Indian nationals need to apply for a tourist visa that costs about INR 3200. However, if one has a valid US, Australian, Canadian, Schengen, UK visa or GCC residency, they may be granted visa on arrival for a stay not exceeding 30 days. I used my UAE residency to enter Oman. The process was smooth, and I was not asked any questions at immigration.
Where to Stay
I stayed at Savoy Grand Hotel Apartments, a mid-range hotel located close to downtown Muscat. The staff was polite, friendly and extremely helpful. The hotel even has an in-house restaurant. I paid about INR 4000 for a double room.
What to Eat
Oman is famous for its classic middle eastern cuisine. Everyone visiting Oman must try Harees, an Omani version of Haleem and Machboos, a local rice dish served with meat and saffron. My favorites restaurants were The Cave, that serves Omani-African fusion food and Kargeen that serves authentic Omani fare. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in public places and you need a license to purchase it from a store. You must head over to bars to get your dose of booze. You may even want to consider substituting alcohol with Karak Tea, Oman’s favorite beverage!
A traveler at heart, I have been to 22 countries on 6 continents. My favorite experiences are plunging in to sub-zero Antarctic waters, renovating a Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka and hiking Borneon jungles. I am also an engineer, a public speaker, a sustainability believer and a polar explorer. Follow my misadventures on www.passportuncontrol.com and Instagram @geeknextdoor.