When we heard about a village that is on a cliff in Yemen, we were fascinated. We were very lucky to be taken on a visit there,as permission is required ( rarely given!!!). The view on the way from the capital of Yemen, Sana’a to Cocoban is uniquely breathtaking, as it is through a Wadi and rocky mountains. The road itself is very well maintained, in the middle of the journey there is a heavily guarded check post that turns people back. We were allowed to pass through to a winding road above the plains that led to a rocky/ stone door that guards the village. When we reached the top of the cliff, a village appeared miraculously. There was silence all around, though we were told there were people in all the mud, brick and stone houses that lines our path. It was a beautiful village with a clearing in the center. Hawkers materialized out of thin air, to sell their wares, composed of ear rings made of semi precious stones and brass-ware. There was a rope way which was not in use. It gave us a spectacular view of the sheer drop to the ground below. From the ground, it was impossible to imagine that such a place existed,as the homes and buildings are carved into the cliff itself. We spent time exploring the village and returned before sundown, as we had been warned not to stay beyond dusk…..
Inaccessible?? you bet!!! Beyond beautiful??? Oh yes!!!
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