OK, so Petra by day you’ve probably heard all about, and maybe even done already. But if you’re really looking to get a truly magical flavor of the Lost City, you’ve got to see Petra by night!
Experiencing Petra by night has fast become one of the popular (and most romantic!) ways to see Petra, and we can highly recommend you add it to your bucket list!
This is undoubtedly a must do whilst in Jordan. It really doesn’t get more special than this, as you walk through the fabulous Siq to be confronted by the stunning Treasury. And yep, your path is lit by some 1500 candles, taking us back to how it would have been years ago, before we were overcome with the convenience of modern technology…
When can I experience Petra by night?
To experience this magical site by night, head to the Petra Visitor Center every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 20:30. A licensed guide will return you to the Visitor Center two hours later. Our tip: get there a bit earlier, and leave last, just so you can get those magical shots without hordes of other tourists! And, just so you’re aware, the Petra by Night experience has fast become a big hit as tourism increases.
How much does Petra by night cost?
The entrance fee to experience Petra by night is 17 JD; children under 10 years get in free of charge. Tickets can be bought at the Visitor Center shops, local tour agencies in Petra or at your hotel reception.
What is Petra by night really like?
It’s pretty darned special…
After leaving the Visitors Center, follow the candle-lit path through the red rocks of The Siq and into The Treasury. It will take around 30 minutes to get to the Treasury – just don’t forget to look up above you, as you’re more than likely to experience a star-filled sky, thanks to the minimal light pollution you’ll find in the middle of the desert…
Arriving at The Treasury at night is breathtaking and the mix of soft lighting and traditional Bedouin music is certainly enchanting! All visitors sit down, tea is passed around and then a Jordanian man reveals the magic behind Petra, with enchanting flute music to add to the awesome vibe. Just don’t take any flash photos during this ceremony, you’ll get plenty of shots in afterwards, don’t worry!
Some recent reviews of this magical experience:
“Amazing and beautiful. About a 2km walk to the theatre lit only by candlelight. A torch can help in the tricky places but doable without. Beautiful music and lights. Very special and moving”
“The authentic music was beautiful. It’s almost beyond explanation. When they finally light up the treasury it’s a grand finale in every sense. This was the best part of our visit to Petra.”
For a taste of what to expect…