Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Muscat Indian Embassy in Muscat Indian Embassy in Muscat is located at Jami'at Al-Dowal Al-Arabiya Street,Diplomatic Area, Al Khuwair, Musct, Oman Phone: +968.24684500 Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Muscat A valid passport for 6 months from the date of travel Visa application forms Hotel confirmation proof Return tickets Travel Insurance Time Required: 5 Working Days About Muscat Muscat is the Oman's largest city as well as its capital. The metropolitan city is also regarded as a global city. The total area of Muscat is 3500 sq km and is made up of six provinces. In the olden days, Muscat used to be an important port for trading between the east and the west. Muscat has developed drastically in the 70's and has become quite a popular tourist destination. One of the many reasons why people travel to Muscat is because of its rich history. The current city of Muscat used to be three separate towns, namely, Muscat, Matrah and Ruwi. Places to Visit in Muscat Once in Muscat, there are a number of places you can go to like, the Nizwa fort, you can go on a Wadi Safari in Wadi Bani Khalid, you can go on a safari tours in the Hajar mountains. You can also visit the Bait Al Zubair museum. If you'd like to have fun by the seaside then you should visit the Qurum beach or the Al Sifah beach. You should definitely make time to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the beautiful and majestic mosque will surely impress you. It doesn't matter if you're a fan of Opera or not, you should definitely consider visiting the Royal Opera House. Visiting Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque, one of the grandest mosques in Muscat, should definitely be on your list. You could go on a fun off road tour as well. If you're interested in exploring the nature along with wildlife, then you should definitely visit the Wadi Al Arbeieen. You could also go on a dolphin or whale watching trip while you're in Muscat. How to Reach Muscat Tourists generally prefer to travel to Muscat by air. Oman's main international airport is Muscat International Airport. It shouldn't take you more than 20 minutes to reach the city from the airport. You can easily hail a taxi from the airport to take you to the city. Almost all major airlines travel to Muscat and the number keeps increasing each year. You'll be able to fly from Salalah to Muscat at least twice every week. You can reach Muscat from Dubai by bus; the journey takes somewhere around 6 hours. You can also reach Muscat from Abu Dhabi by bus. You'll find all long-distance buses at Oman National Transport Company which is located in the city of Ruwi. You can also reach the city of Muscat from United Arab Emirates by car. In that case you'll have to cross the border in Al Ain, the journey typically takes somewhere around 5 hours. Muscat is also accessible from Yemen by road. It Will take you somewhere around 16 hours to get to Muscat from Yemen by road Travelling in Muscat Once in Muscat, you'll have no problem with transportation, Maxi Taxis are a popular mode of transportation, they are also referred to as 'baisa buses'. They are quite economical. Regular orange taxis will charge you significantly more than the maxi taxis. You'll find them around the hotels. For an Airport trip, you'll be charged around 8 Rial which can ideally be haggled down to 5 Rials. Bear in mind, Maxi Taxis will not go wherever you want them to, so it is important that you make sure the one you've hailed is going the way you want to go. A typical journey around Muscat will cost you around 300 Baisa. You could also rent a car to travel around Muscat. According to the Omani Police website, your home country's driving license will be valid in Oman for 90 days, but you should nevertheless ask for the same information from a car rental company. You'll be able to find offices of car rental companies in the arrivals terminal of the airport. Best Time to Visit Best time to visit Muscat is from November to April. During winter months, the temperature stays around 20 degrees which is ideal for tourists. Daytime is quite enjoyable but they’re still hot. If you wish to camp in the mountains during that time, then you know that it can be almost freezing cold. You might get rainfall in the mountains during late afternoons. If in case you're travelling to Oman during summer months you should be wary of the fact that it can be very hot. Summer months are not ideal for visiting Muscat. In case you're visiting Muscat during Ramadan month, there are a few thighs you shouldn't do. You shouldn't eat, drink or smoke during the daylight hours to respect their religion and traditions. Also, you should avoid wearing extravagant clothes during that time. What to Pack? There are a couple of things you should be mindful of while visiting Oman. The first and foremost consideration should be the fact that Oman is a Muslim country and as such, in order to show respect towards their religion and culture you should dress conservatively. Your shoulders and your knees should be covered at all times. Women should cover their hair while visiting a mosque. The desert as well as the coast can be very hot thus, you should wear long sleeve shirts, trousers and in order to protect your head from the sun you should wear a hat. If you wish to go camping in the mountains during the winter months, you should know that it can be freezing cold and thus you'll require proper and adequate winter wear. Below is a list of things you should definitely bring with you on a trip to Oman: Pants appropriate for hiking Hiking shoes Proper headgear to protect your head from the sun like Hats Sun glasses are a must You should make sure that your clothes are loose fitting. it is recommended that you should wear natural fabrics like cotton etc. Natural fabrics are comfortable to wear in that climate and are also easier to clean than synthetic fabrics. You can bring a scarf to wrap your head while visiting a mosque. Otherwise you can easily buy a scarf there for the purpose If your plan includes watching a show at the Royal Opera House, then you should definitely bring your formals. To go for a swim in a public beach, you 'd require a full sleeves T shirt and a pant that covers upto your knees at least. You should know that it is illegal in Muscat to do sunbathing while topless. although you can do so if you're in a private pool of an International hotel. Wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt will also protect you from jellyfish stings. Long sleeves t shirts and long pants will also protect you from mosquitoes. Keeping the scorching heat in mind, you should always wear sandals or slippers. If you plan on visiting the countryside you should wear sneakers.You should wear slippers while you're on the beach as there are sharp rocks and sharp shells You should bring Sunscreen with you, it is also advisable that you bring a mosquito repellant cream as well. Sometimes you'll not be provided with toilet papers, so it is safe to bring some with you. In case you're planning to bring your camera with you there are certain considerations you should be mindful of. First off you should ensure that sand cannot get inside your camera thereby wrecking it. You should also consider bringing an underwater camera with you if you plan on going snorkeling. You could also case your camera in such a way so that water cannot get in and damage your camera. In case the camera you're bringing is a DSLR, you should bring a polarizer with you since the sun can be quite harsh. Top Delicacies Omani dates, Omani Halwa and Kawa are some of the food items you have to try while you're in Muscat. Omani cuisine is heavily influenced by Chinese cuisine, Indian Cuisine and Turkish cuisine. You shouldn't expect fresh vegetables while in Muscat, most of the times you'll find frozen vegetables. But the fish will indeed be awesome and fresh. The Omanis have their own version of hummus and bread which you'll surely find to be quite enjoyable. You'll be able to find fruit juice shops very easily. Sometimes they mix it up and serve it with ice. Sodas are also found everywhere. Oman being an Islamic country have several restrictions regarding consumption and sale of alcohol. In order to be able to buy alcohol, you’ll have to obtain a license that'd authorize you to buy alcoholic beverages. To buy alcohol you'll have to visit any international hotel. Indian Restaurants in Muscat Begum's at Way 3521 and Al Khuwair Street, Muscat 113, Oman. Serves Indian and Asian cuisine. Contact restaurant at +968 9307 2000. Kurkum at Way No. 08, Mutrah, Corniche | Corniche, Muscat 117, Oman. Serves Indian and Asian cuisine. Contact restaurant at +968 24 714114. Mumtaz Mahal Qurum | P.O Box: 1142, Muttrah, Muscat 114, Oman. Serves Indian and Asian cuisine. Contact restaurant at +968 24 605907 Shopping List Essentials Once you're in Oman, it'd wise to buy Omani Khanjars as Souvenir. Other than that, there are a few shopping locations you must visit while you're in Muscat, these are as follows Mutrah souk or Mutrah marketplace is regarded as one of the best ones in the entire gulf region. You'll also find a fish market there. The souk is a good place to buy jewellery and handicrafts. You can also buy souvenirs or gifts from there. If you want to try some local delicacies, then you should definitely visit the souk. Sabco centre is also a good place to go shopping. It is made up of a number of shopping centres. The handicrafts available at the Mutrah Souk are also available there. At the Oman Avenues Mall, not only will be able to shop, but also, you'll be able to have dinner over there. There's also a place there for your kids to have fun. The Oman Avenues Mall offers a number of entertainment options. This place is very popular with the locals as well as the tourists. No other mall in Oman is as big as the Muscat City Centre. You'll find a lot of shops over there, you must visit it at least once while you're in Oman. The Al Fair is a supermarket chain that sells almost anything that you might require. You'll be able to spot them quite easily Healthcare Centers There are a number of healthcare centers in Oman that provide quality healthcare options. I'll list them below for you: Babylon Medical Centre in Amerat. Royal Hospital Badr Al Sama Hospital Atlas Star Medical Centre Al Shatti Hospital Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Emergency Contact Numbers Omantel Call Centre: 1300 Police / Fire / Ambulance: 9999 Royal Oman Police: 24560099 Royal Oman Police Salalah: 23290099 Currency The currency of Oman is Omani Rial. The coin denominations are as follows 5 Baisa 10 Baisa 25 Baisa 50 Baisa Local Do’s and Don’ts Do’s Do accept refreshments when offered, as it’s considered rude to decline Do respect the faith of those who live in Oman Don’ts Don’t wear too short or revealing clothes Don't take pictures of women without their consent Basics of Local Communication: Being a gulf country, it is obvious that the official as well as the national language of Oman is Arabic. Although in tourist locations as well as in city areas English is spoken and understood. Minority languages are Urdu, Hindi, Swahili etc. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? 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