17 October, 2011

Around Dar Al Hajar in Wadi Dhahr

Those visiting Dar Al Hajar in Wadi Dhahr, usually miss the other attractions around the big Rock House. The valley in which Dar Al Hajar stands on, has other attractions: many old villages with old buildings; and scenic, picturesque surroundings.

Wadi Dhahr
Although Dar Al Hajar seems to be on top of a mountain, it is actually on a piece of a rock in a fertile valley: Wadi Dhahr. Above: the view from the roof of the Dar.
Wadi Dhahr
Scattered in Wadi Dhahr, are many other old buildings. Like this old guard post above.
Wadi Dhahr
 Above: there are many other old houses within the valley.
Wadi Dhahr
And many old villages scattered within Wadi Dhahr, like these above.
Wadi Dhahr
 Dar Al Hajar occupies a large area at the center of the valley. Above: walls at the basement of the valley. There is also a small garden adjacent to the Dar.
Dar Al Hajar
At the base of the Dar - are many visitors who come in taxis, buses or their personal cars from far and near. Many are tourists from nearby and distant countries.
Dar Al Hajar
The rock on which the Dar stands on, the trees and the building - all seem very old. Some of the trees around, are said to be hundreds of years old.
Dar Al Hajar
Qat is the main commodity on sale near the Dar. There is also roasted fresh, maize on sale.
Dar Al Hajar
These potted plants at the foot of Dar Al Hajar are a colorful addition to the scenery around.
Dar Al Hajar
On top of the seven storeyed Dar, the scenery, all around, is pleasant and wonderful.
Dar Al Hajar
Around the Dar, are many birds, trees and other old buildings. Its commanding position at the center of the valley, makes it very easy to have a 360 degree view of the scenery and landscape all around when at the roof.
Wadi Dhahr
Above: the long narrow, winding, dusty road to and from Dar Al Hajar. Below: taxis and other cars of the many visiting the Dar.
Dar Al Hajar
Due to it being very fertile and its secure, protective location with mountains all around, Wadi Dhahr (Dhahr Valley) has been inhabited for thousands of years. Today, the valley has several small villages with many walled orchards of trees, fruits and qat.

+ Dar Al Hajar: the Outside
+ Dar Al Hajar: the Inside