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How to get there


The best time to see Petra is in the early morning or late afternoon, so plan for an early start or arrive the evening before and stay in one of the comfortable hotels near the site.

By bus:

- Alpha Daily Tours (Tel. (06) 5855196), Organize a full day tour that includes entrance fees, horse ride, and an English speaking guide. Departure is from Alpha Terminal (Gulf Hotel) in Amman. The bus leaves at 7.30 am daily to Petra. Click here for more information.

- JETT (Tel. (06) 5664146), Operates a modern fleet of air-conditioned coaches from Amman to Wadi Musa (Petra). Departure is from Abdali Station in Amman. The bus leaves at 6:30 daily to Petra and 4:00 pm to Amman from Petra.

By car:
Petra is a 3-hour drive from Amman on the modern Desert Highway, or 5 hours on the more scenic Kings' Highway. Leave Amman from the 7th Circle and follow the brown signs, which are designed for tourists.

By taxi:
You can hire a taxi in Amman to take you to Wadi Musa (Petra). The fare should be approximately 50 Jordanian Dinars; however, be sure to agree on the price with the driver before setting off.

Other Destinations:
Combine your visit to Petra with a trip to Dana, a bird's nest-like mountain village in the fascinating nature reserve (on the way to Petra, best seen the day before or following your visit to Petra), or take in the unspoiled desert vastness of Wadi Rum - only an hour's drive south of Petra.

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A modest shrine commemorating the death of Aaron, brother of Moses, was built in the 13th century by the Mameluk Sultan, high atop Mount Aaron (Jabal Haroun) in the Sharah range.

Petra is sometimes called the ‘Lost City’. In spite of its being such an important city in antiquity, after the 14th century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveller, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who tricked his way into the fiercely guarded site by pretending to be an Arab from India wishing to make a sacrifice at the tomb of the Prophet Aaron.