Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ein Gedi: A Desert Oasis

After introducing all of you to the beautiful hike at Masada the other day, I thought it was a good idea to also take you on a little tour to Ein Gedi, a destination which is almost always paired with a day trip to Masada. The two locations are just a  short 15-minute drive apart and both are definitely worth seeing. As you can see in the maps below, Ein Gedi is located on the edge of the Dead Sea, just slightly north of Masada. See if you can find it for yourself on the maps below:

        

Ein Gedi is a beautiful water oasis in the middle of the arid Negev desert. It is amazing to find such a large, lush waterfall with its many sparkling pools amid one of the driest terrains on Earth.

 

The hike to the Ein Gedi springs is an easy one and serves as a peaceful and relaxing respite after the long hike up Masada, especially on a hot summer day. Here are a few more photos of the beautiful oasis, which is said to possibly be the biblical site where Moses struck the rock from which water poured forth in a time of dire need and thirst:

 


As you can see, many people decide to take a dip in the cool, freshwater springs because it's the easiest way to cool down in the middle of the Negev desert, where temperatures soar up to 120 F over the summers. If you don't want to jump into the springs, you can opt for the nearby Dead Sea, just a short drive away:

If you have a little extra time, you can make a stop at one of the most beautiful kibbutzim in Israel located atop Ein Gedi Reserve. I don't think you can argue about this being a fantastic view to wake up to everyday:

Lastly, on your visit to Ein Gedi and the surrounding area, be sure to keep an eye out for these desert critters who are known to inhabit the Negev terrain:

 

1 comment:

  1. I remember it being so beautiful there, it is fun to see and read about these places again, having not been there in so long!

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