- Location: Egypt
- Best Time to Visit: All over the year
- How to reach:You can hire buses, taxis and cars which ply between the main city center and the temple. A camel rise is also an enjoyable experience. The nearest airport is the Luxor International Airport.
- Admission Fee: LE 70
- Nearest international airport: Luxor International Airport
- Nearest railway station: Station: Luxor Railway Station
- Time required for sightseeing: 2-3 hours
A visit to this site is considered by many to be the most sublime experience in the world! The Valley of Kings in Egypt, a burial ground for the ancient Pharaohs, who strongly believed in after-life and the importance of carrying your corporeal belongings and body to the next world, took great care of their burial. This place was, by all means, sacred, and mysterious — even to the ancient Egyptians. As you stand face to face with the mounds and constructions that carry the mortal remains of the ancient nobles and kings, you are invested with a realization of the transience of all human ambition, and the great intellectual and architectural achievements of the ancient rulers of Egypt. It is feeling that is truly unmatched.
For a period of around 500 years, from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs of the Pharaohs were built in this area. The belief of the ancient Pharaohs that “To speak the name of the dead is to make him live again” is wonderfully portrayed in the tombs. Located on the western bank of the River Nile in the central part of the Theban Necropolis, the valley is divided into two parts: East Valley and West Valley. Tombs of renowned Pharaohs including Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great are located in the Valley of the Kings. Most of the tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs are located in the East Valley. Some of the prominent tombs in this area are:
Tomb of Ramesses IV: The most prominent part of this tomb is the 3 white corridors which lead to the sarcophagus chamber of the tomb. The entrance of the chamber is decorated with carvings of Isis and Nephthys, who were believed to guard the body of the pharaoh.
Seti I: It is the longest tomb of the Valley of the Kings and rises up to a height of around 100 meters. The sarcophagus is richly decorated and one of the back chambers has the carving of the Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth.
Tuthmosis III: The tomb consists of wooden steps which cross over the pit and lead to the inner chamber. The tomb consists of 2 small chambers which are wonderfully decorated with red and black.
Tutankhamun: One of the most impressive tombs in the world, the tomb of Tutankhamun is an amazing sight. The mystery associated with the teenage king Tutankhamun brings a chill in your spine as you descend down the steps of the tomb.
In addition to these, some other well known tombs that are located in the Valley of the Kings are that of Ramesses IX, Merneptah, Ramesses VI, Ramesses III, Tuthmosis III, Amenhotep II, and Horemheb and so on. Besides, there are numerous other tombs of various other pharaohs of other dynasties. There are even tombs of the pets, animals and servants of the pharaohs. According to the ancient Egyptian belief, all the belongings of the pharaoh were supposed to be kept after his death. As such, these were also made mummies and kept near the tomb.
The Valley of the Kings can be reached easily. The place is located in the western part of the city of Luxor. You can hire buses, taxis and cars which ply between the main city center and the temple. A camel rise is also an enjoyable experience. The nearest airport is the Luxor International Airport. There is a wide range of hotels in Luxor where you can enjoy pleasant facilities and services.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=zEgXfODYrkI: Get an overview of the sublime Valley of Kings in this video!
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=YnfD5UGGppU&feature=related: Check out views of the most famous tombs of the Valley of Kings in this video!