With a name that reflects the greatness of the ancient Egyptian past, the Royal Valley is one of the best popular traveler destinations in the country. It is situated on the west bank of the Nile, which is located opposite to the early city of Thebes (currently Luxor). Geographically valley is unremarkable, but under its dry surface, more than sixty graves are carved into the rock, which were built to provide shelter to the deceased Pharaoh of the New Kingdom between the sixteenth and eleventh centuries BC.
The valley includes two different arms- the Western Valley and the Eastern Valley. Most graves are in this last arm. Although they were almost looted in ancient times, the painting and hieroglyphs of the wall covering the walls of the royal graves deliver an important insight in to the rites and amusing theories of the early Egyptians.
What to see and what to do
Today, just eighteen of the sixty three tombs in the valley can be seen by the common public, and they are hardly open. Instead, officers march around the tombs to assure no one try to open it and to reduce the harmful effects of tourism (harmful levels of carbon dioxide, friction, and moisture) on a large scale. In many graves, murals are sheltered by the desiccants and the glass screens; though others are currently equipped with the electric lights.
The most popular among all the tombs of the Valley of the Kings is still Tutankhamun that is KV62. Though it is comparatively small and since then maximum of the treasures have been looted, it is still a royal mummy that is locked in a wooden whirlwind. The tomb of Ramsesses VI that is KV9 and the Tuthmose III that is KV34 must also be discovered. One of the largest and most refined tombs in the first valley, is known for her complex decoration, which repeats the entire lesson of the book on the Lower Caves.