Palestine is a country which has been disputed over. The strip of Gaza and West Bank are called as Palestine. Israel withdrew from the area in 2005. Since then, there have been negotiations to make Palestine an official country.

It is a part of the Holy Land. Hence it has many places of historical as well as religious importance. The west bank is flanked by Israel and Jordan on west and east respectively. It has a Dead Sea coastline. The Gaza strip is present on the southwest of Israel.

East Jerusalem is the country’s capital. Cities like Bethlehem (Christian holy place), Gaza (unavailable to travelers), Jenin, Jericho (oldest city), Ramallah (administrative capital ), Hebron (cultural city), Nablus (commercial capital) are also exciting destinations. 

For traveling around you have only three options: private taxis, shared taxis, rental cars. Taxis are an inexpensive way of getting around. You can either share the costs with the fellow passengers or hire a private one (more costly). If you hire a car, then you can enjoy the scenery. 

Car rental service is available in major cities around Palestine. Cars ride on the right side of the road. The rates are not cheap, and insurance is essential. Also, you might need to get specific information on how to cross the Palestine- Israel border, when you rent a car if you are planning to go to Israel too.

There is no national currency. However, both Israeli Shekel and US Dollars are acceptable. The exchange rate is approximately 3, 9 shekels for 1 US Dollar. If you, for some reason, can’t use your dollars and need shekels, you can exchange currency at banks or currency exchange shops.

Major international credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and large shops. However, outside of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, it is better to have cash on you. Traveler’s cheques are widely exchangeable too. However, you better bring them in Dollars to avoid additional charges.

You can book hotel room starting from 15 USD. Hostels are also cheaper options if you want to cut your budget short.

As for electricity, Palestine uses type H sockets, as well as Israel. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

August 15, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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