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Old 25th November 2010, 10:15   #361
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Default The Nile Cruise Scenes

Below are some of the scenes caught in the lens as we Cruised from Luxor to Aswan.

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Not so clean water..

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Just guessing how these cattle reached there?

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Swimming in the shallow waters!

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Default Kom Ombo Temple Part I

The last evening of our cruise, we stopped in the late evening at Kom Ombo for two hours to visit the Kom Ombo temple. Its walking distance from the ship docking area and really nothing in Kom Ombo other than this.

The Kom Ombo meant city of Gold and was responsible for most of the Gold in Pharaonic times. Hence, a temple here. This temple is the only temple which is dedicated to two gods IE, Horus and Sebak (Crocodile God).

The temple was built during Ptolemic times and all the reliefs depicting the Pharaohs are the various Ptolemies establishing themselves as Pharaohs among local people. The reliefs here are very good. There is a hospital in the rear and also an ancient calendar which is very accurate. Allegedly, still used by local farmers.

Near the temple in a mummy room there were 300 crocodile mummies found! They are now on display in a museum next to the temple.

Temple Layout map courtesy planetware.com

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The temple entrance illuminated at Night. The big stone in front is an altar for public display of the Gods.

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Old 27th November 2010, 10:13   #363
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Default Kom Ombo II

This is the next set of visit to Kom Ombo temple. See the reliefs.

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The roof, protected by the sky Goddess. Colours still intact.

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Altar in the sanctuary on which seated the Gold statue.

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The secret tunnel to save the idol and documents. Guide said it used to open on other side of Nile, but I have my doubts.

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Method of punishing rebels/enemies. Hand eaten by Lion!

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Cedar wood to join two stone blocks. Nice idea!

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A Shop near docking area


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Old 28th November 2010, 07:05   #364
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Altar in the sanctuary on which seated the Gold statue
Whaat??? Is it real Gold or just Gold polished?

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Method of punishing rebels/enemies. Hand eaten by Lion!
How nice it would be to continue this punishment when someone damages yours prized posession. For instance http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/2154074-post.html

Any ideas what dsc_2293.jpg & dsc_2294.jpg represents?
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@TaureanBull - It's actually great that you got the D90 (I know I'm delayed in this) as the picture quality is really great. Your thread really gives me a feeling of being there.
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Whaat??? Is it real Gold or just Gold polished?


How nice it would be to continue this punishment when someone damages yours prized posession. For instance http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/2154074-post.html

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Well the idols dont exist now. So, its from various writings etc that they established these things. I am not sure if they had gold polish technology! BTW pharaohs were obsessed with after life thats the reason that their palaces were humble and tombs magnificent. and so were the Temples. In a normal Kings tomb it was fine to find several hundred kgs of Gold. Like we know of Tutankhamun treasures. He rules for just 6-7 years and died at 18 years of age. But he had lots of Gold that too after it was plundered once in antiquity.

No doubt the idols would have been pure solid gold and hence the need for safe tunnels. In some form or other these safety tunnels existed in all temples.

Well, i have a fair idea of the paintings but a guess is not a good idea.

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@TaureanBull - It's actually great that you got the D90 (I know I'm delayed in this) as the picture quality is really great. Your thread really gives me a feeling of being there.

Thanks a lot buddy.
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Old 29th November 2010, 10:11   #367
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Default Nile Cruise

Some more pics of Nile Cruise and the scenes. We left the cruise on fourth day early morning to visit Abu Simbel Temple. Coming up soon...

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My bedroom window.

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What you see is a Dahabayyia, totally different experience.

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Default Abu Simbel

One must the story of Abu Simbel. Its fascinating. How and why it was built. Even more fascinating is the fact that the temple was doomed to be buried in waters of Aswan High Dam save for the efforts of UNESCO that the temple was dismantled stone by stone and built again atop the cliff. Also great is the fact that twice in a year on fixed dates (20 Feb and 20 Oct) the sun rays used to fall (also in new location) directly on the idols of the deities. The festival is still celebrated in Abu Simbel. This period also experiences high tourism.

Distance, Time and Convey

Its at a distance of about 270KM from Aswan. The tourist vehicles assemble before 4AM at the convey ground for move to Aswan and on its return journey it assembles at 9.15AM giving tourists about two hours in the complex which is adequate. Total journey of 6 hours both ways to see a temple for two hours and a very early wake up call may be discouraging to some but IMO its a must go. We did not realise the journey part as we slept in the bus both ways.

There is an airport at Abu Simbel which is connected to Aswan/Cairo. Its another option if someone wants to save the troubles of travelling and has money to spend.

Tickets

Prices at LE 95, its one the expensive entry tickets here. Its supposed to include fees for a guide (not sure how you find one there, we had one travelling with us from Aswan in our minibus) and some local taxes.

It would be nice if you go through this.

Abu Simbel temples - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Some starters...

Map courtesy planetware.com

Temple layout

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Temple locations old & new

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Aswan at 3.30 AM. Straight in the end is the Aswan railway station. Photograph taken from the docking area.

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Ramses II

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Default Abu Simbel

Some pics of the mighty temple, also used to frighten the enemies approaching from Nubia and also to depict heroics of Ramses II in Battles (specially the Battle of Kadesh).

Approach to Temple Area

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Man made, shifted stone by stone

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First View

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Nefertiti - Favourite wife of Ramses II of the many. Also supposedly very beautiful.

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Inside the Temple, its the last place (the door) till where the camera is permitted

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View from Nefertiti Temple

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One of its kind where a queen has been given stature to that of the Pharaoh.

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@TBull - Man!!! I'm blown away reading some of the methods by which the Egyptian Govt takes effort in preserving things!!! Took about $40 million during 60's for restoration is something I cannot even imagine!!!

Its like dumping the money not knowing if it would even fetch returns. Ofcourse, historical monuments are restored not for business, I agree, but still.

They even have a airstrip near to the temple isn't it? And all these to preserve the culture of 12BC right? I cannot help thinking about ours
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@TBull - Man!!! I'm blown away reading some of the methods by which the Egyptian Govt takes effort in preserving things!!! Took about $40 million during 60's for restoration is something I cannot even imagine!!!

Its like dumping the money not knowing if it would even fetch returns. Ofcourse, historical monuments are restored not for business, I agree, but still.

They even have a airstrip near to the temple isn't it? And all these to preserve the culture of 12BC right? I cannot help thinking about ours
Hi Buddy. Lets clear some facts. It was not the Egyptian government but the UNESCO and other countries which came forward to rescue the monuments. The loan was given to the government. The monument was actually neglected and even submerged in water before it was taken out. There are more than 75 temples still submerged in water!

Egypt has two major sources of revenues - Tourism and Suez Canal. so obviously the thrust in this direction. Yes, our tourism industry is not well developed but we also have airport at places like Khajuraho.
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It is one of the largest man created lake. Needed huge relocations, caused environmental changes, increased the irrigated area etc. The Abu Simbel temples overlook the lake.

More info here:-

Lake Nasser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I am flattered. Thanks a lot buddy.

During our stay in Luxor we went out to Bombay Restaurant to have dinner. We were craving for some authentic Indian food for some time. Lonely Planet had given a good rating so went ahead. It was about 500m from our hotel. We took a tonga ride from the hotel all along the Cor-niche to reach the restaurant. Tongas are pretty famous in Luxor and Edfu. Infact in Luxor there is tonga lane.

The Entrance

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Along the stairs...

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Posters of Hindi movies framed..

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The Menu (sorry for the pics quality)

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Tongas waiting outside for customers

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The Hot air balloon operating company opposite the restaurant..

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Verdict : The food was just average. Expensive. We were the only customers if that means something to you. Though food was freshly prepared. They served liquor too, may be that is why it was expensive. As soon as we entered they changed the music from Arabic to bollywood songs. Some songs were too difficult to bear and I had never heard them before. And of course they did not know the meaning. An average looking interiors.
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Default Aswan High Dam

The Dam responsible for relocation in Abu Simbel and other areas is actually located in Aswan. It succeeds old Aswan dam. One of the longest and biggest dam of its time, it supplies electricity to almost all the Egypt and the surplus power is sold too. This ambitious project needed funds and led to declaration of Nationalisation of Suez Canal which led to a short conflict with French, Britishers and Israelis.

The ticket is priced at LE 20/- I think its a rip off.Why should be there a ticket at all? Its a total rip off. Nothing much to see. You stand on the road on top of dam and look on two sides thats it. Its taking tourism too far.

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The Electric Station

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Lake Naseer - formed due to dam

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Symbol of friendship - from Russians at the entrance to Dam

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Some boards displaying the information on the dam

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