Recently I went on a solo trip to Egypt. After an exhausting few day of work, I just needed the break. So I looked up all the places one could visit. I picked Egypt. It had a good mix of Art, Culture, Nature, History and Mystery.
Getting the Visa: The process is fairly simple. You just need to download a form and fill it up and submit with the relevant details filled up. Upload the form along with relevant documents and pay the fees. The fee is INR 4000. One need confirmed return tickets and hotel bookings as well as a minimum bank balance of INR 50000. That’s it. You should get the e-visa. Tourist Visa’s are valid for a duration of 30 days.
On day one I reached and checked into my hotel. It was a small quaint place with two young cheerful guys running the place. It was already afternoon by the time I settled in. When I asked them for an evening activity, they told me I should check out the Nile River cruise with belly dancing! I was not going to say no to that so I hoped on.
The evening Nile river cruise with dinner cost me around 45 USD. It could go up to USD 55 depending on the vendor. The guy picked me up around 6.00 PM from my hotel near Tahrir Square.
We drove to the riverfront and I was soon on a ship. It felt like entering a time warp. With all the performers dressed in exotic Arab costumes and the décor done up with Harem Motifs. The only thing modern there were the hoard of tourists.
The belly dancers were exotic. I could not take my eyes of the performance for more reasons than one 😉. It’s just not belly dance BTW. They have many light and sound shows with various performances. These last for an hour or so.
After that a dinner buffet is served. The food is yum! It was my first experience of Arab Cuisine. I for sure wasn’t disappointed. One can also buy drinks at an additional cost. This cruise offered me good opportunity to interact with the fellow tourists and the locals who had come to spend a relaxed evening there.
The view from the deck of the ship is stunning. The Cairo skyline looks amazing. The wind tends to be chilly on the river in the evenings. A windcheater or a stole is recommended.
The whole experience lasted for about 2-2.5 Hours. After that I de-boarded and was driven back to the hotel. It was a pleasant first night in Egypt. A sign of things to come.
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