Egypt is a place of rich cultural heritage. The fascination with the place is usually fueled by the history books, the numerous movies and documentaries. It is hence justified that the first mention of ‘Egypt’ brings to mind the pyramids of Giza.
Hailing from a country that usually sees just a few weeks of real summer, Egypt was a no contest. With the mid august temperatures anywhere between the 30- 40 degrees Celsius, we were looking forward to some sun and sand and of course a lot of history or as a friend put it, going back in time with the Pyramids.
No sooner than our journey began in the early evening (with the hopes to set foot in the marvelous land early hours) our group of excited adults couldn’t hide their anticipation. One was reading a book about Tut-ankh-amun while a few others were deeply engrossed in speculating about the real story behind the pyramids. The topic of debate was whether the Pyramids were used a burial place or whether the Pyramids were built for a different purpose, even more so a different civilization. I for one don’t really believe what is told on the television and I wanted to make my own assumptions, thus the journey began.
After going the immigration formalities and checking into our rooms at the Le Meridian Pyramids Hotel, our tour guide set the ball rolling by taking us to see the Pyramids of Cheops (Khufu), Chephren & Mykerinos, believed to be the burial tombs of a father, son and grandfather from the fourth dynasty of the Old Kingdom. I completely froze in front of the great sphinx. The sheer size of the sphinx is itself a piece of wonder. Little wonder that the place itself swells with magic, mystery and wonder. The light show at Giza is something that is not to be missed. A good tour guide can make a lot of difference to the trip.
The time spent at the Pyramids was more than enough as we had to hustle through the swamp of people trying to sell their souvenirs to you. The sad part was the fact how the premises was kept. Blame it largely due to the sheer amount of tourists the pyramids draw to them.
Cairo in itself is a treasure trove of rich cultural heritage. Besides the various sightseeing we did on our 3 day, four nights trip, it was the pyramids that left a lasting impression. The visit did however imply that maybe the pyramids were indeed burial places for the Pharaoh’s, yet to me it seems inconclusive how the techniques used to build such mammoth structures could really be accomplished. Maybe we don’t know everything yet!