Day10:Bait Al Baranda, Muttrak Souk and Riyam Park

Mausin stopped the Yukon in front of  Bait Al Baranda. It was akin to Bait Al Zubair. 1 OMR for adult and 500 Baisa for children were charged from us. It was related to museum and you’ll know about the history, climate, traditions, geology,art, metals, minerals, resources (both renewable and non renewable), tradition of Muscat in relation to Arab territory and world. If you are crazy about the same then both, Bait Al Zubair & Bait Al Baranda are indispensable. After roaming the Baranda we came out and visited Muttrah Souk.

Muttrah Souq is one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world because Muscat is the world’s largest natural harbor and has seen immense trade in the age of sail, being strategically located on the way to India and China. It has been named after darkness because of the crowded stalls and lanes where the sunrays do not infiltrate during the day and the shoppers need lamps to know their destinations. The name of the market has been drawn specifically from the part that extends from Al Lawatiya Mosque to Khour Bimba where the place is really full of stores and stalls and the narrow area of lanes does not allow the sunlight to enter. The market was a source of supply for Omanis where they can buy their needs in the 1960s when life requirements were simpler than today. Most of the goods were imported, in addition to local products like textiles, fruit, vegetables and dates. (Source: Wikipedia)

We were there for the second time and in full swing to shop the resplendent products. “Hold your purse strings”, my mind commented to me, personally 🙂 “Life does not have a guarantee scheme…don’t show your parsimonious stance, you won’t get chance in future to be here….so shop with all your strength” 🙂 We made group and started exploring the oldest market in Arab world. The most notable part of the Souk apart from the products was, Bargaining. “A bit of India in Oman :)”, was my personal comment. So you can learn and save some OMR, if you visit there. I was the first one among my family members to exit the market and I smiled when I saw almost every member coming out with poly bags in their hand. “Come, we’ll take refreshments”, Urmila mausi proclaimed. I was unique there with the eatable item, egg sandwich while other members preferred juice. After having refreshments we reached the last spot of the day, Riyam park.

Riyam park is located opposite to sea and is admirable for its massive dimension. But we visited the park in the noon time and the scorching heat of the sun melted our strengths is seconds and this was the worst verdict we took. So learn the lesson again, always prefer to sojourn Riyam park in morning or in the evening. And I must appreciate the Omanis and their government for the superb maintenance of the park. We were there for a short time and soon egressed in order to circumvent the heat.

I f you see the white dome shape architecture anywhere in Muscat…it is The Riyam Park.

About Harshit Chauhan

I am a person, a dreamer who fly on the wings of dreams but don’t know how to achieve them. I am one of those who can do arduous tasks but at time fail to do the simplest of them. I envisage, concentrating on one particular thing as the dirty end of the stick and sometimes multitude say that i’m a patient of mood disorder . The whole enchilada, from soda to hock humanity say and ruminate that I’m perpetually in a scurry to effectuate something and I too consider them impeccable, for I want to attain stability in my metabolism, which presently is going through nadir, at the lowest ebb. Friends and other acquaintances eulogize me for my zany humor. I’m a avid reader and writer and presently I’m delving into blogging zeal ie. on My other chief passions apart from the above are travelling, eating, ruminating, listening to quality music, watching birds and clouds and being solitude. In short, I want to triumph my divine, limpid and creme de la creme intentions which I’m ensuing from past many gargantuan years and have made big sacrifices too. I pray, to take the Chequered flag and my relinquishments don’t go squander so that after so many damp squibs, I can witness my rest of life in its full glory.

Posted on December 2, 2012, in Travelogue and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing these scenes from your travels…and thanks for the “like”.

  2. Your photos are pretty cool or amazing! Listen, can you follow me back because I followed you and I want to get the word of my art out to the public!

  3. U r welcome, Joni.
    take care,
    Harshit Chauhan

  4. ha ha ha. mow to worry, I’ll certainly following you.
    take care,
    Harshit Chauhan

  5. you are welcome, Joni.
    thankx for the visit, like and comment.
    take care
    Harshit Chauhan

  6. I love your pages and your form of self-expression, it is a pleasure to have you share your gifts through your pages Thank you. I have nominated you for blog of the Year please visit my page Blog of the year awards and nominations Thank you! Revised
    Posted on December 9, 2012

  7. Thankx for the nomination, It really means a lot to me,
    Take care,
    Harshit Chauhan

  8. Hello Harshit!
    Thanks for checking out my blog today. And what a pleasure it is to read yours. I had not read anything about Muscat before, and I really liked your post on the markets there. Moody and full of color. I’m going to follow your blog from now on, thank you! Hope you follow mine, I’ll have much more to share.
    Best regards! Ric Gibbs

  9. Thankx for the appreciation. Glad that my work is praised.
    I’ll be certainly following you 🙂
    take care and keep visiting.
    If u want, we be friends on facebook too, I have already posted my facebook link on my blog.
    Harshit Chauhan

  10. Hi Harshit. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I am glad you did, as I see that your blog contains a very interested and spirited discussion of your recent travels. I will be sure to check in now and then to see how your trip turns out. Cheers!

  11. Thankx for the compliment, Like, Visit and comment.
    Even i’m glad that you visited my blog.
    Will be happy to connect with you.
    Take care and keep visiting.
    Harshit Chauhan

  12. You have been to places I have only dreamed about. Muscat looks interesting!

  13. Certainly it is. But you never know when you get a chance .So eagerly wait for that good day, its not far away. 🙂
    Take care

  14. The egg sandwich sounds good… of my favorites…I enjoyed reading this.

  15. Glad to hear this.
    Thankx for the reading and visit.
    take care
    Harshit Chauhan

  16. Margaret Sullivan

    I always enjoy to read your blog. The pic is amazing. Riyam park is so beautiful!

  17. wow 🙂

  18. the pic is awesome 🙂

  19. awesome pic of the city 🙂

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