Sample Oozing Aura of Oman
By Carlton Leisure -
Oman, the second largest country in Arabian Gulf, only next to Saudi Arabia, is a land of wonderful sights, sounds and cities that keeps travellers enthralled during their visit. The country intrigued travellers from around the world for decades unless in 1970, the present ruler Sultan Qaboos bin overthrew his father and took the rein his hands. That event heralded a new era in the history of Oman as it trudged on the path of modernity. And the world community has responded positively to this change scenario and now they are coming in hordes by booking Muscat bound flights. In order to acquaint travellers with this enigmatic country here we are giving a lowdown on major sites in Oman.
There is no better place than Muscat to start your trip to Oman. As it is connected to the rest of the world through airlines most of the travellers use this city as their base. This one of the most prominent cities in the Arabian Gulf has been declared the Arab City of Culture for 2012 which is not a small recognition. Situated in the heart of the city is an amphitheatre and magnificent 16th century fortresses which a defining landmarks for the city. During their visit to this area, you will come across museums and forts that will enrich understanding of history and culture of Oman. Your visit to Muttrah’s Souq will reflect on oriental wares.
Jebel Akhdar Villages
Nestled amidst the mountains, Jebel Akhdar gives a commanding view of the surroundings. As it is situated on an altitude of 2,000 metres, the place enjoys relatively milder climate than rest parts of the country. Situated on cliffs, the village grows fruits in its terraced field which is rare site in Oman. The village is easily accessible and is a part of the ‘Four Villages’ trek.
Nizwa Livestock Market
Nizwa Livestock Market is going to leave an indelible mark on your mind. The market held every Friday remains abuzz with activity as auction of cattle, sheep, and goats take place here. A large number of men and women in their traditional attires come to the place to attend these auctions.
Wahiba Sands gives you a typical image of Arabia. The sands are brought to popularity by the explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger in the 1950s. The sands in various geometric designs are nothing sort of a feast to the eyes. If possible, plan to spend a night or two here and will treasure the moments for life.
A prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site in Oman, a visit to Bahla Fort could be one of the best experiences you can have in Oman. Most parts of this impressive fort have been restored to its former glory. This magnificent fortress hints towards the power the ruling Banu Nebhan tribe commanded during the medieval times. The town is guarded by an 8 mile wall which was guarded by the slaves.