100th Issue Special: For the Love of Time Travel

A two-day hike in Petra, an after-hours tour of The Colosseum, and a 450-year-old naturally preserved mummy in Spiti Valley—some destinations tell stories as old as time itself.  
100th Issue Special: For the Love of Time Travel
Al-Khazneh is one of the most elaborate temples in Petra, a city of the Nabatean Kingdom inhabited by the Arabs in ancient times. Photo by: Maurizio De Mattei/shutterstock

31. Petra Writ in Pink

Carved into the pink sandstone cliffs and desert canyons of Jordan, Petra was a city lost to time until it was discovered rather serendipitously in 1812. Today, the erstwhile capital of the Nabatean empire is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. On my trip to this ancient terrain back in 2017, I may not have stumbled upon any treasure chests, but what my eyes arrested over a two-day hike was no less. Be it the glow of the mystical Al-Khazneh building under a starlit sky, or the intricacy of its rock-cut architecture, the memories, rose-hued like the city, linger to this day.

­—Vikas Plakkot

 

This entry is a part of our 100th issue special: 100 reasons to love travel spread out across 14 varied categories. Read all 100 entries on our digital forum or new National Geographic Traveller India app here.

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