A Part of Western Desert in Egypt, December 2004 – Wikimedia.com/Florence Devouard A Part of Western Desert in Egypt, December 2004 – Wikimedia.com/Florence Devouard

Explore Al Kharga Oasis

Sun, Dec. 10, 2017
CAIRO – 10 December 2017: Act like an adventurer or backpacker to discover the hidden Egyptian outposts along the desert road.

Egypt’s Western Desert is a serene universe that holds more unknown places than other more popular ones, including Egypt’s largest oasis, Al Kharga.

Al Kharga Oasis is situated in the Libyan desert of Egypt in a depression about 160 kilometers long and 80 kilometers wide. It is the capital of New Valley governorate due to its location along the west of the Nile Valley. It is named after a major town located in the oasis.

The oasis is home to around 60,000 people, including 1,000 Nubians who moved there after the creation of Lake Nasser because of its modernized houses and modern facilities.

Al Kharga Oasis is surrounded by extensive thorn palms, buffalo thorns and jujube. There are a lot of wildlife species inhabiting the region, too.

There are many thermal springs carved inside Al Kharga Oasis, which are famous for water temperatures of up to 43°C and reputed to be suitable for the treatment of rheumatism and allergies.

The oasis unearths a lot of archeological sites, like Temple of Dush, which is dedicated to Isis and Serapis, and Temple of Hibis, which is located in Palm Grove. It is considered by many to be the oldest and best-preserved Christian cemetery in the ancient world.

Despite the far location, Al Kharga Oasis is easy to get to from outside Egypt. There are international flights directly to Cairo, from where the traveler can proceed overland by bus, car or a domestic flight.

Bagwat is one of the oldest Christian cemeteries in the world, January 23, 2006 – Wikimedia.com/Iswanyu

The temple of Hibis in Kharga Oasis, December 7, 2008 – Wikimedia.com/ASartan
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