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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  • Completely restored Bahla Fort, and we were the only ones visiting it. Incredible UNESCO place, must must must visit. Only 40km or so from Nizwa, easy drive. Beware of some bats in the dark rooms! :)  more »
  • To just visit this for is a long way to go, so the best thing to do is combine it with a trip to Nizwa fort and perhaps the Hoota Cave. This is a very in-touristy place, with nothing much other than t...  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit. Gorgeous views from inside. Don't miss the overall view of the Castle from a distance: looks really (especially at sunset) a sand Castle ...
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  • Nice historic destination. Must visit in Bahla along with poetry factory
  • Bahla is a small old township with lot of historic traditional buildings and a fort.. You can even see a small wall similar to Chinese great wall around Bahla. Bahla fort is one of the main attractions in this place. Bahla Fort, with its walls and towers of mud brick on stone foundations is a UNESCO heritage site which is worth visiting..
  • Majestic, and huge in comparison to the other forts. As usual, the fort has lot of narrow passages, secret chambers and guard posts. Restoration is heavy and it may not be surprising if you find it similar to a Hollywood cinema set. The abandoned village around is also worth visting, though bit ghostly and lonely.
  • a true historic place MUST VISIT if u r neer
  • Amazing well retored structure. Unfortunatelly there are no indications, display, audioguides

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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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