8 Best Places to Visit in Oman

8 Best Places to Visit in Oman. A Mind Map by Arpit Banjara.

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8 Best Places to Visit in Oman by Mind Map: 8 Best Places to Visit in Oman

1. 1. Masirah Island

1.1. It is a unique destination for travelers in search of

1.1.1. sun

1.1.2. beaches

1.1.3. wildlife

1.1.4. and history

1.2. It is home to an Omani air base but the towns are relatively small

1.2.1. That means few crowds and lots of secluded spots to explore

1.3. On Masirah Island, the top pastimes include

1.3.1. swimming

1.3.2. checking out the abundance of shipwrecks just off the coast

1.3.3. and watching the more than 30,000 turtles that appear annually in hatching season

2. 2. Ras al Jinz

2.1. On the easternmost tip of Oman is Ras al Jinz

2.1.1. a turtle reserve that helps to populate

2.1.1.1. and protect the sea turtles of the Indian Ocean

2.2. If you visit during the summer

2.2.1. or between the months of May and October

2.2.1.1. you can see turtle nests along the beach

2.3. Visiting the turtle reserve is possible as a day trip to Muscat

2.3.1. but most visitors opt to spend the night at the resort and check out other attractions like

2.3.1.1. the Turtle Visitor Center

2.3.1.2. and Museum

3. 3. Wahiba Sands

3.1. Experience the traditional life with the Bedu people at Wahiba Sands

3.1.1. which happens to be one of the best places to visit in Oman

3.2. From the city of Ibra

3.2.1. you can start the tour for Wahiba Sands wherein you can enjoy

3.2.1.1. a camel ride

3.2.1.2. and dune bashing on the sand dunes all around you

4. 4. Musandam Fjords

4.1. The Musandam Peninsula is the northernmost portion of Oman

4.2. Parts of this region are very isolated

4.2.1. and they have long served as the home to residents in

4.2.1.1. mountain villages

4.2.1.2. and coastal communities

4.3. The Musandam Fjords stretch north

4.3.1. and offer spectacular views

4.4. If you visit the Musandam Fjords

4.4.1. the highlights can include things like

4.4.1.1. boat trips to explore the coasts and peaks rising up from the water

4.4.1.2. spotting dolphins from a Dhow, or traditional Omani boat

4.4.1.3. and scuba diving out at sea

4.5. Population is sparse and wildlife in abundant

4.5.1. making this region one of the best places

4.5.1.1. to visit in Oman for nature lovers

5. 5.Jabrin Fort

5.1. From Muscat we recommend taking

5.1.1. a trip inland to the Nizwa area where you can explore

5.1.1.1. forts

5.1.1.2. mountains

5.1.1.3. and ancient villages

5.2. Jabrin Fort (also known as Jabreen Castle) dates back to 1675

5.2.1. and looks like a sand castle amidst an oasis of date palms

5.3. You can wander through the labyrinth of rooms

5.3.1. and see the defensive methods used like the murder holes, gaps in the floor

5.3.1.1. where they used to pour boiling date oil on enemies

6. 6. Jebel Akhdar

6.1. Jebel Akhdar is mainly made of limestone despite

6.1.1. which the cooler temperature here will be

6.1.1.1. a pleasant change during your vacation

6.2. Out of all the places to visit in Oman

6.2.1. this place is perfect for outdoor activities such as

6.2.1.1. hiking

6.2.1.2. climbing

6.2.1.3. and trekking

7. 7.Bahla

7.1. It is located in Northern Oman

7.2. Bahla is a kind of oasis in the desert

7.2.1. and it has been a stopping point of travelers for centuries

7.3. Bahla is just 40 km (25 miles) from Nizwa

7.3.1. and it also boasts a spectacular and historic fort

7.4. The Bahla Fort dates back to the 13th century

7.4.1. when it was widely under the control of the Banu Nebhan tribe

7.5. In addition to exploring the fort of Bahla

7.5.1. you can see the walls of the city

7.5.1.1. which are made from adobe

7.5.1.2. and stretch for nearly seven miles in length

7.6. If you’re in the market for souvenirs

7.6.1. Bahla is widely known for its impressive selection of local pottery

8. 8. Muscat

8.1. If you only visit one place in Oman

8.1.1. it is likely to be Muscat

8.2. This city is home to

8.2.1. forts

8.2.2. palaces

8.2.3. museums

8.2.4. and markets

8.3. While you can’t visit the interior of the Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace

8.3.1. you can head to the harbor

8.3.1.1. to get a close view of the amazing structure

8.4. Standing guard over the palace

8.4.1. are the twin forts of

8.4.1.1. Al Jalali

8.4.1.2. and Al Mirani

8.5. Non-Muslim travelers can also visit

8.5.1. the breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque on most mornings,admiring features like

8.5.1.1. an enormous crystal chandelier

8.5.1.2. marble wall panels

8.5.1.3. and the second largest Persian carpet in the world

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