Part one – UAE – to SALALAH
Well it all started with disappointment, my wife and kids visa was not granted till Thursday evening so we decided to go directly to border and apply for manual visa, we started at 1:00 AM sharp from SHJ to Hatta Border and we reached there by 2:30 hrs, it took 2 hrs to finish formality at border by the time we entered Oman it was 04:30 – 05:00 hrs.
Stage- 1 - Hatta Border to Ibri - 05:30 am – 09:00 am
We took below route from Border to Ibri our first stop was at Lulu hyper Market.
The view from marked segment is awesome with hills, animal grazing and Wadi’s with few water ponds in between.
Stage – 2 – Ibri – Haima 10:00 – 19:00 with 1 hr stop after 250 kms and Petrol Filling
Next route from Ibri to Haima is very boring and tiring with only Flat lands till horizon with no view or Town in between, you get small villages in between after 200 – 250 Kms, Fuel stations are available after every 100 – 150 Kms. It is consisted of both two ways and 4 Track High ways, Work in progress to make it 4 Ways highway. Haima is big town will most of the facility and most of travelers stop for final stage preparation.
Final Stage - Haima to Salalah – 19:00 – 23:30 Hrs
From Haima to Thumrait again its barren land with no life in between, petrol stations are very rare so fill when you see one, No Lights on roads and its two way not very difficult but it makes challenging with Incoming Traffic.
You start seeing mountains and greenery once you cross Thumrait things begin to change with green Lush Mountains and misty climate
This is Part one of the journey, I’m not updating the things to do in Salalah as most of us know about Salalah.
Part 2 to follow soon – Salalah – UAE