A Country Guide to Egypt

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Egypt has always mesmerised the visitors no matter from which part of the world they are from. Much of the Egyptian charm is attributed to its history, which has given some magnificent architectural wonders to the country.

Starting with the Great Pyramids, Egypt has a treasure trove of legacy to show to the world. Attracting millions of tourists every year, the Pyramids, their associated monuments like temples, Sphinx, mosques, etc. create a numbing effect on the first-timers.

The Nile River Valley is another one of those monumental natural phenomenons that has enriched the world’s history. Talking about aquatic adventures, the visitors just can’t miss the enchanting diving resorts of the Red Sea.

The ancient origins of the monuments in Egypt can be gauged from the fact that when Herodotus went ga-ga over the Egyptian monuments in 430 BC, they were already some 2,500 years old. Most of these marvels are still in a good condition and are visited by millions of tourists each year. These include Pyramids of Giza, temples of Karnak or Philae, painted tombs in the Valley of the Kings, etc.

The mighty Nile River sustains life in Egypt and many other African countries. Whether its vast stretch of agricultural fields or the coastal villages dotted with date palms, almost every aspect of Egypt bears an imprint of the Nile River. The country’s water bodies can be enjoyed on an ultra-modern cruise ship or the traditional felucca.

The cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan are not just historically important but also emanate distinct sounds and smells that keep the visitors hooked on to the country for a long-long time. The coastal areas of Hurghada and Sharm-el-Sheik that lie on the Red Sea offer plenty of aquatic fun with colourful fishes, corals, and diving opportunities just waiting to be grasped. The inland areas have exquisite monasteries around the arid mountains of Sinai. The desert oases are another attraction in the inland Egypt, where the visitors would be charmed by the camel trains of hardy nomads traversing the Sahara Desert.

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