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Qila al-Dabba is Balat’s ancient necropolis...
Ain al-Asil, or Spring of the Origin, is the site of a ruined Old Kingdom fortress that’s unfortunately much less interesting than its name suggests. It's 2km along the dirt track on the way to Qila al-Dabba.
In Bashendi's carpet-making cooperative you can see rugs being woven and browse through the showroom.
This sandstone tomb was occupied by Senussi soldiers during WWI and by a village family after that...
The Tomb of Pasha Hindi is covered by an Islamic-era dome, which sits over a Roman structure, clearly visible from inside the building. Locals make pilgrimages to pray for the saint’s intercession.
Set among breathtaking desert scenery, Bir al-Gebel is a gorgeous place for a soak. During the day in winter and spring any ambience here is overwhelmed by day-tripping school groups and blaring music...
There are several hot sulphur pools around the town of Mut, but the easiest to reach is Mut Talata. It’s at the site of the small Mut Inn, so unless you are staying there, you’ve got to pay to take a dip...
Carved into the weird rock formations 45km towards Al-Kharga, where two important caravan routes once met, are prehistoric petroglyphs of camels, giraffes and tribal symbols...
Off the road to Qalamun is the so-called Magic Spring, a cool, rock-lined pool where you can relax with soft drinks (E£5 to E£10) served at a small cafeteria under a couple of palm trees.
Dakhla’s wonderful museum is only opened on request: ask at the tourist office (or call) and Omar Ahmad will arrange a time for your visit with the museum’s manager, Ibrahim Kamel...
There are great views of the new town and the desert beyond from the top of Mut's the old citadel (the original town centre).
For much of old Mut’s existence, the villagers lived with the threat of raiding Bedouin. Most houses here have no outside windows, thus protecting against intruders and keeping out the heat and wind of the desert...
Mut's main mosque is located on Midan al-Gamaa.
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