{The Magic of Petra at Night}

· Jordan ·

November 9, 2017 9 Comments

The only thing more magical than visiting Petra during the day, is experiencing it at night. On select evenings out of the month this breathtaking sight is transformed by thousands of glimmering candles. The lights are thoughtfully laid out starting at the Siq all the way to the Monestary. They provided the necessary illumination to guide us through the winding and massive slot canyon. As we continued through, we found ourselves in the quiet of the night under a peaceful display of moon and stars. Initially, in spite of my photos making it seem like a solitary experience, there were at least 100 other people walking along the path. However, as we made our way at a slower pace, due to our kiddos, we were left behind and had the walk mostly to ourselves. In retrospect it turned out to be a blessing in disguise since the crowds were extremely minimal towards the end allowing us to completely embrace the whole experience more fully.

The trek took us about 1 hour. Since it was easy, and with no incline, our kiddos handled it just fine (It takes a bit longer to cross the Siq at night since visibility is lower, the ground a bit uneven and of course stopping to take a few photos along the way). Our first glimpse of the Monastery was something beyond special. I had waited for so long to see this grand sight, and not only was I finally there, but it was lit up by a majestic display of candle light. As we found a place to sit and enjoy our surroundings, we were filled with the beautiful sounds of music as a gentleman sang and played an instrument. This certainly made the experience much more sacred and splendid. There was plenty of time to take it all in and snap photographs before the show was over and then we were all politely escorted through the Siq to head back the way we came in.

I once read that it was recommend to visit Petra at Night before seeing it at daylight. I would have to agree, as I am not sure the enchanting effect would have been as impactful had we already experience it earlier. That being said you cannot ever go wrong visiting this World Wonder day or night, and I would definitely recommend it. Although there were not too many children aside from ours I found it to be a family friendly adventure worth doing.

For more on our travels through Jordan go here.




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    Sharee - Inspire Family Travel

    November 10, 2017

    This looks like an incredible experience, thank you so much for sharing it!

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    Rebecca (rebeccasnyder.com)

    November 10, 2017

    Oh, that walk is just breathtaking! I think seeing it at night first would work out well, since I’ve heard that it takes quite awhile just to get to Petra. This is one of the wonders of the world that is definitely on my bucket list! Your beautiful photos really capture the magic.

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    November 11, 2017

    Such beautiful photos, Bel! Love that glow all the way along the path. It must have beena magical experience, with the lights and the music all in the setting of this stunning Wonder of the World. Awesome post!

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    November 11, 2017

    Wow this is beautiful! Are they only to provide light or do they have any other significance?

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    November 13, 2017

    Omg, Jordan is on my list for so long and Petra by night looks breathtaking! I need to travel faster to see all the places I still wanne see… but you just convinced me to put this place on the top of my list!

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    November 13, 2017

    This seems to be a spectacular experience. Loved those lantern lighted streets… you have captured them so well!!

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    November 14, 2017

    This must have been such an amazing experience! I have seen many pictures before, but can just try to imagine how it would feel to be there. Do you know, is this something that they do every night?

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    December 4, 2017

    Oh wow, that looks absolutely magical! I would love to go there! Thanks for this amazing article.

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      December 14, 2017

      Glad you enjoyed the article Karoline, it was definitely an experience we wonโ€™t easily forget – xoxo! โค๏ธ