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Bahla Fort

Address: Oasis of Bahla, Nizwa, Oman
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Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Nizwa
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This site is currently undergoing repairs. Tours are unavailable at this time.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We stopped by Bahla fort on the way to Nizwa and Muscat. As it was a UNESCO site, we thought that we should see it. The fort has lots of nooks and crannies to explore, but lacks any printed information. Some of the other visitors came with tour guides, which is probably a good idea to learn more about the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Lovely fort, lots to explore and see, but no idea of what was what due to a lack of guides (printed). One of the best on the region, entrance was free but normally 0.5 OMR. Worth a visit as part of a tour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

we drove all the way to banal from Muscat to visit the fort. It is a superb building , very well renovated but , unfortunately, no explanation or people able to help in English. It is brand new but support structure still have to come. Worth visiting but I would not go there on purpose, is not worth 6 hours... More

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Muscat, Oman
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I had heard a lot about this place and so it was on my list of must see when I visited that area. But I was utterly disapointed!! The reason is that firstly, the renovation & restoration done inside the fort has to a large extent destroyed the originality of the place. Secondly, the places inside have been poorly marked.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The fort has been nicely restored and maintained - very little litter lying around which is a nice change. We preferred it to the Nizwa fort which was quite plain.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The place by itself is brilliant. The old ruins around the fort take you back in time. Unfortunately for us, the fort was being renovated when we went, so make sure you check whether its open for visitors before travelling. Besides, the place itself has a magical history worth reading about before you go...all in all it was a great... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is another of the well preserved Forts of the region. Take a tour and have the guide explain the hidden details about these old fortresses and how the defended themselves. There is no such thing as wheelchair access around these buildings or stroller. You will be ducking and weaving your way around the narrow paths and corridors. But you... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The main photo on trip advisor is wrong - it shows the mosque in Nizwa. Bahla Fort built in the 13th C is one of the largest forts in the Oman. The mud brick walls are a towering 50m. It was closed when I visited but after extensive rebuilding has just re-opened to the public. It is one of just... More

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London
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13 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Incredible construction, high above the plains. Real sense of atmosphere and history. Sprawling construction, over many centuries, but I found it difficult to get a sense of how it was occupied and used (appreciate that is my ignorance but no printed material available either) Loved the bat cave!

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

In some ways we enjoyed this even more than Nizwa--there were more hidden nooks and crannies, stairways and ladders to explore. That said, it really helped to see Nizwa first with its much better explanations of Omani fortresses. It was a big hit with our 7-year-old too--the little bats that flew out of the darker rooms made for some excitement.

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