Looking for a place less travelled? Where the hustle and bustle of city life is not quiet so evident? A place which still holds on to its essence and hasn`t lost its soul with the delude of tourism? Where there is less of shopping and more of soul searching - searching for the root of all civilization?
Syria. The cradle of civilization. It still holds on to its past - and moves at its very own pace. And thus makes itself a very quaint but attractive destination.
Cobblestone streets, ancient architecture and an alluring quietness - describes the smaller towns of Syria. You`ll feel like you`ve stepped back in time.
But there are times when Syria is overwhelmed with visitors. Especially during the Badyet Al-Chaam festival, which takes place in Palmyra.
The Syrian Desert springs to life with camel and horse races, shows, music festivals and cultural activities. Some of the world`s oldest antiques are displayed and put up for sale. Don`t be surprised to find a few pieces from the ancient civilizations.
Surprisingly, during this desert festival, though the society believes in traditional values, a beauty pageant is held in the temple of Ba`l - a Palmyran God.
The city of Hama can boast of one of the world`s most unusual parks. This park is perched on top of a citadel! During the ancient times, it was the ideal place to keep watch on the city and its surroundings.
The people of this country are warm and friendly and go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and interesting.