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Baharia Oasis is after 365 km far from the south-west of Giza, there is Baharia Oasis in the western desert.
It has many touristic places and curative tourism. The archaeological sites in this oasis are dating back to the beginning of the modern state till the Roman and Coptic era.
The ancient Egyptian used to take care of the oasis which is full of many potential of vast agricultural which provided a decent livelihood for them. That’s why it is full of number of tombs, temples and churches that have been discovered in Baharia Oasis. Bawetti is the capital of the oasis.
The climate of the oasis distinguished by being dry and its picturesque landscapes such as mountains and valleys filled with palm trees. It has a lot of hot, cold, mineral and sulfur springs. It includes many kinds of tourism such as medical tourism, cultural tourism, safari tourism and shrines. It is famous for palm trees, apricots, olives and citrus fruits, vegetables and aromatic plants.
Bahria Oasis becomes one of the most popular places in medical tourism as many tourists go there to recover from many diseases especially skin diseases and rheumatism.
Its climate helps this oasis to be famous for medical tourism as it has many sulfur, hot and cold wells.
Many hotels and motels were built in the oasis with low prices such as Global Health Center (Kamel Group), which is characterized with low prices comparison to other touristic centers.
One of the most important wells that comes from Global Health Centre is Hekma well which has sulfur used in recovering many diseases as its temperature reaches to 65 ° C.
The Centre has more than 10 wells and springs in different locations such as Halfa well in Bawety and there are also some wells in Palace village and Manesha village. The oasis has about 398 wells and springs.
The oasis also characterized by its internal tourism because of its low prices which attract the Egyptian. It is near to Cairo which makes it easy to go there through cars and buses in few hours.
Touristic Places in the Oasis:
1-26th family tombs are near of Bawiti area.
2-Tomb of the provincial governor, who called (Amenhotep Hoy) (18th family)
3- cemetery sacred birds associated with the worship of the god Thot and the god Horus (the family of 26 to the Greco Roman).
4- Remains of Triumphal Arch from the Roman era.
5-Ruins of Temple dating back to the era of Isis (589 - 570 BC.).
6-Ruins of Temple dating back to the era of Alexander the Great (332-323 BC).
7-Cemetery of the Governor of the Oasis:
It is located in Bawiti city in Elshehk Subi region. It's from the 26th family from the Pharaonic era. It was discovered after discovering many stone coffins beside the site. These coffins have many decayed mummies along with artifacts and statues known as Eloshbaty.
It was found inside the mummy of the wife One hundred wonderful gold pieces in addition to many of the golden statues representing many gods.
Banentino Cemetery is dating back to the age of 26 family. It has painting, inscriptions and Pharaonic colored lines.
8-The tomb of the priest Badi Har Kheb:
It was discovered by the delegation of Supreme Council for Antiquities. The priest is the brother of the governor of the Baharia Oasis. It's located in Elshekh Subi.
They discovered his coffin and his skeletal remains. They also found Eloshbati statues, stone and pottery coffins which reveals that this tomb has been reused in the Greco-Roman era.
A little to the North of the White Desert, the Black Desert is closer to Bahariya than Farafra; approximately 50 km to the South of Bawiti.
The mountains have eroded to coat the desert with a layer of black powder and rocks giving it its name. Towards the end of the Black Desert are black volcanic hills that ages ago erupted a dark volcanic material called dolerite, which is what the black rocks are made of.
Climb up the English Mountain which is the highest point in the Black Desert and you will be awarded with an amazing view of the strange landscape.
The Black Desert can be seen as you pass the road from Bahariya to Farafra, but if you want to venture in to its depths a tour guide is advised, tours can easily be arranged from either Bahariya or Farafra.
10-Mountains of Bahariya:
Drive or hike up to the mountains of Dist, Maghrafa and Ghurabi. Jebel Dist has a remarkable view of palm trees surrounded by dunes.
Jebel Maghrafa, known as a prehistoric site of dinosaur remains, has a camel breeding farm which welcomes visitors. Jebel Ghurabi is a great location for a short hike or a picnic.
11-Tomb of Banentiu:
Wine from the Bahariya Oasis brought so much wealth in the past that a local merchant built himself a tomb fit for a pharaoh.
The preserved Ancient Egyptian wall paintings within the tomb, which depict mythological celestial journeys and mortuary rituals, are still rich and earthy.
12-Bir Sigam Hot Spring
Soak in the heat at Bir Sigam, a hot spring that can help overcome rheumatism. Located at 7 km east of Bahariya on the Cairo road, the spring is usually crowded in the day but empty at night.
13-Temple of Alexander the Great:
The Temple of Alexander was built during his reign on a site he may have visited during a journey he made to consult the oracle of Amun in Siwa Oasis.
Located about 5km east of Bawati, the only town in Bahariya, the sandstone temple has many mud-brick rooms that serviced the priests and the principal diety. Stand next to the bas-relief of Alexander, say cheese!
Visit the Bawati Museum - also know as the Antiquities Inspectorate Museum - to see the famous Graeco-Roman mummies and their gold painted sarcophagi.
Discovered in 1996, the mummies are a part of a vast necropolis believed to contain more than 10,000 mummies. The mummies are decorated with ornate masks and jewellery. Note the life-like curly hair and eyelashes of some of the mummies.
14-Hiking in the oasis:
Go for a short hike up to the mountains of Bahariya for an aerial view of the oasis, dunes and great sunsets.
Visit ancient Egyptian and Graeco-Roman sites, such as the Tomb of Banentiu, haggle with the locals for a scarf or a rug, enjoy a moment of solitude among wildlife, or relax in the hot waters of the Bir Sigam hot spring. Your options in Bahariya are wider than you can imagine.