At the morning, after breakfast, checking out the hotel and continue our journey among the western desert oases by leaving Dakhla and heading to Kharga Oasis "around 200 km-2.30 Hrs. driving" .
Upon arrival to Kharga we will visit the Kharga museum of Antiquities
which contains different monuments, object and artifacts from ancient Egyptian ,Greco Roman, Coptic, and Islamic periods .For example: You will find funerary collections dating back to the Pharaonic era, collection of masks, wooden sarcophagi and mummified bird and animals dating back to the Greco Roman era ,Crosses of metal and Coptic writings from the Coptic era, and weapons, decorative elements, and Quranic verses from the Islamic period .The museum brings back to life the human culture that thrived in the deserts of Egypt. It is built from local bricks to echo the style of early Christian architecture seen at Bagawat.
Then heading to The Cemetery of Bagawat
, one of the best preserved old Christian cemeteries in the world, the necropolis is a mixture of pit burials and Chapels and there are two chapels in particular having a well preserved decorations and scenes, the first: Chapel of Exodus which is decorated with scenes from old testament including Adam & Eve, Noah's Ark, and Moses in Sinai, the second one is Chapel of Peace shows also Biblical scenes decorated with vines and peacock.
After that proceeding to visit the Temple of Hibis
.It is situated in a palm-grove where it dominates the desert road about 2km north of el-Kharga and is the largest and best-preserved temple of its period in the oasis. .It's a sandstone building dedicated to the Holy Theban triad God Amon-Ra, his consort goddess Mut
and their son god Khunso. This temple is considered of significant importance as it represents different stages of the Egyptian history. The Pharonic, Persian, Ptolemaic, and Roman eras are well reflected in this ancient beautiful temple.
Then we will stop for having lunch.
Moving on to visit another site dating back to the Roman period which is Nadura Temple
, The remains of the temple were once enclosed within a Roman fortification are strategically perched high on a hilltop about 1 km north-east of the center of Kharga's town. It is believed that the temple was built by the Romans either during the rule of Antoninus Pius or Hadrian. The temple is much in ruin, but there are paintings of female musicians playing percussion instruments. The temple may have been dedicated to the spouse of Amun. From the top of the hill there are spectacular views over the Oasis with the monuments of Hibis Temple and el-Bagawat cemetery clearly seen in the distance.
Ending our tour with witnessing the site of Qasr el Ghueita
, which means (the Fort of the small garden), It's located on a top of a hill also, and like the other sites it contains a temple too. The fortress which dominates the hilltop at Qasr el-Ghueita may once have served as a headquarters for the garrisons of Roman troops who guarded the desert routes and numerous mud brick buildings are contained within the high fortified walls.
The yellow sandstone temple within the Roman walls is dedicated to the Theban triad of Amon, Mut
and Khonso, and is entered through a sandstone gate on the southern side of the enclosure walls.
After this amazing tour through the Egyptian civilization you will be transferred to hotel to check in, having dinner and stay overnight in Kharga oasis.