As you can see Pyramids of Giza were not enough to us and we decided to visit different ones, also located nearby Cairo. We went to Saqqara – where the earliest known Egyptian pyramids are found, and to Dahshur –which is known for several pyramids, two of which are among the oldest, largest and best preserved.
We paid (prices based on student discount) 30 EP/person for Saqqara Site and Imhotep Museum (it displays finds from the site, photos are not allowed) and 15 EP/ person for Dahshur.
When we were driving towards those pyramids sites, we accidentally lost our way and turned into small road, which led us to a small village. I am writing about it for two reasons. Firstly, it was so strange to see lush, green grass and palm groves nearby desert regions, and secondly people there were extremely nice and we finally weren’t felt like “walking cash machines”. We saw some guys selling grapes and Charlie decided to buy a little bit and those adorable people firstly refused payment, but Charlie insisted and they at last accepted our money. It was absolutely lovely to find that place.
Finally, we found our Saqqara Site. At the gate we were welcomed by a security guard who was trying to write down our details, but none of his pens didn’t work. I gave him mine and he was extremely happy when we said that he could keep it forever. At the gate we also bought tickets and after that we drove inside the site looking for a place to park. To be honest, there was plenty parking space as it looks that Saqqara is not that popular as Giza Plateau.
We parked and we started walking towards the main attraction of the Saqqara Plateau called The Pyramid of Djoser. At the entrance we had unpleasant welcome. Bunch of local people were sitting in the corridor and they said that we were not allowed to go further without paying. We said that we already paid for the tickets and we showed them the proof. It was not enough as they claimed that no one could go inside without a guide. We said that we never heard about that and there was no sign saying so. Somehow we managed to squeeze between them and just pass through. Similar situation we had around 30 minutes later. After the main pyramid, we were exploring the rest of the site. We saw another entrance to somewhere and again few local people around it. We asked them whether that place was for free to visit and they answered: “no, you need pay some money”. Expression “some money” didn’t convince us and we just turned back. After not even 3 seconds they start shouting: “We are joking, we are joking it is free”. We turned back again, but to be honest we didn’t find anything interesting there. At the end we popped in to the Imhotep Museum – plenty of finds, different kinds, and the most important – it is a great place to cool down (air-conditioning).
Dashur – almost no tourist there. Nice place to see. Main attractions:
1.The Red Pyramid, named for the rusty reddish hue of its granite, which is the world’s first successful attempt at constructing a “true” smooth-sided pyramid. In my opinion it is worth to see the inside of this construction. Pretty impressive.
2.The Bent Pyramid, it has a unique shape, which represents a transitional pyramid form believed to have been the result of an engineering crisis encountered during its construction. We could admire this masterpiece only outside. As I remember inside was under construction or so.
Short video – What you can find inside pyramids….