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Wadi Rum – The Red Planet

I finally understood what the “sands of time” means. Wadi Rum, in Jordan, taught me that. Its vastness, its beauty, its magnificence stupefied me. It’s not your ordinary desert of plain golden sand. It’s a desert that defies stereotypes of an arid, solitary piece of nature—hues of red, pink, gold, black and brown blend together harmoniously, creating a rugged but charming vistas that bewitch visitors, strangers, warriors, wanderers, lovers and royalties.

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Wadi Rum desert Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum – The Red Planet

Here, in Wadi Rum, “the crimson sunset on its stupendous cliffs and slanted ladders of hazy fire down its walled avenue,” you retrace the footprints of the history of the Great Arab Revolt led by T.E. Lawrence and the warriors of King Faisal.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

Wadi Rum – The Red Planet

Wadi Rum is more than sand dunes and camels.  Its plains are coupled with mountain ranges of magnificent sand stones towering across the desert that had seen so much changes, wars, tragedies and peace.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

The desert is a quiet and lonely place to be. Let alone, to live and work there.  The bedouins consider Wadi Rum as their paradise where life is not ruined by commute, traffic, technology and maybe, flushing toilets? LOL…

Wadi Rum Desert- The Red Planet

A desert is ageless, I suppose. Unlike humans, it doesn’t wrinkle but metamorphose into something even more stunning. Like this pic below.

Wadi Desert Rum - The Red Planet

The Arch. Or bridge. Or arched bridge?

From the paved, concrete King’s Way, we diverted into the rugged terrains of Wadi Rum. The corrugated, winding, sandy/dusty road brought us to the highs and lows of the famed desert.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

There’s something about the desert. It’s not only the sheer magnificence of it but also the power of pulling you into its bosom so you would understand how to feel like a speck of a sand when seen in a distance.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

Sandstone climbing, anyone?

It was my first time to see a sunrise in the desert.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

And this is what I did.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

And this is what our jeep driver did as soon as we arrived at our camp at noon. He gave thanks to his God.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

It’s magical to be in Wadi Rumi.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

At night, right after our sumptuous dinner, I went away from the group to be able experience total solitude I’ve never had in a long time. Living in the city won’t give you that chance.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

I pulled out a carpet and dragged it away from the camp where I couldn’t hear human voices.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

 There …… thousands of stars entertained me. I didn’t mind the chill because I was hoping I’d see a shooting star! Unfortunately, I didn’t. 🙁

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

Wadi Rum is a setting for numerous films, the most famous of all is, Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’ Toole who died a week before we explored Jordan.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom Wadi Rum Jordan

This is the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a moniker given by T. E. Lawrence. It’s not a magic trick—that you can only count 5 pillars. This mystery is still unsolved. 🙂

Other notable films made here are: Red Planet, Passion In The Desert, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (represented as Egypt), Prometheus, and more…

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

Deserts aren’t just about camels.

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

It could be about you, too (Or is it just me?) Proof? See the pic below…. LOL….

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

If that jump doesn’t convince you, then, maybe, this pose will. 😀

Wadi Rum Arch Jordan

Photo credit: Gerry S.

Still not awed? I’ll try another pic—-which will surely put a smile on your face. 🙂

Wadi Rum - The Red Planet

Enjoy the rest of Wadi Desert.

Wadi Rum Train Station

A fierce, bloody battle happened between the Arabs and the Turks at Wadi Rum Train Station.

Wadi Rum Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rum Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rumi Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Wadi Rumi Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

Our beds inside our camp at Wadi Desert

Wadi Rumi Jordan T.E. Lawrence of Arabia

YOUR JOURNEY TO JORDAN STARTS HERE!

Organized Tour

If you are into an excellent organized tour that will give you enough time to explore the places you wanna visit, check EXPLORE WORLDWIDE.

Also, check the following links for the places we’ve been to with LAWRENCE’s ARABIA TOUR in Jordan.

Before heading off to Jordan, watch the movie, “LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.”

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4 Responses to “Wadi Rum – The Red Planet”

  1. Bong
    January 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM #

    Love these photos set. Dreamy. It makes me want to go there soon.

  2. Harry
    January 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM #

    Hahahaha!!! That rainbow fan is awesome in the desert! Made my day! 😀

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