Entrance and ticket office of the Giza Necropolis - this archaeological site on the Giza Plateau in al-Giza part of Cairo

Entrance and ticket office of the Giza Necropolis - this archaeological site on the Giza Plateau in al-Giza part of Cairo

Tourist buses parked next to the Great Pyramids of Giza -  it is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one which has survived

Tourist buses parked next to the Great Pyramids of Giza - it is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one which has survived

When visitors come out of a bus or cross the ticket area, one is surrounded by touts who offer all sorts of services including horse, camel and buggy rides

When visitors come out of a bus or cross the ticket area, one is surrounded by touts who offer all sorts of services including horse, camel and buggy rides

A guy brings his horses on a road, next to the Great Pyramid of Giza (the Pyramid of Khufu)

A guy brings his horses on a road, next to the Great Pyramid of Giza (the Pyramid of Khufu)

A view of the Pyramid of Khufu, when approaching from the ticket office side - it is believed that Sneferu 2686 – 2667 BC, was the first to create the pyramid shape in the Egyptian architecture

A view of the Pyramid of Khufu, when approaching from the ticket office side - it is believed that Sneferu 2686 – 2667 BC, was the first to create the pyramid shape in the Egyptian architecture

A police man is standing in front of an opening shaft in the Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops

A police man is standing in front of an opening shaft in the Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops

Stone blocks of the Great Pyramid of Giza - it is believed the pyramid was built as a tomb for Fourth Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu

Stone blocks of the Great Pyramid of Giza - it is believed the pyramid was built as a tomb for Fourth Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu

Sun burnt stone blocks - this pyramids was built between 2580-2560 BC and it took 20 years to complete

Sun burnt stone blocks - this pyramids was built between 2580-2560 BC and it took 20 years to complete

The original height of this pyramid with its pyramidion (cap) was 146.5 metres but now  its present height is 138.8 metres

The original height of this pyramid with its pyramidion (cap) was 146.5 metres but now its present height is 138.8 metres

Each base side of this pyramids was 230.4 metres (755.9 ft)  long - the mass of the pyramid is estimated at 5.9 million tonnes

Each base side of this pyramids was 230.4 metres (755.9 ft) long - the mass of the pyramid is estimated at 5.9 million tonnes

A camel enjoying his brunch beside the Great Pyramid of Khufu

A camel enjoying his brunch beside the Great Pyramid of Khufu

The construction of the Great Pyramid took 5.5 million stone blocks, 8000 tons of granite and 500,000 tonnes of mortar, which was used to encase the pyramids

The construction of the Great Pyramid took 5.5 million stone blocks, 8000 tons of granite and 500,000 tonnes of mortar, which was used to encase the pyramids

Stone blocks of this pyrmaid had been used in other buildings as well in the past, such as the Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir , the Cairo Citadel and the Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque

Stone blocks of this pyrmaid had been used in other buildings as well in the past, such as the Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir , the Cairo Citadel and the Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque

The Pyramid of Khafre is seen here from the Pyramid of Khufu - it wasn't a clear day and there seemed to be a layer of mist or fog around all the time

The Pyramid of Khafre is seen here from the Pyramid of Khufu - it wasn't a clear day and there seemed to be a layer of mist or fog around all the time

The Queens' Pyramids are located next to the Great Pyramid - it originally stood 30.25 meters high, but lost its outer casing and about two-thirds of its height

The Queens' Pyramids are located next to the Great Pyramid - it originally stood 30.25 meters high, but lost its outer casing and about two-thirds of its height

Here Giza Solar boat museum can be seen on the left, it displays the reconstructed Khufu solar ship - on right the mortuary temple is visible

Here Giza Solar boat museum can be seen on the left, it displays the reconstructed Khufu solar ship - on right the mortuary temple is visible

Remains of the mortuary temple of the Giza Plateau

Remains of the mortuary temple of the Giza Plateau

A figure with missing head at the door of the mortuary temple

A figure with missing head at the door of the mortuary temple

The Egyptian hieroglyphics is written on one of the stones

The Egyptian hieroglyphics is written on one of the stones

Barriers are in place to control the people coming to the site from the open side of the complex

Barriers are in place to control the people coming to the site from the open side of the complex

Lights next to the Pyramid of Khufu - these lights are used during the night for the Pyramids Sound and Light Show

Lights next to the Pyramid of Khufu - these lights are used during the night for the Pyramids Sound and Light Show

Inside the Great Pyramid, there are two chambers, one is called King's Chamber and second one is the Queen's Chamber

Inside the Great Pyramid, there are two chambers, one is called King's Chamber and second one is the Queen's Chamber

This pyramid was closed on the day because the Egyptian government only opens two pyramids on any given day - The Queen's Chamber is exactly half-way between the north and south faces of the pyramid

This pyramid was closed on the day because the Egyptian government only opens two pyramids on any given day - The Queen's Chamber is exactly half-way between the north and south faces of the pyramid

A sign on a stone block warning visitors not to climb the monument

A sign on a stone block warning visitors not to climb the monument

This guy on right with stick in his hand was constantly harassing me - he wanted me to take a camel ride with him and he followed me (or annoyed me) for more than an hour

This guy on right with stick in his hand was constantly harassing me - he wanted me to take a camel ride with him and he followed me (or annoyed me) for more than an hour

The Pyramid of Khafre and Pyramid of Menkaure seen from the Great Pyramid

The Pyramid of Khafre and Pyramid of Menkaure seen from the Great Pyramid

The Pyramid of Khafre, also known as the Pyramid of Chephren is the second lragest pyramids on the site - it belongs to Khafre, who was son of Khufu

The Pyramid of Khafre, also known as the Pyramid of Chephren is the second lragest pyramids on the site - it belongs to Khafre, who was son of Khufu

This pyramid is 136.4 metres in height and it sits on higher ground and if seen from the distance it appears to be taller than the Pyramid of Khufu

This pyramid is 136.4 metres in height and it sits on higher ground and if seen from the distance it appears to be taller than the Pyramid of Khufu

This pyramid has a base length of 215.5  m - Khafre’s pyramid retains some of its original limestone casing at the apex

This pyramid has a base length of 215.5 m - Khafre’s pyramid retains some of its original limestone casing at the apex

Two entrances lead to the burial chamber, one is located at the base while other is 11.5m above it

Two entrances lead to the burial chamber, one is located at the base while other is 11.5m above it

Stone blocks of the Pyramid of Khafre - the irregular position of the stone blocks is to do with the earthquakes in the past

Stone blocks of the Pyramid of Khafre - the irregular position of the stone blocks is to do with the earthquakes in the past

The burial chamber is located at the centre of the pyramid - I was lucky enough to go inside this monument but cameras were not allowed

The burial chamber is located at the centre of the pyramid - I was lucky enough to go inside this monument but cameras were not allowed

Pyramid of Menkaure is the smallest among the three pyramids of the Giza Plateau - this pyramid had an original height of 65.5 metres but now it stands at 61 m

Pyramid of Menkaure is the smallest among the three pyramids of the Giza Plateau - this pyramid had an original height of 65.5 metres but now it stands at 61 m

At the end of the twelfth century, the attempts were made to demolish the pyramids, starting with this one - on RHS a hole points out to the damage sustained by this pyramid

At the end of the twelfth century, the attempts were made to demolish the pyramids, starting with this one - on RHS a hole points out to the damage sustained by this pyramid

A policeman on patrol with his camel

A policeman on patrol with his camel

Tombs of the Old Kingdom (4th - 6th Dynasties)

Tombs of the Old Kingdom (4th - 6th Dynasties)

A horse driven carriage with it's passengers passing beside the Pyramid of Khufu

A horse driven carriage with it's passengers passing beside the Pyramid of Khufu

No climbing warning didn't apply to these young locals

No climbing warning didn't apply to these young locals

This photo shows some of them went quite high

This photo shows some of them went quite high

Myself standing beside the stone blocks of the Great Pyramid

Myself standing beside the stone blocks of the Great Pyramid

A group of students came and all of sudden this side of the pyramid was engulfed by their joy and colours

A group of students came and all of sudden this side of the pyramid was engulfed by their joy and colours

This strange looking ditch is between the Great Pyramid and the Queens' Pyramids - at the bottom of this there was litter

This strange looking ditch is between the Great Pyramid and the Queens' Pyramids - at the bottom of this there was litter

Now I was passing beside the Queens' Pyramids and this path was used by the horses and the camels as well

Now I was passing beside the Queens' Pyramids and this path was used by the horses and the camels as well

The Great Pyramid seen from the half way to the Sphinx

The Great Pyramid seen from the half way to the Sphinx

The area between the pyramids and the Great Sphinx - it was full of dust because lots of horse riders were racing randomly

The area between the pyramids and the Great Sphinx - it was full of dust because lots of horse riders were racing randomly

Rear view of the Great Sphinx of Giza - I was approaching this monument from the pyramid side of the Giza

Rear view of the Great Sphinx of Giza - I was approaching this monument from the pyramid side of the Giza

These stone blocks were part of the two large rooms which had four doors and it offered access to the Sphinx

These stone blocks were part of the two large rooms which had four doors and it offered access to the Sphinx

Stone blocks of the area in front of Sphinx

Stone blocks of the area in front of Sphinx

It is believed that Sphinx was built during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC)  and it represents the face of the king himself

It is believed that Sphinx was built during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC) and it represents the face of the king himself

It stands at 73.5 metres long, 19.3 metres  wide and 20.22 m high

It stands at 73.5 metres long, 19.3 metres wide and 20.22 m high

Khafre built this monument his pyramid, which is seen here from the Sphinx

Khafre built this monument his pyramid, which is seen here from the Sphinx

Lower end of the Sphinx - it is one of the world's largest and oldest statues

Lower end of the Sphinx - it is one of the world's largest and oldest statues

Platforms beside the Sphinx

Platforms beside the Sphinx

Area around the Sphinx

Area around the Sphinx

Here Sphinx is seen in the middle with the Pyramid of Khufu (on right) and the Pyramid of Khafre (on left)

Here Sphinx is seen in the middle with the Pyramid of Khufu (on right) and the Pyramid of Khafre (on left)

A guy with a camel waiting for the customers - they work in pairs one goes and annoy (or find) people and second one stands and wait for the news

A guy with a camel waiting for the customers - they work in pairs one goes and annoy (or find) people and second one stands and wait for the news

A camel rider with Cairo city in the background

A camel rider with Cairo city in the background

A very last view of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid

A very last view of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid

A carraige and a camel beside the exit gate (can also be used as an entry gate)

A carraige and a camel beside the exit gate (can also be used as an entry gate)