Hidden World! Balad Sayt in Oman Mountains .....{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 (217)

JO Cervantes D on July 22, 2012


zaro1965 on July 25, 2012

Wonderful image, Like159.

Best wishes, Zaro

M.Kranenborg-Torn on July 25, 2012

Very nice to see, like.

Greetings from Greetje

Bernardo Nieuwland on July 25, 2012

The village and the mountain look like one! Really inspiring. L+F Greetings from Peru Bernardo Nieuwland

SuMaKa on July 25, 2012

What a amazing and wonderful view ! A beautifully located village ! Great shot and scenery !

I liKe !

Greetings from Sweden, Björn

Patricia Pato on July 25, 2012

Hola Bassam,impresionante vista! LIKE!!!-Saludos-Patricia

kenfowkes on July 25, 2012

Voted! Greetings.

عـــابر on July 26, 2012

لقطة رائعة ومميزة

تقبل سلامي

Carles G on July 26, 2012

Fantastic view. Like. Best regards, Carles

Majka44 on July 27, 2012

Very beautiful shot and view.

LIKE 165

Greetings and best wishes from Slovakia


Kielymo on July 27, 2012

very impressive village! Like!

KBB on July 27, 2012

Really great shot!!


Best wishes!!


Andrei Matusov on July 27, 2012

Very beautiful photo, beautiful town. Excellent shot!


adoverboy2 on July 30, 2012

Hi ~Bassam, Very impressive composition depicting the protective embrace of Bilad Sayt, nice work!

cusocom on August 17, 2012

Like & Favorite

بسم الله ما شاء الله أخي بسام صورة رائعة جدا ً بارك الله فيك

تقبل تحياتي ساز نور السعودية

Мария Чистякова on September 16, 2012

Striking scene !!!

Hello, Bassam!

Bassam Jayousi on October 19, 2012

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam

janusz_k on October 20, 2012

Sunny town on the huge dark wall background. L

Remzi AYDIN on January 19, 2013

Very nice, LIKE. Best wishes,Remzi AYDIN.

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  • Uploaded on June 5, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Taken on 2012/06/05 10:54:58