When i had just started writing this post , the goal was to write about the best places to visit in Egypt but it turned out that i had so much to share about the Giza pyramids. So here we are with the best ways you can have a perfect day at the Giza pyramids..
The pyramids are one of the seven wonders of the Ancient world that still exist. There are 6 pyramids at Giza but only 3 are prominent since they are the biggest – The great pyramid of Giza(khufu), pyramid of khafre(khafra), and the pyramid of Menkaure(Menkaure)
Originally built as tombs for pharaohs and their queens by the ancient Eyptians, the pyramids have become one of the most visited sites in the world. With approximately 8 million tourist flocking the pyramids per year- this has got to be top on your list when you travel to Egypt.
How to get to the Giza pyramids?
You can hire a tour guide to show you around the entire place but if you want to get there on your own like i did , here is how you can get there.
If you are coming from Cairo, take a train up to Giza station (its fast and cheap, 3 Egyptian pounds to be precise). From there you can just take a taxi or an Uber which takes like 40-50 minutes.
There is only one point where you can buy the tickets from (at the gate), pretty much visible, since there would be other tourist purchasing the tickets. There will be so many tour guides telling you how the government doesn’t allow tourist to go to the pyramids alone, don’t fall for that, they just want you to pay them to show you around- something you can do yourself.
Others will claim as they are the only ones that know the best spot to see all the 3 biggest pyramids in line.Clearly i was able to find the best spot on my own , since that’s where most people are always headed.
How to buy things inside the Giza pyramid.
This might not be the best place to buy so many things since they are a bit pricey compared to how they are sold outside but if you are compelled to buy, the best way to to do this is by using Egyptian pounds. Many vendors will tell you the price in dollars or Euros (it might sound cheap but by all means they just want to overcharge you). So always ask for the price in the local currency.
Rules to follow while touring inside the Giza pyramids.
The only rule that must be followed is not to climb the pyramids. Yes you might be trying to be adventurous and all that but don’t fall a culprit. You might see a few locals trying to disobey this law by climbing but don’t join them, it is extremely dangerous and it might be your unlucky day and get fined-You don’t want that on you trip.
pyramid of menkaure
What to do inside the giza pyramids?
There is a huge ditch in some chambers next to the synthix. It is believed that when you throw money in this hole and make a wish, it will come true. I saw a good amount of money in the ditch, i guess many people want there wishes to come true. Did i throw in money or not? (Hmmm) – I am not really a superstitious person, so i just watched what was going on, didn’t throw in any coin.
Ride on a camel-There are so many locals who offer this service all at different prices, you just need to find one who offers a “good price” as the Egyptians call it.
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To hire a tour guide or not to?
Yes i know this is their job but in my personal experience, a tour guide is not needed to enjoy your day at the pyramids. And some times you just want to stay a little longer at a certain place but if you are in a group, you have to go wherever everyone else is going.
The synthix of Giza
Some of the frequently asked questions about visiting the giza pyramids
1. Is it safe to visit the Giza pyramids?
It is definitely safe to visit the giza pyramids- A decade ago, it might have been unsafe to even travel to Egypt but it’s nolonger the case.
2. What time are the giza pyramids open?
The gates to the giza pyramids are normally opened at 8am and closed by 5pm so be sure not to miss out.
3. Where to eat when you visit the giza pyramids?
There are no restaurants canteens or eateries inside the giza pyramids. I would advise you to buy water before you enter inside the pyramids since its super hot inside. There are restaurants just outside the giza pyramids but if you are on budget i don’t advise you to eat from them as they are very expensive just like anything in a touristy area.
4. Can you climb the Giza pyramids?
Do not, i repeat do not climb the pyramids. I dont know how to emphasize this more but please don’t climb the pyramids as it is not allowed and it is not safe for you.
5. What is the ticket price for entering the giza pyramids.
As of April 2018, the giza pyramids ticket (at the entrance)was at 80 Egyptian pounds approx 4.5$ but kids pay half the price. But to access the inside of the Great pyramid of Khufu, it is 200 egyptian pounds approx 11.50$ (this is optional if you want to enter the great pyramid).
6. Where are the best pyramids in Egypt?
There are eight pyramids in the Egyptian history but the biggest and the most famous are the Giza pyramids with the biggest pyramid as the Great pyramid of kufu.
Final thoughts on visiting the giza pyramids.
The pyramids were way big compared to what i had imagined- i just kept wondering how and who built them, who carried all those huge stones, piling up one by one. How long it took those energetic men. Even up to now i just cant wrap my head around it. Indeed it is a wonder of the world. I would definitely go back to this magnificent site.
Have you been to the Giza pyramids, share with me in the comments how your experience was, did you hire a tour guide or you went solo? Planning a trip there, let me know how i can help.
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