Temple of Hatshepsut#1 in Best Things To Do in Luxor
Built to honor Amon-Re (ancient Egypt's sun god) and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (who was believed to have descended from Amon-Re), the Temple of Hatshepsut stands out for its grand architecture and jaw-dropping landscape. Situated at the base of limestone cliffs in Deir el-Bahri, this funerary temple features three tiers of porticos with statues, pillars and hieroglyphs. You'll also find two chapels inside, plus two ramps that connect the lower terrace to the upper terrace.
Although some elements of this historic structure were damaged from vandalism, many past travelers said this sight is well-preserved and worthy of a visit. To avoid the region's notoriously high temperatures, plan on arriving at opening or just before close. And remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water since you'll be doing a lot of walking at this attraction.
Getting to the Temple of Hatshepsut, which is located about 17 miles northwest of Luxor on the West Bank, requires driving, hailing a taxi or taking a bus tour. Local tour operators that offer excursions to the temple include Love Egypt Tours and Memphis Tours. Other sights, such as the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, can be found less than 5 miles away. The Temple of Hatshepsut is open daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking is provided at the Temple of Hatshepsut, and a bazaar (or marketplace with various goods) sits just outside of the property's entrance. The parking lot is not located adjacent to the attraction, but shuttle service is available between the parking lot and the front of the temple. Adult tickets cost 50 Egyptian pounds (or $6), while students with international student IDs receive discounted rates.
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#2 Valley of the Kings
As its name suggests, the Valley of the Kings is where dozens of pharaohs were laid to rest. In fact, you'll find 63 royal tombs here, including notable pharaohs like Tutankhamun (or King Tut), Ay and Ramses VI. The tombs are spread across two areas: the East Valley, where the bulk of the tombs lie, and the West Valley, which features steep cliffs and three royal tombs. Both sections sit within view of Al-Qurn, a large pyramid-shaped mountain peak.
According to recent travelers, visiting the Valley of the Kings is a must. Past visitors recommended avoiding the area during the summer, since temperatures rise into the 100s. If you do decide to brave the heat between June and August, pack plenty of water and sunscreen. Though you'll be tempted to snap some photos while exploring the tombs, photography and videography are not allowed on-site. And remember, tombs are periodically closed for renovations, so tombs open to the public will vary depending on when you visit.
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