Entrance to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is through a purpose built souk (bazar) which caters mainly for the tourists

Entrance to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is through a purpose built souk (bazar) which caters mainly for the tourists

A model of the Hatshepsut Temple - in it's glory days, this temple had gardens of frankincense trees and other rare plants brought from Punt

A model of the Hatshepsut Temple - in it's glory days, this temple had gardens of frankincense trees and other rare plants brought from Punt

A policeman is sitting next to the entry gate of the tomb of Monthemhat - Monthemhat  was Governor of High Egypt (670-648 BC) and the fourth Prophet of Amon

A policeman is sitting next to the entry gate of the tomb of Monthemhat - Monthemhat was Governor of High Egypt (670-648 BC) and the fourth Prophet of Amon

Tomb of Senenmut is located in the hearby hills of Deir el-Bahari - Senenmut was an 18th dynasty ancient Egyptian architect and government official

Tomb of Senenmut is located in the hearby hills of Deir el-Bahari - Senenmut was an 18th dynasty ancient Egyptian architect and government official

This stump belongs to one of the trees which were brought from the Land of Punt - this expedition to Punt was sponsored by the Queen Hatshepsut

This stump belongs to one of the trees which were brought from the Land of Punt - this expedition to Punt was sponsored by the Queen Hatshepsut

This is the second stump of another tree - the expedition is depicted on the Hatshepsut Temple walls

This is the second stump of another tree - the expedition is depicted on the Hatshepsut Temple walls

Colonnaded design of the Hatshepsut Temple - this temple was built by Queen Hatshepsut, stepmother of pharaoh Thutmose III

Colonnaded design of the Hatshepsut Temple - this temple was built by Queen Hatshepsut, stepmother of pharaoh Thutmose III

Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and she reigned between 15081458 BC

Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and she reigned between 15081458 BC

The Mortuary Temple of Mentuhotep was used as a model to build this tample but structures are different in many ways

The Mortuary Temple of Mentuhotep was used as a model to build this tample but structures are different in many ways

This ramp brings visitors to the upper part of the temple - this temple has three levels in total

This ramp brings visitors to the upper part of the temple - this temple has three levels in total

Hills of Deir el-Bahari provide perfect backdrop for these beautiful monuments

Hills of Deir el-Bahari provide perfect backdrop for these beautiful monuments

A small corridor between the temple walls and the columns

A small corridor between the temple walls and the columns

Hieroglyphic decorations at the bottom of one of the columns

Hieroglyphic decorations at the bottom of one of the columns

The construction of the temple of Hatshepsut took fifteen years, between the 7th and the 22nd years of her reign

The construction of the temple of Hatshepsut took fifteen years, between the 7th and the 22nd years of her reign

The Polish Academy of Sciences is responsible for the renovation and further excavation of the area

The Polish Academy of Sciences is responsible for the renovation and further excavation of the area

The side walls of the Hatshepsut Temple

The side walls of the Hatshepsut Temple

Colonnades and statues to the left side of the temple

Colonnades and statues to the left side of the temple

When I visited this temple, just to the left of this hill excavation work was being carried out and it would result in large boulders coming down through a pipe

When I visited this temple, just to the left of this hill excavation work was being carried out and it would result in large boulders coming down through a pipe

Egyptian soldiers and boat sailing relief on wall of the Hatshepsut Temple

Egyptian soldiers and boat sailing relief on wall of the Hatshepsut Temple

Statues of Osirian (An Egyptian god of afterlife) at the Hatshepsut Temple

Statues of Osirian (An Egyptian god of afterlife) at the Hatshepsut Temple

A close up of a Osirian

A close up of a Osirian

Looking downwards from the ramp of the temple - the ticket office and small cars, which bring visitors to the site can be seen in the distance

Looking downwards from the ramp of the temple - the ticket office and small cars, which bring visitors to the site can be seen in the distance

It was a very hot day in Luxor (November) - there was no shade and once out in open, one was at Sun's mercy

It was a very hot day in Luxor (November) - there was no shade and once out in open, one was at Sun's mercy

This eagle guardian sits at the start of the ramp

This eagle guardian sits at the start of the ramp

A side view of the eagle and it's details

A side view of the eagle and it's details

Reliefs on the wall of the Hatshepsut Temple

Reliefs on the wall of the Hatshepsut Temple

This relief shows goddess Hathor in bovine form with Hatshepsut

This relief shows goddess Hathor in bovine form with Hatshepsut

Statue of Queen Hatshepsut

Statue of Queen Hatshepsut

This relief on the temple wall shows the Apis Bull, it was worshipped in the Memphis region

This relief on the temple wall shows the Apis Bull, it was worshipped in the Memphis region

Decorative details of the walls

Decorative details of the walls

Here Egyptian soldiers are depicted on tample wall undergoing the expedition to the Land of Punt

Here Egyptian soldiers are depicted on tample wall undergoing the expedition to the Land of Punt

Walls of this temple have lots of details but most of them were faded

Walls of this temple have lots of details but most of them were faded

This structure appears to be part of the complex but there were no information about it (there were none about anything)

This structure appears to be part of the complex but there were no information about it (there were none about anything)

Left side of the Temple of Hatshepsut and the ramp

Left side of the Temple of Hatshepsut and the ramp

One final look at this beautiful moneument - the middle level is hidden between the first and the second level

One final look at this beautiful moneument - the middle level is hidden between the first and the second level

This is the area where tourists wait for the car to bring to the drop off area ( or the ticket office area in other words)

This is the area where tourists wait for the car to bring to the drop off area ( or the ticket office area in other words)