Luxor: Gems of the West Bank

Our last day in Egypt was dedicated to the sites along the West Bank. And what better way to end our getaway than visiting mortuary temples and tombs (poker face!). How apt.

From the port, we had a quite long drive to the Valley of the Kings. As the name implies, the valley was the resting place of the pharaohs and some non-royal men back in the day. There are 63 known tombs and chambers in the valley, each marked with a name prefixed by KV and a map on its entrance. We were given passes to three tombs only. Our guide selected what he thought was interesting.

Valley of the Kings

We were more intrigued about the famous tomb of the young pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, but after finding out that that requires a separate fee, and an expensive one at that, we chose not to explore it. Besides, we had a glimpse of what’s inside and the treasures and interesting stuff are in Cairo Museum, which we visited some days ago. We were also told that there’s nothing much to see in there as almost everything (including the walls! Say whuuut?) was moved elsewhere.

To my dismay, cameras are not allowed inside. Here’s to hoping that this photo of the parking lot would be sufficient as a souvenir. Hahaha!

Valley of the Kings, Egypt

Next, we moved forward to Deir el Bahri or the Northern Monastery. Often times, this complex is referred to as the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, when in fact the complex houses more than just her temple but quite a number of tombs and monuments of other royalties as well.

The long climb to the temple was exhausting add to that the rage of the late morning sun. If only the gardens around still exists, the ascend wouldn’t be that hard.

Deir el Bahri, Egypt

A closer look at the imposing Hatshepsut columns gracing the upper terrace.

Deir el Bahri, Egypt

Deir el Bahri, Egypt

Deir el Bahri, Egypt

Surrounding the structure are more tombs and monuments

Deir el Bahri, Egypt

West Bank, Egypt

Our itinerary ended around lunch time after a quick trip to where the mortuary temple of Amenophis used to stand. Destructed by another pharaoh, all that’s left to Amenophis resting place was the Colossi of Memnon. We just dropped by since there’s nothing really much to see but two giant statues sitting next to a green field.

Colossi of Memnon

We were then brought to a hotel where we spent the rest of the day before flying out of Luxor in the evening. Our initial plan was to check out nearby spots but after failing to negotiate with a reasonable price with the carriage guy, we decided to just stay in the hotel and chilled the afternoon away.

Iberotel Hotel Luxor, Egypt

It proved to be a nice idea when we caught a whirling dervish performance by the pool side, which we extremely enjoyed. Since our Nile dinner cruise, every time we see a whirling dervish, we’d stop and watch.

Whirling Dervish

Egyptian whirling dervish

So there you go, the last leg of our Egyptian adventure. Come midnight, we left Luxor International Airport via AirArabia en route to Sharjah.

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