A walkway at the Luxor harbour to reach the boats - I hired a boat from this harbour to visit banana island

A walkway at the Luxor harbour to reach the boats - I hired a boat from this harbour to visit banana island

The name of the boat was 'First Love' and it was the same guy, with whom I had a Nile trip yesterday evening

The name of the boat was 'First Love' and it was the same guy, with whom I had a Nile trip yesterday evening

Now this motor powered boat leaves the Luxor Harbour at the River Nile

Now this motor powered boat leaves the Luxor Harbour at the River Nile

A large cruise ship was docked at the harbour and it's engine was producing thick black smoke

A large cruise ship was docked at the harbour and it's engine was producing thick black smoke

Boat slowly leaves the eastern bank of the Nile and it starts it progress towards the banana island which is close to the western bank of the river

Boat slowly leaves the eastern bank of the Nile and it starts it progress towards the banana island which is close to the western bank of the river

Reed growing on a small piece of land in the middle of the river - most likely this small island is reconquered by the Nile when it's water level rises

Reed growing on a small piece of land in the middle of the river - most likely this small island is reconquered by the Nile when it's water level rises

A small mosque with the sky blue colour dome on the western bank of the Nile

A small mosque with the sky blue colour dome on the western bank of the Nile

Houses on the western side of the River Nile - in the background lies the mountains of the Valley of the Kings

Houses on the western side of the River Nile - in the background lies the mountains of the Valley of the Kings

Two Nile cruises are passing in the river - in the foreground a small stripe of land is visible

Two Nile cruises are passing in the river - in the foreground a small stripe of land is visible

A heron is standing in the shallow waters of the Nile on the western bank

A heron is standing in the shallow waters of the Nile on the western bank

An old wooden boat on the western bank

An old wooden boat on the western bank

After coming out of the boat from the eastern bank, one is greeted by the unmissable greenery of the banana island

After coming out of the boat from the eastern bank, one is greeted by the unmissable greenery of the banana island

After purchasing a ticket to visit this island, I came face to face with this black Nile crocodile

After purchasing a ticket to visit this island, I came face to face with this black Nile crocodile

This animal was in a cage he seemed to be happy by just chilling in the cage

This animal was in a cage he seemed to be happy by just chilling in the cage

A jackal was in another enclosure beside the crocodile

A jackal was in another enclosure beside the crocodile

This oven made from the mud is still used to cook local bread

This oven made from the mud is still used to cook local bread

Now I was close to the banana plantation and this sign apart from welcoming the visitors, it warns them not to mess with the crocodile - this sign was far away from the crocodile cage for its effectiveness

Now I was close to the banana plantation and this sign apart from welcoming the visitors, it warns them not to mess with the crocodile - this sign was far away from the crocodile cage for its effectiveness

Unripened banana and flowers of the plant

Unripened banana and flowers of the plant

A small walkway was created in the middle of the banana fields and tall plam trees were adding their own mix to the colour

A small walkway was created in the middle of the banana fields and tall plam trees were adding their own mix to the colour

A traditional house (more like a pigeon tower) and an old water wheel was sitting next to the farm

A traditional house (more like a pigeon tower) and an old water wheel was sitting next to the farm

A broken wooden water wheel was used in the past to irrigate the fields

A broken wooden water wheel was used in the past to irrigate the fields

Bottom of a pit and it's murky water where once wheel used to operate

Bottom of a pit and it's murky water where once wheel used to operate

Another view of the house(tower)

Another view of the house(tower)

A flock of sheep busy eating their lunch - they were inside a protected fence

A flock of sheep busy eating their lunch - they were inside a protected fence

A breathtaking view of the banana island with it's trees it got it's name from

A breathtaking view of the banana island with it's trees it got it's name from

Few pottery samples beside a wall of cafe/restaurant

Few pottery samples beside a wall of cafe/restaurant

Plam trees were lined on the edges of the field while different types of crops were grown inside the small paddies

Plam trees were lined on the edges of the field while different types of crops were grown inside the small paddies

A view of the open plan seating area of the restaurant - it had a flat screen TV in the middle which was showing an Egyptian movie

A view of the open plan seating area of the restaurant - it had a flat screen TV in the middle which was showing an Egyptian movie

It was a hot day and I ordered a melon juice and I must admit that I wasn't disappointed with my choice

It was a hot day and I ordered a melon juice and I must admit that I wasn't disappointed with my choice

View of the River Nile from the restaurant - I had my lunch there and food was delicious

View of the River Nile from the restaurant - I had my lunch there and food was delicious

A small structure surrounded by trees on this small island

A small structure surrounded by trees on this small island

Even at the start of Novemeber, this area was still very green

Even at the start of Novemeber, this area was still very green

The boat seen in this photo is the one which was hired from Luxor to visit this island

The boat seen in this photo is the one which was hired from Luxor to visit this island

Now boat has strated to move away from the western bank - another boat is seen docked on the island

Now boat has strated to move away from the western bank - another boat is seen docked on the island

This boat has plenty of space but there were not many tourists around so locals were happy whatever they could get from the visitors

This boat has plenty of space but there were not many tourists around so locals were happy whatever they could get from the visitors

The name of the boat was 'First Love' I must admit it was my first love with Nile and I was lucky to visit this beautiful river

The name of the boat was 'First Love' I must admit it was my first love with Nile and I was lucky to visit this beautiful river

I am holding my camera tight and look on my face says that I was suffering from lack of sleep

I am holding my camera tight and look on my face says that I was suffering from lack of sleep

Two crows at the bank of the river - as the boat moved towards Luxor the scene on the bank started to change from lush green to light brown

Two crows at the bank of the river - as the boat moved towards Luxor the scene on the bank started to change from lush green to light brown

This barge was sitting next to a small piece of land in the middle of Nile - it was used for transportation

This barge was sitting next to a small piece of land in the middle of Nile - it was used for transportation

A tractor and few donkeys were on that small island - it gives the clue that everything here was brought by the barge seen in the previous photo

A tractor and few donkeys were on that small island - it gives the clue that everything here was brought by the barge seen in the previous photo

A ship ladden with cargo moving upstream

A ship ladden with cargo moving upstream

A dhow sailing in the calm waters of Nile - in the background lies the mountain of Valley of the Kings

A dhow sailing in the calm waters of Nile - in the background lies the mountain of Valley of the Kings

A tall building surrounded by the green trees

A tall building surrounded by the green trees

Another dhow with few people onboard

Another dhow with few people onboard

A large cruise ship was moving upstream - many people take a week of sailing on this mighty river as a holiday

A large cruise ship was moving upstream - many people take a week of sailing on this mighty river as a holiday

The boat I was in, passed beside a very large ship called the Nile Treasure

The boat I was in, passed beside a very large ship called the Nile Treasure

Now boat was coming close to Luxor and the western bank of Nile is seen here - this side of river has less people and infrastructure

Now boat was coming close to Luxor and the western bank of Nile is seen here - this side of river has less people and infrastructure

A new boat (mainly used for tourists) and an old one were docked next to each other

A new boat (mainly used for tourists) and an old one were docked next to each other

This is a floating restaurant - it offers meal on the upper deck with the Nile surroundind the diners

This is a floating restaurant - it offers meal on the upper deck with the Nile surroundind the diners

A buffalo grazing on the western shores of the Nile

A buffalo grazing on the western shores of the Nile

Few buffaloes are bathing in the water of Nile

Few buffaloes are bathing in the water of Nile

Few meters down from that spot, a cow was grazing

Few meters down from that spot, a cow was grazing

This structure was built to extract the water from Nile and then this water is used for irrigation and drinking purposes

This structure was built to extract the water from Nile and then this water is used for irrigation and drinking purposes

A small water pump/engine was installed on the banks by the local farmers to irrigate his crops

A small water pump/engine was installed on the banks by the local farmers to irrigate his crops

In this photo, a heron is sitting and waiting for it's prey - in the background a tractor and few houses can be seen

In this photo, a heron is sitting and waiting for it's prey - in the background a tractor and few houses can be seen

A tall building on the eastern banks of the river

A tall building on the eastern banks of the river

Now boat was moving slowly to the Luxor Harbour for docking

Now boat was moving slowly to the Luxor Harbour for docking