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 (221)

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.

Ahmet Bekir on January 21, 2013

Great and unique capture dear Bassam, thanks for sharing...Liked+YS, best wishes and salaams from Macedonia, Ahmet

Bassam Jayousi on January 21, 2013

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

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Suzen N on February 9, 2013

Thank you to showing us this awesome place,dear friend...!!!Very impressive picture!I see ,it's not easy to make it...may be birds help you...))

greetings,Suzen

Bartolomeo “passione… on February 12, 2013

L'atmosfera di questi paesaggi è favolosa.

SS LLKK

Un caro saluto

Bartolo

Fotis Tentolouris on February 17, 2013

Very nice! Like -220

Bassam Jayousi on February 18, 2013

Suzen, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 18, 2013

Bartolo, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes, Bassam


shmbor on March 19, 2013

Very interesting capture! LIKE Best regards, Boris :)

iñako82 on March 21, 2013

amazing place! nice capture, greetings

Bassam Jayousi on March 22, 2013

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

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


hschwe on May 26, 2013

Awesome view, excellent composition and fabulous work!

Like and Favorite!

Kind regards from the Lower Rhine, Helmut

André Ivan .©om on June 2, 2013

Nice place. Nice shot. I liked.

樋口友克 on July 30, 2013

wonder━━━ヽ(*´□`)ノ゙━━━ful!!

Bassam Jayousi on July 31, 2013

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

Greetings, Bassam


nelu faur on August 12, 2013

Great photo, a very beautiful view !

LIKE & FAV, Greetings

JuanadeArco/ " NO VI… on December 1, 2013

Impressive perfection,I like

Best wishes,JuanadeArco

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

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