Right on the road from Muscat to Nizwa, make a small detour and you will find the beautiful village of Birkat Al Mauz - a real ghost town, that was abandoned in 1959, right after the Jebel Akhdar campaign. The local population was later on moved to a modern village, built on the East side of the mountains. Located at the botton of the Jebel Akhdar, at only 30 minutes from Nizwa, Birkat Al Mauz is an oasis, home to many birds, dense date and banana plantations. The village is quite impressive and will help you in understanding how was life in Oman at ancient times. Be careful while exploring the village, since the old and abandoned buildings are very unstable. Enjoy the remains of door frames, old paintings and other itens forgotten in and on the abandoned buildings. And finally, don't miss stolling along the old Al Sharieh Falaj - "Falajs" are the water channels rooted to the history of Oman and considered World Heritage by Unesco - which still runs through the village. After Birkat Al Mauz continue climbing the" Green Mountains" or Jebel Akhdar (that are not "green" indeed), enjoying the incredible views and the terraced farms, growing peaches, grapes, pomegranates and roses ... A 4x4 vehicle is a must. Enjoy!
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