Palangan Village Visit
October 19, 2019 we had a trip in the west part of the Iran and we have travelled to Kermanshah, after the Kermansha, we go to Kamyaran City and from Kamyaran City, we used to follow one small road between the Kayaran and Maryvan. On the middle of the way, there is one nice village which is called Palangan.
This village is located in between mountains and all the homes are build up on the mountain. Also the Palangan Village is one of the known village for the tourist and the people living in this village are having good income because of the tourists. You can easily find a house where you can rent or stay for one or 2 nights. The village population is estimated to be about 1000 people. Access road to this village from Kamyaran Main road and Maryvan main road is available but around 10km of the road going to Maryvan is not asphalt anymore. Some villages also have fish pond as their source of income and sells the fish on the local people. Some other residents are also having livestock animals as their source of income. After we reach to Palangan village, we take our backpacks and started walking towards the mountain to reach the water falls which took around 1 hour. To reach to this water falls, there are 2 options, one is through walking and the other is through donkey. The people in this village are Kurdish and knows Persian but mostly speaks Kurdish. You will see the ladies wearing traditional Kurdish dress. The weather condition ranges from -7 Degree Celsius during winter and up to 20 Degree Celsius during summer.
Misfah Old Houses Village in Oman
On our way back, September 28,2019 we visited the Misfah village, which is almost 1 ½ hour from Jebel Al Shams.
We have met the local person handling the Misfah Inn where he mentioned that that they charge 42 OMR per night which already includes the breakfast. We saw as well the big dates farm in the lower part of the Inn. We saw one farmer with his donkey carrying some crops. We saw one water source where the village people take their drinking water and this serves as their water storage as well for the farm. One person mentioned that the irrigation of the farm is coming from the spring on the upper part of the mountain. We have decided to take a look and find the water source. Along the way, we met Mr. Munir, he is from Bangladesh and is working for one Omani who owns dates farm as well. He led us the way to the water source and gave us some information of the village. We saw some mango trees and dates trees along the way as well. It took us around 20 minutes’ walk before we found the spring in the mountain. On one part of the water source, we found some fish as well. The view of the Misfah Village is rich in nature and I highly recommend to visit this area in Oman.
Jebel Al Shams – Highest Peak in Oman and nearby Villages
After the Hootah Village, September 27, we have travelled to Jebel Al Shams which is highest peak in Oman which is accessible by car.
The 11 kilometers before the peak is an off-road travel. On top of Jebel Al Shams, you will see 2 resort where you can stay there or do the camping near the area. The mountain is so high and looking down the base of the mountain is not for someone who has fear of heights. Also, on top of the mountain, there are wild goats moving freely and donkey as well. It is nice to watch the sunset as well and the weather and the wind is so relaxing. We have planned to camp on top of the mountain but at the midnight it was too cold and we have to stay inside the car. In the early morning, we have waited for the sunrise in Jebel Al Shams since it was known to have a very beautiful sunrise. We were mesmerized by the sunrise, and have watched it and have enjoyed the view as well.
Hootah Cave and nearby small villages
On September 26, we have travelled to Muscat Oman for a business trip and after 2 days trip in Muscat, we went to the mountain area of Oman, Jebel Al Shams, which is the highest peak in Oman. On the way to the Jebel Al Shams, we visited 3 small villages and we have seen their farm which includes corn and dates farm and we saw some animals including donkey, chicken and goat which are for sale as well. We have visited the Hootah Cave in Oman which is accessible thru train and the tour guide will explain and tour you inside the cave which will take around 40minutes inside. We saw some bats and blind fish inhabiting the cave.
Ansarood Village Visit
On September 9 we travelled to Tabriz which located in the Northwest of Iran. From Tabriz, we have travelled to Ansarood which took 1 hour away from Tabriz.This village is located in the lower part of Sahand mountain. There are big farm and animals which is the main income of the residents. There is a good road facilities in Ansarood but is mostly accessible by private cars. In the middle of several mountain, there is spring which is called Ab Bolagh, and to reach this you will have to walk for about 40 minutes from the village. And I highly recommend that you try drinking the mineral water from the spring. And we had the chance to talk to three young people who shared the information of the lifestyle and system of the village.