Monday, November 14, 2011

Trip to Musandum

We drove through the panoramic coastal view, overlooking the Gulf of Arabia and the Straits of Hormuz and finally reached the small fishing village of Al Khasab. One can hire a dhow for a whole day or for few hours. Our trip was decided on a very short notice and so we had to be satisfied with 'brunch' from Texas Chicken , snacks from Lulu and Enoc Petrol station on our way. Some tour packages provide food as well...It's always better to book in advance. 
This Eid break we made our first trip to Musandum, Al Khasab in Oman. The kids were the most excited. We were three families and we had the most exciting of times. It's around 4 hours from Sharjah. Entry and Exit stamping consumed one and half hours at Al Dara Border.

The vague outline of the mountains became visible gradually and it was a treat to watch.

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK-one of the Emirate of U.A.E) industrial area, RAK Cement Factory, a villa under construction and the small park/beach where we had our lunch.

Love this beach view...couldnot spend much time here, would go back there sometime:)

The patterns and designs on the rocks were pretty interesting. Loads of formations...My friend said that she had heard that these formations were caused by the water which has now, obviously, receded. I was in awe when I looked at those mountains which were once immersed in water. Is that true??? I have no idea!

We were extremely lucky to get a dhow on rent for a two hour ride as we were the last to get one. They don't rent boats after 3:00pm it seems. The tour boy, Rajeev, was of great help to get one. If anyone is planning on a trip to Musandum, you could contact him. Mail me and I send you the number and details.
One could even  engage in fishing, swimming, snorkelling and diving.

And God, we were lucky to find the dolphins. But I must say it's not very pleasant for the dolphins I suppose:(  Constant motor sounds and turbulence in the water, in their direction must be a great disturbance for them. Entirely my view...

Must Haves: Passport, Camera and a Hat...if you are particular abour your skin, take your sunscreen too.


Thanks for reading.
Have a Fantastic Day, Friends!

19 comments:

DeEpAK KaRtHiK (420) said...

Snaps are just awesome... traveling is a great thing to rejoice ourselves :)

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Nisha said...

oh u had wonderful time...love the snaps...they r amazing

ArtistUnplugged said...

What beautiful photos full of lovely scenes, thanks so much for sharing!

Seema said...

Lovely pictures.

Farila said...

Loved the virtual trip through your blog. Thank you!

Joshi Mukard said...

you have got good collection of pics here

deepazartz said...

Thanks and it is true Deepak, a great way to rejuvenate:)

Thanks Nisha and sure we did have a wonderful time:)

This is just a partial glimpse of the whole lot, Teresa. If only you had seen it in person...It's awesome!!!!

Thanks Seema.

My pleasure Farila...great to have you here:)

Thanks Joshi and Welcome to my lil space. Thank you very much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Arti said...

Ah! This looks like heaven! Lovely, really awesome deepa.. Thanks :)

Ranting Indian said...

Seems to be one awesome picnic. Loved the narration and the pics. Aye Zindagi!

nishdil said...

Hey,
Thanks for the good comments... I am Deepa's younger sister Nisha. You are her friend Deepa Gopal??? I had my doubts when I saw your blog... But forgot to ask her about it... Any ways, good to see you and keep up the good work!!! It is a pleasure to see those painitings...
Nisha

Evelyn said...

Wow Deepa, sure looks like a great trip. Thanks for sharing, Ev

Sarmistha said...

Enjoyed this trip virtually thru your blog.
Thanks a bunch for dropping by and leaving that sweet note:)

Bella Sinclair said...

Wow! Looks like a wonderful trip! The wide expanse of mountain and ocean are beautiful. Three families traveling together -- how FUN!

deeps said...

just stopping by...
so it s not all about deserts, camels and oil fields :)

joshi daniel said...

you have made this look even more beautiful!

Tessy said...

Have heard so much about musandam, plan to visit sometime soon, first tome on your blog, really nice design and visuals.

Julie said...

What a beautiful place!!!

yoon see said...

Wow! What a wonderful trip! I think you must be planning for your next trip!

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