Israel was established in the year 1948. Since then it has tried to make peace with Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. The animosity between these countries continues. There was a terrorist attack recently (2015) by Palestine on Israel.
Currently, it is not safe to visit the country, which is already in chaos. Its location has made it the center of many important religions; like Christianity, Judaism, Bahaism and Islam. It shares the border with Syria and Lebanon on the north.
There are both the Gaza Strip and Egypt to the southwest. On the east, there is the Dead Sea and the Jordan River. This middle eastern country has four different seasons. Unlike its neighbors, it gets a healthy amount of rainfall during the winter and during autumn, too. Spring can be a delightful time to visit the country. Outdoor activities can be done comfortably. Summers can be annoyingly hot. It is probably not wise to be on the streets in the afternoon, regardless of the season.
The capital city of Jerusalem is the meeting point for Christian, Muslims, and Jews. Tel Aviv is known for its hiking trails and also for its Bauhaus architecture. Akko is a world heritage site. Eilat is the popular beach capital of Israel. Nazareth is the Holy city of Christians.
Nature’s gems in Israel are also worth exploring. You cannot drown in the Dead Sea even if you don’t know to swim. Ein Avdat can be your hiking destination. Caesarea National Park will take you back to the ancient Roman times. The Ramon crater in Negev desert is a sight to behold. Sea of Galilee is an ancient lake and also known as the home of Jesus.
Trains join the major cities of urban Israel. The network is quickly improving, and it can take you to popular destinations. If you want to go to offbeat destinations, you will have to take buses. They are cheaper than trains. But knowing their schedules can be a bit of a chore. Taxis can help you to travel inside the city. Most of them are metered, but they will charge extra for your luggage.
Being an ancient country, Israel has many languages that are used. But English is taught from a young age. That is why you can communicate with the locals using this global language. Hebrew and Arabic are both official language. Arabic, however, is spoken less than Hebrew.
One Israeli Sheqel is equal to 0.2607 dollars. The currency exchange is available at the airport, banks, post offices, many hotels, and licensed exchange booths in most towns and cities. It is an expensive country in middle-east. A complete three-course meal will cost you around 12o NIS. All major credit cards are acceptable and ATMs are available widely.
Taxis are multiple and they all have meters. Also, hiring a car is quite easy. All you need is to be over 21 years old, have an international driving license, and provide a credit card. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. Roads are in excellent condition, but congestion is a big problem in urban areas.
In Israel, they use electric sockets of type H. C-plug is also applicable. The standard voltage is 230V. So, bring an adapter, if you are coming from the USA.
August 10, 2016 12:00 am 1 Comment