Oman Roadtrip (part 2): fort, closed fort, beehive tombs, really hot

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The route was a simple loop. The outbound was north from Muscat along the coast to Barka, then the road to the UAE, through fort towns Nakhal, Rustaq, and stopping in UNESCO-listed Bat to see its ‘beehive tombs,’ holding the remains of as many as 200 people. The road was two-lane and slow going, filled with cargo trucks plying the UAE-Oman route. Did not reach Bat until early afternoon. Temperature was hot. Restaurants were closed for the weekend.

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Nakhal Fort

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Nakhal Fort

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Plantation house

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Picnic by hot spring Ath-Thowra

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Rustaq Fort

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Darn, closed for renovation

The landscape of Bat and its UNESCO-listed ‘beehive tombs,’ most in disrepair, the best requiring time and a 4×4. I had neither, so settled for the crumpled ones more easily accessible.

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Landscape of Bat

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UNESCO-listed communal 'beehive tombs'

The irrigation canals of the region, aflaj, are UNESCO-listed, too.

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Aflaj irrigation canals, also UNESCO-listed

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Michael W Travels
10 years ago

Some of the desert castles I visited in Jordan looked similar to those forts. I was thisclose to visiting Oman when I was in Dubai but time was not on my side.


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