On location Jordan with Far Horizons: North Of Amman
While Jordan’s star attractions of Petra and Wadi Rum are found in the south of the country, and the Dead Sea to the west, northern Jordan offers several sights worth visiting in an ecosystem different from the stark desert landscapes elsewhere in the country. Amid rolling green hills and many eucalyptus trees at an elevation of 900 metres above sea level is the city of Salt. A short drive northwest of Amman, Salt was once the most important trading post in the region. The local merchants grew wealthy and built houses suitable to their economic status.
Today, the remaining Ottoman Empire-era homes are Salt’s main claim to fame. One of them, the Abu Jaber House, is a well-restored example of the many fine houses that lined the streets of Salt in its zenith at the end of the nineteenth century. Now a museum, the house’s beautiful stained glass windows and intricate architecture showcase the expertise of the builders and the elegant taste of the original owner. The café on the first-floor terrace makes an ideal place to take a break before moving on to Salt’s other major attraction.
Beyond Salt is one of Jordan’s most famous attractions. The archaeological site of Jerash, another of Jordan’s numerous sites of ancient history, is one of the country’s most evocative. Like The Citadel in Amman, Jerash is located on a high hill with dominant views of the surrounding region. The colonnade street and amphitheatre are the highlights here. Further north from Jerash is the castle of Ajlun and the forest surrounding it.
As elsewhere in the country, by far the easiest and most efficient way to see the sights of northern Jordan is with a car and driver. Far Horizons can arrange private tours personalised to individual interests and preferences. Far Horizons, a tour company that specialises in archaeological tours in Jordan led by researchers and scholars who are world leaders in their respective fields, offers many appealing organised tours in Jordan and elsewhere in the region.
The Jordan Tourism Board website has much information about the country’s sights and attractions. From Australia and the entire Asia-Pacific region, Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport is easily reached via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways through the new Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport.