The Pyramids have held my fascination since childhood. I hit the Giza complex on day 1 itself. I dedicated a lot of time to the Sphinx. However, when I decided to explore the pyramids it left the Sphinx behind by miles.
How to get there: As I mentioned in my earlier posts I was living near the main square. That is a good central location to live in Cairo. If you want to book a hotel in Egypt Click HERE.The best way to get to Giza in Cairo is via a Cab. One can use buses as well but unless one is on a budget a cab is a good option.
Tickets: The price for the Giza Complex is USD $9. However, the site is huge and can be very tiring to walk around. Also, it can be hot depending on the season of the visit. Its recommended that you take a package that involves a Horse Cart or a Camel. If one is proficient in riding you can also choose to go for a Horse. Also, a guide is helpful. Keeping these in mind its best one books a package deal that includes everything for the Sphinx and the Pyramids. They are reasonable and start out at USD $30-$40 per person. This includes the entrance fee, the guide, Horse/Cart/Camel/Quad Bike in the Giza complex, hotel pick and drop, visit to the papyrus institute and an Egyptian lunch. To book a package deal to the pyramids of Giza Click HERE
The Giza Complex:
The Pyramids of Giza are the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering present-day Giza in Cairo. It is the oldest of the Seven wonders of the world and the only one to remain largely intact from the old world.
It is believed that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10- to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC. The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years until Lincoln Cathedral was finished in 1311 AD. Originally, the Great Pyramid was covered by limestone casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface; what is seen today is the underlying core structure. Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base.
I had a blast in the Giza Complex. Luckily Egypt was unusually empty during the whole trip with very few tourists. The Giza complex was no different. It was unusually empty. That gave me a lot of time and explore and take my time with the pyramids.
The stones steps tend to look small we see pictures and videos. However, when I stood in front of them each step was close to 5 feet. And takes a bit of climb. Did I mention it’s illegal to climb the Pyramid? I would not recommend climbing unless you are looking to get into trouble. I managed to squeeze out an opportunity! I guess the taboo of the forbidden got to me.
However, I would like to clarify that in retrospect I regret it! It’s our responsibility to ensure that we take care of our common heritage. It was irresponsible on my part to do that.
It’s essentially important we protect these structures since that’s all that is left of the great Pyramids. The Pyramids today are empty. All the artifacts inside have been looted and has found its way to various museums and private collections around the world. Whatever was left has been moved to the Egyptian museum in Cairo.
One is not supposed to take pictures inside the pyramids. Once again, I took advantage of the fact that there was no one. The guide was quite helpful in arranging things for me. Guides have a lot of influence with the local authorities.
One can see the tombs and the hieroglyphics on the wall. The idea that we as a race conceived this 5000 years ago simply boggles the mind. I simply can’t seem to think of a modern construction that is going to last 5000 years!!
My choice to pick a horse was more out of bravado and Hollywood influence rather than skill. And it was pretty evident the moment I got on the Horse. I fell a couple of times but I was determined to ride the horse. After a while I got the hang of it. This is also something I would NOT recommend unless one knows how to ride.
The whole Giza complex is strewn with small rocks. A fall on one them would be fatal. I was lucky to hit the sand. I would not have attempted this adventure in a saner state of mind. But then who said I was sane!
The whole empty complex ensured that one did not feel very touristy. In fact, it felt I was transported back in time 5000 years ago. I almost expected a Pharaoh to Pop out of one of the buildings. Over all it was a memorable experience that I will never forget. I highly recommend Egypt as a tourist place.
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