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Jordan

1. Amman is more than a gateway city

Travellers who arrive at Amman airport and leave straight away to go to Petra or one of the other major sights are missing out. Jordan’s capital city, Amman, is an interesting mix of ancient and modern cultures and it’s worth spending at least a day or two here to explore. Join the locals at one of the many cafes, or take a walk in the Jebel Al Weibdeh area to see old buildings, ceramic museums, ancient churches, mosques and galleries, away from the noise and chaos of the modern city.

2. The best-preserved Roman ruins outside Italy?

The Citadel is a favourite place in Amman. It was built in 1220AD during the Ayyubid era and was used to monitor the region for Crusader attacks. These days it mainly consists of ruins but as it is situated on a hilltop, the panoramic views of the city are incredible, especially at sunrise and sunset. From the Citadel you can see the 6,000-seat Roman Amphitheatre, which is also a must-see for anyone visiting Amman.

Just a short bus ride from the city is Jerash, which is well worth a day trip. You’ll find some of the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy, and they are the easternmost ruins still visible today. It’s a peaceful way to spend an afternoon and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to ancient times.

3. It is a great base for sightseeing

As well as Jerash, you’ll find some incredible sights within a short distance of Amman.  To the east of the city is Madaba, which is known for its ancient mosaics including a famous sixth-century mosaic map on the floor of Saint George’s Church. Nearby Mount Nebo is a place of religious significance, where Moses is said to have seen the promised land (on a very clear day, you can see Jerusalem). Most visitors to Jordan can’t resist a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, which is said to have healing properties.

4. The food is seriously tasty!

The national dish of Jordan is Mansaf, a traditional Bedouin dish of lamb seasoned with aromatic herbs, sometimes lightly spiced, cooked in a large stewing pot with yoghurt, and sprinkled with almonds, pine-kernels and other nuts. It is served with huge quantities of Arabic bread, which is dampened with yoghurt and topped with a layer of rice. Feasting on Mansaf is taken seriously, and many hours are spent preparing it. For something lighter, try the incredibly smooth hummus (chickpea dip) with lots of bread and some falafel.

5. The summer months are very hot

Travelling in Jordan during the summer months (June to August) can be really challenging if you’re not accustomed to the heat. It’s also worth remembering that as a Muslim country, Jordan observes Ramadan during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset, and many restaurants and shops will be closed or operating reduced hours during this time.

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Preparation

What do I need when I Travel to India

This India packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete India packing list for any weather or situations. Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion. Some items on this list may not be necessary for your particular trip at a particular time. What all to pack varies according to the trip style (Backpacking / Budget / Luxury), the climate and the time when you are visiting. We request you to please carefully consider the weather and time of year that you plan to travel.

Travel Documents

Passport with at least 6 months validity after your dates of travel
Visas required for this trip
Travel insurance with emergency contact telephone and policy Number
Flight tickets, e-ticket
Photocopies of important documents like tickets, visa, passport, credit card, itinerary to be kept in each luggage bag and email a copy to yourself
Trip Itinerary along with hotel address and phone
Passport size photographs for various permits
Senior citizen card for travel discounts
International driving license if you plan to drive
Travel vaccination certificates

Luggage

You are mostly expected to carry your own luggage in a backpack and smaller bags or backpacks with wheels with shoulder carry straps.
You will also need a waterproof daypack/bag to carry water bottle, camera and other personal needs for day trips.
Don’t forget to keep Padlocks (and keys)
Plastic Ziploc bags in all sizes

Personal Health

Medicines are easily available in India and often you do not require a prescription for over-the-counter medical supplies. You can buy all this stuff one you land up in India on your first day and be safe for the rest trip.

First aid kit – band aids, skin cream, cotton gauze, tweezers & bandage
Personal medication/prescriptions
Prescription glasses and sun glasses
Contact lenses and solution
High protection sunscreen (50+)
Lip balm
Sanitary pads or tampons
Chewing gums to pop your ears open while take off
Insect repellent creams or lotions like Odomos
Anti-histamine/insect bite skin cream
Anti-allergy Tablets containing Pheniramine (Avil 50mg)
Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer gel/wipes
Travel sickness tablets or anti-vomiting tablets (Dramamine or Avomine)
Anti-malaria pills if required (Lariago DS)
Aspirin and/or paracetamol (Crocin)
Oral Rehydration powder (salts & glucose)
Vitamins
1 course of broad-spectrum antibiotics (Augmentin 625mg / 1 gm tablets)
1 course of gastroenteritis medication for Delhi Belly containing Norfloxacin (Norflox-400mg) or Ciprofloxacin (Ciplox-500mg)
Anti-spasm tablets for Diarrhea (Delhi Belly) containing Loperamide (Ridol)
Strong painkillers such as Tramadol (Ultracet), Mild pain Killer (Ketorol-DT 10 mg)
Antibiotic Eye drops / Ear Drops (Ciplox)
Chewable Pepto Bismol (for minor gripes)
Chewable antacid/antigas tablets Digene
Immodium AD tablets (for serious diarrhea)
Small tube of anti-itch cream
Melatonin, if you are using it to minimize jet lag (Not recommended, try to walk & stretch on flight to avoid jet lag)

Melatonin prescription to counter jet lag: (OPTIONAL)

After getting on plane, set watch to destination time
While on the plane, take melatonin tablet at destination bedtime
When traveling east, get morning sun (if possible) soon after arrival, and avoid afternoon sun
When traveling west, get afternoon sun (if possible) soon after arrival, and avoid morning sun
Keep taking melatonin at bedtime throughout trip
Use reverse process on way home

Money?

Local currency (cash/credit cards)
Money belt or pouch
Calculator (most mobile phones have it)

Easy Sleeping

Eye mask
Ear Plugs
Alarm clock (Most mobile phones have it)
Inflatable neck pillow for comfortable sleeping (ESSENTIAL!)
Night clothes/sleepwear
Clothing For longer trips we recommend fast drying and easy wash clothing. Women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf for visiting places of worship. If going for jungle trekking, or on a safari, it is recommend you wear beige, light green or light brown clothing which will camouflage your presence with the surroundings.

3 pairs of loose, thin trousers
4 plain t-shirts or cotton shirts
1 long skirt like cotton dress- must have for female
1 long-sleeved top (for evenings when mosquitoes are out)
1 denim shirt and jeans for chilly evenings
1 thin cardigan for air-conditioned travel
2 large cotton scarves to cover your head, shoulders while visiting religious places
4 pair of Socks/underwear
1 lightweight, waterproof, windproof jacket
6 cotton hankies and 3 pairs of cotton dark-colored socks
2 waist-size elastics for new Indian clothing
1 Sarong which can be used as head/shoulder scarf or skirt

Wet & Wild Weather

Raincoat
Lightweight folding umbrella (for rain or sun)
Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking
Waterproof & windproof jacket
Waterproof trousers

Walking or Hiking Shoes

Walking or hiking shoes in all colors, sizes and designs can be bought very cheaply in India. So no need to carry those bulky shoes all the way.

1 pair of Havana flip-flops / sandals so that u don’t bulk your bag with many shoes
1 pair of comfortable walking/hiking shoes with good grip
Hiking poles/walking sticks
Maps
GPS (most mobile phones have it)

Travel Accessories

Cell phone (Be sure that it’s “unlocked” and you may be able to buy a local SIM card to make international phone calls.)
Cell phone charger with International Adapter Multi plug
Camera, Memory cards & Extra camera battery with charger
Ipods, Ipads, Tablets can be useful as wi-fi connection is fairly easy to find. Remember to carry a converter for the charging point. Avoid carrying a laptop as its bulky, risky to get stolen or broken and you can’t carry with you while visiting historic monuments like Taj Mahal. Instead of leaving laptop into the hands of strangers at every security check, better carry tablet with you.
Empty water bottle (you can fill it at airport after security check for in-flight use)
Scissors / Army knife with can opener (keep in checked-in luggage as not allowed on carry-on luggage)
Local language phrase book
Pen/paper
Hat/wide brim hat

Winter or Extreme Snow

Thermal underwear or base layers
Thick leather gloves
Monkey Cap
Woolen Jackets
Woolen muffler
Woolen Socks
Snow Boots

Personal Items

Toiletries: Go light on shampoo and toiletries – you can always buy it here! If you have a particular shampoo or cream you can’t live without, transfer it to small (~3.4 oz or less) bottles.
Shaving razors
Hairbrush / comb
Deodorant
Hand lotion, Face lotion
Face wash
Makeup kit as small as possible
Toothpaste, Toothbrush
Tweezers & nail clippers
Feminine products (difficult, but not impossible to find in India)
Small packet of Kleenex
Paper soaps & Toilet paper
Bath towel
Small sewing kit, safety pins & rubber bands
Nutrition food bars like Muesli bars, if you don’t like the cuisine.

Swimming

Swimming costume
Swimming towel

Extra Tips

Make sure every piece of luggage, including your daypack has a strong, waterproof tag on it, with essential contact information.
Rolled clothing takes up less space than folded clothing.
Have at least one combination cable-lock per bag that you bring. When out of your hotel room or visiting the ladies’ room in a train station or airport, you will want to lock your bags to the nearest heavy object for safety.
If your bags are full on the way in, you can buy inexpensive duffle bags in India that will survive the trip home, to hold your purchases during the trip. Alternatively, you can bring a lightweight duffle bag rolled up in one of your bags to hold your purchases on the way home.

Click HERE to see our tours to India

What to pack

What do I need when I Travel to India

This India packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete India packing list for any weather or situations. Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion. Some items on this list may not be necessary for your particular trip at a particular time. What all to pack varies according to the trip style (Backpacking / Budget / Luxury), the climate and the time when you are visiting. We request you to please carefully consider the weather and time of year that you plan to travel.

Travel Documents

Passport with at least 6 months validity after your dates of travel
Visas required for this trip
Travel insurance with emergency contact telephone and policy Number
Flight tickets, e-ticket
Photocopies of important documents like tickets, visa, passport, credit card, itinerary to be kept in each luggage bag and email a copy to yourself
Trip Itinerary along with hotel address and phone
Passport size photographs for various permits
Senior citizen card for travel discounts
International driving license if you plan to drive
Travel vaccination certificates

Luggage

You are mostly expected to carry your own luggage in a backpack and smaller bags or backpacks with wheels with shoulder carry straps.
You will also need a waterproof daypack/bag to carry water bottle, camera and other personal needs for day trips.
Don’t forget to keep Padlocks (and keys)
Plastic Ziploc bags in all sizes

Personal Health

Medicines are easily available in India and often you do not require a prescription for over-the-counter medical supplies. You can buy all this stuff one you land up in India on your first day and be safe for the rest trip.

First aid kit – band aids, skin cream, cotton gauze, tweezers & bandage
Personal medication/prescriptions
Prescription glasses and sun glasses
Contact lenses and solution
High protection sunscreen (50+)
Lip balm
Sanitary pads or tampons
Chewing gums to pop your ears open while take off
Insect repellent creams or lotions like Odomos
Anti-histamine/insect bite skin cream
Anti-allergy Tablets containing Pheniramine (Avil 50mg)
Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer gel/wipes
Travel sickness tablets or anti-vomiting tablets (Dramamine or Avomine)
Anti-malaria pills if required (Lariago DS)
Aspirin and/or paracetamol (Crocin)
Oral Rehydration powder (salts & glucose)
Vitamins
1 course of broad-spectrum antibiotics (Augmentin 625mg / 1 gm tablets)
1 course of gastroenteritis medication for Delhi Belly containing Norfloxacin (Norflox-400mg) or Ciprofloxacin (Ciplox-500mg)
Anti-spasm tablets for Diarrhea (Delhi Belly) containing Loperamide (Ridol)
Strong painkillers such as Tramadol (Ultracet), Mild pain Killer (Ketorol-DT 10 mg)
Antibiotic Eye drops / Ear Drops (Ciplox)
Chewable Pepto Bismol (for minor gripes)
Chewable antacid/antigas tablets Digene
Immodium AD tablets (for serious diarrhea)
Small tube of anti-itch cream
Melatonin, if you are using it to minimize jet lag (Not recommended, try to walk & stretch on flight to avoid jet lag)

Melatonin prescription to counter jet lag: (OPTIONAL)

After getting on plane, set watch to destination time
While on the plane, take melatonin tablet at destination bedtime
When traveling east, get morning sun (if possible) soon after arrival, and avoid afternoon sun
When traveling west, get afternoon sun (if possible) soon after arrival, and avoid morning sun
Keep taking melatonin at bedtime throughout trip
Use reverse process on way home

Money?

Local currency (cash/credit cards)
Money belt or pouch
Calculator (most mobile phones have it)

Easy Sleeping

Eye mask
Ear Plugs
Alarm clock (Most mobile phones have it)
Inflatable neck pillow for comfortable sleeping (ESSENTIAL!)
Night clothes/sleepwear
Clothing For longer trips we recommend fast drying and easy wash clothing. Women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf for visiting places of worship. If going for jungle trekking, or on a safari, it is recommend you wear beige, light green or light brown clothing which will camouflage your presence with the surroundings.

3 pairs of loose, thin trousers
4 plain t-shirts or cotton shirts
1 long skirt like cotton dress- must have for female
1 long-sleeved top (for evenings when mosquitoes are out)
1 denim shirt and jeans for chilly evenings
1 thin cardigan for air-conditioned travel
2 large cotton scarves to cover your head, shoulders while visiting religious places
4 pair of Socks/underwear
1 lightweight, waterproof, windproof jacket
6 cotton hankies and 3 pairs of cotton dark-colored socks
2 waist-size elastics for new Indian clothing
1 Sarong which can be used as head/shoulder scarf or skirt

Wet & Wild Weather

Raincoat
Lightweight folding umbrella (for rain or sun)
Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking
Waterproof & windproof jacket
Waterproof trousers

Walking or Hiking Shoes

Walking or hiking shoes in all colors, sizes and designs can be bought very cheaply in India. So no need to carry those bulky shoes all the way.

1 pair of Havana flip-flops / sandals so that u don’t bulk your bag with many shoes
1 pair of comfortable walking/hiking shoes with good grip
Hiking poles/walking sticks
Maps
GPS (most mobile phones have it)

Travel Accessories

Cell phone (Be sure that it’s “unlocked” and you may be able to buy a local SIM card to make international phone calls.)
Cell phone charger with International Adapter Multi plug
Camera, Memory cards & Extra camera battery with charger
Ipods, Ipads, Tablets can be useful as wi-fi connection is fairly easy to find. Remember to carry a converter for the charging point. Avoid carrying a laptop as its bulky, risky to get stolen or broken and you can’t carry with you while visiting historic monuments like Taj Mahal. Instead of leaving laptop into the hands of strangers at every security check, better carry tablet with you.
Empty water bottle (you can fill it at airport after security check for in-flight use)
Scissors / Army knife with can opener (keep in checked-in luggage as not allowed on carry-on luggage)
Local language phrase book
Pen/paper
Hat/wide brim hat

Winter or Extreme Snow

Thermal underwear or base layers
Thick leather gloves
Monkey Cap
Woolen Jackets
Woolen muffler
Woolen Socks
Snow Boots

Personal Items

Toiletries: Go light on shampoo and toiletries – you can always buy it here! If you have a particular shampoo or cream you can’t live without, transfer it to small (~3.4 oz or less) bottles.
Shaving razors
Hairbrush / comb
Deodorant
Hand lotion, Face lotion
Face wash
Makeup kit as small as possible
Toothpaste, Toothbrush
Tweezers & nail clippers
Feminine products (difficult, but not impossible to find in India)
Small packet of Kleenex
Paper soaps & Toilet paper
Bath towel
Small sewing kit, safety pins & rubber bands
Nutrition food bars like Muesli bars, if you don’t like the cuisine.

Swimming

Swimming costume
Swimming towel

Extra Tips

Make sure every piece of luggage, including your daypack has a strong, waterproof tag on it, with essential contact information.
Rolled clothing takes up less space than folded clothing.
Have at least one combination cable-lock per bag that you bring. When out of your hotel room or visiting the ladies’ room in a train station or airport, you will want to lock your bags to the nearest heavy object for safety.
If your bags are full on the way in, you can buy inexpensive duffle bags in India that will survive the trip home, to hold your purchases during the trip. Alternatively, you can bring a lightweight duffle bag rolled up in one of your bags to hold your purchases on the way home.

Click HERE to see our tours to India