I was invited to Oman – India Road show ’15 which was held in Delhi on 29th May.  The event made me nostalgic and infused me with passion once again to share my untold stories of fun and adventure in Oman.

This was not my first time in the deserts but definitely first in the sea sands of Oman. Dune bashing on 4WD is adventurous (my first experience in Dubai was thrilling) but it is just one of the things that we were supposed to do in the vast tracts of nothingness, the limitless carpet of rolling and shifting dunes of Sharqiyah Sands. I was keenly looking forward to experiencing the vibrant desert-sunset,  doing some night adventures in the oryx camp, enjoying nippy morning of the sands and getting acquainted to the Bedouin style of living in the  Wahiba Sands (named after the Wahiba tribes)

 

Making our way towards the Wahiba sands in Oman
Making our way towards the Wahiba sands in Oman

 

 3 hours south of Muscat, the beautiful Wahiba Sands are also called Sharqiyah Sands !

 

Camels in The Sharqiyah Sands-Muscat-Oman
In the deserts you must meet them FIRST!

 

These deserts of Oman also find their way in to the largest expanse of sand in the world, the Rub’al -Khali, also called Empty Quarter or Desert of the Deserts. It stretches quite much around the Arabian peninsula going deep in Saudi Arabia and Yemen too.

 

 

Get adventurous in the Wahiba Sands
Sand dune bashing begins

 

 

Dune bashing
And we got stuck and the vehicle got tilted! A helping hand is climbing up!

 

 

When we got stuck, the boys were taking care of the vehicle whil e I was clicking pictures
The boys were working while I clicked around

 
After the fun with the Dust, Dunes and the Sand Swirls, we decided to head to our camp.  It was already 4 p.m and in the next two hours, the sun was expected to lend a beautiful sight during the sunset time. We decided to take a break and head to our tents but I was still unsure where were we settling for the night. There was hardly any hint of habitation for miles and miles. Everything was either sand or stand-still.  When the driver Mazid repeated that the camps were in the middle of the desert I really thought he was kidding until I saw them for myself.

Desert camping in Oman
The camps looked so cute, small dwellings amidst the desert
Arabian Oryx Camp
We stayed at Arabian Oryx Camp

 

Later I learnt that there are lot of opportunities of camping in the Wahiba Sands.  Spending a night in the deserts in Oman is a must do in if you are in and around Muscat.  This desert experience will always be one of the most memorable in my life.  In the middle of nowhere, in the sea of sands, its surprising to find luxury. My hut in the camp was accomplished with all the facilities. Read the coming up blog post.

 

When the Sun sets in the DESERTS!!

And I perched myself on one of the dunes
And I perched myself on one of the dunes to catch the sunset glory

 

The glories of the Sea of Sands-Wahiba Sands-Muscat-Oman
The desert looked golden and neat in layers!

 

 

Gradually more and more people joined our group
Gradually more and more people joined our group. The photographers, the travelers and nature lovers were all alert to embrace and capture the lovely sight in the sky.

 

 

And see what happened next !
The Desert looked breathtaking while the sky changed colors!

 

 

And my hut looked so beautiful in the evening lights
And my hut looked so beautiful in the evening lights

 

 

For all the fun that I did in the camp and to know about my experience of spending a night in the Wahiba Sands of Oman, you must read my follow up blog.

Bedouin Life!!

When my driver (Mazid) told us about the Bedouin style tents and the locals (called Bedouins) who chose to live in the deserts over the modern amenities of the cities, it got me really curious to peek into their lives.  I wondered what attracted them to the desert, what they ate and what did they do to meet their needs and much more?  Next day, not all but few answers went met when he took us to meet one of the Bedouin family while we were on our way to Sur.

 

In the deserts when you spot a Bedouin
In the deserts when you meet a Bedouin family!

 

Inside the Bedouin Tent in Wahiba Sands (6)
When we went closer, we met more travelers who were curious about life in the deserts!

 

Mazid, our driver guided us inside the tent to meet his Bedouin friend. We met his family. Brightly colours, multi-patterns and designs caught my interest almost instantly.  The man in blue dishdasha (local dress)  offered us the customary Omani tea in small cups and some dates to go with it.  They do this with every stranger who comes in to meet them or see-around.  For their living they make items from camel hair and sell them.

 

The Bedouins of Oman, Khanjars, camels and the great outdoors
The Bedouins of Oman

Almost everything in the tent is hand- made and camel hair is used to make the carpets and the rugs.

 

Inside the Bedouin Tent in Wahiba Sands (5)
In the deserts too, A Bedouin has a mobile phone and he was using it to woo his daughter!

 

Inside the Bedouin Tent in Wahiba Sands (4)
The water storage vessels are important in the deserts though these people know how to survive on goat and camel milk in the unavailability of water.

 

Inside the Bedouin Tent in Wahiba Sands (3)
The other side of the Real Bedouin tent in the deserts

 

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The females of the house make these to sell to the tourists.                                                      See its so full of colors!

 

Hope you enjoyed a ride into the deserts!

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5 thoughts on “The Desert, Camping fun and the Bedouins of Oman

  1. Wow..look at those pictures..Oman is definitely one beautiful must visit desert ! I am sure you would want to go back to Oman again :)

  2. Yes, you got it right Oman is an exotic and beautiful country in the Arabian peninsula. It makes a great place for the evolved travelers. Any day I would want to go back to cover the areas that I was not able to do in my first trip.

  3. i agree, You forget list out khasab, Khasab is dubbed “Norway
    of Arabia”, because of its extensive fjord-like craggy inlets and desolate mountainscapes.

  4. Oman has becomes to be known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Middle East thanks to the country’s strategic location and its unspoilt natural beauty with its scenic landscape. Musandam Oman is also one of the most beautiful tourist destination.

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