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Israel Bedouin Hospitality

Imagine yourself in a Khan - a Bedouin encampment in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by the silence of the desert, with an infinite view of the wilderness stretching away to the horizon.

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Bedouin hospitality


Imagine yourself in a Khan - a Bedouin encampment in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by the silence of the desert, with an infinite view of the wilderness stretching away to the horizon. 
A large tent faces east, and on the floor are straw mats and brightly colored pillows.  A small fire burns in the corner and a finjan of coffee is boiling on the fire.  The sound of a flute is heard as a smiling Bedouin shepherd passes by with his flock and waves.  An old shepherd invites you into the tent and offers you pita bread with tehina, fresh salad, and magluba - a mixture of chicken, rice, vegetables, and potatoes.  The meal is followed by a desert of baklava cakes served with hot Turkish coffee and sweet herbal tea.

Bedouin lodging turns this fantasy into reality.  In Bedouin culture, primary importance is placed on receiving guests and on warm, open-hearted hospitality. 

The Bedouin are wandering tribes who live in the desert. In the past these tribes wandered with their flocks of sheep, goats, and cows looking for food and water.  Today their lifestyle has changed, and most of the Bedouin in Israel live in permanent urban settlements and not in tents.


There are many Bedouin tent lodgings for travellers in Israel’s desert regions.  Travellers return again and again with renewed excitement to enjoy this unique type of lodging and its authentic atmosphere.  Camels rest in their coral, waiting to take you for a ride in the desert on their humped backs.  The warm wind blows, and guests lounge on mats and rugs, luxuriating in the quiet, and drawn by the calm of the desert.  Meals are served on large metal trays, and diners sit around a low table on mats or pillows, enjoying the exotic cuisine.  In the evening, just before the moon rises, an old Bedouin will tell stories about the Bedouin heritage, lifestyle, faith, culture, and traditions.  His stories are accompanied by Bedouin songs and music played on a flute or wooden mortar and pestle.  While the music continues into the night, you can end your unforgettable evening with a moonlight walk in the desert. 


 
 

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