How To Plan your Jordan Trip!

Hi Everyone,

Here’s our last post about our trip to Jordan. Sanjeev and I really encourage you to plan a trip there. It may not be your beachy- relaxing vacation. But if you are someone who is interested in exploring the world, Jordan would be a dream come true. Plus, there is Petra, which is one of the 7 wonders of the world. In fact , the dead sea is quite a wonder in itself. πŸ˜›

Good and Bad About Makemytrip Package to Jordan

We took a 5 nights 6 days package for Jordan from Makemytrip. The total cost of the package for two persons came to be about 145000. Since we had gone with makemytrip packages earlier also, we trusted makemytrip to give us a good deal and paid for the package without thinking much about it. Later on, a few days before leaving, I checked the cost of the flights (30k per person) and the hotels for 5 nights (around 35k). So 60k for flights and 35k for hotels made around 95k. So we were charged around 50k for transfers in Jordan. I found it too high and mailed makemytrip about the same, but received no reply. Anyhow, we decided to proceed with the trip. But the minute we saw the flight as ‘Air Arabia’ we knew it was a cheaper flight, less than 30k per person, than we thought; which meant that we were charged 60- 70k for transfers in Jordan. To us, it felt highly unjustified. We could have booked taxis on our own and paid a lot less than this.

And the worst part was yet to come- the Air Arabia flight and the wait at Sharjah airport for the connecting flight. We have never had a scarier experience than that of our flight from Delhi to Sharjah and Sharjah to Delhi. Imagine a general ticket compartment in Indian Railway, full of labour class people. That’s the kind of flight with β€˜Air Arabia’ that makemytrip gave to us. There were barely any women. The flight was full of men and that too uneducated worker class men. I couldn’t sleep the whole time, worried about Rati’s safety. While returning from Sharjah to Delhi, Rati just wrapped a scarf around her face.

There were mosquitoes in the Air Arabia flight and when we called an air hostess and told this to her (expecting she would do something about it), she said β€œyeah, of course” as in it was very natural to have a flight full of mosquitoes.

Sharjah is the most horrible airport we have come across. The crowd at the airport was mostly labour class (no offence to anyone but it got way too much to take with hundreds of men leching at you!). The washrooms though were clean but they were so badly kept. Women were washing their feet in basins before their ablutions. Some were washing their hair in toilets. It was a horrific sight.

The transfers in Jordan were very smooth however. We had a great driver named Ziad, who could speak English very well since he had lived for 15 years in US and who knew a lot about ancient history of Jordan and neighbouring countries. So he made our trip completely awesome. Also, the beautiful people of Jordan made us smile frequently. If not for beautiful country of Jordan and its beautiful people we would have seriously hated this trip. As it stands, we just can’t forget Jordan and its people.

So, in short, if you want to book a package, first ask about the flights and hotels and calculate their price separately on your own. This would give you a rough estimate about how much it is costing you for transfers. Then you decide whether it’s economical to go by package or on your own. For us, we would book our trip on our own after our next trip, which is also a package.

Currency

1 Jordanian Dinar is around 85 Rs. but if you try to convert currency here you’d get a rate of around 92 Rs. which would prove to be costly. For example to have 1000 Jordanian Dinar (JD) you should be paying around 85000 but you’d pay 92000 if you convert in India. So I took USD instead for a rate of 61.60 rupees, taking only 100USD notes. In Jordan (not at Jordan airport though because the rate there is too costly) I got exchanges which gave 70JD for 100 USD. So here’s the calculation. I got 70JD for 100USD for which I had paid 6160 Rs. in India. So 1 JD cost me around 88 Rs, a much cheaper rate than what I was getting in India. So take USD along with you guys and girls. πŸ™‚ – Sanjeev

Regarding, what to wear. It’s a conservative muslim country but verrryyy safe. In fact if the kind of policing that Jordan has happens in India too, India would become a paradise. πŸ˜› The only tip would be not to wear very short clothes. You can wear your longish shorts and dresses. Jordanian people only want their women to follow the clothing that Islam preaches. They are more than welcoming and super nice towards travellers. I miss hearing ‘ Welcome to Jorrrdaaann’. πŸ™‚

Hotels

For our package we always choose 4-star or 5-star hotels. This time, we got Dead Sea Spa Hotel which is on Dead Sea beach, Beit Zamman hotel in Petra. Both were extremely good and had a very good feel to them. The third hotel- Belle Vue Hotel– in Amman was the worst that hotels can possibly get. They did not provide complimentary water bottles, no tea or coffee maker in the room, the flush was not working properly, and above all, the room was so crummy that it felt claustrophobic.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

We got our hot air balloon ride at Wadi Rum Desert through Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan. You can contact them at + 962 797 300 299. The one hour trip would cost around 130 JD (Around 11k Rs.) per person.

Phone and 3G

You’d not get a SIM for Jordan from Matrix or any other provider at Indian airports. We got a 3G sim card from Jordan airport only through Zain. It made our task of contacting our driver or other places very easy.

Ziad’s (our driver’s) Phone Number : 00795754141

You can also book him from Driver VIP

Our guide at Petra : [email protected] / 00762795582783 / gojordantours.com

Hope you enjoy the video and some clicks I clicked from my phone. πŸ™‚

Off to jordan, A thoughtful saying at the airport, Jordan from above, First view of Jordan : )
Off to jordan, A thoughtful saying at the airport, Jordan from above, First view of Jordan : )
The beautiful St George's church, prayers, beauty inside, streets of Jordan
The beautiful St George’s church, prayers, beauty inside, streets of Jordan
Cute souvenirs!
Cute souvenirs!
First meals !
First meals !
At the Mosaic Arts museum!
At the Mosaic Arts museum!
Making friends at Mount Nebo
Making friends at Mount Nebo
The dead sea - EPIC! First reading book on the sea, the playing with the dead sea mud!
The dead sea – EPIC! First reading book on the sea, the playing with the dead sea mud!
People showering love inside the Castle!
People showering love inside the Castle!
Our beuatiful hotel in Petra and happiness on discovering the treasury. : )
Our beuatiful hotel in Petra and happiness on discovering the treasury. : )
Love!!!
Love!!!
Day 2 in Petra. A long climb up and then the gourmet breakfast.
Day 2 in Petra. A long climb up and then the gourmet breakfast.
Wadi Rum Desert
Wadi Rum Desert
On top of the world, quite literally!
On top of the world, quite literally!
mint tea, sipping turkish coffee while watching the world go, the addictive food, baklava
mint tea, sipping turkish coffee while watching the world go, the addictive food, baklava
Amman City tour!
Amman City tour!
The Royal Car Museum
The Royal Car Museum
Haven't seen a bigger celebration of food anywhere else so far! : )
Haven’t seen a bigger celebration of food anywhere else so far! : )

Jordan : Hot Air Balloon at Wadi Rum Desert & Amman City Tour
2 Days in Petra , Jordan
Jordan : Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, St. George’s Church Madaba

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44 Responses to How To Plan your Jordan Trip!

  1. NehaS says:

    beautiful Rati!! love all your pictures πŸ™‚ do mention about your hotels and per night cost(if possible)
    love to read your travel article.. i am a travel addict, we assure to travel once a month. but coming 3-4months are not good for travelling in India πŸ™ πŸ™
    i have booked my august, oct and november outings last month itself πŸ˜›

  2. Janessa says:

    There are a lot of laborers (from India & Bangladesh) who work in the Gulf areas and you will get to see them in drones across most Gulf/Arabic countries. Next time may I suggest you travel via Kuwait, you will still find a size-able worker crowd but at least they are well behaved and wont act like a nuisance. Kuwait airport has decent staff employed and mostly hassle free. Sharjah is plain creepy! Kuwait Airways, Emirates and Jet are your best options to fly these routes.

    Did make my trip arrange for your transfers as well? You certainly paid a lot! thanks for the post very helpful πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      Thank you for the suggestion Janessa. We’d def take a note of that. :)) I had only seen the most luxurious part of UAE – Dubai. Sharjah literally gave me the shock of my life. πŸ˜›

      yeah they did. And I think that was very helpful. We were received at the jordan airport, there was driver waiting for us. That part was super smooth. :))

      Learnt it the hard way! πŸ™
      Thanks πŸ™‚

  3. sahana says:

    This is a very practically helpful post Sanjeev and Rati! Thanks for the advice regarding the currencies, I found that very useful. I might not be going to Jordan anytime soon, but I think I can apply the same theory if I am flying to any country who’s currency is higher than Rupees. And lovely pictures!

  4. Nabina Nazar says:

    Hi Rati & Sanjeev,
    I’m always a secret visitor of your sites, but here, I couldn’t stop myself from commenting, you guys have showered guidance to plan a trip, the basic information but the most important ones are well explained, I appreciate the patience you guys have πŸ™‚ . “Travel in style” and the photographs, blends the articles so well, I had imagined myself in Jordan. Jordan is always in my bucket-list. Rati, i love all your collages, and I forgot, how are you ?? HAPPY TRAVELS!!! <3 <3 <3

    • Rati says:

      Thanks a ton nabina. Glad you commented. πŸ™‚ I am good and hope the same for you. Thanks for asking. :))

      Happy Travels to you too. :))

  5. Reyckha says:

    Rati :– Too good…. very helpful information you have shared. Pictures were really awesome…Thanks Sanjeev for the paisa gyaan…

    Have a great day …

  6. Dasika says:

    Hey Rati! How r u now?? The pics are awesome.. Sad to hear abt the flight experience.. I can understand how u must have felt.. V went to Hongkong thru make my trip last yr.. It was nice but compared to other indians we met there we were charged a lot more by make my trip.. Still it was a wonderful trip.. Have a great weekend darling!

    • Dasika says:

      Oh by the way those food pics are awesome.. Making me hungry! Not good for my diet

      • Rati says:

        the food really ruined my diet too. hahha!!

        Thank you and hope you are doing well as well. :)) How was hongkong? Sanjeev wants to go but I have no clue about it… :p may be you could tell. :))

        • Dasika says:

          Hongkong was nice.. Food was an issue for us being vegetarians but I really loved Disney land… There is a huge buddah statue to which v can go thru rope car.. Apart from that it was ok.. I looked abit like delhi to me.. Local tour was totally worthless.. Many fashion brands to shop.. Cosmetics were nice but clothes shopping depressed me.. Everything was small.. From there we went to Macau and stayed at venetian.. Ah the stay there itself was worth it.. Loved it there… If u gamble it’s paradise for u.. There was an indian restaurant there.. So v had no issues with food… Mr.Husband and me wanna go bk and stay at venetian again.. Hongkong not again..

          • Dasika says:

            If u do go to Hongkong go for Disney land and ocean park. Make sure both these are included in ur trip.. Then it’s worth it..

  7. Kanchan says:

    Hello Rati & Sanjeev,

    This is very useful post. And it is always good to learn from others experiences..so will surely keep these points in mind whenever will travel outside india..
    All the pictures are really beautiful and you both rock.. πŸ™‚ Wonderful photography and beautiful Rati.. great combination.. πŸ™‚
    Sanjeev, I am planning a trip to Maldives. So can you please write such post for Maldives as well ? I am sure IMBB would have gone there to left a mark.. πŸ™‚
    Thanks a ton in advance. We love your posts. Keep posting.. πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      Thank you kanchan. We have not done maldives yet. But hopefully soon. or may be you could do the trip and tell us about it. :)) thank you. :))

  8. Sumathi says:

    It’s great that Jordan and the people there were good, otherwise it would have been such a crappy trip. These kind of leeching crowd totally makes a trip very uncomfortable. One feels so unsafe.
    And even though I’m not travelling anywhere in the near future, I really appreciate how you guys have shared all the details. It would be really helpful for travellers. Many people don’t share.

    • Rati says:

      people were just soooo amazing sumathi. they really made our trip so worthwhile. :)) Thank you πŸ™‚

  9. Shalini says:

    Love the post.. I absolutely love to travel and will refer back to this post for ideas and tips. And always love your photos.
    Best,
    Shalini

  10. Parminder says:

    super awesome pics Rati & Sanjeev……..loved each n every pic.

  11. Meenakshi says:

    Loved the way you explained everything…Can i request “How to plan a trip to Goa?”

  12. Abinaya says:

    Hey Rati! This is such a useful post for anybody who wishes to travel to Jordan. I went to Jordan waaaaaay back, when I was in the eighth grade. I used to live in Dubai then, so we had no flight issues. Sad to hear about your bad flight experience! But Air Arabia has always been less than substandard. As someone here suggested, you should look into Emirates next time, they’re fantastic!
    I’m going to do some travelling in India in the coming year for internships, so I’m really excited! Have you been to the UK? If you have, can you make a post like this please? I’ll be going to Oxford in August next year to do my P.G., so am looking for all the info I can get!
    Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  13. Sunee says:

    Hey Sanjeev,

    nyc write up!! and gud pix too… but dint u guys go for ur bday celebrations?
    if so i wld hv mssd smthng :O

    cheers,
    sunee

  14. Swati Singh says:

    Lovely video and pictures, Jordan looks so beautiful and inviting…

  15. Vini @dndb says:

    Honestly I would have never planned for jordon or want to have visited petra before reading about your trip!!! I love this travel adventure you guys are on! Sanjeev surely knows his places :P:P
    I am absolutely kicked about this trip now and going to plan for sure πŸ™‚
    It;s sad that makemytrip managed to overcharge you and did not respond to the mails eithr. But thanks to the beautiful place and the people that you guys had great fun!!
    Much love for the video :*

  16. Vini @dndb says:

    Lesson learnt no air arabia!

    • Rati says:

      Thanks vini. Yeah sanjeev is the one who decides the places mostly and I am very open to exploring new unknown places. So it works! πŸ™‚ It was a sad experience but I think this would still be one of the most precious trips I have ever had. Just brilliant!! You MUST plan a trip to jordan. you’d be left amazed. :))

      and seriously no air arabia. hahha!!

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  17. RenΓ© says:

    “A tiger does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep” – love that!

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m sorry that you had a terrible experience with makemytrip. I’m going to stay away from them, Sharjah airport, and Air Arabia if I’m ever in that part of the world. Jordan sounds like a wonderful place though.

  18. Padma Santhosh says:

    Hi Rati & Sanjeev,

    I’m a big big fan of you both. Love this post. (and all the others). πŸ™‚ I’m surely going to Jordon next year.

    Please do a post on ‘How to plan a trip to Dubai’. Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

  19. Arzoo says:

    That’s a really informative and interesting post Rati, really loved those pics!

  20. sangeetha says:

    Beautiful pics and thanks for detailed info on the travel n hotels,we are planning for a trip soon its goin to be helpful πŸ™‚

  21. naveem says:

    Hi rati.extremely touched about your bad experience with Jordan.thanks a lot for saving us the horror.make my trip has time and again proved to be a very bad tour operators.past experience.as you are a travel lover would like to suggest Thomas cook.I have done many tour with them and they are certainly better than the lot.(annde mai kana raaja.)hhee.Plz be safe.love.

  22. shilpa says:

    Hi Rati and Sanjeev,
    thanks for sharing your travel experience and the rupee conversion advice. Will really steer away from make my trip.
    Really awesome pics.
    bye
    take care

  23. Ayula says:

    Hi Rati…quick question if u can please reply. Did u guys get visa from india or was it on arrival

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