In Egyptian lore, Amun-Ra was the father of all pharaohs and king of all gods. His city was a cosmopolitan marvel and cultural center named Luxor. Today, Luxor is one of the finest travel destinations. To this very day, this historic city continues to intrigue visitors with its enchanting ruins and beauty. Luxor is a city fit for a king!
Built on and around the ancient city of Thebes, Luxor has been called the largest open air museum in the world due to all if the history it contains. Luxor is home to the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the gorgeous Karnack Temple. Travelers usually use this city as a home base of sorts for more travel into Upper Egypt. Travelers have been coming to Luxor for centuries to take in all that it has to offer.
When traveling to Luxor (or any place in Egypt) it is important to know when to go. Generally, there are two seasons: hot and hotter. In the winter, temperature usually reaches into the 80s (F) while in the summertime it has been known to get so hot that the soles of travelers’ shoes begin to melt. You will definitely want to visit between October and March. The weather is much more hospitable during that time. There is a ton of great things to do and see in Luxor; however you will want to pace yourself so that you avoid heat exhaustion.
Now that you know when to travel to Luxor, what should you be sure to see? Well, a good start is the Mummification Museum and Luxor Museum. At these great sites you can see mummified remains and other relics from Egypt’s ancient past. If you are interested in exploring some ancient temples, consider a trip to Karnak. Karnak, or Ipet-isut as it used to be known, is home to temples that were once of major importance to religious worship in ancient Egypt. While in Karnak you will definitely want to check out the Hypostile Hall in the Great Temple of Amum.
Luxor is one destination that is sure to touch your soul. Every traveler is in search of that one place that truly enchants the mind, Luxor is that place!