Two hundred metres inland from the Gulf of Oman is the irresistible Bimmah Sinkhole, fondly cradled by textured limestone. A refreshing getaway, miles away from the buzzing capital Muscat but closer to Sur, the city that revels in tradition even today. This site is pretty deceptive, I must tell you. I had no inkling about the existence of this gorgeous limestone hollow when I walked into the Hawiyat Najm Park. After all, how beautiful could a sinkhole be?
Sometimes beauty can be so stunning that it can send you scurrying for superlatives. And that’s exactly what happens to me when I reach the periphery of this limestone encrusted sinkhole. It is so damn spectacular that I am not surprised the Oman government turned this sinkhole into a tourist destination!
The limestone structure that warmly wraps itself around the emerald tinted water attracts hosts a lot of tourists every summer. More Europeans I am told. The locals love it as well especially for camping. The Bimmah Sinkhole is around 40 metres wide making it an ideal spot to dive in for a picturesque swim. Three families saunter in and the sight of this magnificent pool evokes awesome reactions from them too.
I’m drawn to this awe-inspiring spot too. I want to touch the water and walk barefoot on the soft sand along it. Walking down the long, winding concrete stairway I marvel at the infrastructure developed by the Omani government. In some parts of the world this may have been a neglected spot. But not here!
The inviting water of the 20 metre deep pool prompts me to put my feet in it. Even as the cool water acts as a balm on my searing skin, I almost squeal with delight as a school of fish rush to nibble at my feet. They are the harmless sort so I’m not worried. In fact, in a few minutes I feel rejuvenated as though I had just come out of a fish-spa session!
The blazing sun refuses to let me stay here for long but I must confess this is one sinkhole I’d love to go to again and again!
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