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N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

The road leading to the Nizwa Fort

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

The cannons welcome you

Forts are the heart and soul around which a lot of history revolves around in Oman. Nizwa Fort located in the city of Nizwa about 160km from Muscat, Oman’s capital is one of the most visited national monuments in the country.

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

Nizwa Fort welcomes you

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

It was built by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’rubi sometime around the 1650s. He is known as the one who played a key role in removing the Portugese from Oman.

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J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

The entrance

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

The lamps at the entrance welcome you in

Situated in Nizwa city about 160km from Muscat, the capital of Sultanate of Oman, the Jabrin Fort is one of the numerous forts which dot the Omani landscape.

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

Women’s prayer area

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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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