Postcards from Dead Sea

A sea which isn’t Sea, where one cannot drown, nature’s living miracle which is actually dead – Dead Sea. I have always wanted to visit this beautiful creation on Earth and got a chance to savour it last year in Jordan.

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Some really intriguing facts on Dead Sea

  • Dead Sea is bordered by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west, in fact by Jordan, Israel and Palestine. It is Earth’s lowest elevation on land, around 383 m below sea level.
  • Its 67 km long and 18 km wide at its widest point.
  • It’s salter than the ocean with 34.2% salinity.
  • There is no flora or fauna and hence called Dead Sea.
  • The Dead Sea is rich in cocktail of salts and minerals like magnesium, sodium, potassium to name a few. These salts and minerals are being used by industries to turn them into some of the finest products and that’s one of the ways of income in Jordan.
  • Also, for its healing properties, Dead Sea attracts a lot of tourists not only for a spectacular experience but for health and wellness tourism as well. It’s nature’s spa.
  • Now sparsely populated, it is believed to be once a house to five Biblical cities viz. Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela).

 

Time to Float!

We reached around afternoon and checked in at J W Marriott which has a private beach to access Dead Sea. We had our lunch at the Italian restaurant IL Terrazzo.

 

De Esta Manera A La Playa (The way to the beach) of Dead Sea and the setting by the hotel is beautiful which is livelier in contrast to the Dead Sea.

Before entering the Dead Sea one has to apply the black mud pack on your whole body, including the face and then, let it dry. It takes around 20 to 30 min but is necessary before entering the water.

Once the ritual was over, we entered the water and lay down on our back (never do the other way around).

It was quite relaxing and feeling was surreal. I went in a trance-like state for a few minutes. It was something outwardly and I am so glad to have experience it.

The sunset was beautiful too!

Picture by Abhinav Singh

Post Dead Sea, it was time for Belly Dancing, organized by the hotel.

A word of caution for all looking forward to be in the Dead Sea:

  • Don’t try to swim in Dead Sea waters, you will float naturally.
  • Keep the Dead Sea water away from your face and just avoid it getting into your eyes, believe me they will burn. Also, don’t even try and taste it, you will regret.
  • Don’t shave for a few days before experiencing Dead Sea. The shaved skin on coming in contact with Dead Sea water will burn.
  • Be ready to get all sticky, yeah for the dense salt content and minerals, water feels like oil to an extent. Also, your clothes won’t look same again, so wear what you ain’t very attached to.
  • Visit Dead Sea before it’s too late. Owing to rivers being dammed and the global warming which has led to faster evaporation now this salty lake is believed to disappear one day. Shrinking at a rate of one metre every year, according to experts it may reduce to a puddle by 2050.

 

Nonetheless, it was a magical experience and a must when you are in Jordan!

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