The port was Edfu was certainly a busy one on our morning of visit. We had to walk through another boat to reach the bank.
Similar to other towns in Egypt, we were immediately surrounded by vendors asking us to take their carriages to get to the temple. With trained reflexes, our guide picked the best ones and sent us off on our way to the temple.
This post is part of the Egypt Series. Other posts in this series:
- How to fly from NYC to Cairo in business for $12
- Cairo diaries: 3 day Cairo itinerary
- Unforgettable Nile river cruise
- Exploring Luxor and Karnak temples
- Valley of Kings and Queen Hatsheput temple in Luxor
- Temples in Edfu & Kom Ombo & Galabiya party – This post
- High dam and Philae temple in Aswan
- Incredible temples of Abu Simbel
The carriage ride was bumpy and exciting! We passed through the town of Edfu and had the front row sea to the daily life in Egypt. The carriage drivers expect tips but remember to pay them after the return trip. The entrance to the Edfu temple is a bit of madness just like other places in Egypt – they are harmless but aggressive and will try to sell their wares and make you promise that you will come visit their store after the temple.
The temple is dedicated to Horus who is one of the ancient deities in Egypt with falcons head and is one of the most beautiful and well preserved temple in Egypt. Horus was the son of Isis (this has got nothing to do with organization ISIS or ISIL) and Osiris and is considered as the god of kingship and sky.
The temple is well preserved because it was completely buried beneath drifting dessert sand and was found in 1798 by a French Egyptologist. This is a common theme in Egypt – every time they dig to fix the infrastructure, they find a historical artifact and need to stop.
We took the same carriage back to our ship and set sai for our next destination – Kom Ombo.
Temple of Kom Ombo
If you aren’t sold on the Nile cruise yet, Kom Ombo will give you a good reason to change your mind. As you step out of the ship, right there is the temple of Kom Ombo steps away from the boat. It doesn’t get any closer than this!
This temple is dedicated to crocodile god Sobek – god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. This area used to be infested with crocodiles which resulted in numerous deaths. As a response, ancient Egyptians started worshipping one of the crocodiles as god, created a temple in its honor and fed them hoping to bring peace.
Built during 180 – 47 BC, this temple has inscriptions of various medical and surgical instruments. This indicates that ancient Egyptians were centuries ahead in terms of medical advancement.
Afterwards we went to Crocodile museum where we saw mummified versions of crocodiles instead of humans (pictures not allowed).
After returning after the quick visit, we got ready for the galabiya party on the cruise boat. Galabiya is traditional Egyptian outfit. The party started with a belly dancer and whirling dervishes show – the former was mediocre and the latter was fantastic. Our fantastic guide, Yasser, led many fun games and activities. We don’t usually dance but immersed ourselves into Egyptian music and had a ball with our new friends.
We continued the party at an outdoor shisha café steps from our cruise boat and shared life and travel stories before calling it a night. Here are some videos from the party!