February 26th, 2010 – by: vances
John interfaces with some camels along the road outside of Bat...
We were heading towards Ibri, where we had reservations for the night, and our final target on the way there was another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beehive tombs of Bat. These diminutive stone huts which shelter group burial sites are exceedingly old. Research dates the earliest tombs back to 3000 B.C. and their resting spot in the Hajar mountain range has allowed them to withstand the ages remarkably well. Unfortunately we got a bit lost in our search for Bat --- none of the roads are signposted in Oman so it is difficult to be certain which road you are on. John had taken over driving duties in Jabreen, however, and espied some tombs on a ridge beside the road we were on.
We pulled off the road and sized up how to get back there when an Omani working in the field noticed us and gestured how to zig zag through the wadi separating us from the tombs.
An incredible backdrop for the Beehive Tombs
A magnificent setting, the tombs were highlighted by a backdrop of stark mountains and deep blue skies.
We spent about a half hour investigating this splendid area and even though it wasn’t the “official” UNESCO site, I doubt there is much difference. Oman
is basically a galaxy of cool things to explore.
There was still a bit of a drive to Ibri, but we eventually arrived at the Ibri Oasis Hotel, next to the local camel racetrack. In all the restaurants and hotels the attendants seemed to be completely comprised of Omanis, but here the staff was mostly Indian. We had a hunch that might impact the menu in the restaurant, and it certainly did. In addition to a nice complement of Indian dishes, the menu had several Chinese and Thai options.
It was our last night in Oman and we were tired, but Mark and I had one last town to fight over and I won another Spite & Malice duel. Mark may have kicked my butt up and down Jordan, but I owned Oman!
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