When in the Golan Heights, a mystic scent accompanies you in all directions. This ancient volcanic region that is today a divided land by the border between Israel and Syria, offers a variety of stories, events, archaeology, nature and culture, which makes it a most desired experience and a one of a kind, a phenomenon!
Many historians and archaeologists from Israel, Europe and the US, as so many nations visited the Golan Heights, Biblically known as the Bashan. Many battles fought in this area, since ancients' time till 1967 and 1973, and outside the Israeli border, battles continue till today. This area can teach a lot about conflicts, again from ancient times, by a variety of nations and cultures, and can also generate many stories and views of the Israeli Arab conflict.
Archaeological remains tell us about a very strong bondage or connection, of the Hebrew or Jewish people to this place. There are ancient synagogues and sacred burials, also very old cities, small towns and biblically historical locations. In 1993, a group of Israeli archaeologists, digging in the ancient areas of the Dan tribe in the Golan Heights, have unearthed a piece of stone or stele, which inscribed upon it in ancient Aramaic, were the words "House of David" and "King of Israel".
Israel's most northern region is known for its unique characteristics, which includes a gigantic sculptured land with many sightseeing locations and an abundance of water from small lakes, fountains, streams and rivers, coming down from Mount Hermon and from the Golan Heights, down to the slops of the mountains into the Sea of Galilee and to the valleys around it.
Today many Hebrews and Druze settlements with generous hospitality are common to the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. Basically the Golan is a widely open area, restricted by the mountains further to the north in Lebanon and Syria. So this little precious piece of land stretches freely without any cities to disturb nature or large population to ruin it.
Above the Golan is erecting the great mountain – Mount Hermon, (Sirion or Si'on in Aramaic or Sin'ar in Akkadian). With its snowy head, it is the tallest part of Israel and in the winter the mountain operates a ski & snowboarding site.
Traveling the Golan Heights requires a local experienced traveling guide that has deep knowledge of the many options this area has to offer. Continue reading for more information on the Golan Heights.