After visiting Ben Ezra Synagogue, we went to our next destination at the heart of the city, i.e. Egyptian Museum.Yes, A beautifully constructed Huge building which is located near Tahrir Square where the Egyptian revolution happened in 2011.
This Museum has a collection of around 1,50,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts.
As soon as we entered, we started seeing lot of artefacts and statues from the ancient Egyptian time.Our tour guide told us it will take weeks together to look into all of the antiques. So, we planned to cover only important antiques.He also mentioned that lot of other antiques from Egypt have been kept in Museums of London and Paris too.
Info : Another thing to note is that if you want to carry phone into museum, you will have to take ticket for 50 EGP per camera and if you want to go to the royal mummies room, then you will have to get ticket for 100 EGP per person apart from the entry fees to the museum.
As our journey inside this vast museum started, we happened to see all the treasures that were hid as part of Tutankhamen’s mummy, his famous Golden mask, statue of the god of mummification i.e., Anubis , the statues of ancient Egyptian god Amun and his wife, the various structures from Old, Middle and new Kingdom and most important thing , the mummified bodies of the Royal Kings from ancient Egyptian times.Yes , We happened to see mummified bodies of the greatest Egyptian king Ramses 2 and other kings.Their nails,hair and teeth were still visible. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos in the Royal mummies room.
The most strange thing is that in the museum, when we expected if we can see anything related to the King Khufu, who is the owner of the biggest pyramid now, we got to see only a small idol of him ;). Here it is
Egyptian Museum is a amazing place especially for people who are history freaks. There are so many things to see in the museum. Please do not miss it when you visit Cairo.
After Museum, we headed to the old Bazaar in Cairo Called Khan-el-Khalili, a shopping market. It is also located in the center of Cairo City. This Bazaar looks crowded always. Our tour guide told us that not all the things that we get in the bazaar is original.We roamed in the bazaar for some time and then left to our hotel.In the hotel, We finished our dinner and hit the bed early as we had an early morning flight to Luxor next day morning.
Stay tuned for the next update !
If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, I hope this blog is helpful.If you have already been there, do comment below with more suggestions and places.If you need any additional information about travelling to Egypt from Saudi Arabia , Please leave a comment.
Tips & Other Information
1.You can get all the information regarding visa to egypt from this link .The visa costed 40 USD per person for us : https://egypt.visahq.com/. It will take 3 to 4 working days to get visa for indian residents living in KSA.
2.If you are travelling with your family to Egypt, then it is preferred to opt for a package trip as you will be secured and safe.Otherwise you can explore on your own.I opted package from this https://www.memphistours.com/
3.You can get your currency exchanged in any airport in Egypt or any of the egyptian cities as you will get better conversion rate over there.
4.Preferred time to visit Egypt is from November to April as weather would be much cooler.
5.If you have more time in Egypt, please opt for a cruise from luxor to aswan as it is the most opted adventure over there.
6.Tipping is Customary in Egypt.It is advised if you are willing to offer it, this would be great – if not, you are not obliged to do it.
7.Most of the places in Egypt will have entry tickets not more than 150 EGP per person.