Jaw-dropping Jordan is an epic adventure 

  • The 400-mile Jordan Trail, a prolonged widen hiking track has non-stop in Jordan
  • It allows tourists to retrace stairs of British officer and WWI favourite T.E Lawrence
  • Also on track is Petra’s many famous building – the 2,000-year-old Al-Khazneh

Jeremy Taylor For The Daily Mail

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The dickey police are in office as my untimely steed runs out of control by Jordan’s many renouned traveller destination.

As we career towards Petra’s many famous building, a mad central blows his alarm in a bid to make me dismount.

Built by Arab Nabateans some-more than 2,000 years ago, Al-Khazneh — or the book — was the fantastic backdrop to the culmination of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. 

Red-rock spectacular: Jordan’s Wadi Rum, famous as the ‘desert of mountains’ - a renouned traveller destination

Red-rock spectacular: Jordan’s Wadi Rum, famous as the ‘desert of mountains’ - a renouned traveller destination

Red-rock spectacular: Jordan’s Wadi Rum, famous as the ‘desert of mountains’ – a renouned traveller destination

But my attainment at the intricately forged sandstone masquerade is loyal from a Carry On farce.

It’s doubtful that World War we fable T. E. Lawrence would have suffered the same indignity when he visited this different site. As it happens, it’s the centenary of some of his many famous victories in Jordan while heading the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans.

The British Army officer rode out on a some-more stately camel before upgrading to an armoured Rolls-Royce. In 1918, he was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his efforts — a story retold in the 1962 biopic Lawrence Of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole.

TV path-finder Levison Wood is retracing some of his hero’s footsteps for a new series. He will also follow tools of the recently non-stop Jordan Trail — a 400-mile hiking route.

Often ignored by holidaymakers since of troubles in beside Syria and Iraq, Jordan is now deliberate protected by Middle Eastern standards. The Foreign Office still warns of a heightened risk of terrorism, but that didn’t stop 65,000 Britons visiting in 2016.

My Arabian tour starts in the capital, Amman. Once a exhausted village, it’s now a colourful metropolis. Like many visitors, we conduct for the Roman amphitheatre, remarkably total but eerily still compared with anything in Rome.

Wadi Rum is best famous for featuring in scenes the mythological film of Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum is best famous for featuring in scenes the mythological film of Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum is best famous for featuring in scenes the mythological film of Lawrence of Arabia

The city’s Royal Automobile Museum has turn increasingly popular, too — an oddity collection of cars that belonged to the late King Hussein. Pride of place goes to a 1915, armoured Rolls-Royce, like the one used by Lawrence himself.

I then drive due south to Petra, 3 hours down the Desert Highway. The many costly hotels are next to the ancestral site entrance, but there are copiousness of inexpensive beds, too. In the summer, the feverishness is almost unbearable, but horse, transport and dickey rides into the ancient city are just a trade away.

Nearby Wadi Rum is famous as the ‘desert of mountains’ and was in the opening scenes of O’Toole’s film. It’s where Lawrence was first sent to meet the rebels he would after lead against the Turks.

Lawrence described it as ‘vast, echoing and God-like’ — nonetheless we found the dunes criss-crossed with the tyre marks of 4x4s which lift tourists among the red-rock gorges.

The best time to revisit Wadi Rum is nightfall when there are fewer crowds. A camel called Asfour carries me opposite the sands at dusk.

Built by Arab Nabateans some-more than 2,000 years ago, Al-Khazneh — or the book — was the fantastic backdrop to the culmination of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Built by Arab Nabateans some-more than 2,000 years ago, Al-Khazneh — or the book — was the fantastic backdrop to the culmination of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Built by Arab Nabateans some-more than 2,000 years ago, Al-Khazneh — or the book — was the fantastic backdrop to the culmination of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

The next day it’s an hour’s drive to Aqaba, at the southernmost tip of the country. Once a coastal outpost on the corner of the Red Sea, it was the stronghold that helped make Lawrence famous. Just over a hundred years ago, Lawrence led a warn attack on the Turk-occupied fort, which still bears its scars. Otherwise, the rest of Aqaba is a brew of bustling souk and high-rise hotels.

After an dusk of pulsating belly-dancing on the patio of the Kempinski Hotel, we conduct north up the Dead Sea Highway. Expect police checks as the highway runs together with the West Bank border.

The hypersaline Dead Sea is one of the many surprising places on Earth. Its shores are scarcely 1,400ft next sea turn and the abounding dirt grows much of Jordan’s garden produce, but many visitors come to float. I’m not a clever swimmer, but the water is so buoyant, it’s unfit to keep my legs next the waterline.

Looking at the oppressive turf he helped conquer, it’s no consternation Lawrence achieved an almost biblical standing among many of his Arab followers. If he had come to the Dead Sea, they competence have believed he could walk on water.

 


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Jaw-dropping Jordan is an epic adventure 

  • The 400-mile Jordan Trail, a prolonged widen hiking track has non-stop in Jordan
  • It allows tourists to retrace stairs of British officer and WWI favourite T.E Lawrence
  • Also on track is Petra’s many famous building – the 2,000-year-old Al-Khazneh

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The dickey police are in office as my untimely steed runs out of control by Jordan’s many renouned traveller destination.

As we career towards Petra’s many famous building, a mad central blows his alarm in a bid to make me dismount.

Built by Arab Nabateans some-more than 2,000 years ago, Al-Khazneh — or the book — was the fantastic backdrop to the culmination of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. 

Red-rock spectacular: Jordan’s Wadi Rum, famous as the ‘desert of mountains’ - a renouned traveller destination

Red-rock spectacular: Jordan’s Wadi Rum, famous as the ‘desert of mountains’ - a renouned traveller destination

Red-rock spectacular: Jordan’s Wadi Rum, famous as the ‘desert of mountains’ – a renouned traveller destination

But my attainment at the intricately forged sandstone masquerade is loyal from a Carry On farce.

It’s doubtful that World War we fable T. E. Lawrence would have suffered the same indignity when he visited this different site. As it happens, it’s the centenary of some of his many famous victories in Jordan while heading the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans.

The British Army officer rode out on a some-more stately camel before upgrading to an armoured Rolls-Royce. In 1918, he was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his efforts — a story retold in the 1962 biopic Lawrence Of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole.

TV path-finder Levison Wood is retracing some of his hero’s footsteps for a new series. He will also follow tools of the recently non-stop Jordan Trail — a 400-mile hiking route.

Often ignored by holidaymakers since of troubles in beside Syria and Iraq, Jordan is now deliberate protected by Middle Eastern standards. The Foreign Office still warns of a heightened risk of terrorism, but that didn’t stop 65,000 Britons visiting in 2016.

My Arabian tour starts in the capital, Amman. Once a exhausted village, it’s now a colourful metropolis. Like many visitors, we conduct for the Roman amphitheatre, remarkably total but eerily still compared with anything in Rome.

Wadi Rum is best famous for featuring in scenes the mythological film of Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum is best famous for featuring in scenes the mythological film of Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum is best famous for featuring in scenes the mythological film of Lawrence of Arabia

The city’s Royal Automobile Museum has turn increasingly popular, too — an oddity collection of cars that belonged to the late King Hussein. Pride of place goes to a 1915, armoured Rolls-Royce, like the one used by Lawrence himself.

I then drive due south to Petra, 3 hours down the Desert Highway. The many costly hotels are next to the ancestral site entrance, but there are copiousness of inexpensive beds, too. In the summer, the feverishness is almost unbearable, but horse, transport and dickey rides into the ancient city are just a trade away.

Nearby Wadi Rum is famous as the ‘desert of mountains’ and was in the opening scenes of O’Toole’s film. It’s where Lawrence was first sent to meet the rebels he would after lead against the Turks.

Lawrence described it as ‘vast, echoing and God-like’ — nonetheless we found the dunes criss-crossed with the tyre marks of 4x4s which lift tourists among the red-rock gorges.

The best time to revisit Wadi Rum is nightfall when there are fewer crowds. A camel called Asfour carries me opposite the sands at dusk.

Built by Arab Nabateans some-more than 2,000 years ago, Al-Khazneh — or the book — was the fantastic backdrop to the culmination of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Built by Arab Nabateans some-more than 2,000 years ago, Al-Khazneh — or the book — was the fantastic backdrop to the culmination of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Built by Arab Nabateans some-more than 2,000 years ago, Al-Khazneh — or the book — was the fantastic backdrop to the culmination of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

The next day it’s an hour’s drive to Aqaba, at the southernmost tip of the country. Once a coastal outpost on the corner of the Red Sea, it was the stronghold that helped make Lawrence famous. Just over a hundred years ago, Lawrence led a warn attack on the Turk-occupied fort, which still bears its scars. Otherwise, the rest of Aqaba is a brew of bustling souk and high-rise hotels.

After an dusk of pulsating belly-dancing on the patio of the Kempinski Hotel, we conduct north up the Dead Sea Highway. Expect police checks as the highway runs together with the West Bank border.

The hypersaline Dead Sea is one of the many surprising places on Earth. Its shores are scarcely 1,400ft next sea turn and the abounding dirt grows much of Jordan’s garden produce, but many visitors come to float. I’m not a clever swimmer, but the water is so buoyant, it’s unfit to keep my legs next the waterline.

Looking at the oppressive turf he helped conquer, it’s no consternation Lawrence achieved an almost biblical standing among many of his Arab followers. If he had come to the Dead Sea, they competence have believed he could walk on water.

 


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