Having made it to the New Seven Wonders Of The World, Petra, the robust town of a departed race, buzzes with visitors all through the year. Spread across several km and stretched through several centuries, transport in Petra is as interesting as its ruins. It really is. Just imagine, aeons ago people of this town may have had only donkeys, mules, horses and camels to ferry them from place to place. So it’s actually a very good idea to get one of these animals right at the entrance. Quite some distance into this incredible town of the past you will not only find yourself gazing into their life and lifestyle, but being transported there, literally!
Horse-drawn carriages are a big hit here! Not only because the carriage is fast and provides shade from the fire-spewing sun but also because international tourists, especially from the western world, love the music–a rhythmic blend of the trinkets and galloping horses. Donkeys and mules are the next best options. With their lazy walk they make it possible for the traveller to soak in the ambience at their own pace, admiring, exploring and observing even the tiniest crevice in this stone town.
Camels rule at the Treasury and beyond. The tall animal takes charge from here. Travelling miles within this marvellous town, the camel travels relentlessly carrying weary and fatigued tourists to the main attractions of Petra. Dressed in striking colours and decorated with various beaded and mirror-work accessories from head to the tail, the camels are as photographed here as the Treasury ! Many tourists take a camel ride just for fun. And boy, what fun!
I chose to walk on the same soil as the people of the bygone era. And I really missed an animal ride. But when you are there, don’t miss it! You’ll have one more memory to bring back from this rocky town. Or should I say rocking town?
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