The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Wadi Qelt)

Monday, February 09, 2015

This is a deep gorge in the Judean Wilderness that runs from Jerusalem down to Jericho. The setting could very likely be the place mentioned in Psalm 23 as the "valley of the shadow of death". Do check out my post: Israel Travel Itinerary for more travel tips and inspirations.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Wadi Qelt) Israel Travel Guide

Both me and my husband we're awestruck by the beautiful valleys in front of us. Wow! Just wow! It's unlike any other I've seen.

The natural scenery is so alluring that I couldn't resist posing for a lot of pictures. Ahahaha! We'll I'm just being me.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Wadi Qelt) Israel Travel Guide

From Wadi Qelt you get to see the city of Jericho from afar seen on the photo below.


The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Wadi Qelt) Israel Travel Guide

There are streams of water found in the valley as seen on the first two photos on the first column of the picture below. Okay, you're not really seeing the body of water but rather the gorge. Anyone up for some gorge walking? Ahahah! I don't think there's a lot of water found in there as I've mentioned in my earlier posts Israel is in a drought for years now.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Wadi Qelt) Israel Travel Guide

Pardon my naivety but this is the first time I'm seeing a live camel. Ahaha! So I couldn't resist posing with this camel chilling in the background.

You can actually take the camel ride. You just have to ask the owner how much it would cost. I don't think it's that much though.

The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Wadi Qelt) Israel Travel Guide

SIGNIFICANCE

Some of the biblical events that could have occurred here are David's fight from his son Absalom (2 Samuel 15-16), Zedekiah's fight from the Babylonians (2 Kings 25:4), the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and Jesus' travels from Jericho to Jerusalem (Luke 19:28).

The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Wadi Qelt) Israel Travel Guide

From Wadi Qelt, you'll also see glimpses of Jerusalem. It is that city upon the hill on the left side of the photo above. We'll that if you can see it. Hehehe!

CAUTION

There are vendors touting in the area, even small children. You have to be very careful about this. When the item is in your hand then it's consider sold. Our tour guide told us to just ignore them and if they insist just keep on saying no. Don't act as if you're interested else they won't leave you until they'll get your dollars. You've been warned. :)

The Valley of the Shadow of Death (Wadi Qelt) Israel Travel Guide

So now, we are finally entering Jerusalem! Woohoo! This is the highlight of our tour. I'm excited! Yay!!! Stay tune for more.

UP NEXT: The Dead Sea.



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