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Kharga Oasis Egypt's Western Desert
Kharga Oasis , the Golden Oasis , is the southernmost of Egypt’s Western oases . It is located in the Libyan Desert, about 200 km to the west of the Nile valley, and is some 150 km long . El Kharga is about 550 km far from Cairo , it seemed that everything there went out of time. There, I was walking longer than I really do in the city.  Ain Umm Dabadib is a major ancient settlement located to the north of Qasr Kharga in Kharga Oasis in Egypt's Western Desert , Ain Umm Dabadib includes a slant-sided temple, a Coptic church , numerous tombs, and four underground aqueducts. They run for over 13 kilometers  with vents for cleaning and repairs every few meters.  As oases go, the local people seemed to be “at your service ” , they are kind and the visitors feel that they are very welcomed . The life there is simple but satisfying the little necessities of its people.

 Kharga used to be the last but one stop on The Forty Days Road, the infamous slave-trade route between North Africa and the tropical south. Today, it is the biggest New Valley oasis and its modern city houses 60,000 people, including 1,000 Nubians who moved here after the creation of lake Nasser. Outside the main center is the Temple of Hibis, built on the site of an 18th dynasty settlement of Saites, Persians and Ptolemies One of the few Persian monuments in Egypt, the 6th century BC temple is well-preserved with painted vultures and huge reliefs of Darius greeting Egyptian gods on the outer walls. Ten kilometers away, the Necropolis of al-Bagawat contains 263 mud-brick chapels with Coptic murals, including the Chapel of Peace with images of Adam and Eve and the Ark on its dome and the Chapel of the Exodus with frescoes of pharaonic troops pursuing the Jews led by Moses, out of Egypt. Pharaonic monuments include the al-Hhuwaytah Temple which dates from 522 BC and the Temple of Amenebis.

The thermal springs at Bulaq and Nasser villages to the south, are famous for water temperatures of up to 43 C and reputed to be suitable for the treatment of rheumatism and allergies. Camping facilities are available near both villages. Further south is Baris Oasis, the second largest settlement in Kharga. Houses designed in traditional Nubian style by Hassan Fathy remain uninhabited- local people refused to live in them because of their similarity to tombs and building stopped in the late 1960s. Ancient monuments include the Temple of
Dush, dedicated to Isis and Serapis. Its name derives from Kush, the ancient Sudanese capital which traded with Egypt along the Nile. Archeologists are still unearthing the ancient city of Kysis and elaborate system of clay pipes and abandoned Christian church, suggest that Kysis was abandoned when its underground springs dried up but the exact date remains a mystery


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Minamar Hotel Package

3 Days /2 Nights

Cairo - Bahariya - White Desert

70 $ per person the whole trip

Alexander The great Tour

Cairo, Alexandria ,Alamein, Marsa Matrouh, Siwa, Bahariya US$ 480

Oasis Complete Tour

Cairo, Siwa, Bahariya, White Desert, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga US$ 520

Wheals Valley Safari

Cairo ,Fayoum ,Bahariya ,White Desert US$ 420

King Tut Expedition Adventure

Cairo ,Siwa ,Bahariya ,

Farafra ,Dakhla ,Kharga ,Luxor ,Aswan US$ 770

Felucca Cruise Adventure

Cairo ,Bahariya ,Farafra

Dakhla ,Kharga

 ,Luxor ,Aswan US$ 550