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Fascinating Forts

Duration: Half Day

fascinating forts

If you are looking for culture, tradition, history and exotic wonders in a holiday, the exciting country of Oman, officially Sultanate of Oman, is a Middle Eastern gem just waiting to be explored. Located in southwest Asia, on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman offers unique, contrasting landscapes - from deserts to volcanic mountains and beaches. The country’s coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the south and east, and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast.

This historical day tour will take you to some of Oman’s most fascinating forts, in and around the ancient market town of Nizwa, the largest city in the Ad Dakhiliyah Region. Once the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th centuries AH, Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman. Renowned for its beautiful old mosques, this city has a deep connection to Islam’s ancient roots. One of the most famous is the grand mosque Sultan Qaboos Jama, which was formerly a centre for Islamic learning. Other mosques include So'al Mosque, built in the 2nd century; Ash-Sharja Mosque and Ash-Shawathinah Mosque.

Overlooked by mountains and forts, this fascinating city is steeped with history. The famous Nizwa Fort is one of the highlights of this trip, and is one of Oman's most visited national monuments. Renowned for its grand round tower, this imposing fort is the biggest in the Arabia Peninsula. Built in the 17th century to protect the busy crossroads on the caravan routes, this fort is powerful reminder of Nizwa’s invincibility during turbulent times. As Oman’s history reveals, Nizwa Fort was an excellent defense against invaders that desired the city’s abundant natural wealth. Climb to the top if you get the chance, because the views of the town and mountains from the top are spectacular.

Nizwa is also renowned for its traditional souk, which is one of the most important markets in the country besides Muttrah. Here you will find everything from brightly-coloured handicrafts, which the city is famous for, to intricately hand-carved Khanjars (curved daggers), leather goods, pottery, gold and silver jewellery, as well as spices, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and many more produce besides. Visitors can watch expert local artisans as they craft their exquisite items. If you visit on a Friday, you will also get the opportunity to observe some of the local customs during the weekly livestock market, when the local farmers bring their cows, goats and sheep to auction. Shopping in Oman is an experience not to be missed.

Another fort that you will visit on this trip is the beautifully restored 17th century Jabrin Castle in Jabrin town, one of the finest castles in Oman. This impressive fort has a maze of rooms and stairways, with elaborate wood carvings, elegant balconies and intricately painted ceilings. The view from the rooftop is equally impressive, as you look down into the courtyard and out onto stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

En-route to Muscat, you will visit the picturesque oasis village of Birkat Al Mauz, situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar, meaning “Green Mountains”. Enjoy a walk through its lush green banana and date plantations before heading back. This Middle Eastern adventure is an excellent addition to your holiday in Oman, opening your eyes to the country’s fascinating culture and history.

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