City Of Aswan, Immersed In Egyptian History
Located about 81 miles from Luxor, Aswan is another city in Egypt that attracts tourists for its natural beauty, its tryst with history and the bright, sunny atmosphere perfect for a relaxing holiday. Marked by a typical Egyptian flavour a vacation in Aswan with its many historical sites and activities is a history buffs dream come true.
Aswan – Rich in History
Named as Swen, or Swenet – from the Egyptian goddess, ancient Aswan served as the entrance to Nubia. Most of this is now buried beneath Lake Nasser. Aswan functioned as a main centre for the ancient Egyptians as the capital of Upper Egypt. Today, tourists can enjoy the unruffled charm of the place as they gaze upon the beauty of the Nile, boats sailing slowly around.
A glimpse to Nubian art and culture proves fascinating as Nubian dancers and musicians perform in the Cultural Center. One can surely enjoy the stick-fight dances performed by the folklore troupes.
40 miles from Aswan, the temple of Kalabsha is a ‘must-visit’ for the tourists. This temple was disassembled and rebuilt on a hill close to the High-Dam site. Tutmosis II and Amenophis II built the temple at Kalabsha and the temple was restituted at the time of Roman conquest. Nubian Museum in Aswan is also worth visiting where ancient Nubian life can be revisited. There are numerous relics at display that brings alive the history if a bygone era.
Aswan Nile Cruise
Whether you are visiting Aswan in summer or in winter, cruise on Nile should be on your card. A trip to Luxor from Aswan would be worth enjoying and one gets to visit Valley of the Kings, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo and Philae Temple en route. Kom Ombo Temple is located on the banks of Nile and has two sides. Each side represents a different story.
Ancient Egypt can be experienced at the Tombs of Nobles- situated in the West Bank of the Nile. These tombs are uniquely shaped and have spectacular wall paintings. The tombs of Harkhuf, Sarenput II, the tomb of Sabni and Mekho are worthy a view.
Temple of Isis on Philae Island, Aswan
Philae Island – a rocky island in the middle of the River Nile – is located at the south of Aswan. The Temple of Isis, is an amazing creation and uses up about a quarter of the island. There are numerous private tours one can enjoy.