the tranquil town of Balad Sayt - Hajar Mountain Range in Oman ....{by Bassam}

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Deep in Oman's countryside are many villages that still retain their traditional charm and sense of rural solitude. Perhaps the most appealing of these is Bilad Sayt, a tranquil mountain hamlet tucked away in the protective embrace of Al Rostaq's rugged hills.Every year scores of local and foreign tourists make the bumpy journey by 4WD and on foot for a glimpse of this remote village and its picturesque settings. They marvel at its unspoilt beauty and traditional character, which is a world away from the bustle and stress that generally characterises life in urban areas.

Bilad Sayt's old-world appeal lies in its cluster of stone-and-mud dwellings laid out like steps along the slope of a rocky hill. It is a typical Omani communal-style settlement, not very different from the old neighbourhoods of Al Hamra, Nizwa and Adam where homes are built in a tight huddle. A labyrinth of narrow pathways connects these atmosphere dwellings, some of which are even two or three storeys high. A formidable square tower, now in poignant ruin, stands on top of the hill overlooking Bilad Sayt.

A verdant swathe of date palms and a patchwork of terraced fields accentuate the scenic beauty of this natural setting. All around are the impressive profiles of mountains that are a part of the Jebal Shams range.From somewhere deep within these mountains emerge crystal streams of water that eventually feed the village's two main aflaj. These nurture the area's lush heritage of date palm gardens and farms below. The overflow ends up in the wadi that skirts Bilad Sayt and meanders on for about 7km, cutting a deep swathe through the surrounding mountains.

Before it joins forces with the spectacular Wadi Bani Auf downstream, this wadi creates dramatic gorges that also invite discovery. Adding to the village's rustic charm is the sight of farmers tending lush fields of alfalfa, and womenfolk returning from the mountain springs with pots of fresh water gingerly balanced on their heads. In summer, men from the village set out early every morning to scour the nearby mountains for the bhoot tree that produces a type of sweet, purple-coloured berry. The tree usually grows along the ridges of high mountains, notably in Jabal Shams and Al Jabal al Akhdar, and its fruit is hugely coveted by Omanis around the Sultanate. Moreover, the bhoot is widely touted for its nutritive and health properties.

While looking for berries in the mountains, the villagers also check out caves and crannies for honey stashed away by wild bees. This pure, natural honey is also in great demand around the Sultanate. Because of its location high in the mountains of the Jebal Shams range, Bilad Sayt enjoys moderate daytime temperatures even in summer while the rest of the interior region sizzles. Winter weather can be especially pleasant. Just three kilometres from Bilad Sayt is another tranquil Omani village located deep in the wedge of mountains.

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Comments (104)

Sukainah on January 18, 2012

Excellent. L+F. Greetings, Sukainah

Bassam Jayousi on January 18, 2012

Thank you Sukainah for visit, nice comment and for the L+F

Greetings, Bassam

javad aleali on January 18, 2012

Very beautiful village


Very good composition, Very nice view! Like!

Nico Sebaste on January 18, 2012

Great shot and composition! Like! Greetings from Italy, Nico!

Bassam Jayousi on January 19, 2012

javad Ale ali, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like

Best wishes, Bassam

Bassam Jayousi on January 19, 2012

Moorteufel, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like

Best wishes, Bassam

Bassam Jayousi on January 19, 2012

Nick, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like

Best wishes, Bassam

Bassam Jayousi on January 19, 2012

Nico Sebaste, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like

Best wishes, Bassam

Bassam Jayousi on January 19, 2012

javad Ale ali



Nico Sebaste

Thank you dear Panoramio friends for visits, nice comments and for the Liks's

Wish you ALL the very best, Bassam

Leif Fielstrup Guldb… on January 19, 2012

Excellent image, I love the truck. LIKE#26.

Greetings from Sweden, Leif.

dzonihsv on January 20, 2012

Splendid composition. BIG LIKE!

Bassam Jayousi on January 23, 2012

Leif, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like.

Greetings, Bassam

Bassam Jayousi on January 23, 2012

dzonihsv, thank you very much for visit, nice comment and for the Like29.

Greetings, Bassam

Isakti Wijaya Bw on February 2, 2012

Views of the houses on the hill, it is very charming, good job. L34 & F18.

Thank you Bassam Al Jayousi, this photo was on display at the group simplify of life.

Greetings to you and your entire family. sakti

Bassam Jayousi on February 2, 2012

Sakti, thank you very much for visit, wonderful comment & for the L34+F18

Best wishes, Bassam.

Alexander Nikolov on February 3, 2012

Really nice photo! Incredible!

Bassam Jayousi on February 3, 2012

This village is really something, one of the hardest places to get to, you have to drive with 4x4 an incredible road in the massive mountains of Oman, a tough thing to do, but the reward is worth it, this tiny tranquil village in the middle of nowhere, breathtaking!

Thank you dear friend for visit and the Like35

Best wishes, Bassam

mexo-t on February 11, 2012

اكثر من رائعه تحياتي لك

mexo-t on February 11, 2012

L+F ^_^

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 16, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: SONY DSC-T70
    • Taken on 2009/01/10 15:01:08
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 6.33mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash