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Unforgettable Adventurous Experiences in Jebel Akhdar – Explore the Beauty of the Desert

Jebel Akdhar, part of Al Hajar Mountains in Oman, translates to 'Green Mountain' and once you begin exploring the beauty of the area, you'll understand why it's called so!



Jebel Akdhar is a limestone mountain, located about 150 km from Muscat city. The mountains; due to their higher altitude are known to provide cool summers which encourage the growth of shrubs and trees.


Nature Walks

In Oman, sightseeing usually includes exploring through various wadis and rock formations. Once you set on your nature walk, be prepared for soaring temperatures. Hotels in the area such as Alila Jabal Akhdar will be able to provide you with guided tours of the mountain. You'll be able to walk through the Falaj irrigation system which is said to date back to 500 AD. The irrigation system channels water from underground in order to support domestic and agricultural use. Explore through wadis as you learn about the flora and fauna that are endemic to the land. During your walk, you will also be able to explore the beautiful rose terraces of Jebel Akdhar.


Adventure Treks and Cave Exploration

Adventure treks are usually not advisable if you're travelling with small children and should only be taken by those who are physically fit enough to endure uneven terrain with no clear pathways. As with guided nature walks, hotels will also offer guided adventure treks and cave explorations. Hike up Jebel Shams; measuring 9,856 feet and you'll be blessed with breathtaking scenic views of the surrounding valleys, gorges, and mountains. Explore Al Hoota Cave and the lake that runs under the main cave which is home to transparent fish that are seemingly blind due to the lack of nutrients and sunlight. A tourist train travels from the visitor centre to the entrance of the cave and is an interesting experience.


Visit Nizwa Fort and Nizwa Souq

Nizwa is known to be the place where Islam was said to have originated. Nizwa is the centre for religion, trade and exploration. Nizwa Fort was constructed in the 1650s and is the largest in the Arabian Peninsula. Explore the many rooms or climb the tower to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Nizwa. Nizwa Souq Is a great place for souvenir shopping, especially if you're looking to buy various Bedouin styled jewellery. One can even shop for pottery, spices, the famous rose essence and fresh produce.


Explore Jabreen Castle

With intricate carved doors and walls adorned with Arabic calligraphy and frescoes, Jabreen Castle was constructed in 1670 and was used a palace for Imam Bel'arab bin Sultan Al Yarubi. The castle is a total of 3 stories, accompanied by 2 towers, reception halls, meeting rooms, dining rooms, a library and classrooms and even a court room. The hall is easily identifiable by its intricate ceiling complete with designs in the shape of eyes. With an entrance fee of 500 baizas, Jabreen Castle is open 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday through Thursday. The most significant hall is the Sun and Moon Hall which served as a reception hall for important guests of the Imam.

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