At the first glance it appears like a massive emerald ensconced snuggly in Nature’s nest. But it’s not so. Walking through the Hawiyat Najm Park leading up to this amazing sight, I wonder what draws tourists to this place, miles away from civilisation. Of course, its proximity to Sur, an important, stunning and traditional city of Jordan, may be one of the reasons. But what else?
Aren’t sinkholes supposed to be dreaded? Don’t they swallow cars and gulp down large houses? How can a sinkhole be a tourist attraction? But… One peep into this massive cavernous sinkhole and I get my answer. The Bimmah Sinkhole looks nothing less than a shimmering precious stone that’s been carefully studded in earth. The water, clean and divine, adds extraordinary beauty to this limestone bowl. It’s so damn beautiful that it rightfully deserves to rank amongst the most popular tourist attractions.
The locals also call it the Dibab Sinkhole, probably because it’s located close to Dibab. But they also have strange versions about how the sinkhole was created. Some say the earth caved in many moons ago. Others say it’s just a natural depression existing since eons while some try to convince me about a meteor striking the spot resulting in this spectacular phenomenon.
How it came into existence holds little meaning for me because I am enormously delighted to be at this beautiful getaway. What is also intriguing is that barely 550 metres away from this stunning sinkhole flows the sea in hues of blue. So why does it acquire a deep green shade in the limestone enveloped body? Well, again as per the local belief the shade is a result of the sea water mixing with the fresh water and the reaction of the limestone all over. Honestly, I don’t quite know how and why this happens.
All I know is that this is yet another marvel of Nature!
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Images courtesy: Oman Tourism Board and Personal