Oman ( Middle East And Africa )
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Muscat is categorised as Heritage / Desert

The Royal Opera House (Photo Courtesy: Pravinpisolkar)
Nakhal Fort (Photo Courtesy: Andries Oudshoorn)
Omani Khanjar at Bait al Zubair Museum
Sharqiyah Sands (Photo Courtesy: Andries Oudshoorn)
The Mutrah Souk (Photo Courtesy: Shawn Stephens)
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (Photo Courtesy: Richard Bartz)
Wadi Bani Awf (Photo Courtesy: Andries Oudshoorn)
Wadi Bani Khalid (Photo Courtesy: Richard Bartz)

Reasons to Visit
  • Muscat is the capital of Oman and global city
  • Muscat is home to the famed Muttrah Souq
  • Muscat is home to the Sulan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world
  • Muscat has been an important trade route between the east and west since historic times
Access Information
  • Nearest Airport -Muscat
  • Muscat is connected by Air with Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin (Ernakulam), Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow

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  • Muscat Delight (3 Nights)

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  • Understanding Oman - An Overview

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    Muttrah Souk is one of the most famous Arabic markets in the world. The market is characterised by the typical chaos of an Arabic market, antique, perfumes and frankincense, gold and textile shops. The Muttrah Souk still remains the most popular attraction in Muscat. It is easy to get lost and lose sense of time in the market's exciting and complicated labyrinth of tiny shops in narrow lanes. Although concrete shops have replaced the traditional shops, the Muttrah Souk is still one of the most authentic souks in Arabia.
    Bait al Zubair is one of the most interesting museum in Oman. The museum is privately owned and funded by the Zubair family. The museum is home to an extensive private collection of rare Omani artefacts, jewellery, weapons, costumes, household items and old photographs. The museum also houses a recreation of a typical Omani village.
    The Royal Opera House is the hub of Oman's musical, arts, and cultural events. The Royal Opera House is built in a modern Omani style and opened its doors to public in 2011. The building complex includes a concert hall, auditorium, gardens, luxury retail shops, restaurants and a centre for musical, theatrical and operatic productions. The Royal Opera House can accommodate up to 1100 guests. Whether you are attending a concert here, or just exploring, a visit to the Royal Opera House is an experience in itself.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Live Performances
    Built by Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign, the Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the Gulf. The mosque is built is spectacular modern minimalist Islamic architecture and its two prayer halls and surrounding courtyard can accommodate a whopping 20,000 worshippers. The interior of the mosque is rich and opulent, with the second largest hand-loomed Iranian Carpet in the world and a large Swarovski crystal chandelier. The Grand Mosque is the only mosque in Oman open to non-Muslims. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted and dress code is modest.
    Mosque or Dargah
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    Nakhal Fort is beautiful fort dramatically perched atop a natural rock in a small town called Nakhal, around 120 km from Muscat. Today, the fort houses a museum exhibiting historic guns and hosts a weekly goat market. The fort offers excellent panoramic views of the Western Hajar Mountains and the beautiful palm groves of Nakhal.
    Natural Wonders
    Sharqiya Sands (formerly known as Wahiba Sands) is a large desert area located at 4 hours from Muscat. The desert is virtually uninhabited other than some Bedouin tribes. This desert is renowned for its wide variety of flora and fauna endemic to the region. The Sharqiya desert's huge uninhabited stretches of sand and shifting golden sand dunes sometimes towering over 100 metres attract many travellers to explore the region. The best way to explore the desert is to stay in one of the desert camps that offer a variety of desert activities. Travellers can enjoy dune bashing, camel or horse rides, sand boarding, and quad biking.
    Desert Experience
    Wadi Bani Khalid is the best-known wadi of the Sharqiyah region and reputedly one of the best in Oman. Located at 200 kms from Muscat, the valley maintains a constant flow of water from a natural spring all around the year. The crystal green and blue water catchment pockets surrounded by dramatic rocks make for wonderful natural pools to take a dip in. The pools near the entrance of the wadi are often crowded on weekends, but those willing to hike into the main wadi are rewarded with secluded pristine pools. The year round water supply encourages lush green vegetation in the surrounding areas adding to the wadi's beauty. Besides its secluded natural pools of water, the wadi is famous for its natural caves. Wadi Bani Khalid is a must visit diversion on the Muscat-Sur highway, or a destination on its own.
    Natural Wonders
    Wadi Bani Awf is a gorgeous valley in the Al Hajar Mountain range. The drive to Wadi Bani Awf is considered as the most memorable and beautiful off the road drives in Oman. With its dramatic landscapes, stupendous mountains and rugged off-road, an excursion to Wadi Bani Awf is an exciting and thrilling adventure. The Snake Canyon is the most popular attraction in the Wadi, famous for hiking. Wadi Bani Awf is now gaining reputation amidst adventure lovers with abundant opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, swimming. Travellers often visit Wadi Bani Awf on a day trip from Muscat.
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    Valley Views

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Airport in Muscat
  • Muscat International Airport ( MCT ) , Muscat
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