Welcome to Al Kharga Oasis
As the capital of the New Valley Governorate and the closest of the oases to the Nile Valley, Al Kharga is also the most modern and therefore the least exotic. Lying in a 220km-long and 40km-wide depression, Al Kharga has long stood at the crossroads of vital desert trade routes, including the famous Darb Al Arba’een. This influential location brought it great prosperity, and with the arrival of the Romans, wells were dug, crops cultivated and fortresses built to protect caravan routes. Even as late as the 1890s, British forces were using lookout towers here to safeguard the ‘back door’ into Egypt.
The new road to Luxor and the airport with flights to Cairo makes it a convenient gateway to the oases, and a smattering of ancient sites here means it's a decent stopover in its own right.