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Bilad Syat

Listed under Colonial Towns in Oman.

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I was surrounded by jagged canyon walls jutting up from the pools of water and shading me from the sun. I wondered if it could get any more beautiful than this – and my answer to that question came as I rounded the corner out of the canyon and stepped out into the sunlight. This is when I saw my first glimpse of Bilad Sayt – a fairy tale like village typical of the old Omani communal settlements of the past. I was stopped in my tracks, “wow” slowly and quietly rolled out of my mouth as my eyes scanned the area and took it all in. A little haze blanketed the village that was built up on a hill with closely clustered homes made of mud and stone. The perimeter of the village was surrounded by date palms making it look like a dessert oasis. Jagged brown mountains surrounded and loomed over Bilad Sait, dwarfing the whole village.

Getting to Bilad Sayt took a little work – but it’s worth it as it’s one of the unique places to see in Oman . It was literally off the beaten path as we had to get there by 4×4 and then by foot. After visiting nearby Nakhal Fort we sped along the lovely new highway snaking around the valley following a dry riverbed. The good news about Oman is that the infrastructure is great – however it’s not all finished yet – so it didn’t take long for our newly paved highway to come to an end and deposit us on dirt roads. We started climbing the mountains in our 4 WD vehicles and the fun began – it was like riding a roller coaster with the most spectacular views in the world. Some of the inclines were so steep that I found myself trying to sit up to see over the hood of the truck to see what descent coming next leaving my stomach full of butterflies

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Written by  Sherry Ott.

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