If you look at the history of Asia, you cannot overlook the importance of Israel. Ever since we can remember, Israel has been at the center of regional politics, religion, and economy. It is one of the most powerful nations in the world, but we are not going to talk about that here. I am going to recommend Israel as a perfect tourist destination.
The hallmark of Israel’s tourism is religious tourism, though the country’s geographical aesthetics and climatic conditions also further its reputation as a top-notch travel destination. Despite the security issues which have been plaguing the country for a long time now, the tourism industry has somehow and with great resilience managed to sustain itself. Here, you are assured of a wonderfully comfortable experience irrespective of what you may have heard about it.
Here are four things about Israel you must not miss out:
- The Old City of Jerusalem
The holiest city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims have seen a world of changes within and outside its boundaries. There is almost too much you can know about this city, which has witnessed a lot of everything: wars, bloodshed, the emergence of religions, and whatnot. Hence, it is easy to say that this city is everything a tourist could ask for. However, its old regions are what you should look out for.
The old city of Jerusalem features many remnants of the past about most of which you must have read in your history books or otherwise. Here you will find the Wailing Wall and the Church of Holy Sepulchre. You will be mesmerized by what has been left behind and which stand as a reminder of the great historical importance the city has enjoyed ever since it came into being.
- The Dead Sea
Probably the first thing you would have read about the Dead Sea is that it is the lowest point on this planet. If you are in Israel, you will have the first-hand experience on what it feels like to be at the lowest of everything else in this world.
Tourists enjoy floating in the Dead Sea and you can enjoy this activity in many places. I suggest that you hit the Ein Bokek town which is located at the sea and offers plenty of beach experiences to get the maximum out of the Dead Sea.
- Visit The West Bank
Those who follow world politics know the significance of West Bank, and those who don’t have most likely heard of the name somewhere. If you have no idea what West bank is, let me give you a brief idea: it is a region predominantly occupied by Palestinians, though it is largely under the control of Israel. It has a long history, but let us just say that it has also cultural and religious relevance which attracts a lot of tourists every year.
The three popular places in West Bank are East Jerusalem, Jericho, and Bethlehem. Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus and King David and has many places of attractions such as Solomon’s Pools, Manger Square and Church of Nativity. Jericho is one of the oldest cities in the world and is endowed with world-class heritage to gape at. There is another holy city here called Hebron which is scared in Islamic and Jewish traditions.
- Masada, the fortress in Arad
Masada is an ancient fortress atop a rock plateau and which overlooks the Dead Sea. The fortress can be found in the southern district of Israel. History says that Herod the Great fortified the palaces he built for himself in the first century BCE. After decades, the Roman Troops laid a siege on the fortress, which resulted in the mass suicide of the Jewish rebels in order to avoid getting captured by the former.
There are two ways to reach all the way up to the fortress: one way is to hike, which is great for an adventurous soul, and another way is to take a cable car. A highly recommended activity at the fortress is watching the sunrise. But, of course, there is much more to Masada than just sunrise: history deserves independent mention.
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