What are we if not explorers of the highest order? Every day we seek, to learn something new, consciously or unconsciously. I have always maintained that life lessons are the best lessons, and learning by travelling across the world is the best way to do it. Yes, its possible even on a low budget, but thats for another post. Lets talk about a small country far far away (ok not too far but you get the drift 😉 ). Let me present to you:
Well thats what will happen hopefully by the time you finish reading this post. I havent been to this country, though I would love to, but I read up a lot about it on the internet. As a child, like most of you I too read about Aladdin his magical lamp, the magical carpet and Jasmine <3.
Thats where it all started, this quest of knowledge, to go see how the people are in the middle east? To visit vast deserts, ride a 4X4 jeep on those sand dunes, stop over some place at night, light a camp fire, dine with friends, dance a little and then set off again to explore a new mosque, try a local sport.
Fun fact: Did you know that Omani capital city, Muscat, is just a 45 minute plane ride from Dubai? Yep.
Think of this, you arrive at a place, where there’s just the two of you, you and your princess Jasmine looking over something breathtakingly beautiful like this. Being a peninsula with hills lining up its shores such views will keep you asking for more, enchanting isnt it?
Look at the long winding road next to this beautiful ocean. the hill is rocky but theres something beautiful about this rough terrain only adrenaline junkies will appreciate.
Wahiba Sands: Next fun thing to do would be to go drive on these never ending sand dunes, it must be good fun to do this I am sure of that. Located some 2 and half hours away from Muscat. I want to camp out on massive sand dunes that run along the Arabian Sea ,drive up and down them in an SUV. The dunes here are 100-150 meters high in shades of color that range from orange to hues of amber and gold. Wahiba Sands will definitely give me my fix of Arabian adventure!
There there you see that white car thats SUV thats mine 😀 , or lets say will be :D.
Salalah: Oman is home to some really fantastic secluded beaches. Towards down south is Salalah, frequently visited by expats. Going there during monsoon will ensure you can soak in some lush green scenery that happens by the way because of the Indian Monsoon. During summers its a good place to do some scuba diving, swimming, jet skiing and sailing.
The grand mosque in Muscat: His Majesty’s Sultanate Qaboos’ Grand Mosque is a must see I figured. Its the second largest mosque in the world, following the Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The largest chandelier in the world weighing over 7 tons can be found here. The interior walls of the mosque’s main hall are completely covered with white and dark grey marble. Timber panels stretch such that it reflects the architectural development of high Omani ceilings. The mosque’s prayer hall floor is topped with a single Persian carpet made of 1,700 million knots which took about 27 months to make. Thats some amazing amount of work that has gone in there.
Sur: Located close to 4 hours away from Muscat by car or bus.On your way from Muscat to Sur you’ll pass huge wadis (river beds) and sparkling white beaches covered with multi colored shells and deep sculpted rock formations. I would love to go visit the Turtle Reserve to see the small green turtles lay their eggs on the beach.
A “Wadi” is a valley or ravine that is dry except during the monsoons, when it fills up with water forming oasis of cool and vegetation you can find several of these across Oman.
Nizwa fort: An hour drive outside of Muscat is the historic city of Nizwa, the original capital of Oman. Must make a trek to this gorgeous, quaint city to marvel at the architectural glamour of the Nizwa Fort dating back to the 1650s. The stunning detail of the décor, high ceilings; narrow hallways along with a great story of how the Omanis protected the land upon this massive castle and fort awaits me here.
Oman also is home to some really awesome caves, I would love to see that, heck the adventure freak in me wants to hang in there on a rope like this
Oman also has some dramatic, rocks, cliffs and mountains, the views will just take your breath away, over and over again.
A country is known for its people and residents of Oman are known to be happy hospitable people, cant wait to meet our friends from OH! MAN
For more information about tourism in Oman visit http://www.omantourism.gov.om