Every year on our way back to Mumbai after the Christmas break we do a stopover. We've been to Istanbul, Sri Lanka, Jordan and now to Oman. After an overnight flight we landed bright and early in Muscat and hired a car to get to Mutrah.
Oman is very historic. At one time it was ruled as a Portuguese colony and a lot of forts and castles remain from this time. Today the country is ruled by Sultan Qaboos as an absolute monarchy - however he seems popular among the Omani people and his photo appears everywhere. There are lots of watchtowers around Mutrah and Muscat.
Our first day in Mutrah was spent walking around, through the souk and along the Corniche to Old Muscat where the Sultan's Palace is.
The Sultan's Palace - built on the site of the former British Embassy!
Hats in a window in Mutrah souk