The capital of Oman, Muscat is located on the Gulf of Oman with a majestic backdrop of the Western Al Hajar Mountains. This beautiful city has numerous mosques including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Ruwi Mosque and Zawawi Mosque along with two Hindu temples--a Shiva temple and a Krishna temple. Take a ride along the Corniche, a street that hugs the coastlines and plays light reflecting off the water with the white facades of the old merchants houses that line the promenade. The old covered souk, or market, on the nearby narrow streets offers everything from 24-kt. gold to frankincense to beautiful rugs. Old Portuguese forts sit side-by-side with modern homes and businesses.