The southernmost city in Egypt, sitting along the eastern bank of the Nile River at the very first cataract, Aswan promotes an almost mystical way of life that is nearly devoid of rainfall. There are few places on earth that are drier, and the way the residents live here is different than almost anywhere else in the world. Many of the houses feature rooms which are not even roofed given the fact that it rarely—if ever—rains here. Aswan provides a close look at Egyptian life with a large population of Nubians and some of the best granite quarries in all of Egypt, and is considered one of the three major destinations along the Nile River.
Anyone visiting Egypt is in for absolute surprise. The experience is one of the most unique any traveler will ever have a chance to experience for themselves, and while visiting the pyramids or Cairo is probably the main reason people come to the country, Aswan offers a different look at life in the southern region of the country. From the Nubian Museum to the ruins of the Unfinished Obelisk to the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island, not to mention the Tombs of the Nobles, the Kubbet el-Hawa, the Mausoleum of Aga Khanl, or the majestic splendor of the Philae Temple, Aswan is an amazing find for the plucky adventurer.
Make no mistake: the town is a treasure-trove of Egyptian culture and way of life. And because of the lack of rainfall it offers a very unique glimpse into architecture and lifestyles that rely purely upon the Nile for their water needs. Many travelers wonder about the lack of roofs on buildings, but it boils down to this: as of 2001 it had not rained in 6 years. As of October, 2009, the last rain was seen on May 13th, 2006. The place is definitely one-in-a-million.