Nakhal fort is one of the first sights we visited during our trip to Oman in May 2013. We have fall in love with this fort for the great scenery it offers from the roof top. Once you are on the top you can see all surrounding houses, farms and palm trees which extend to about 4 miles, and what makes it more amazing, Nakhal fort stands on huge, irregular in shape rock where you can notice clearly how the fort rises from the ground (200 feet height).
The fort dates back to pre-Islam and it has been restored many times. You can get a small booklet once you enter to the fort, this booklet has a good information about the history and the structure of the fort. Or you can visit Oman ministry of tourism website to get some information before starting your trip.
When visiting the fort during midday, make sure you have enough water. Our tour inside the fort took two hours. We spent our time there moving between different rooms arriving to the top and we enjoyed taking wonderful photos in different corners. The fort consists of two floors. The ground floor includes the mosque, dates store, different rooms and water well. The second floor is dedicated for the governor “Al Wali” and his family stays. There are beautiful decorative ornaments on the doors and windows, also you can find inside the rooms different antique collections.
Nakhal fort is a great place for photographers, you may need to carry with you special gears like light filters particularly if you are visiting the fort from 9 am -2 pm which is during harsh midday sunlight, or you may need an extra source of light like flash or reflector for taking photos in the dark rooms.
Nakhal forts is located in Wilayat Nakhal which is only one hour away from Muscat (120 km). Visiting the fort is also a chance to swim in Ayn Al Thawara hot spring that is located very close to the fort site.
Visit times and entrance fees:
- Saturday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm , Friday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
- Entrance fees : ½ Omani Riyal
- For more information you can contact the fort staff on +968 26781384
Hall for welcoming guests
One of the nice corners
Palm trees around the fort
The fort roof top
At the top of Nakhal fort