Wadi Rum is a spectacularly scenic desert valley (wadi in Arabic) in southern Jordan, or valley of the moon, because of the unique landscape that nearly similar to that on the moon.

 

This area of Jordan is quite isolated and largely inhospitable to settled life. The only permanent inhabitants are several thousand Bedouin nomads and villagers. There is no real infrastructure, leaving the area quite unspoilt. Apart from the Bedouin goat hair tents, the only structures are a few concrete shops and houses and the fort headquarters of the Desert Patrol Corps. T E Lawrence (of Arabia) spent a significant amount of time here during the course of the British-inspired Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War (1914-1918). Fans of the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia will be familiar with the landscape, which are not so much sand dunes as it is a mass of soaring cliffs and sandstone and Granite Mountains. Lawrence's Spring: Just 2km (1.2 miles) south-west of the village of Rum. The spring is at the top of a short scramble - head for the fig tree! Although the pool itself is largely unprepossessing, being a stagnant puddle, the views across the desert are truly spectacular.

The Nabataean Temple: Near the Rest House in Rum Village. The surrounding area is covered in Thamudic and Kufic rock art. Burdah Rock Bridge: On many tours you only view this from a distance, but it is possible to climb up to this rock bridge if you have a guide and a reasonable level of fitness. Umm Fruth Rock Bridge: A lower rock bridge which is featured on many tours and can be easily scrambled on to. Red Sand Dunes: There are various places in Wadi Rum where the white and red sands meet, but the most commonly visited is a dune sloping up alongside a jebel - a bit tough to climb up as Wadi Rum has the highest mountain in Jordan ( um arbeen ).

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: Although most people can only count five, this is an impressive rock formation near the Visitor's centre.

It is named after T E Lawrence's book - not the other way around! Jebel Khaz'ali: This narrow canyon contains numerous Nabataean rock carvings of people and animals. A journey to Wadi Rum is a journey to another world. A vast, silent place, timeless and starkly beautiful. Wadi Rum is one of Jordan's main tourist attractions being the most stunning desert escape in the World. General Activities

The genuine attraction of Wadi Rum is the desert itself, best seen by four wheel drive ( 4x4 ) ,horse and camel ride, Desert trekking & hiking tours , Some visitors only spend a few hours in the Wadi, but it's definitely worth taking a guided trip of several days duration, staying overnight with Bedouin families or camping in the desert.