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One Thousand And One Nights In Arabia – Best Places To Visit In Oman

By Amirthavarshini - August 14, 2020
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It’s time to escape into the world of Ali Baba, Sindbad and One thousand and one nights! Many of us would have assumed that these stories portrayed most of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. But the real fact is that these are inspired mostly from the quaint regions of Oman. Curious? Keep reading. With many best places to visit, Oman is a paradise on Earth. The Sultanate of Oman is located at the edge of the Arabian Peninsula. If you are looking for a unique and exotic destination to travel, Oman is the right place for you. The place is filled with magical desert landscapes, stunning mountain ranges, alluring forts and warm beaches. In this article, we bring you the best places to visit in Oman.

Arabian nights palace
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Best places to visit in Oman

  • Muscat
  • Nizwa
  • Wahiba Sands
  • Musandam Fjords
  • Ras Al Jinz
  • Jebel Akhdar
  • Salalah
  • Bahla

Muscat

architectural attractions in Muscat, Oman
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If you have a time constraint while visiting Oman, you can simply make it to Muscat. The place will surely offer you the best in the country in a short span of time. Though you cannot enter into the Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, one can get a clear view of the stunning structure from the nearby harbour. Make your way to the twin forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani, the standing guards of the palace. Currently, these forts have been converted to museums and are open to visitors. Visit the gigantic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The eye-catchy crystal chandelier, marble wall panels and the large Persian carpet will surely take your breath away.

Nizwa

Initially, the city of Nizwa was the capital of Oman. The City houses several important attractions in Oman. It has an incredible fort that was built in the 17th century and stands strong till date as a remarkable attraction. You will truly be amazed at the enormous cylindrical tower of the fort. Also, you can see some crazy defence mechanisms like honey traps and unusually shaped windows for shooting approaching enemies. Get to know about the history of Oman in the museum and end your day by shopping in the market.

Wahiba Sands

camel ride in Wahiba sands
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The Wahiba Sands located in the heart of Oman. It is a vast desert dune and a must-visit place. It is mostly inhabited by the Bedu people. If you really want to enjoy the traditional side of Oman, Wahiba sands are truly one of the best attractions. Live the nomadic life along with the fellow locals. Go on a camel ride and camp in the desert. If you’re a stargazer, the clear skies of the desert will surely impress you. Begin your tour from the city of Ibra and write your own Arabian Night tale.

Musandam Fjords

With fantastic views, the Musandam Fjords is one of the top scenic attractions in Oman. Take a boat trip and explore the coastal charm as well as the peaks rising from the water bodies. Spot some playful water dolphins while experiencing scuba diving. Musandam Fjords is a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Ras al Jinz

Head to the turtle town of Ras al Jinz that is located on the easternmost tip of Oman. This turtle reserve works on a positive motto to help populate and protect the sea turtles of the Indian Ocean. If you visit this beautiful place during the summer, you can go on a turtle walk to watch baby turtles hatching from the eggs and returning back to the sea. Take a day trip from Muscat and spend a night at the nearby resort. There are also other attractions such as Turtle Visitor Center and Museum in this locality.

Jebel Akhdar

Jebel Akhdar also is known as Green Mountain in English. It is a significant part of the Al Hajar Mountains. Boasting the highest point in the entire country, Jebel Akhdar is mostly made of limestone. Though the mountain is not covered by lush forests, the place remains cool due to its high altitude. Also, you can find many agricultural lands here. Hike through the beautiful terraces and grab freshly grown fruits from the trees.

Salalah

Birds flocking at the waterbody in Salalah
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The second most popular city next to Muscat in Southern Oman is Salalah. This place was initially the ancestral home to the Sultan Qaboos, the reigning sultan in Oman since 1970. So if you are so much into history, Salalah has a lot for you to explore. Admire the atmosphere of the Old Town, known as the Haffa and its magnanimous architecture. Dig into the past while stepping into the Al Baleed Archaeological Site. Also, Salalah is known for its lovely souvenirs that will surely light up your showcase. The place experiences its monsoon season from June to August. It is during this time, Salalah gets transformed into an emerald oasis with surprising streams and waterfalls.

Bahla

Another dramatic spot in the Northern parts of Oman is Bahla. It is the most famous tourist spot in Oman with a spectacular fort and impressive ambience. Hit the road for 40 Km from Bahla and you will reach the majestic Bahla fort. The fort was initially controlled by the Banu Nabhan tribe. However, currently, it is one of the top tourist attractions in Oman. As you stroll through the streets of the town, you will be amazed by the walls of the city and the busy markets that sell beautiful souvenirs.

You can always take a vacation to a destination with tall skyscrapers and fancy malls. Because there are many such destinations around the world. Why not try a unique getaway for once in your lifetime? If you agree with me, Plan a vacation to Oman. There’s a lot more than just sandy deserts and quaint villages in Oman. Take your Jasmine on the magical mat and tour round this paradise land. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Oman right away. Now you can connect with us via Whatsapp and plan your dream trip at ease.

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