Valley of the Kings & Queens (Luxor's West Bank)

fearless 4.5 days DIY eid season solo trip to Egypt
october 25-29, 2012
thursday to monday 

collosal abu simbel temples (ramesses & nefertari)

Valley of the Kings is the major tourist landmark of West Bank. Separate entrance fees are charge inside of every tomb especially the famous ones (Ramesses and Tutankhamun) aside from the general entrance fee for the compound.

How to go to Valley of the Kings;
It is cheaper to hire the public microbus (van) rather than a taxi in touring major spots of West Bank. As for what I did, I hired a van which is exclusively for me as only passenger during my ENTIRE tour, the local driver is considerate enough not to hitchhike possible passengers along the way. I negotiated to a fixed price of 80 EGP ($13) starting from west bank port to valley of the king and queens, hatchepsut and ramessium temple (1230H-1700H). Compared to taxi, they will charged around more than 100 EGP ($16) depending upon the places to visit.

So we started the round to the Valley of the Kings which is the farthest one, I think its around 12km from the port. Local touts have been roaming around since the start of my journey here in Luxor so be prepared how to avoid or leave them away politely. Entrance fee for this valley is 80 EGP with 4 EGP charge for a round trip mini-train inside.

inside valley of the kings

on our way to valley of the kings

inside valley of the kings

inside valley of the kings

VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER:
Photography is STRICTLY not allowed inside the tombs on all landmarks here in West Bank, and strolling on this place can be enough at 2 hours. Do not try to sneak some photos even on your mobile phone. Ushers are luring you to do it so that upon your exit to any tomb, they will forcefully check your mobile phone if you really have no photos captured enough. If they caught you, they will bring you to Valley's control room, confiscate your gadget and will charge you to 500 EGP per photo. Instead of bringing you there, this ushers will try to bargain and give your money to them. Don't be surprise as this is a practice to all tombs to visit in Egypt eversince.

The Valley of the Kings, less often called the Valley of the Gates of the Kings is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The wadi consists of two valleys, East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs are situated) and West Valley.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_of_the_Kings

inside valley of the kings

inside valley of the kings

inside valley of the kings
How to go to Valley of the Queens;
Valley of the Queens is located to the opposite side of the valley, just ask the driver to go there at the end of the tour. Famous queens buried here are Nefertari and Nefertiti which by the time I visited, there tombs are both closed to the public. Entrance fee is 35 EGP only. This was the last part of my trip before going back to West Bank port.

The Valley of the Queens is a place in Egypt where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times. In ancient times, it was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning –‘the place of the Children of the Pharaoh’, because along with the Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties (1550–1070 BCE) many princes and princesses were also buried with various members of the nobility. The tombs of these individuals were maintained by mortuary priests who performed daily rituals and provided offerings and prayers for the deceased nobility.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_of_the_Queens

inside valley of the queens

inside valley of the queens

inside valley of the queens

inside valley of the queens

inside valley of the queens

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