I hold an Indian passport and plan to visit Israel (and especially Jerusalem) later this year. The dates are flexible as of now. I have been going over the forums, and also doing some other questions, but I have a few specific questions
1. How easy (or difficult) is it to get INSIDE the Dome of the Rock / Al Aqsa. I am a Muslim, but do they just allow all Muslims inside, or are there any restrictions? I have heard rumors of people below 40 years not being allowed inside, but cannot find anything on it.
2. I prefer back-packing, crossing over from Jordan via the Allenby bridge. (I am traveling solo). This is, however, my first trip to the country, and I have no known contacts there. I know Westerners backpacking in Israel is commonplace, but Indians? Would attaching myself to a travel group be of any significant benefit ?
3. Are there any instance of people actually being denied entry at Allenby bridge, at the discretion of the officer on duty I plan to get my visa from India before setting out. Also, if possible, I would like to exit to Egypt and return to India from Cairo.
4. As of now, I plan 3 full days in Jerusalem, and another 4 full days for the rest of Israel. Would that be enough, and also some priorities for the rest of Israel.
Any other useful tips or information would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.