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The Promised Land is an amazing place where you can feel the great beauty of nature in the middle of the desert. Along the way, amazing landscapes, Bedouin settlements, strange caves will be revealed. Groves, the sea – this is what the traveler sees from the car. Ein Gedi is a legally protected area. Under the same name, a kibbutz, a beach on the coast, a SPA center, with hot springs for swimming. It was a city where battles against enemies took place. The name used to be translated as “a row of palm trees.”
Here is an extraordinary beauty, created miraculously (this place can be safely attributed to the best sights of Israel). National Geographic magazine called this area bewitching. Ein Gedi Nature Reserve – the outskirts of Israel. There is an oasis in the middle of a lifeless desert. It is transformed only in time when raindrops fall on it. After autumn in the cold period, it may begin to bloom. At this time it starts to rain. Everything turns into rushing rivers. It is better to visit in the morning, when the sun is not scorching here.
Official website: https://en.parks.org.il
Excursion around the reserve
In the wasteland of Judea there are majestic rocks. They are all made of limestone. On these hills, streams flow into a salt lake called the Dead Sea. Watching the streams descend to the sea is a breathtaking sight. Although they are slowly destroying the highway. Moisture has formed local depressions. It happened after millions of years. The cascade is a consequence of the constant work of water over the landscape. About 20 streams flow into Ein Gedi. 2 streams are constantly filled. Precipitation is from 50 mm. up to 200 mm. The park has different waterfalls that descend from Mount Hebron (Jerusalem). The amount of precipitation here increases to 800 mm.
Water streams, getting inside, pass through the entire distance and flow out among the cracks of the mountain. This spring created a green paradise. It is located between the mountains and the Dead Sea. The combination of words is translated as “spring of a kid”.
View of the Dead Sea (Ein Gedi Nature Reserve)
The climate is warm in summer and rainy in winter. The reservation, as it were, lies between two streams. Fresh moisture and climate created the atmosphere of the garden of the gods. Together the valley of the king and Arudoth from the south are connected. Special vegetation and animals appeared. Hyraxes are unusual representatives of the animal world that can be seen here. They are genetically related to elephants. You can see them during the day here in the sunniest places. Tristram is a starling with a long tail, it can be found. The feathers of an orange-colored bird delight. Especially stand out during the flight. Its name comes from the name of the priest who first discovered this species and described it. A wide variety of plants grow in the area, there are more than a thousand species.
Trees, shrubs and unique grass are only part of the vegetation, you can admire it here. A real oleander and papyrus grow near the reservoir. In the oasis, look at carob trees, lawns where pistachios grow, hawthorn. They are a symbol of dignity. Acacia grows from stone. There is also the fruit of an apple called Sodom. The fruits of the tree, if pressed, may burst. People in these parts were engaged in winemaking, dates, figs. They traded in white ointment, afarsemon balm and incense.
Several times the city was destroyed and then rebuilt. The latest destruction was made by the tribes of nomadic Arabs.
Be sure to watch this beautiful video about Ein Gedi!
Kibbutz Ein Gedi
A kibbutz founded by young people who came here to live. People planted fields and continued to farm. From here you can see the Moab reserve of neighboring Jordan.
It is easy to get to the address – just turn south of the country, where highway No. 90 is located. The road stretches along the entire country from north to south, its duration was 500 km. In July and August, the visit to the reserve is not recommended. Choose to visit in the morning when it is not very hot. From mid-spring to September, open from 8.00 to 17.00. From October to March until 16.00.
For 25 shekels you can pay your own entrance. Children can get in for 13 shekels. Take a bottle of water and a hat with you. Equipped with free parking entrance. If you don't want to say goodbye to a wonderful place, then check into a hotel. The hotel residents are provided with a beach and pools with mineral water, a restaurant, gourmet cuisine.
You can choose both a long route on the map to visit, and a short one. Basically, they choose a route along the length of the stream, bypassing David's waterfall. It is possible to continue walking from it into the desert.
The whole territory is cut into a canyon. There are thickets of bamboo, rocks, and in the middle of them a canyon with an oasis. A waterfall descends into the grotto. David was hiding from Samul, who was preparing an assassination attempt on him. It was BC
Saul thought that David was claiming his throne, so he almost killed him by throwing a spear at him. The king was a victim, hiding in the reserve.
It is important to see in these places and the ancient church, built in the Chalcolithic. The remains of the temple were found in the middle of the twentieth century, when excavations were carried out. A mosaic in the form of a swastika was found in the temple. The images belong to the period of the new era. We also found an old water supply here.