“Exodus is the story of the greatest miracle of our times, an event unparalleled in the history of mankind: the rebirth of a nation which had been dispersed 2,000 years before. It tells the story of the Jews coming back after centuries of abuse, indignities, torture, and murder to carve an oasis in the sand with guts and with blood….Exodus is about fighting people, people who do not apologize either for being born Jews or the right to live in human dignity”.
These are the words that Leon Uris used to describe the reason for the stupendous success of his book ‘Exodus‘, many years after he had written it.
The book instilled in me a great desire to know more about this enigmatic country. A country which is the focal point for three religions of the world was really intriguing. The country is none other than Israel!
Israel is a country where the twain of history and technology meet. It is a country where traditions steeped in history merge seamlessly with the advances of science and technology. Israel is a country which has bewitched and drawn visitors to its fold owing to its multi hued allure and breathtaking natural beauty. There must be hundreds of reasons to visit Israel, but here are the top 5 reasons that shall propel you to pack your bags and head out there right now!
Old City- Jerusalem
Take some strides back in time and visit the historic city of Jerusalem, considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem is estimated to have been born sometime in 2400 BCE. The old city of Jerusalem is of course a UNESCO world heritage site.
Jerusalem is considered the holiest of holy cities by three religions of the world; Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Be ready to be swept away by waves of unfathomable emotions as you touch the hallowed wall of a once glorious temple built by the great king Herod and destroyed in the year 70 CE. This place is strong with spiritual vibrations as people from diverse countries and religions give vent to their emotions in the form of fervent prayers. Many of them leave a note wedged in the cracks of the walls. A letter to God.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher- Jerusalem
Walk into the sacrosanct Church of the Holy Sepulchre and feel a chill course through your spine as you behold the place where Jesus was crucified and later buried.
Experience Harmony at a Kibbutz
Kibbutz is a word that is synonymous with Israel. It is that revolutionary and innovative concept that began around the year 1905 and introduced the world to the Commune way of life. Kibbutz are small settlements which are self sufficient in every way. The people in the settlement jointly own and work on the land, they sell the produce themselves and are self contained. Kibbutz are the little Utopias of Israel and and a way of life that one must experience.
Enter a land pulsating with life, throbbing with the vibrancy of the future in Tel Aviv which has earned the epithet of, “The City that Never Sleeps”. The city is an enticing mosaic of museums, beautiful beaches and exotic gardens. It is also a heady experience of exciting cuisine and an electrifying night life.
If you are a beach aficionado, you are spoiled for choice with the 16 beaches that seem to embrace the city of Tel Aviv in a warm hug. Each beach has its unique personality and has something on offer for the entire family. Some of the beaches that you need to head out to are Tzuk beach, Metzitzim beach, Hilton beach.
Night Life in Tel Aviv
“The City That Never Sleeps”, will keep you awake and make you dance with gay abandon as the night sets in and spirits soar. The night scene warms up around 11.00 PM and the party continues till morning. The tempo rises to a crescendo during the long weekend which in Israel starts from Thursday and goes on till Sunday. The snazzy bars, restaurants, dance clubs and entertainment centers which throb with the energy of the young and beautiful people of the city will ensure that you never have a dull moment, and you will return with lovely memories for a lifetime. If you rather prefer a quiet and serene time, you can have a leisurely dinner and a drink or two on one of the beachfront restaurants.
The food in Israel is characterized by the undercurrent of freshness and health, thanks to the abundance of fresh agricultural produce and the advanced farming techniques. Israeli cuisine is unique in its own right. You can savor the authentic taste of Israel in any of the restaurants across the country or in the homes of its people. A typical Israeli breakfast consists of Fresh fruit juice, eggs, salad, tea/coffee and cheese. Israeli lunch and dinner typically include dishes like Falafel- deep fried chickpea balls, Hummus- a mashed chickpea spread, Pita bread- this has the status of being the national bread of Israel, Malawach- a sweet and flaky pastry and Shwarma-grilled lamb or other meat.
No trip to Israel would be complete without visiting the Dead Sea, one of the Seven wonders of the World. Here you have an opportunity to bask in the luxury of the world’s oldest health resort, which is the Dead Sea. This served that purpose for Herod the Great, famously known by the temple in Jerusalem, whose walls are today an epicenter of religion and spirituality.
The Dead Sea is Earth’s lowest elevation on land, you cannot get lower than this! At 34.2% salinity, the Dead Sea is 9.6% saltier than the ocean. It is because of this density that the Dead Seal allows one to literally float on it. The Dead Sea is also a haven for sun bathers.
The atmosphere at this lowest point of the earth adds extra protective layers and eliminates harmful radiation. No wonder the Dead Sea has been drawing people in hordes from across the world for centuries now. The combination of the mud, sea water and the atmosphere here is like an elixir and has many curative properties, especially for skin ailments. There are numerous hotels and health resorts that dot the dead sea which offers sunshine almost throughout the year.
Given such a varied range of experiences that Israel has on offer, it is no wonder that this small country is fast becoming an exclusive vacation hub. It is drawing visitors from across the world, from India and other countries of Asia, from Europe and America. The history and heritage, the lifestyle and cuisine, the breathtaking natural beauty, all blend together into one spectacular mosaic called Israel.
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The Dead Sea, green hills, valleys and multi-colored canyons are some of the striking features of Israel. It’s rich and ancient history and culture acts like a magnet, drawing millions of visitors every year. All these make Israel an irresistible holiday destination. Discover Israel – The Land of Creation.
Note: This article is in association with Israel Tourism. We would love to visit Israel soon and experience its immense beauty.
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