But the story does not end there.As I huff and puff my way up the fortress which is surrounded by a wall that is 12 kms long, I hear from Saleh that Bahla Fort has several legends of genies and ghosts haunting it.Apparently there was a man who was stoned to death here thousands of years ago by the locals for practising witchcraft.It is believed that they could communicate with djinns who flew in a mosque from a neighbouring townÂ and parked it here.Every stone here tells a story.There is another story here and this time, Saleh narrates to us theÂ story of a flying mosque that came up around the town.Saleh tells us that locals believe that his spirit may be wandering around the narrow alleys of the town, the desolated walls and the old crumbling ruins.They look like they have been baked and crumbled under the heat here.The blue sky is cloudless and the sun is rather merciless today.He says that even the walls may have an eerie feel to them.I am at the imposing citadel which is the 13th century Bahla Fort, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites which is around 200 kms from Muscat.Â According to the story, Bahla Fort Oman was threatened by an attack from a neighbouring kingdom and the ruler reached out to a djinn or a spirit to help them.According to Saleh, Al Hamra Oman was once a prosperous village under the Al Yaaribah dynasty over four centuries ago .
My trip to Oman starts with a ghost story and a haunted fort.Â It is a hot afternoon and I am standingÂ at the foot of a formidable fort, which was built over 700 years ago.A formidable fort was built apparently overnight and the opponents beat a hasty retreat after just looking at it.[Of Art Street Mangar The Village]
The silence is eerie indeed as we walk around the fort.However people even today believe that his spirit haunts the town as well.Bahla is surrounded by an aura of occult and magic.Three Sufi saints lived in a hillock near the fort.There is a museum and a souk here with a lone halwa store and we stop to take a bite before resuming our road trip and listening to more stories.
Have you been on a road trip in Oman ? And do you like ghost stories and towns and haunted tales from an abandoned village ? Do share your experiences..Suddenly I find myself surrounded by aÂ sea of ruins.[I Because8230 Travel 25 After Years]
The sun gets harsher by the minute and we continue on our journey,Â If Bahla has an aura of theÂ supernatural, then the ruins of Al Hamra leave us spellbound.The narrow alleys clone each other and it is very easy to lose your way.I walk away hurriedly and turn a little corner to find my guide looking out for me.But I am told that trees are bewitched and people here believe that if you touch a mere branch , you may just vanish into thin air.
I look up to see multi storeyed crumbling edifices with holes in them , that would have been windows at one time and for a moment, I feel an eerie presence around me.The occult and the supernatural always fascinate me.And this when my guide Saleh tells me , “This fort was built by a ghost in just one night.â I look at him rather incredulously as the amazing story teller that he is stands upon a small mound and begins to narrate.One of the legends relating to black magic in Oman is rather ominous.Stark and naked, the ghostly mud houses of the 400 year old abandoned village stand out against the blue sky and the smattering of date palm trees.[Caves And INR A Ellora 2000 From On Ajanta PuneMumbai 2 Day Trip Exploring]
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