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 (218)

Giannis Korilis on June 5, 2012

amazing!! beautiful creation!...L...pappous

Andrzej on June 5, 2012

Wonderful photo and beautiful place.



Ocminter octavio on June 5, 2012

Hermosa vista


Un gran saludo, Feliz semana, Octavio

FotOlga on June 5, 2012

Very beautiful place, nice composition! L + F. Greetings, Olga

Giorgos Dimitriadis on June 5, 2012

Excellent shot YSL Best wishes,George

Elena Belloso on June 5, 2012

Impressive picture Bassam,,,wonderful wiew!

LIKE!.....cheers Elena

Andrzej - Tomasz on June 5, 2012

Niesamowity widok jak i położenie tej górskiej wioski

Peter van Lom on June 5, 2012

L; Great view and interesting INFO, greetings.

Ondřej Havelka on June 5, 2012

The old village in your photo has a beautiful atmosphere dear friend, nice informative commentary, like16 + f7 :-)

vilero on June 5, 2012

Gran disparo y bonita foto, me recuerda a los belenes que poniamos en nuestras casas cuando eramos pequeños saludos desde españa

Zabb Csaba on June 5, 2012

An excellent photo. YSL

Kind regards, Csaba

Heinz Peierl on June 5, 2012

Sehr schön liegt der Ort am Berg so schön geschützt von Berg daneben.

Like 18

Danke für Deinen Besuch in meiner Galerie und die netten Worte.

Viele Grüße von der Mosel


mustafa taşkın on June 5, 2012

Wonderful photo and beautiful place.nice composition..LIKE. Greetings, Mustafa

Gabor Retei on June 5, 2012

Interesting view, great picture!


Greetings from Vancouver, Gabe

Eckart u. Annemarie … on June 5, 2012

Like20 for this very nice photo. Best wishes, Eckart and Annemarie

Kai Kitsada on June 5, 2012

nice shot...........F 9 + L 22

❤ Nadiа ❤ on June 5, 2012

Hello, My Friend Bassam!!

Admirable Place...

Like & Favourite

Milan Stojanović on June 5, 2012

Beautiful view and photo,Bassam!


Best wishes,Stoja

Jaroslav Klečka on June 5, 2012

Interesting place, nice village, grate shot. I Like it. Kind regards, Jaroslav

Pepino on June 5, 2012

it is very nice shot, like 26, best wishes

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