4 points you need to start working on at least one week before.
6. GPS / Android phones with offline maps already downloaded.
for those who dont want to get lost in the woods.
Crossing the border.
If you are going to khasab on public holidays, try to reach the border check post as early as possible. It will take at least 2 - 3 hours to get your visa stamped from the emigration office. if you are going on on long public holidays. Specially on Eid, weekends of December, January, February months, there will be too much rush.
Remember, this is a very sensitive area. So don't try to pissoff the military personals and traffic officers out there, specially during rush hours. They can bring you real headache. Smile, greet and get all the paper work done in a polite easy way. All officials are very cooperative and they will help you with all paper works. Strictly no camera zone.Keep it in your bag.
When you enter the border crossing zone, you will see long queues of vehicle along the road side. Try to park the car in such a way you dont get blocked by another card or you dont block any others. Take your passport, car registration card, insurance paper and cash and go to emigration office. There are many counters open. Remember in Dubai emigration office, they dont accept cash. Either you can pay using your credit card or debit card. Or you can get a prepaid "e-dhirham" card from the front office it self. Then next step is goto any counter, stand in the queue and get your exit stamped from UAE emigration office. Get a token for your vehicle and proceed to vehicle. Take your car and cross the gate. The gate keeper will ask for the token and hand it over to him.
Move to the oman border office. Park your car and get inside the emigration office. Here also procedure is same. But you will have to fill up a small form and proceed to queue in front of the counters. Pay the visa fee and get all your passport stamped. make sure there is stamp on your passport. Here the officials are not so good in english. But they are very friendly.
Then you all you have to do is to start your engine and go across the gate towards the mountains of khasab.
On the way you will come across many sweet locations and beach fronts. If you get time stop by and click some picks.
Going alone the curved roads gives you amazing views that you might not have experienced before.
Just be careful while driving those blind corners. Those are really dangerous. Keep you side as the both lanes are together on the same road it self. Vehicles coming from the opposite direction can come face to face at any corners. So slow down if you don't have country side road experience.
Though out the journey you may find lot of old interesting stuffs.So if you have time, take few minutes to explore the both sides of the roads. To be honest i have taken tones of picture by which only the one which cannot be sold online will be posted in this blog.
We took whole day exploring the locations on either side of the roads. Clicking all along the way. By the time we reached kasab and met our friends there, it was dark. There was some kind of expo going on the beach side. There were lots of campers there. It was an awesome night. We spend whole night there eating and roaming around.
I woke up early morning before sunrise to experience the sunrise of this part of the world. I took the camera and set for some remote area to see any good location. Amazingly i ended up very nice location with straight roads and barely any human being and got few awsome clicks from these locations.
After my early morning trip i got back to our place camp for breakfast. Directly headed to some remote location far from the city area. One of our friend who is working in khasab also joined us since he know all locations.
We took a turn from the main road towards the mountains, unpaved roads and hairpins curves. It was pretty adventures. And it was taking to much time also. We traveled around 2 hours at 30 - 40 km/s climbing the hill. And finally reached a spot with an awesome view. I got plenty of clicks from there.
I cant believe the location and the view from there. Its absolutely no words to describe.
There were lot of camping teams and families there. We came acquainted with a gang from Dubai, who used to come here very often. They were doing fishing, cooking and camping there. Pretty cool no ?
Wandering around clicking some awesome pics, we returned back to the town for heading back to Dubai. On the way back we went to see some mountain passes which is very awesome to see.
By afternoon we reached the Khasab port, where people will board for boat cruise and seeing dolphins. Very often some cruise ships used to halt here for a day or two. Many tourist were seen all around the place. The Dhow cruise is the one of the main evens its in Khasab. Its a daily trip to the sea for sight seeing and Dolphin viewing. Its better to go there off -season. During rush seasons the charges will be sky high and you may not be even able to get a seat in any cruise boat.
On the way back to Dubai we took some dip in the deep blue sea. Spend some time in the evening sun, swimming. It was a beautiful evening.
On the way back through the border there were no much checking from the Oman side. But the Dubai border check post was having heavy guards and checking. We had to get down from the car and the guards will check the complete vehicle. Just keep the cool and let them do their job. Answer to their question and move on.
Back to Dubai.