Oman Travel Guide And Places to Visit
While planning your trip to the Middle East, the cities that first snap in anybody's psyche are Dubai, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Petra (Jordan) or the pyramids of Egypt but one gem that’s often overlooked is Oman.Oman, the country with golden sand dunes and stones share the border with UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen - but it has the world of its own. Oman, the country is rich in world heritage sites with remarkable super infrastructure, stunning desert and pristine coastline.
There is a lot to see and explore in Oman, the country has some of the most amazing natural wonders that you won't find anywhere else. Well, here in this article we have talked all about the country and complete travel Guide to Oman. Let's start the journey -
How to Get to Oman
Muscat, the capital city is the main gateway to the country while you can also get to Oman via Dubai. If you have a tight budget and want to get explore more you can have regular taxis and buses that will leave you from Dubai to Muscat as it just takes Five hours.
Traveling to Oman is much easier now, as Oman has launched E-Visa service to several countries. Indian tourists planning to visit Oman can apply online by submitting their application online. People can visit Oman with Tourists and Business visa, applying visa online may be the shortest and fastest way for anyone to travel Oman.
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When to Travel Oman
Best time to travel Oman is in Winter from October to February. As the place is situated on the Arabian Peninsula, it has extremely hot summers and pleasant winters. During this time, Oman has very favorable weather for its visitors as the temperature is around 25°C in the day and 20°C at night with the clear sunny sky.
Avoid Travelling during summer months (April to September) as the entire country is scorchingly hot with temperatures rising into the 40 degrees.
Getting Around Oman
Bad news for budget travellers - Travelling in Oman is not cheap as transport is not very great aside from taxis and baizas (small buses) apart from city like Muscat. Getting around Oman to see top sighted places can be bit expensive as most public transport systems don’t serve remote places (like Wadis Sand, Deserts or Mountains and other ancient places) as these places are located far from urban and suburban areas, hiring a private car is recommended as it will be more convenient. If you are comfortable driving abroad Self-driving is allowed and the highways are well -covered with signpost written in both Arabic and English, that will make easy for you to drive well and safe.
Food in Oman
Food in Oman is very delicious and has a complete fusion of spices, marinades and herbs.Omani food have a little something for everyone! If you are sweet lover Halwas are the perfect dish for you to eat as there is a huge variety available in it, and if you are spice lover dishes like Mishkan is the perfect choice for you. Omani staples include the Madrouba (chicken rice porridge), fragrant biryanis (from Indian influence), and desserts soaked in honey or rosewater.
Kahwa, is one of the most famous traditional food served in Oman, it is a strong bitter coffee served in tiny antique cups with dates (the staple of food of Oman) Kahwa is made from freshly roasted ground coffee and flavoured with some cardamom - If you visit Oman you must give it a try!
Best places to visit in Oman
1. Muscat - Muscat the capital of Oman is the home for all the tourist who visits Oman. The city has beautiful architectures, forts, Palaces, museums and markets. It's an awesome place in Oman situated between the ocean and dusty mountains.
While you are in Muscat, you should visit National Exhibition hall and Sultan Qaboos Terrific Mosque the third biggest mosque on the planet. It has landmarks with East African-style wooden overhangs, and a few seafront fortifications which make Muscat a beautiful and unwinding destination for tourist. It's worth spending two or three days in Muscat and experiencing mosques, market zones and places near the sea.
Places to visit in Muscat - Al Jilali/Al Mirani Forts, Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, Mutrah Corniche Area.
2. Nizwa - Nizwa, the city is rich in Heritage earlier in the sixties it was known as the capital of Oman. The place is recorded by UNESCO as a World Heritage site as it has many intriguing spots to visit such the old Middle Eastern market, the palace has souk and its maze of spice stalls, antique shops and Omani teahouses, old Portuguese guns, the ceramics and the old towns arranged on the aqueduct. The place is well known for Falj channel framework and the water supply in the desert spring area. The fort was built in the 17th century under the bearing of Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'ribi, this incredible fort is famous for its impressive architecture. The fort has some interesting defence mechanisms, including honey traps and unusually shaped windows for shooting approaching enemies.
3. The Wahiba Sands - For Adventure loving guyz, Wahiba Sands is the ideal place to visit. The land is totally covered with the golden colour sands that give you altogether a different experience of Desert safari.The Wahiba Sands are longitudinal dunes 200 Km in length and 100 Km wide running south from the Eastern Hajars to the Arabian Sea.
4. Bahla Fort - It is also one of the famous world heritage site situated at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar highlands in Oman. The fort is re-boosted with beautiful walls and sandstones and has the tower that rises up 165 feet high.
5. Jebel Shams - Jebel Shams is Oman’s highest peak, it is a mountainous region. Jebel Shams it the famous spot for trekking and adventure lovers as the roadways for driving a four-wheeler is a bit tricky. It is just 2 hours from the Muscat and is also known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’. The place is famous for Colorful rugs made using goat hair and natural dyes are a speciality of the region.
Exploring Oman is really a great experience the country is rich in world heritage site and gives completely different experience and memories that people have in their mind - What commonly people think about Gulf country. Hope you find this Oman travel guide helpful.
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By bhawana pal| 4 Jan, 2018.