Bahla Fort, Nizwa

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Tour the World Heritage Site of Bahla Fort, a vast mud-brick fortress, built during the 13th and 14th centuries. The fort was constructed by the Nabhani dynasty, rulers of the region at the time, but fell into disrepair throughout the ages, until it was recently extensively restored. Admire the towering fort walls, nestled on a sandstone foundation, explore its nooks and crannies, and enjoy the vista of the surroundings from the hilltop castle. Arrange your visit to Bahla Fort and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nizwa using our Nizwa road trip tool .
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  • During our tour in the Sultanate of Oman, we did stop to Bahla and we got to see the imposing Fort that was recognized a Unesco World Heritage site, lovely mud with ancient stone base.
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  • a huge fort located in a small town or the souk has little interest as many cities and villages
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  • A very large, with a normal price and pretty strong. The only problem presented by the Fort is that it is "bare", i.e. in virtually any room there is furniture or something, otherwise the castle is huge and is restored.
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  • Location was beautiful and fort was very well restored. There were zero signs or pamphlets so I had no clue what I was looking at. Every room looked the same and it got old quick. Would be helpful if they labeled things or had some more information about the fort while touring around.
  • Look, the fort is impressive. But there's not a single piece of information about the fort or it's many rooms anywhere to be found. So like... You dont learn anything or gain knowledge about the fort or it's history. Furthermore, there are no artifacts or things to look at. It's literally a fort and that's all. It certainly could be improved with more info or guides to explain things.
  • This is one of UNESCO World heritage sites. Simple and plain Walls not much of an attraction inside. While the whole Fort is a sight of beauty from the outside because of its enormous walls and tower. Every visitor will have to pay 500 baisa as entrance fee.
  • A big fort. It has a small museum display inside as well. It has been maintained well
  • Did you know that Bahla Fort is a UNESCO site ? Quite impressive. Well worth a visit if you are in Nizwa or visiting Al Hoota Cave. Visit the Bahla Souq across the street, esp on Saturday. Be advised that the fort is only open before prayer (8-11am) on Fridays. Be advised that the Pakistani lad in the blue shirt will want to be your tour guide, but will ask for 3 OMR per person AFTER the very limited-English tour. Don't expect much insight into the history or mechanics of the fort- there are few signs and only a small information sheet given with your ticket. ** Don't forget to pay a visit to Tanuf Village Ruins while you are in the area.

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Nizwa has relatively few accommodations to offer its guests, drawn to the historical core of the former capital. The relative lack of tourist infrastructure may well be what's keeping the traditional feel of the city center alive. A couple of standard hotels can be found in the center, and a few more in the towns to the north and south along Highway 21. The capital, Muscat, lies about an hour and a half's drive to the north-east along a good quality highway. Most visitors simply visit Nizwa during a day trip from the capital.
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