The extremely popular Petra by Night tour was introduced in response to numerous requests from visitors wanting to see the Siq and Treasury by moonlight. The 'tour' starts from the Petra Visitor Centre (cancelled if raining) and lasts two hours.
Readers express a mixed response to the experience, which leads along the Siq (lined with 1500 candles) as far as the Treasury in as much silence as is possible given the crowds. Here, traditional Bedouin music is played and mint tea served. Clearly, given the popularity of the tour, this isn't going to be the moment to commune with history in awed solitude, but night brings a different perspective to the Siq that many feel is worthwhile. The performance of Bedouin storytelling at the Treasury depends on the mood of the raconteur. Tickets are available from travel agencies in town, or from the Petra Visitor Centre before 6pm.