It’s been more than a week since I came back from Israel & Jordan. And I truly miss the Holy Land.
During the trip, we were brought to Qumran and the Dead Sea.
Qumran is located on a dry plateau about a mile inland from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank of Israel.
It is best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves of the sheer desert cliffs.
This is one of the caves where most of the Dead Sea scrolls were found by a shepherd back in 1947.
Qumran settlement ruins were found during the excavation done by the archaeologists.
They even found fingerprints on the ruins.
The Dead Sea is a salt lake between the West Bank and Israel to the west, and Jordan to the east, which was only 10 minutes drive from the Qumran Site.
At 420 metres (1,378 ft) below sea level, its shores are the lowest point on the surface of the Earth that are on dry land.
The Jordan River is the only major water source flowing into the Dead Sea. There are no outlet streams.
The mineral content of the Dead Sea is significantly different from that of ocean water. It is extremely salty as well.
Many people believe the mud of the Dead Sea has special healing and cosmetic uses. Therefore, we started spreading the mud all over our bodies, believing that it will give us some dermalogical treatment!!
Even grannies couldn’t resist in spreading all over their face and back.
The buoyancy in the Dead Sea is extremely higher than any usual seas. All of us tried to float and I did!!!
And of course in the Dead Sea, you can even read newspapers AFLOAT!!