Israel is a considered as a Holy nation bordered by Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. It is also home to Jerusalem ( the birth place of Lord Jesus). It has a vibrant history and culture . It has ties to diversified religions, and this makes it a interesting place to visit for travellers . It is also a highly modernised country, and the regions are divided into cities which are further sub-divided into towns. Israel-Palestine conflict is an ongoing issue, and after the peace negotiations fell apart in 2014, the countries are working on a two-state solution.
Israel is a country with varied landscapes ranging from deserts to hill stations. The major divisions are Galilee (hill ranges), Shephelah ( highland), Negev (desert area), Golan Heights (mountainous area) and Israeli coastal plains. The major cities include - Jerusalem ( holy city for Jews, Muslims and Christians), Akko (UNESCO heritage town), Eilat (dubbed as "Goa of Middle East"), Safed (city known for artists and mystics ), Tel Aviv (a lively metropolitan city where many foreign embassies are present), Beer-sheba (largest city in Negev), Ashdod (largest port in Israel) and Ashkelon ( coastal city).
December - April is the best time to visit Israel
December to April is the best time to visit Israel. This Middle Eastern country is beautiful and overflows with tourists during the peak season. The year starts with spiritual Hanukkah and its treats and customs. The colder months in the peak season from November to March are the best to experience the tranquillity of the Dead Sea. June, July and August are also crowded in Israel with tourists looking forward to experiencing the best of the country without much crowds around. However, if you wish to enjoy Israel at its calmest and loneliest, book your tickets for May or September. During these off months, you will have the magnificent chance of witnessing the abandoned cities of Israel in context of the holiest days of Yom Kippur.
Cheap bus fares. Kosher vegetarian food. Kind and hospitable people. Pleasant climate during spring. Aromatic coffee.
Visa complications. Time-consuming security checks. Not so friendly taxi drivers. High food expenses
Eco travellers, divers, religious tourists and ancient history lovers.
Israel provides varied accommodation options from inns to five-star rated hotels. Rooms get sold out, and the prices are high during July, August, and on major Jewish and Christian holidays. Israel Hotel Association is an organisation for hotels, and it consists of 350 hotels, Israel Youth Hostel Association provides a range of hostel accommodations. Bed and breakfast is also quite common . Famous hotel chains include - Kibbutz hotels, Zimmers and Good Morning Jerusalem.
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Jews trace their origin to Abraham, who established the belief that there is only one God, the creator of the universe.
Zionism, A Jewish national movement, emerged in the late-19th century. Israeli independence in 1948 was marked by migration of Jews from Europe and Muslim countries to Israel and Arabs from Israel. This was followed by the ArabÐIsraeli conflict. About 43% of the world's Jews live in Israel today, the largest Jewish community in the world.
Israel is home to mixed nationalities. Immigrants from various countries are employed in different sectors. However, Jews make up the majority of the population followed by Islam. The official language of Israel is Arabic and Hebrew . Hebrew is the most commonly spoken language. English is also widely spoken because English is the second foreign language taught at schools. Older people understand Hebrew better. Common phrases - Walla (Is that so), Yalla (common, let's move), Sababa (great ), Akhla (good), Sachbak (friend), Shalom - hello & bye, todah- thank you, lama - why, mis'ada - restaurant.
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