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Lake Nasser Attractions

Discover the best Tourist Attractions in Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser can be a very special Nile cruise destination that will take you to the most remote locations in Nubia. Pharaonic history and culture await you thanks to this Egypt guide

Lake Nasser provides a relaxing gateway to the south. Lake Nasser Nile cruise ships transport visitors from southern Aswan to see monuments along its shores up close, including visits to the Philae Temple, the Ramses Temple and the Nefertari Temple in Abu Simbel, the Kalabsha Temple, Qasr Ibrim, and several others.

The lake is the only place in Egypt where you can still see the Nile crocodile, as its populations have been depleted below the dam and the beautiful desert landscape along the banks offers a perfect opportunity to relax for several days in ancient Nubia.

Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser

Lake Nasser is the artificially created lake in one of the basins of the Nile River. Located in the south of the country, its extension extends beyond the borders of Sudan. In fact, only the area located on Egyptian soil is called Lake Nasser, which reaches almost 85% of the total area, while the inhabitants of Sudan call the part that is in their country Lake Nubia.
Kalabsha Temple

Kalabsha Temple

The temple of Kalabsha or Mandulis was begun in Ptolemaic times, although its construction was completed in the time of Emperor Augustus. Originally it was located 56 km south of Aswan but was dismantled and taken to its present location because of the construction of the dam. It was dedicated to the god's Isis, Osiris, and Horus - Mandulis, which was the Roman personification of the Nubian sun god. The temple had three chambers, all of them decorated with reliefs in which Augustus is represented, as a pharaoh, making offerings to the gods of the Egyptian pantheon.

Qasr Ibrim

This area is located 235 kilometers south of Aswan and 60 kilometers north of Abu Simbel; the central massif of the three existing south of the village of Ibrim is the most important. The fort or castle of Qasr Ibrim was built on pharaonic foundations, as suggested by all the reused monuments dating back to the New Empire. Among the oldest are the structure of a temple at Taharqa and a stele of Amenhotep I.
Temple of Amada

Temple of Amada

Its construction began during the time of Pharaoh Thutmose III (XVIIIth Dynasty) and his son Amenhotep II (Amenhotep II) and is considered the oldest temple in Nubia. Its creators, Thutmose III and Amenhotep II appear in almost all the scenes that adorn the building, including the small protozoic colonnade that is part of the original floor with columns of 24 light grooves.
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Temple of Beit El-Wali

It is located in Aswan, near the temple of Kalabsha, south of the High Dam. It is considered as one of the monuments wanted by Ramesses II in Nubian dress, dedicated to the cult of the god Amon and other deities. Beit el Wali was preserved from the flooding of Lake Nasser by a team of Polish archaeologists whose work was funded by the partnership of the Oriental Institute of Chicago/Swiss Institute of CairoProject.

Temple of Dakka

El Dekka was known to the ancient Egyptians as Pselqet and to the ancient Greeks as Pselchis. Today this work is located on a small promontory, consisting of a façade, a pylon, an inner courtyard, and two sanctuaries. It is considered to be the only Nubian temple with a north-facing facade and whose north-south orientation follows the course of the Nile in parallel.
Wadi El Sebou Temple

Wadi El Sebou Temple

It is located about 150 kilometers south of the Aswan Dam, part of ancient Nubia on the western bank of the Nile. This temple was moved several kilometers away in the 1960s. Built at the behest of Pharaoh Ramesses II, it is considered the second largest of all the temples in ancient Nubia.

Egypt at a glance

Sail in the Nile River in a felucca, marvel at the pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, explore the Valley of the Kings where Egypt’s pharaohs were buried, most famously King Tutankhamun in gold. Join your expert Egypt Time Travel on the journey back in time to one of the first civilizations in the world.

What will you like there?

  • Your Truly One Stop ShopFrom monuments to flowing rivers, vast deserts, world-famous coral reef sites, beaches, world cities, and monuments, everything can be found in Egypt. This means you'll never have to browse hundreds of potential destinations around the world for the perfect vacation.
  • Home of the Great Pyramids… and Much MoreAlthough different tourist attractions all over the world provide only a glimpse of the past, only in Egypt can you really stand on the display platform on the Pyramids plateau and have a good look at the solo that has been excluded from the ancient wonders of the world. Tourists who come here for sightseeing discover that these legendary pyramids are only the tip of the huge icebergs.
  • Hospitality, Egyptian-StyleEgypt is said to be the most travel-friendly North African and Middle Eastern country. The people here are friendly and welcome and treat everyone in a way that makes them part of their family.
  • Budget-FriendlyCompared to other destinations in the world, Egypt is definitely one of the best places to guarantee real value for money. You can book a tour package according to your needs and budget, and you are categorized.

What to pack for Egypt?

  • Adaptor plugIn Egypt, the standard voltage is 220 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Comfortable shoesFrom exploring the Great Pyramids of Giza to wandering the Botanical Gardens, you’ll need a comfortable pair of shoes on your Egypt holiday.
  • Light clothingEgypt is known for its blazing heat, so it’s best to wear light, loose-fit clothing. Since Egypt is a Muslim country, you’ll need to ensure your shoulders and knees are covered.
  • SunglassesThe sunshine can be blinding in Egypt, so bring a pair of sunglasses to protect you from the sun rays and the sandy desert.
  • SunscreenProtect yourself from the sun with SPF 30 or higher and be sure to apply it regularly. It’s also advised to bring a hat and a light scarf to shield your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa for Egypt? How does one get an Egypt visa?

Tourists going to Egypt need to obtain a visa from one of the Egyptian diplomatic missions. There are several countries that are exempted from countries or countries that are eligible for visas on arrival but India is not one for them. So for Indian citizens, holding passports that are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival to Egypt is a necessity in order to get a visa.

The application process for obtaining an Egypt visa can be done online by submitting necessary documents. The entire procedure is listed on the Egyptian government official website and is easy to understand.

When is the best time to visit Egypt?

Egypt can be visited anytime in the year. However, the months of summer can be particularly hot, dry, and sunny; especially in regions like Luxor and Aswan that are towards the south of Egypt. The best time to visit Egypt can be claimed from September through to April when the weather is rather pleasant and bearable to tourists belonging to cold regions.

What are the best things to do in Egypt?

Egypt is the home to ancient Pharaohs, vast tracts of desert, superb scuba diving, the famed Nile River and so many more things. There are several places to be visited and many activities to indulge in. So to choose a few activities amongst so many options becomes a task. However, we are ready with our homework and our top things to do in Egypt are-

  • Get amazed by the Pyramids of Giza
  • Visit Luxor’s Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings
  • Visit Islamic Cairo
  • Explore Aswan
  • Spend time at Abu Simbel
  • Visit Egyptian Museum
  • Discover the White Desert
  • Visit Siwa Oasis
  • Visit Alexandria
  • Explore St. Catherine’s Monastery
  • Relax at South Sinai
  • Pray at Abydos Temple

What is the local food in Egypt? Which are the best places to taste this food?

Egyptian cuisine makes it a blend of a lot of legumes, vegetables and fruits. Since Egypt’s rich Nile Valley along with the delta produces large quantities of these crops, all in high quality; people of the country consume the same in great numbers. Here are some dishes you must try on your visit to the country. You may not remember the names of every dish, so you can take note of them or refer to us whenever needed-

  • Ful we Ta’meya
  • Kushari
  • Kabab we kofta
  • Hawawshi (Egyptian meat pie)
  • Shawerma
  • Fattah
  • Sayadeya
  • Besarah
  • Baladi Bread

Which are the best shopping places in Egypt and what are they famous for?

The Souks, or the local markets, and the larger bazaars are among the most remarkable attractions of Egypt. The markets of Egypt are famous for selling The Shisha, the traditional Egyptian waterpipes, a large collection of backgammon boards, decorative boxes, and many other handicrafts, Sandals, bags, and shoes, marvelous pottery products, etc.

  • Aswan touristic market
  • Khan El Khalili Market in the Hussein District in Cairo
  • Cairo Festival City Mall. Ring Road
  • Emerald Empire (Twin Plaza)
  • Citystars (Stars Centre) Mall of Arabia
  • Downtown Mall.
  • Arkan Plaza
  • Dandy Mega Mall
  • San Stefano Mall

Which are some famous archaeological sites in Egypt?

Egypt is home to numerous archaeological sites. Each one depicts the history and culture of this land. A lot of them are in Cairo alone but exploring and visiting each one of these sites is not possible. So here are the best ones-

  • Giza Pyramid
  • Saqqara
  • Dhahshur
  • Memphis
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Mohmmad Ali Mosque
  • Khan El Khalili
  • Aswan – Temple of Hathor
  • Kartak Temple
  • Luxor Temple
  • Kom Elshuqafa
  • Roman Amphitheatre
  • Graeco Museum

Which are some romantic places in Egypt for a honeymoon?

While not everybody will consider Egypt to be a honeymoon destination, the uninterrupted and lesser crowded places are actually great to be at with your partner. In case you still can’t imagine where to go for your honeymoon in Egypt, trust us, the below places are the ideal choice.

  • Cairo
  • Sharm-El-Sheikh
  • Alexandria
  • Aswan
  • Luxor
  • El Gouna
  • Dahab

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