In El-Dakhla Oasis (in the Western Desert) lies the old colorful village of Bashendi where a number of monuments dating back to different eras was found. At this well-kept archeological site, there are: mud-brick houses painted with various bright colors, narrow lanes, a Pharaonic temple dating to the Eighteenth Dynasty, a number of empty sarcophagi, the Tomb of Kitnes, a Roman temple as well as some tombs from the same period. Also discovered was the Mausoleum (sanctuary) of the Muslim hermit, Sheikh Pasha Hindi (Bashandi or Bashendy), after whom the village obtained its name. The village is well renowned for its production of handicrafts, local carpets, rugs, baskets, wooden works, and embroideries that echo the life in the oasis.
In Al-Qasr, in the city of Mut, the capital of El-Dakhla Oasis, stands the Ethnographic Museum which features various handicrafts of the oasis such as rugs, dresses, baskets, statuettes, and photos. All these various works vividly demonstrate the daily life of the inhabitants of the oasis.