Memorable Tour of Jericho, Masada and the dead Sea

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Report by Bhotam Boliye
Pics by Ivan Belthangady
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Israel, 18 May 2010:   We, the Mangaloreans working  in Israel are fortunate that we got to see all the Holy Places which we used to hear and read in the Bible. Last Sabbath (weekend in Israel) on 15th May 2010, on a very hot day we planned to visit Jericho, Masada and the Dead Sea.

We started our journey at around  5 O’clock in the morning from Qiryat Shamona. Around 8 O’clock in the morning we reached Jericho.  The city of Jericho is  located near the Jordan River on the West Bank of the Palestinian territories. It is the capital of the Jericho Governorate, and has a population of over 20,000 Palestinians. Situated  below sea level on an east-west route 16 kms north of the Dead Sea, Jericho is the lowest permanently inhabited site on earth.

In Jericho we saw Zacchaeus Sycamore Tree (Rumdicho Ruukh). It is esteemed that this tree called the ‘Tree of Zacchaeus’ is two thousand years old. It is also the place where Jesus stopped on the way to Jerusalem  on the eve of the Passover and cured the blind man during his stay at Zacchaeus’  house.

Around 11 am we reached Masada which  was included in  the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001. Masada was the last bastion of Jewish freedom fighters against the Romans. Its final  fall signalled the violent destruction of the kingdom of Judea at the end of the Second Temple period. The tragic events of the last days of the rebels at Masada transformed it into both a Jewish cultural icon and a symbol of humanity’s continuous struggle for freedom and oppression. Built by Herod, king of Judea, Masada is a palatial fortress in the style of the ancient Eastern Roman architecture. The campus, fortifications, and assault ramp at its base constitute the most complete surviving ancient Roman siege system in the world.

After lunch we all  had a dip in  the Dead Sea. It is called the Dead Sea because nothing lives in it. It is the saltiest water in the world. The water of the Dead Sea contains 21 minerals. 12 of these minerals are found in no other sea or ocean.

This outing  was indeed a memorable day for our 15 members Kibbutz Group.


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Victor D almeida, Moodubelle/Bahrain Wed, May-19-2010, 11:11
Nice to know about Botaam Bolliye s Holy Land tour. As per the Bible it is called promised land that s true I have been to Holy Land in the year Millenium with a group of 28 people under the leadership Fr. Oswin from Bahrain, such beautiful country with Biblically oriented experience to make your christian pilgrimage comfortable , enjoyable and safe.I remember one night spent at Bethlehem unforgettable such peaceful night never had in my entire life really this place is a Holy Land no doubt about that, we all in our group enjoyed the tour very much, If anybody going to Holy Land please don t miss visit Jerusalem. Bethlehem, Nazareth, the sea of Galilee, Jericho, Judea, Mount of Olives, Calvary, Dead sea, if you have time there is so many other place are there, when you have chance please make your pilgrimage it is worth plus memorable in your life.
Akil Vijay DSouza, Moodubelle/Bangalore Wed, May-19-2010, 1:33
Nice report and pics and nice to see Botaam in BV. I really like his Konkani writings.
Marwin Mathias, Moodubelle/Dubai Tue, May-18-2010, 11:57
Nice to see Botaam, Keep it up
Suraj Belle, Moodubelle/Dubai Tue, May-18-2010, 9:38
Good to see Botam Bolliye in back in action. No doubt he is well talented young writer of Bolliye and we are looking forward more day to day updates.
Melwyn D Souza, Dubai Tue, May-18-2010, 1:03
Dear Botaam, hope you had a nice tour of Holy places. Want to see the report and pictures of all Holy and tourist places in Israel, Palestine and surrounding places. May almighty bless you abundantly.
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