Ein Gedi Nature reserve is located on the west coast of the Dead Sea Israel on the edge of the Judean desert and mountains. The name in Hebrew means the young goat’s spring. It is mentioned several times on the Bible, for example on the Song of Songs, in Hebrew, Shir Hashirim, by King Solomon.
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve near the Dead Sea
Kibbutz Ein Gedi
There is a few sweet water spring fed streams, the Arugot stream (Nahal Arugot) and David’s stream (Nahal David). Another two, and Ein Gedi Spring and the Shulamit spring also flow down the slopes and create an abundance of flora and fauna and a mild climate in the middle of the desert and about 400 meters below sea level.
In the area lies Kibbutz Ein Gedi founded in 1956. In the area you can see the remains of a Synagogue, a street and many buildings from the Byzantine period.
The Jewish town of Ein Gedi was an important source of balsam for the Greco Roman world until its destruction by the Byzantine emperor
A beautiful synagogue mosaic remains from Ein Gedi's past, including a Judeo-Aramaic inscription warning inhabitants against "revealing the town's secret”, possibly the methods for extraction and preparation of the much-prized balsam resin, though not stated outright in the inscription – to the outside world.
Also you will find a beautiful mosaic floor depicting the 13 ancestors of humanity and the Zodiac signs.
Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens with exotic vegetation
Due to the special conditions of the area there are hundreds of rare species of trees, shrubs and flowers from all over the world. The variety include among others Biblical plants like Myrrh and Frankincense, trees like the Baobab, the Sodom Apple, many palm trees, fruit trees and tropical plants. You may visit the facilities with a group or by yourself at a minimum cost for the entrance.
The park is a sanctuary for many animal species. There are mammals like the ibex and hyrax. You will also find many species of birds supplemented by another 200 species during the migration periods in spring and autumn.
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From here you may take a few desert excursions
By the Light of the Moon – Once a month on a Full Moon, there is this excursion of about 3 to 4 hours, “The magic of the Judean Mountains” by the light of the silvery moon is a spectacular site.
The Spice Route – Tracking the routes of the Nabataean caravans thousands of years ago.
A visit to Masada Israel – This is the last stronghold of the Jews in their fight against the Romans.
The Shalom Marathon, also known as the Ein Gedi race – This is a popular running event held by the Tamar Regional Council since 1983.
Ein Gedi Spa surrounded by Judea Mountains
Ein Gedi Spa
Situated on the shores of the Dead Sea and overlooking the impressive Moab mountains of Jordan, Ein Gedi Spa is a natural wellness centre combining the four natural elements of the area:
The Spa offers:
Mud therapy at the Dead Sea as a service of Ein Gedi Spa
Pamper your body and soul at the Dead Sea
Warmth and comfort, freedom and happiness are all the sensations one feels here. The ultra violet rays are quite weak by the time they reach -420 meters below sea level making sunburn quite rare.
Cleopatra used it frequently to relieve arthritis and rheumatism and here the Spa provides you with the opportunity to simply 'Wallow' in it.
Plaster it all over yourself, your partner or your children, see yourself in the mirror and take your photo. What is the result? Soft, silky, cleansed skin. Even men are impressed.
I always recommend to my friends that come to visit Israel to spend a couple of days at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. You’ll leave totally rejuvenated.
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