1. Visa- First things first, Oman visa is one of the most easy and quick visas to get..you can apply through any agent and will receive the visa next day, in most cases. I applied through Atlys as they were the only ones asking for least docs, just passport and photo..that too on their app..you just need to click a selfie and upload passport details and enter your dates. Akbar and musafir were were asking for more docs bank statement, form 16 etc. Atlys charged us Inr 4100 for a 10 day visa and we received visa within 24 hrs..
If you have schengen visa, you can go to their immigration website and apply online yourself. I even asked at immigration regarding visa free arrival for US visa holders but the officer had no clear idea. However, on the websote there is an option to apply for e-visa for us visa holders.
2. Flight- Took direct Air India at inr 17k per person. Short flight of just 3 hrs from Delhi. Basic service, nothing very impressive and lots of blue collared workers.
3. Immigration- Air India staff just asked for reurn ticket and visa. No funds, hotel bookings were asked for. At Muscat immigration was the smoothest with no queries, not even return ticket, visa or anything. They just stamped visa with 10 days validity.
4. Currency and general- Oman is expensive, one omani riyal equals approx 200 inr. Not a backpacker destination. Food is also not cheap, no streetfood, limited bars and smoking options etc. But people are really really nice and respectful.
5. Rental car- Took a rental car from Europcar at the airport to explore this country through self driving and its the best way as they dont have ample public transport. Indians required an IDP to drive in Oman, but recently just few days back there was a news that anyone with their home country licenses can drive. Do check with the rental company. We applied for idp before coming here and received the same next working day. Europcar charged us INR 13k for 6 days rental excluding fuel. We drove arnd 1500 kms and fuel cost was 2400 inr, fuel is 40 rs litres here.
Speed limit is 120 on highways and 80-100 in the city. Cameras everywhere and fines are high. But what an experience driving on empty highways surrounded by mountains on both sides.