A road leading to the Valley of the Kings - this burial site of the Pharaohs is located on the western bank of the River Nile

A road leading to the Valley of the Kings - this burial site of the Pharaohs is located on the western bank of the River Nile

This area was a secret burial place for the Egyptian kings for nearly 500 years (16th -11th century BC)

This area was a secret burial place for the Egyptian kings for nearly 500 years (16th -11th century BC)

A car park at the site before entering the complex - the peak of Al-Qurn (the horn in Arabic) can be seen to the left, it is the highest peak (420m) in the Theban Hills

A car park at the site before entering the complex - the peak of Al-Qurn (the horn in Arabic) can be seen to the left, it is the highest peak (420m) in the Theban Hills

Entrance to the complex is located after a purpose built bazaar where traders scan for incoming tourists to sell their stuff

Entrance to the complex is located after a purpose built bazaar where traders scan for incoming tourists to sell their stuff

This model shows the location of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings - so far 63 tombs and chambers have been discovered in this valley

This model shows the location of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings - so far 63 tombs and chambers have been discovered in this valley

This model shows the depth and length of the chambers which are built in the hills

This model shows the depth and length of the chambers which are built in the hills

These cars are used to transport the tourists to the entrance of the tombs - it can get very hot and with no shade and steep walk any help is welcome

These cars are used to transport the tourists to the entrance of the tombs - it can get very hot and with no shade and steep walk any help is welcome

Myself riding along other visitors to reach the entry point of the tombs

Myself riding along other visitors to reach the entry point of the tombs

There was strictly

There was strictly "no photos policy" in place - I had to hand back my cameras at a security office

This photo was taken after finishing the visit - I was told that I could take the photos on the other side of the gate - in the chambers all visitors were followed by a keeper

This photo was taken after finishing the visit - I was told that I could take the photos on the other side of the gate - in the chambers all visitors were followed by a keeper

This guy is pointing out that I shouldn't have taken his photo - I mentioned to him that I was standing other side of the gate where security rule doesn't apply (strange policy really)

This guy is pointing out that I shouldn't have taken his photo - I mentioned to him that I was standing other side of the gate where security rule doesn't apply (strange policy really)

Visitors coming out of the Valley of the Kings - to their lift an entrance to the tomb can be seen

Visitors coming out of the Valley of the Kings - to their lift an entrance to the tomb can be seen

Now I was walking back to the area where I would be picked up by the cars to bring me to the start point (bazaar area)

Now I was walking back to the area where I would be picked up by the cars to bring me to the start point (bazaar area)

This couple was walking but soon they realised it was too hot to walk and they asked the driver to stop for them

This couple was walking but soon they realised it was too hot to walk and they asked the driver to stop for them

In 1979, this area was declared a World Heritage Site and it is very famous with the foreign tourists

In 1979, this area was declared a World Heritage Site and it is very famous with the foreign tourists

The Colossi of Memnon is a name given to two large statues standing on the western bank of the Nile, looking eastwards

The Colossi of Memnon is a name given to two large statues standing on the western bank of the Nile, looking eastwards

This is the North Colossus - both statues belong to Amenhotep III and they were built in 1350BC

This is the North Colossus - both statues belong to Amenhotep III and they were built in 1350BC

Upper part of the North Colossus - pigeons were residng on top of the statue, it offers them much needed shade from the blistering sun

Upper part of the North Colossus - pigeons were residng on top of the statue, it offers them much needed shade from the blistering sun

Lower section of the North Colossus - the stone to built these statues were brought from the area which is close to modern day Cairo

Lower section of the North Colossus - the stone to built these statues were brought from the area which is close to modern day Cairo

These stones were brought overland to this site - the Roman engineer built stand for the statues at much later stage (around 199AD)

These stones were brought overland to this site - the Roman engineer built stand for the statues at much later stage (around 199AD)

The upper part of the statue (built in blocks) was added by the Romans - it is believed that original statue was built in one piece

The upper part of the statue (built in blocks) was added by the Romans - it is believed that original statue was built in one piece

The southern Colossus, though badly damaged but it is still holding it's original shape from the single stone

The southern Colossus, though badly damaged but it is still holding it's original shape from the single stone

Another view of the southern statue - the sun was shining brightly and it was hard to take good photos

Another view of the southern statue - the sun was shining brightly and it was hard to take good photos

Upper part of the southern statue - these statues were built to stand guard the entrance of the Temple of Amenhotep III

Upper part of the southern statue - these statues were built to stand guard the entrance of the Temple of Amenhotep III

Middle part of the statue - the Temple of Amenhotep III once covered 86 acres of land but today hardly anything is left from this gigantic temple

Middle part of the statue - the Temple of Amenhotep III once covered 86 acres of land but today hardly anything is left from this gigantic temple

Stand of the southern Colossus - the Temple of Amenhotep III was the largest temple built in ancient Thebes

Stand of the southern Colossus - the Temple of Amenhotep III was the largest temple built in ancient Thebes

A donkey and a cart next to a corn field - the Colossi of Memnon stand in the fertile part of the western bank so agriculture play a big role in the local economy

A donkey and a cart next to a corn field - the Colossi of Memnon stand in the fertile part of the western bank so agriculture play a big role in the local economy

This is the smaller statue which can be seen between the two large one at the front

This is the smaller statue which can be seen between the two large one at the front