"West Bank's simple pleasures" Luxor Off The Beaten Path Tip by Tijavi

Luxor Off The Beaten Path: 52 reviews and 88 photos

  Man enjoying sheesha (waterpipe)
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  • Man enjoying sheesha (waterpipe) - Luxor
      Man enjoying sheesha (waterpipe)
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  • Lush fields against arid mountains - Luxor
      Lush fields against arid mountains
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  • Canals provide irrigation - Luxor
      Canals provide irrigation
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  • Sunset over West Bank - Luxor
      Sunset over West Bank
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  • Crossing the Nile to the West Bank - Luxor
      Crossing the Nile to the West Bank
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Arguably, the west bank contains some of the highest concentration of ancient monuments in the world with the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Hatshepsut's Temple, Ramesseum, and many others all situated here.

After you've had your fill of tombs and monuments, why not enjoy west bank's "minor attractions?" The most striking feature of this more laid back area of Luxor is the sudden contrast in vegetation - from the green fields stretching a few kilometers from the riverbank, to the suddenly arid land where the tombs of ancient Egypt's great nobles lie - a very interesting study in contrast.

I had a wonderful time snapping the picturesque wheat fields set against the brown arid mountains, locals going about their daily lives, canals flowing through an otherwise desert landscape, and of beautiful sunset. The place also provides a refuge, however fleeting, from the touts at the east bank.

After these, reward yourself with a nice, relaxing meal and a cold beer at Africa Restaurant near the ferry terminal.

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  • Written Jun 11, 2007
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