Friday, November 28, 2014

++Morocco | Day4 | banjaran atlas & aitbenhaddao (Sahara Trip)

#Gadischantekskemoroko #Gadiscantiks

on the 4th day of this trip, we started our journey to our ultimate motivation to actually do this overall trip, that is, the #saharatrip. 
when first planned, MMTK found that mostly the 3days 2nites package for sahara trips available on the internet ranges at around 200euros. but we didnt purchsed it online yet, we felt that maybe we can get atleast 50euros cheaper at Morocco herself.
but, with that amount beared in mind, we cautiously sided that said amount in our little black pocket for sure. so, when we arrived at marrakech on our first day at Morocco, we told our hotel's owner about our mission and he gladly called up his friend to brief about their package.
and the day after that, his friend came, and he got us a 95euros package! for 3days 2nites sahara trip!
of course we cried with happyness. that was 100euros less than our budget. rm420 kau!
unfortunately, their package ended at marrakech back, 
so the package is for marrakech to dades valley (overnight 1nite), to sahara desert (overnight at the camp in sahara desert), and back to marrakech.
but, we wanted to go to Fes after sahara. because we already booked a hotel in Fes for the night after sahara trip.
so, we still took that package, but instead of following the whole gang back to marrakech on the last day, we went to Fes instead (by a tour van), and had to add extra 250MAD (around 25euros) to go to Fes. but it was still cheaper than budgetted plan.
so yay!!!

*we can also take bus from sahara to Fes which cost us at around 110MAD (11euros), but the journey took longer hours and too many stops.

so, below are the iteneraries for the 4th day.

Journey to Sahara (3d2n package at a price of 95euros, breakfast & dinner included)
- breakfast Fresh Oren ajaaa (x sempat) (4 MAD)
- Our journey starts from Marrakech to Dadès Gorges. 
- We travelled along the Atlas mountain, across the Tizi-n-Tichka Atlas pass (2260m), with far-        reaching views across the mountains.
- stop at a shop for quick breakkie (toilet 2 MAD, FOren 10 MAD, cake 5+5, snacks 30 MAD)
- oarzazate
- We had our lunch at Ait Benhaddou (grilled beef with rice + mint tea (110 MAD))
- We continued and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of a spectacular fortified village (ksour) at      Ksour Ait Benhaddou. (tour 20 MAD)
- buy water 8 MAD + 10 MAD
- musee du cinema (close)
- and continued to Dadès Gorges where we spend the night in a riad/hotel la gazelle du dades.
- dinner at hotel (provided)(soup with bread, chicken tagine & desserts)
- Overnight in hotel La Gazelle Du Dades in Oarzazate (ke?)(tips bag 10 MAD)

*overall, we spend 20MAD for entrance fees, 178MAD for f&b.

(we went to overnight at sahara desert on the next day, so, stay tuned for my next entry!)

as usual, here are the excerps of imprtant key places that we went:
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.
Aït Benhaddou has been aUNESCO World Heritage Sitesince 1987[1] and several films have been shot there, including:
and of course it was the location for #yunkai scene of Daenerys (my new obsession) in #gameofthrones. yes, if u r a fan lah, u will be teruja gila babi like me. teruja gila babi weh.

Tizi-n-Tichka route
Of the two mountain routes over the High Atlas to the southern side of the mountains, the N9 from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, with its Tizi-n-Tichka pass, is a marginally larger road and safer option than the route over the Tizi-n-Test to Taroudant. Completed in 1936 by the Foreign Legion, this stretch of the N9 gives stunning views. It runs through the full range of Atlas environments, from the Haouz plains, through the verdant foothills of the Oued Zat, to the barren peaks of the Atlas and the arid regions around Ouarzazate. 
and as usual, pictures.

this is the staircase to our room on 3rd floor (3bed-room), (warrie & pacat's room on 2nd floor).

lorong sunyi of our hotel's..

1st stop during the journey to dades valley (sahara trip)

rambut warrie betuka jadi otromen..

the tizi tichka routes..

ksour ait benhaddou as the background..

this is where we had our lunch

moroccan salads for starter..

i had chicken kebab with rice (rice dia x sedap nak mampos, rase tawar mcm brown rice campo cumin)

this is at ksour ait ben haddou. the yunkai city in game of thrones..

this is a river. yg kontang kan. it will only filled with water during winter.

the list of movies/tv that have shot in this place..

the round ground arena below there was where gladiator's scene of fighting was shot.

some scene in game of thrones had this one, i think. rasenyelah. dah lupo.

love this shot of MMTK.

this was taken at musee du cinema. but it was close.

this was taken at dades valley, it felt like the grand canyon (altho i have never been to one) kuikuikui

this was our room (2-bed room)..

this was the other room (3-bed-room)..

currently listening to:bruno mars - just the way u are
currently feeling:excited!
i wanna be:a supermodel

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