A  photo of the Sinai Peninsula after crossing the Taba Border from Eilat to Egypt

A photo of the Sinai Peninsula after crossing the Taba Border from Eilat to Egypt

I was told by the taxi driver  that these tents belong to the bedouins who call sinai their homeland

I was told by the taxi driver that these tents belong to the bedouins who call sinai their homeland

A few houses made with stones and bricks had sprung up in the area - it was the part of the government's scheme to settle the bedouins on permanent basis

A few houses made with stones and bricks had sprung up in the area - it was the part of the government's scheme to settle the bedouins on permanent basis

To the left of this photo, a castle is seen on the shores of the Red Sea

To the left of this photo, a castle is seen on the shores of the Red Sea

This part of the Sinai was fast becoming a tourist hub but recent security situation in the country had halted the pace

This part of the Sinai was fast becoming a tourist hub but recent security situation in the country had halted the pace

Villas built on the shores of the Rea Sea - in the background lies the mountains which are part of Jordan

Villas built on the shores of the Rea Sea - in the background lies the mountains which are part of Jordan

The Sinai Peninsula has very harsh climate with little or no trees

The Sinai Peninsula has very harsh climate with little or no trees

A winding road in the Sinai - a telephone mast is erected beside the mountains

A winding road in the Sinai - a telephone mast is erected beside the mountains

After spending some time in Dahab, I took a bus to Cairo - here a kitten is seen eating from a plate on one of the bus stops

After spending some time in Dahab, I took a bus to Cairo - here a kitten is seen eating from a plate on one of the bus stops

Another guy was selling few pockets of tissue papers outside the Mosque of Amr Ibn al-As

Another guy was selling few pockets of tissue papers outside the Mosque of Amr Ibn al-As

A guy selling goods on a small stall beside the main door of the Amr Ibn al-As Mosque in Fustat (Old Cairo)

A guy selling goods on a small stall beside the main door of the Amr Ibn al-As Mosque in Fustat (Old Cairo)

A newspaper seller in the old part of Cairo

A newspaper seller in the old part of Cairo

A banana seller with his modified tricycle in Fustat

A banana seller with his modified tricycle in Fustat

A beautifully decorated cart is laden with red apples

A beautifully decorated cart is laden with red apples

Nicely arranged guavas being sold from a cart

Nicely arranged guavas being sold from a cart

A family travelling on a horse driven carriage on one of the busy roads in Cairo

A family travelling on a horse driven carriage on one of the busy roads in Cairo

A small green car parked on side of the al-Gesr al-Barani Road

A small green car parked on side of the al-Gesr al-Barani Road

Two friends meet and greet eachother in the middle of busy Sayyida Aisha Square Cairo

Two friends meet and greet eachother in the middle of busy Sayyida Aisha Square Cairo

A flyover bridge passes beside the Sayyida Aisha Square

A flyover bridge passes beside the Sayyida Aisha Square

On the far side of this square, a pet animals market was located

On the far side of this square, a pet animals market was located

Birds of different types were on sale in small and large cages

Birds of different types were on sale in small and large cages

I was looking for a particular site in this area and place was bit sketchy - I was more than happy to find a main road and out of that area in a taxi

I was looking for a particular site in this area and place was bit sketchy - I was more than happy to find a main road and out of that area in a taxi

Boys are enjoying their ride in an auto rickshaw beside the Sayyida Nafisa Mosque Square in Cairo

Boys are enjoying their ride in an auto rickshaw beside the Sayyida Nafisa Mosque Square in Cairo

They were extremely young and I was surprised at their boldness on the main road

They were extremely young and I was surprised at their boldness on the main road

Now, they pose for the photo

Now, they pose for the photo

A busy street in Cairo under the shadow of the citadel - in the background the Mosque of Muhammad Ali can be seen

A busy street in Cairo under the shadow of the citadel - in the background the Mosque of Muhammad Ali can be seen

This photo shows the extent of air pollution in Cairo skies

This photo shows the extent of air pollution in Cairo skies

Traffic approaching the walls of the Cairo Citadel

Traffic approaching the walls of the Cairo Citadel

Graffiti on one of the walls of the Imam Hussain Square

Graffiti on one of the walls of the Imam Hussain Square

A guy sitting in the Imam Hussain Square, surrounded by cats - it was amazing to see that cats were attracted to him in large numbers

A guy sitting in the Imam Hussain Square, surrounded by cats - it was amazing to see that cats were attracted to him in large numbers

The Islamic Museum of Cairo was undergoing some renovation work when I was in Cairo

The Islamic Museum of Cairo was undergoing some renovation work when I was in Cairo

The entrance of the museum was boarded up and this was the condition of the footpath

The entrance of the museum was boarded up and this was the condition of the footpath

A small plant is grown out of a jar placed on a wall beside the River Nile - the motto on the jar is same one on the walls of Alhambra Palace in Granada (Spain) which translates as

A small plant is grown out of a jar placed on a wall beside the River Nile - the motto on the jar is same one on the walls of Alhambra Palace in Granada (Spain) which translates as "There is no victor but Allah "

A horse driven carriage in the Zamalek District of Cairo

A horse driven carriage in the Zamalek District of Cairo

Banyan tree on a road, close to the Cairo Tower

Banyan tree on a road, close to the Cairo Tower

That banyan tree was so big that two roads were passing underneath it

That banyan tree was so big that two roads were passing underneath it

Upper part of the tree and it's size was just gigantic

Upper part of the tree and it's size was just gigantic

Here tree has grown out of his main trunk and it has formed few branches on the opposite side of the road

Here tree has grown out of his main trunk and it has formed few branches on the opposite side of the road

A small cafe beside the Cairo Tower in the Zamalek district

A small cafe beside the Cairo Tower in the Zamalek district

This round bread seemed to be the staple food of the Egyptians because I had seen this bread on sale in different places

This round bread seemed to be the staple food of the Egyptians because I had seen this bread on sale in different places

A showmaker beside the Sayyida Zainab Square in the Sayyida Zainab District

A showmaker beside the Sayyida Zainab Square in the Sayyida Zainab District

A coffee seller in front of the Cairo Citadel - it was Friday evening and area was full of locals

A coffee seller in front of the Cairo Citadel - it was Friday evening and area was full of locals

Evening sun was reaching it's final destination and it was almost ready to set behind the two minarets of a mosque

Evening sun was reaching it's final destination and it was almost ready to set behind the two minarets of a mosque

A fruit seller has displayed his commodities neatly on one of the streets close to the Bab Zuweila

A fruit seller has displayed his commodities neatly on one of the streets close to the Bab Zuweila

This fruit seller has a larger shop and he also sells soft drinks

This fruit seller has a larger shop and he also sells soft drinks

A fresh meat seller on one of the streets - pigeon meat was also on the menu

A fresh meat seller on one of the streets - pigeon meat was also on the menu

This guy owns a meduim sized fruit shop and he was waiting for his customers

This guy owns a meduim sized fruit shop and he was waiting for his customers

A lemon seller on the street talking to another seller close to his cart

A lemon seller on the street talking to another seller close to his cart

This meat seller (ducks and chickens) was the main subject in his conversation (lemon seller in previous photo)

This meat seller (ducks and chickens) was the main subject in his conversation (lemon seller in previous photo)

An old bazar  of Cairo, close to the citadel

An old bazar of Cairo, close to the citadel

Interior of a passenger train - I took this train to travel from Cairo to Alexandria

Interior of a passenger train - I took this train to travel from Cairo to Alexandria

Countryside of Egypt - surprisingly, this area was much greener than Cairo

Countryside of Egypt - surprisingly, this area was much greener than Cairo

A village beside the train tracks

A village beside the train tracks

The train stopped briefly on this station and people jumped on board very quickly

The train stopped briefly on this station and people jumped on board very quickly

A wild shrub grown beside the walls of the station

A wild shrub grown beside the walls of the station

Another station of the Cairo-Alexandria line - this wall was less than attractive

Another station of the Cairo-Alexandria line - this wall was less than attractive

Colourful paintings on the exterior of one of the alabaster factories in luxor

Colourful paintings on the exterior of one of the alabaster factories in luxor

Stones were brought from the nearest mountain to the Valley of the Kings

Stones were brought from the nearest mountain to the Valley of the Kings

Tools used to shape the rough stones in the courtyard of the factory

Tools used to shape the rough stones in the courtyard of the factory

A worker is busy making a jar from the stone

A worker is busy making a jar from the stone

Some of the products displayed inside the store - I was told that many of these products were made in other countries in order to control the price

Some of the products displayed inside the store - I was told that many of these products were made in other countries in order to control the price

Some of the finely carved decorative objects on display

Some of the finely carved decorative objects on display

I was tempted to but prices were insane in order to cover the commission of the agents (even without it, they were going to fleece the tourists anyway)

I was tempted to but prices were insane in order to cover the commission of the agents (even without it, they were going to fleece the tourists anyway)