Indians, the basic prerequisites to avail this facility are USD 1,000 cash per person, confirmed return ticket, confirmed hotel reservation under travellers’ name and passport validity of six months from the date of arrival into Jordan.
Jordan is a land steeped in history. It has been home to some of mankind’s earliest settlements and villages, and relics of many of the world’s great civilisations can still be seen today.
The capital of Jordan, Amman, is an attractive city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries and boutiques merge comfortably with traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans’ workshops.
A visit to the Hammam is a good way to discover more about the local culture. This is an Arabic-style communal bathhouse, highly popular throughout Jordan and the region since Roman times. The baths consist of three main rooms – a Frigidarium, Tepidarium and Calidarium – the cold, warm and hot rooms respectively. This is an invigorating experience for both mind and body.
The world wonder, Petra, is Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled there more than 2,000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
The Al-Khazneh (Treasury) is merely the first of the many wonders that make up Petra with hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs and intricate carvings. One will need at least four or five days to explore everything here. The Petra valley boasts natural beauty and outstanding architectural achievements.
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the face of the earth and it receives a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products.
The leading attraction at the Dead Sea is the warm, soothing, extremely salty water itself, that is rich in magnesium, potassium, chloride, bromine and several others minerals. With a series of good roads, excellent hotels with spa and fitness facilities, as well as archaeological and spiritual discoveries, this region is enticing to international visitors.