Reasons why Israel is high on our bucket list!

(Last Updated On: August 31, 2017)

Israel is a Middle Eastern country situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. The land of Israel is endowed with astounding geographic and cultural diversity. The holy land, a melting pot of culture and religion, has become an epicenter of new tourism. Over three million tourists visited Israel last year with over forty thousand from India alone. Here are some reasons why Israel is on top of our travel bucket list.

Revered City of Jerusalem

With 7000 years of history, Jerusalem is revered as sacred to three prominent religions of the world Judaism, Christianity, and Islam for more than thousands of years. The charm and spirit of the holy city can be experienced in labyrinthine alleys and historical attractions of Jerusalem Old City.

 The Western Wall is Judaism’s holiest site where pilgrims visit to pray and tuck small pieces of paper with prayers into the cracks.

 Trace the last steps of Jesus Christ as he was led to his crucifixion through the route that marks 14 events on Christ’s last walk.

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is believed to be the Hill of Calvary where according to the New Testament; Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

David’s Citadel built in the second century BC is today home to a fascinating museum providing insight into the history of Jerusalem. The ramparts offer an impressive panorama of the city of Jerusalem.

If you are looking for options to stay in Jerusalem then here are some best hostels in Jerusalem to suit your budget and taste.

Negev Desert

Down south explore the rigid barren terrain of Negev Desert. In winter, the terrain turns haven for vibrant hues of red anemone, the national flower of Israel. The luminous landscape cradles some of the incredible natural wonders of Makhtesh Ramon and the Dead Sea.

Makhtesh Ramon

Experience an incredible geographical phenomenon at Makhtesh Ramon. The crater is created by erosion and not by any meteor or volcanic impact. The golden landscape is home to a variety of age-old rock formations, clay hills, fossils, and wildlife.

Dead Sea

The fascinating and the intriguing Dead Sea entice enthusiasts to experience the weightless feeling which makes floating on sea effortless. One of the Seven Wonders of the World is also considered as the world’s first health resorts from times of Herod the Great. The immense wealth of minerals of water and soil of the Dead Sea combined with the enriched atmosphere helps relieve ailments. It is interesting to know that the asphalt from the sea is used in Egyptian mummification.

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There is no dearth of accommodation, restaurants, and myriad recreational activities around the Dead Sea.

Vibrant Nightlife of Tel Aviv and Little port town of Jaffa

Once you have soaked up yourself in the history and nature of the wonderful country, head to Tel Aviv. Israel’s commercial center is often called “the city that never sleeps” is vibrant with entertainment, festivals, and an active nightlife.

The golden sandy Mediterranean beaches of Tel Aviv are ideal for lazing and taking in the warm sunshine. There are also an array of sports activities for adventurists. Stroll through the city and explore architectural masterpieces, museums galleries, and lovely boutiques. This vibrant city of Tel Aviv is renowned for its cuisine and restaurants from authentic street food to fine dining experiences.

The lively little port town of Jaffa bathed in honey is in contrast with its buzzing Tel Aviv neighborhood. The town with calm and laid back narrow lanes winding through the ancient buildings will walk you back in time.

Nazareth

Nazareth nestled in the beautiful valleys of the lower Galilee is a 2000-year-old city. The rich historical and spiritual significance beckons pilgrims wishing to see the place where Jesus Christ spent the first 30 years of his life. The Church of the Annunciation was built in 1969 on the remains of the churches from Byzantine and Crusader era. The church houses a grotto, which is believed to the traditional site where Joseph and Mary lived.

Haifa

Around 40 km from Nazareth is the bustling port town of Haifa. The popular attraction is the Baha’i Gardens with imposing golden dome of the Baha’i Shrine and well-manicured gardens.

The Mount Carmel is one of Israel’s largest national parks with over 10,000 hectares available for hiking and other outdoor activities.

Galilee

The Galilee in the north is brimming with an abundance of lush green hills and the shimmering stretch of sandy coast.

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Israel’s largest freshwater lake Sea of Galilee has its shores dotted with many sites of biblical interest, prominent is the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave his “Sermon on the Mount”. A 40-mile hiking trail for pilgrims called the “Jesus Trail” is a network of paths linking sites of religious importance to Christians.

Culinary Delight

The culinary delight in Israel will spoil you for the choices of a varied range of restaurants and street food making it a foodie’s paradise. Israel offers traditional as well as the cuisines adopted from more than 100 countries owing to the presence of multi-culture.

Falafels the spiced up balls of chickpeas and/or fava beans are considered as the king of Israeli food. The Hummus, a dip made from crushed chickpeas flavored with different sauces and oils is high in nutrition. And Pita the “national bread” of Israel to go with the above delicacies. While desserts include an assortment of Pastries, puddings, and crepes.

Join us on the amazing virtual tour of Israel and get set to explore this wonderful ‘Land of Creation’ Israel. And here is a detailed information on planning an Israel trip.

Do you agree these reasons are enough to entice anyone to make a visit to the fascinating land of Israel? Is there something interesting which we are missing? Do let us know in comments.

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16 thoughts on “Reasons why Israel is high on our bucket list!

  • December 16, 2016 at 7:40 pm
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    Israel is beautiful. These are some great reasons. More than a little convincing 😉

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  • December 17, 2016 at 3:53 am
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    Israel is a place I always forget when I think about my ‘bucket list of countries’, but I would really love to go someday! So much history, and the dead seas would be really cool to check out.

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  • December 17, 2016 at 4:28 am
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    I have been planning on visiting Israel for a while and can’t wait till I am in that area of the world. It looks amazing and your post has made me super excited about visiting. Looking forward to a soak in the Dead Sea 🙂

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  • December 17, 2016 at 4:40 am
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    I have been reading a lot about Israel recently. While it has not been high on my list in the past the more I read makes me reconsidered. I love middle eastern food and you seem to have found all my favourites!

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  • December 17, 2016 at 5:51 am
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    Now that you’ve listed them, I couldn’t believe that there are so many interesting things to see in Israel. Rich in history and geographical wonders!

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  • December 17, 2016 at 10:02 am
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    I never thought of putting Israel on my bucket list..until…well the present moment. Thanks for showing me how beautiful it is and how much is there to explore here.

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  • December 17, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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    Beautiful. Jaffa sounds amazing, as does Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, along with everything else. I have never heard of falafels until now~ they look interesting. From the history and the food, I’d say Israel is inviting.

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  • December 18, 2016 at 1:08 am
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    I really didn’t know much about Israel! Thanks so much for giving me more information. I’d love to travel there

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  • December 18, 2016 at 2:05 am
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    Israel is on our bucket list too. Soaking in the dead sea would be a treat. We’d also love to experience all the rich and ancient history there.

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  • December 18, 2016 at 10:23 pm
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    Israel is beautiful and so rich in history. Didnt know falafels are an Israeli food. Thanks for adding this to our travel wishlist

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  • December 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm
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    After reading this you have sparked an interest for me. I would love to go to the wall and tuck a prayer into the wall.

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  • December 19, 2016 at 2:46 am
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    Well, this post sure made me want to book a plane ticket right now! I’ve always wanted to see Israel, but I learned a lot more things I’d want to see from this post.

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  • December 19, 2016 at 3:12 am
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    I have been dreaming about Israel for so long that I’m thinking to take a diversion on my trip to stop there for a bit before going home! thanks for this very helpful post! 🙂

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  • December 19, 2016 at 10:16 am
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    Israel is high on my bucketlist, mainly for the historic and religious significance, though on hearing more about tourism over the past few years both food and natural attractions have also made it an attractive destination in it’s own right. I can’t wait!

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  • December 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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    Wow the views at Makhtesh Ramon are to die for. Did you get to much hiking there? I’d love to visit the Dead Sea soon, before it “disappears.” Would really like to take a trip to Israel, and you’ve just inspired me even more!

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  • December 20, 2016 at 4:41 am
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    I was just talking about Isreal as a travel destination earlier today. It’s not as high on my bucket list as some other Middle East destinations, but it would be a fascinating place to visit as someone interested in culture, food, and world history. I can certainly see the appeal and why you want to visit.

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