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Khargah Oasis

Khargah Oasis, the capital of the governorate of the New Valley "Al Wadi Al Gadeed", in Egypt, It is a unique natural depression in the western desert. Al Kharga Oasis was called during the ancient Egyptian time the Oasis of Thebes. It must be one of the most beautiful places in the world, especially at sunset; everything you see at this "green island in the middle of a yellow ocean of sand", is natural! Whether you are sleeping under the stars, or just relaxing bet...

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Khargah Oasis, the capital of the governorate of the New Valley "Al Wadi Al Gadeed", in Egypt, It is a unique natural depression in the western desert. Al Kharga Oasis was called during the ancient Egyptian time the Oasis of Thebes. It must be one of the most beautiful places in the world, especially at sunset; everything you see at this "green island in the middle of a yellow ocean of sand", is natural! Whether you are sleeping under the stars, or just relaxing between the high palm-trees, you will find a feeling of integration with the environment.

Khargah Oasis  in the Arabic language means the "outside”, is a wide depression that extends over an area of 220 km from north to south and comprises the whole Southern Egypt except for the part that is beside the red sea.  El Khargah is located 550 km to the South of Cairo and 230 km far from Luxor. The oasis is located to the west of the Nile valley. El Menya, Asyut, Sohag, Qena, occupies the Eastern border of the governorate, while the governorate of Matruh occupies its Northern borders, and the Egypt international borders with Libya is located on the Western edge of the governorate of the New Valley or “Al Wadi Al Gadeed”.

The History of the Khargah Oasis:

El Khargah Oasis was an important transit point for the desert caravans since the period of the 12th dynasty (1786 BC – 1665 BC). This was a transition period in the Egyptian history when the Hyksos had control over Northern Egypt and the Pharos ruled over Southern Egypt and the Nubia. Kharga Oasis was always considered the Southern and Western Gate of Egypt. It connected Egypt to Southern Africa through the forty days road.

In August 2010, the Egyptian-American archaeological mission discovered the ruins of the most ancient residential area discovered in Southern Egypt until now and it goes back to the second intermediate period. These ruins that the mission has found reflect that El Kharga was a major administrative and services bodyat that point in history.

These ruins go back to the Middle Kingdom (2134-1569 BC) and the scholars believe that this civilization went on until the new Kingdom (1569-1081 BC). however, the area really flourished during the 13th dynasty, the second intermediate period (1664-1569 BC), and the 17th dynasty(1600- 1569 BC).

During the third and Fourth century AD, a lot of Egyptian Christians resorted to the Khargah Oasis and the surrounding area to escape from the unjust Romans who persecuted the Copts of Egypt because of their Christian beliefs and religion. The Copts lived in peace in the Kharga Oasis and left remarkable monuments like the cemetery of Bagawat.

The Kharga Oasis is connected to the Nile valley with a set of roads. The first onegoes from Asyut to the Kharga, the second goes from Farafra, to Dakhla, to Kharga. There is also a direct flight from Cairo to the Wadi Al Gadeed Airport in the Kharga Oasis.
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