Jordan - Azraq & the Eastern Desert Highway (Chapter)
This is the Azraq & the Eastern Desert Highway chapter from Lonely Planet’s Jordan guidebook.
Imagine a space so desolate that not even a boulder or a bush troubles the 360-degree horizon. Now add a carpet of ancient black volcanic rock, unnavigable even by camels. And finally, factor in a ravaging heat so overpowering in the summer that the ground pulses before your eyes and mirages appear in the distance. Welcome to the Eastern Desert! Home to a string of intriguing ruined forts, hunting lodges and caravanserai, collectively known as the ‘desert castles’. At the miraculous oases of Azraq and Burqu, birds still break their journey across the otherwise featureless desert.
- chase the ghost of Lawrence through Qasr al-AzraqChase the ghost of Lawrence through Qasr al-Azraq, the former headquarters of this enigmatic British officer
- hunker down in the bird-hide at Azraq Wetland Reserve and watch the drama of a waterhole unfold
- meet one of Jordan’s ethnic minorities, the Chechens, at Azraq Lodge and enjoy a sumptuous dinner
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Azraq, Zarqa, Qasr Al-Hallabat, Hammam As-Sarah, Azraq, Qasr Al-Azraq, Azraq Wetland Reserve, Shaumari Wildlife Reserve, Qasr ‘Uweinid, P, Azraq, Qasr Al-Azraq, Azraq Wetland Reserve, Shaumari Wildlife Reserve, Qasr ‘Uweinid, Qusayr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Qasr Al-Mushatta.
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