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Abu Simbel is relatively a small settlement compared to the other Egyptian cities like Cairo, Hurghada and Alexandria. This city is primarily known for the massive temples that claimed to be a milestone in the ancient architectural excellence. Located by the bank of Lake Nasser, this Southern city of Egypt is boarded by Sudan. It is believed that the gigantic sizes of the statues of the great temple were built in order to threaten the potential enemies who tend to invade the country from the southern side.

The gigantic feast for eyes

These twin rock temple that were built in the 13th century BCE by Pharaoh Ramesses II to display his victory and commemorate this reign at the Battle of Kadesh, which is known by the history as the largest chariot battle ever containing more than 5,000 to 6,000 chariots. The emperor carved this rock temple as an eternal monument of himself and his queen Nefertari in commemorating such a glorious victory.
However later due to the rising water level of Lake Nasser, this colossal temple was entirely relocated in 1968 to the artificially done upper hilly location. Such relocation of this antique monument became necessary due to the creation of immense artificial Lake Nasser by the Nile River. Now the original location of the great temples was submerged by the water. Tough being constructed on artificial dome, the great temple does not looks like such unless you visit inside and read the relocation story engraved. Generally the trip to Abu Simbel starts very early in the morning where majority of the tourists return to Aswan by the sunset. However if you can stay longer you can enjoy the Sound & Light show that starts at 7 pm in winter season and at 8 pm in summer season.

Getting to Abu Simbel

Reaching Abu Simbel is possible by travelling in bus from the closest city, Aswan. Or even renting a car from a local agency is possible if the travellers would like to make their expedition more comfortable. Even hiring coaches or mini buses is possible from Aswan. More interestingly travelling to Abu Simbel from Aswan is possible via boat rides in Lake Nasser.

Its time to head towards the legendary venue

Book your cheap flights to Abu Simbel and start finding more facts about the Abu Simbel temples. Be prepared to discover the amazing air fare deals from Air Africa and enjoy your tour to Abu Simbel with the low cost flight tickets on offer.

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