- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Jerusalem, Israel
Few cities inspire as much passion as Jerusalem, revered by three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and with roots reaching back almost as long as history. For centuries, Jerusalem has stood as the most worshipped, fought-over and loved city in the world, its different inhabitants giving it a cultural and religious make-up like no other city on the planet. The holy city of Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and also its largest city. It is also referred to as the ‘city of gold.’ Jerusalem is a vibrant city, yet one feels the tug of time here.
Although the modern development of Jerusalem is interesting, it’s the fabled Old City that visitors get to know first. This relatively small walled area is a living museum of religious buildings, busy markets, cobbled alleys and different faiths. Within the grand 16th-century ramparts there are four quarters dating back to the major communities living here in 19th century: Armenian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim.
Each quarter has its sights and sensations. One minute you’ll be idling in a tranquil Armenian garden; the next, lost in the bustle of an Arab souk. The Western Wall at the foot of Temple Mount is all that survives of the Jewish Temple, and remains Judaism's most holy place.
Apart from the religious sites, you get yet another peek into the past life of the city by visiting the Israel Museum, the largest museum in the country. This museum contains the ‘shrine of the book’, home to the Dead Sea scrolls. The Yad Vashem is the country’s Holocaust Museum.
Not just history, Jerusalem has much to offer to the adventure tourists as well. You can hire a 4X4 jeep and explore the Jerusalem hills. This is a great way to visit lesser known sites of Israel, dating back to the ancient era.
While traveling within Jerusalem, it is important that the tourists remember that buses do not run of Shabbat, which means they will stop running 30 minutes before sunset on Friday till 30 minutes after sunset on Saturday. Make your travel plans keeping this advisory in mind.