Petra is hauntingly beautiful by night – here’s why it’s one of our wonders of the world

Petra is hauntingly beautiful by night – here’s why it’s one of our wonders of the world

Did you think Petra was magnificent at daylight? Imagine Petra by Night at the light of a million stars and thousands of candles!

If you are spending a night or two in Wadi Musa do not miss this wonderful show.
Mind you, you have to schedule your stay very well because this spectacular event is only on on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Although you must go inside together with the group, if you are lucky, everybody will be silent as recommended, while walking through the candle lit Siq so that you can feel the mystery of the place.


At the Treasury you sit on mats on the ground and listen to the traditional Bedouin music played on their special instruments while sipping that wonderful sweet and flavoured tea.

No words can describe this experience!

“To be alone in Petra in complete silence and darkness was magical. But dress warm, once the sun goes down in the desert of Jordan, things turn cold quickly!” by

During Petra by Night, The Treasury is bathed in brilliant glowing candlelight.

During Petra by Night, The Treasury is bathed in brilliant glowing candlelight.

Tips And Hints For Visiting Petra In The Night

Reading through the 700+ reviews on Tripadvisor, you can pick up a few hints and tips from other people who already did this tour.

    • Tip #1: Be at the Visitor Centre 15-20 minutes or even an hour earlier to browse through the high quality exhibits at the Visitor Centre organized along various themes like economy, religion, etc. You can, of course, also do this during your day tour of Petra.


    • Tip #2: Bring along a torch to help you see better and also to avoid the donkey / camel / horse dung along the way. At the very least, a torch will boost your self-confidence should you find that you are alone in the dark with no one else around; especially if you happened to be a slow walker.


    • Tip #3: Don’t take your kids, they will hate the walk and sitting around listening to flute.


    • Tip #4: Not recommended for older people or those who have difficulty walking. Walking down Siq can be challenging in darkness as some part to the path is paved with uneven stones from roman times. One can easily twist an ankle if step in between the gap. It is already a challenge during the day not to mention in the night. It’s downhill when entering the site but it’s a gradual uphill climb on the return leg.


  • Tip #5: If you want to take nice photos of Petra by night, make sure you bring a tripod. Full moon is probably the best time of the month for visiting Petra at night.


Brief history

The history of Petra – a Greek word meaning “rock” – encompasses more than a hundred centuries of human settlement. In prehistory, the Petra region saw some of the first experiments in farming. The hunter-gatherers of the Paleolithic Age gave way, over nine thousand years ago, to settled communities living in walled farming villages such as at Beidha, just north of Petra. Nomadic tribes passed through the Petra basin in the millennia following, but the spur to its development came with attempts at contact between the two great ancient powers ofMesopotamia and Egypt. The desert plateaux of Mesopotamia, to the east of the King’s Highway, were sealed off by high mountains from the routes both across the Naqab (Negev) to Gaza and across the Sinai to Egypt; somehow a caravan route across the barrier had to be found if contact was to be made. Petra, where abundant springs tumble down into the Wadi Araba through a natural fault in the mountains, was prime choice, marking the spot on the north–south King’s Highway where an east–west passage could connect the two empires.



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