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Oman Diaries: Royal Opera House Muscat

Royal Opera House Muscat - Doesn't it look majestic?

Royal Opera House Muscat – Doesn’t it look majestic?

Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is Oman’s premier center of music, art, culture and more. It can seat upto 1100 people for a show.

The lovely entrance to ROHM

The lovely entrance to ROHM

Since it’s opening in 2011, ROHM has conducted numerous shows featuring artistes from across the planet. The ROHM compound also includes gardens, restaurants, theaters and more.

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Oman Diaries: Lunch at The Cave restaurant

The Cave welcomes us

The Cave welcomes us

The Cave is a group of about 8 restaurants in the heart of Muscat serving cuisines from across the world since 2014.

The eclectic fare on offer from across the world

The eclectic fare on offer from across the world

Situated at the top of a hill, the restaurant offers lovely views of the city and beyond.

Views from outside The Cave

Views from outside The Cave

Views of the Arabian Sea from outside The Cave

Views of the Arabian Sea from outside The Cave

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Oman Diaries: The roads of Oman..

Somewhere in the interiors of Oman

Somewhere in the interiors of Oman

Oman is up there in the top 10 countries with the best quality roads in the world. And why am I not surprised?

On the way to Muscat from the interiors

On the way to Muscat from the interiors

Being born and brought up in Oman, I have had the pleasure of being driven on smoothest of highways.

The lovely Baushar - Amerat road constructed by cutting through the hills

The lovely Baushar – Amerat road constructed by cutting through the hills

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Oman Diaries: Foodie times at Kargeen Cafe!

Does it remind you of Alladin's lamp?

Does it remind you of Alladin’s lamp?

In Arabic, Kargeen refers to a quaint wooden cottage. First established in 1997 in the posh locality of Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos, Kargeen Cafe has come a long way with many more outlets having sprung up around Muscat in the years hence.

The sitting area at the reception..

The sitting area at the reception..

It’s wooden furniture, the ethnic decor and the lovely rugs give it a truly traditional feel.

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Oman Diaries: A visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The Bloggers at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The Bloggers (Manjulika, Mithun & myself) at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

While I was a resident in Muscat, I wasn’t able to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque as something or the other always came up. But I finally got my chance when I came in as a tourist courtesy Ministry of Tourism, Oman & Indiblogger.

The minaret stands tall - An architectural masterpiece

The minaret stands tall – An architectural masterpiece

Stunning art work..

Stunning art work..

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Oman Diaries – Sunset, Sunrise & the Mysteries of Wahiba Sands

In a continuation to my previous post on Wahiba Sands, I also wanted to mention about one of the mysteries I came across during my stay as well as watching the beautiful sunset and sunrise.

Since we had arrived around late afternoon, we set out to capture the sunset at about 5pm in the evening. With our cameras and smartphones in tow, we set out with Majid (our driver cum guide) in the Land Cruiser Prado to the vantage point which was to provide us the best view of the sunset.

Our Land Cruiser Prado arrives at the vantage point..

Our Land Cruiser Prado arrives at the vantage point..

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Oman Diaries: Exploring the vastness of Wahiba Sands

 The sand stretches as far as the eyes can see..The sands stretch as far as the eyes can see..

Wahiba Sands (now known as Sharqiya Sands) is a desert area around 250kms away from Muscat and about 120 kms from the city of Sur in the Sultanate of Oman. It’s size is around 12,500 square kilometers. The vastness of the desert hits you in the face as you enter it.

There are dunes of varying heights in all directions. Some tower well above the others. There is sand visible everywhere as far as the eyes can see.

Coffee ShopThe coffee shop..

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Oman Diaries: The journey to Jebel Shams

The journey begins!

On the way..

Rugged mountains, smooth winding roads, chilly breeze and a Land Cruiser Prado to boot – The ride to Jebel Shams was an adventure in every way. Located about 2-3 hours by road from Muscat – the capital of Sultanate of Oman and an hour away from the town of Nizwa, Jebel Shams (Sun Mountain) is the tallest point in the Hajar Mountains and at a height of more than 3000m, it is regarded as the tallest point in eastern Arabia. The beautiful village of Al Hamra stands at the base of this mountain peak.

The winding roads leading to the top

The winding roads uphill

Though its said that the journey is more important than the destination, in the case of Jebel Shams, both the journey to the top and the views from the top are nothing short of spectacular. As our driver cum guide Majid drove up the winding roads, we observed that the temperature fell from around 30 degrees to just about 12 degrees.

Rugged mountains as far as the eyes can see

We move further into mountainous territory

In a matter of about 25 minutes, the heat was replaced by chilly winds hitting all our faces.

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Oman: Beauty has an address!


Beauty has an address - Oman!

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If one would ask ten different tourists as to what they look for before traveling to a particular country, there may be ten different answers. While some would say they love anything to do with greenery and parks, others would prefer the tranquility of beaches. There would be some who would prefer adventure of any kind while others would love shopping from the top brands on the planet. What if a place provides all this and more?

Situated in the Arabian Peninsula, Sultanate of Oman – the land of Queen of Sheba and Sindbad the Sailor is a country of many contrasts. From high barren mountains to flush green parks and gardens; from the largest sand desert in the world of the Rub-Al-Khali to the clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea, Oman has a lot to offer to every traveler.

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