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.
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