Fanja is 53 kms west of Muscat on the road to Nizwa. I must have driven by here dozens of times and have always been impressed with the wide wadis, mountains with old mud homes upon them and the lush palm trees of this area. I recently decided to explore this town with a population of a little over 20,000 and am glad I did.
Fanja is the first city of the Dakhiliyah Region as you drive from Muscat. There is a lot to see and plenty of places to explore in this charming town if one doesn’t mind the occasional narrow roads which only have space for one car at a time.
I can never get enough of the old dishdasha scarecrows one can see driving through the farming towns of Oman!
There were two older female shepherds tending the flock in this wadi near the watchtower I was exploring. One can be seen here on the left.