Welcome to Wadi Bani Kharus

If you park at the first bend in the road, you'll notice a great slab of smooth pale grey rock on the other side of the wadi. On close inspection of the overhang, you'll see some of the ancient petroglyphs for which the wadi is noted. The rock art features figures, men on horseback and camels, but some have sadly been defaced by vandals.

The whole road makes for a fascinating drive, past the terraced fields of Stal village, market gardens anchored to the rock by retaining walls in Sana village, an aqueduct in the village of Ain Karfas. It's worth parking the car and walking into the wadi at Al Markh to photograph a pair of venerable old houses that have towered over the plantations here for centuries.

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