Monday, November 24, 2014

Beauty has an address: Oman

Oman is a really good getaway for long weekend breaks. Located just 2.5 hours away from India, Oman is a quaint, unexplored and beautiful destination in the Middle East. 

Here, there is a communion of modernism and old-world charm that gives the country a unique character. Oman has a wonderful ability to time travel and can take you back a few centuries as you walk past the narrow alleyways of a bustling souk or bring you back to the 21st century as you admire the modern state-of-the-art Opera House in Muscat. 

As a country filled with beautiful mountains, valleys, caves, deserts and beaches, Oman is a great destination for adventure too. Different regions in Oman are popular for different activities. Muscat can be explored for dolphin watching, sailing, jetskiing; Daymaniyat islands is famous for snorkelling and scuba diving, Masirah islands is an excellent place to go for kite surfing; Jabal Shams (also known as Grand Canyon of Middle East) is famous for hiking and trekking trips; Salalah has some good places to go for bird watching while sand dune bashing, quad biking can be experienced in Sharqiyah Sands. 

Oman is well connected with India as several airlines like Oman Air, Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Indigo and Air India Express have direct connections. These airlines connect Muscat with several Indian cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. 

Oman visa can be obtained within 4-5 working days.

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