Pleasant ways to travel in Oman
Pleasant ways to travel in Oman
Oman is one of the oldest human inhabited places on Earth. Human habitation in the Sultanate of Oman has been for at least 106,000 years. The city of Dereaze is 9,000 years old.
Oman has ultra modern souqs and Bedouin towns. Oman is soaked in traditional culture with men wearing the traditional disdasah and women decked in hijab.
Some of the must buy Omani souvenirs are dagger and sheaths decorated in silver threads, hand embroidered turbans, frankincense, terracotta pots, date syrup, chocolate dates, sesame dates, raw dates and dry dates.
Some of the must try Omani delicacies are shark soup. Omani coffee is sugar free and is a must try. Omani coffee is sipped with dates instead of sugar. Omani karak tea is a brew made with ginger and cardamom infused in flavored milk. Saloona is a mixed veggies dish in thick gravy. Omani breads are thin crust and are cheese and honey laden.
Some of the must try non vegetarian dishes are Mishkak which is a skewered meat grilled on charcoal. Arsia is lamb meat cooked in rice. Shuwa is a roasted beef preparation in a special oven in a pit dug beneath the ground.
Oman has 250 varieties of dates and has 8 million date palms. Some of the must try dates are Khalas, Naghal, Bunaringah, Qashkantrah, Khasab, Khunaizi, Et Alia.
Oman has souq for everything. Some of the unique souqs are date souq, halwa souq for dessert, gold souq, gum souq, goat souq, Al Hafaq souq for gum and incense, Et Alia. Ibra are women only souqs. Women are at their safety best in this part of the Arab World.
The Sultanate of Oman is a Monarch. Oman is on the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Arabian Gulf.
Muscat is the capital of Oman and the country’s largest metropolitan city. Some of the must do famous landmarks are Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in ivory marble and grand dome with kaleidoscopic Persian carpet and Al Jalali and Mirani 16th century Portuguese forts on Muscat Harbor are certainly one of the pleasant ways to travel in Oman.
Muttrah souq in Muscat is the oldest market place in the Arab world and is a must do. It is a labyrinthine souq with the freshest marine produce.
Jebel Akhdar, Dereaze and Nizwa are must do detours in the Sultanate of Oman.
Nizwa Fort is a castle with a distinct cylindrical turret tower of 17th century. Nizwa souqs are artistic with artisanal handicrafts and silversmith. Some of the must have souvenirs are Nizwa gun, Nizwa khanjar, silverware, silver jewelry and figs. Nizwa Grand Mosque is surreal.
Ras Al Jinz turtle reserve is the haven for endangered giant green turtles. Hoota caves are one of the largest cave clusters in the world with stalactites and stalagmites formations without a trace of carbon dating.
The 13th century Bahla Fort located about 200 km from Muscat is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites surrounded by a wall that is 12km long. The urban legends have it that the ruler of Bahla reached out to a djinn or a spirit for protection from the neighboring kingdom. Bahla has several legends of genies and ghosts regarding a wizard who was stoned to death for practising witchcraft over thousands of years ago. The locals witness the spirit wandering haunting across town. A flying mosque came up around town while three Sufi saints lived in a hillock near the fort who communicated with djinns who flew down in a mosque from a neighboring town.
Oman has an Arabian tales vibe as you drive past souks, castles, date palms, wadis and mirages. Oman has Arabian Nights landscapes with stories of genies. The medieval Nizwa fort is in the erstwhile capital of Oman.
The souq markets come alive every Friday and Khalas dates are a must buy souvenir. Oman produces 250 varieties of dates. Omani dagger and Omani halwa are must buy. Omani pottery, ceramics and Arabian traditional sand pots are ultimate work of craftsmanship. The ruins of Al Hamra and Jabal Shams are a must see. The mud houses and multi-storeyed edifices of the 400-year old abandoned hamlet are must see.
The dark and wet caves of Al Hoota inside the HajarMountain range can be explored as a toy train takes you to the foot of the caves. The caves of Al Hoota are two million year old but discovered only 50 years ago by a shepherd whose goat wandered away and fell in one of the crevices near the entrance of the cave. The 45-minute trail takes you through the stalactite and stalagmite formations and the black lake filled with blind fish.
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