People! I’ve Been There! Done That! Yep! I’ve been to the ‘The Dead Sea’ and floated on saltiest water at the lowest point on the Earth! Sounds incredible? Well ‘incredible’ is a small word. The best way to describe the experience of visiting the Dead Sea is not to try to describe it and go there physically to experience it. Trust me, you have to visit the Dead Sea at least ‘Once In A Lifetime‘. After having a great time at Masada heights, our next stop was at the Dead Sea. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the Dead Sea shore from Masada and all you’ve to do is control your enthusiasm en-route. For those of you who bunked their geography classes – Dead Sea is the lowest point on entire Earth! That is, Dead Sea’s surface and shore is at the lowest elevation point on Earth; approximately 423 meters below the sea level. I was thinking why did they not choose Dead Sea as the sea level? Anyway. The bad thing is that the level of the Dead Sea is going down rapidly every year; which is not a good thing to know. The Dead Sea has saltiest water, about 8.6 times saltier than sea water. If you want to get a feel of how salty this water is; just add 33.7 gram of all common salt to 1 Kg of water and taste it.
While the Dead Sea is actually a huge, hypersaline lake (and popularly called ‘sea’), you begin to realize why it’s called ‘Dead’ sea only when you approach it. Everything in and around the dead sea is, well, dead! Surrounded by barren lands with no traces of greenery you almost feel like you’re heading towards a black hole. However, this ‘nothingness’ is actually beautiful. As I said, you’ve to be there to know what I mean. Ephi, one of the organizers took us to a special spot which had a lesser density of tourists.
There are changing rooms and showers on every tourist spot; we changed and it was about 50 meter walk to the shore of the Dead Sea. Here’s how the dead sea looks when you’re standing next to it –
The camera won’t capture them; but the reflections of light produce multi-colors on the suface of the sea. You can see all different kinds of color at a distance – blue, red, indigo, yellow and so on – the ones that you’d usually see in hi-fi animation movies or games. On the other side of the sea, you can see Jordan. Chris (my fellow blogger) and I wanted to swim across but the very thought of not having our Visas with us chained our enthusiasm. Did you notice the salt on the rocks? Well, here’s a closer view –
The real fun begins once you enter the water. The water is so dense with the salt that you just can’t sink! I tried various maneuvers and yet; the Dead Sea would throw me out – as if I didn’t belong to that place. If you’re planning to visit the place, here are some of the very important tips –
- Do Not Dive In To The Dead Sea.
- Do Not Let The Water Enter Your Eyes
- If You Have Injuries (skin cuts); Stay Away!
- Do Not Fart Once You’re In The Water.