Route: Salalah – Taqah – Mirbat – Salalah
The excursion begins with a visit to the old fishing village of ‘Taqah’, famous for the ‘Dried Sardines’ & its traditional & old ‘Dhofari Houses’. Visit the century-old ‘Taqah Castle’, the former official residence of the ‘Wali’ (Governor) of the region & obtain a glimpse into the rich history of the region.
Continue onto the ancient ruins of the once famous city of Sumharam (KhorRohri). The city was the easternmost outpost of the Hadramawt Kingdom on the ancient incense route between the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf, and India. Khor Rori was an important port on the coast of Dhofar, and one of the major trading cities with frankincense believed to have been the hub &harbour for the shipping of Frankincense (UNESCO World Heritage site). A picturesque drive then leads you to ‘Mirbat’, the ancient capital of Dhofar, and the beginning of the ‘Frankincense trail’. Stroll through the streets lined with old Omani mud houses & visit the ‘twin-domed Bin Ali’s Tomb’ as a photo stop …a classic example of medieval architecture.
On our way back to the hotel, explore the beauty of Wadi Darbat.
Return to the hotel by late noon.