Its profusion of tombs and temples places Luxor ahead of every other city in Egypt. Even though the Nile divides Luxor into two regions (the West Bank and the East Bank) – the remnants of ancient Thebes can be observed everywhere. The Theban Mountains, located at the West Bank’s base, are home to tombs of famous pharaohs such as Hatshepsut and Tutankhamun. You will be able to explore ruins that date as far back as the 14th century.

However, Luxor is not only about historical sights. In fact, the downtown area is stacked with modern facilities and buildings. All in all, you will find a profoundly ingrained Islamic culture and the rush and run of a metropolitan.

To plan how best to spend your time in Luxor, make use of Tripety’s travel itinerary planner app. The application will not only help you select the best tourist spots, but also equip you with a wealth of information about the UNESCO world-heritage listed city.

  • During the Golden Age, Luxor was Egypt’s center of power.
  • Luxor is mainly situated upon the River Nile’s eastern bank. Around the 10th century, the pharaohs decided to move to this region, which eventually made Luxor the center of governors.
  • The Theban pharaohs showed off their wealth and prowess by constructing numerous intricate monuments, many of which still exist.
  • The ‘Valley of Queen’ was constructed as a homage to the pharaohs, featuring burial sites for their wives and families.
  • In the mid-19th century, Thomas Cook started arranging cruises along the river Nile. That is when Luxor welcomed its very first tourists.

Temple of Karnak. Out of the dozens of monuments across Luxor, the Karnak temple is probably the most stunning and beautiful. It was not constructed to be a one-off building, but instead reflects the building maneuvers of many consecutive Egyptian rulers. These kings were in fierce competition about making additions to this glorious national sanctuary. During the New Kingdom, the Temple of Karnak became Egypt’s most important temple. Make sure to put aside at least three to four hours to explore and drink in the complexity of this colossal, breathtaking monument.

Luxor Museum. Another irresistible stop for history geeks is the Luxor Museum, which displays a vast collection of local artifacts. You will be able to learn the city’s prolific history, ranging from the ancient Thebes all the way up to the Islamic era. The upper floor portrays a dazzling multitude of silver bowls, amulets, votive tablets, and tomb and grave furnishings. However, the highlights of the Museum are the Mummies of Ramses I and Ahmose I, each placed in one of the two rooms on the ground floor.

Banana Island. If you think you have consumed enough history for the day, the relaxing felucca ride to Banana Island awaits you. This palm-shaded island emits a chilled-out, calming aura in perfect contrast to the history-filled gems on the East and West Banks. To savor the Nile in all its splendor, late afternoon is the best time to go for a felucca ride.

With the tantalizing combination of learning and enjoyment, Luxor is an appealing tourist spot for every traveler. From managing expenses to finding suitable hotels, Tripety travel planner app has made vacationing easier than ever.

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