At a three hour long drive from the capital city of Muscat, nestled in the mountains not so far from Sohar is the Ain Sahban Sulphur Spring. The bluish white waters and the high brown mountains make it worthy of being on the must visit list of places in Oman.
I and my friends decided to visit Ain Sahban earlier in January this year. We hit the road to Sohar at around 0730 hrs, only to realize in the middle of the deserted highway to Sohar that we were close to running out of gas. After a bit of a gaffe and driving around we found a gas station deep in a remote village. The 'finding a gas station' part took us around half an hour. We head straight to the spring after that.
A good part of the last few minutes to the spring is a stretch of off road driving. I suggest taking a 4WD to the location, ours was a Toyota Prado. There is no particular parking spot. A series of turns and there is something that looked like a house and a washroom in the area. Go downhill and voila, the blue waters and a cold breeze no matter how hot it is. There is only one single spot where you could possibly swim. The location is very picturesque and calls for some incredible photos.
The water is cold and at the bottom you can feel the slimy sulfur wriggling beneath your feet. The mountains are covered in people marking their presence with sulfur writings (very much guilty of doing this).It is washable and harmless though. If you're brave enough, I hear people mask themselves in this Sulfur (X doubt, so we didn't try it) and bathe in it. Once you are done, there is a washroom to tidy up, sitting in the sun and waiting to dry is also suggested if you're among the adventurous lot like us.
An important tip would be to fill up the gas tank. Another one is to take some snacks along or you could always stop at Carrefour in Sohar and head to the food court. Another tip that is as important is, if you do not like being drenched and sitting with the wet clothes in the car, carry some spare clothes or towels at least. Our initial plan was to visit and not drown in the water which we ended up doing (big mistake). You are going to see water and excitedly jump in, so some towels wouldn't hurt. Finally, how much you enjoy the trip not only depends on the location but also your company. Make sure to take along a lovely bunch of fun loving people to make the trip worth it!
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