Azerbaijan Travel Guide - Totally Unique Experience
Azerbaijan Travel Guide - Totally Unique Experience
Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus and variously considered part of Europe or Asia. The country lies on the Caspian Sea. It borders Russia and Georgia to the north, Armenia to the west, and Iran in the south. Through the autonomous exclave of Nakhchivan, which lies between Armenia and Iran, Azerbaijan also shares a short border with Turkey.
Azerbaijan Different regions and cities :
Absheron Economic Region
Aran Economic Region
Azerbaijan is known for having nine of the 11 defined ecological zones. Much of the country is temperate year-round. Nation-wide the average temperature for the year is 14-15°C (57-59°F). The Caucasus Mountains protect the country from the Arctic air masses that affect Russia in winter while the Caspian Sea shields it from the hot, dry air of Central Asia in the summer.
Cabbage, grape leaves, and eggplant wrapped meat (kelem, yarpaq, badimjan - dolmasi), kabab (kebab), rice with different variety of toppings (plov - It is said that plov is the king of Azerbaijani cuisine), gutabs and meatballs (kufta) are some of the several specialties of Azerbaijan.
Some local drinks include ayran (a yogurt drink based on sour milk) and sherbet (made from rose petals or saffron). There are also different sorts of quite decent wines produced from local grapes and a wide array of mineral waters from natural springs. In some areas of Azerbaijan the markets offer lemonades (limonat/dushes) made from pears or taragon.
There is a good selection of hotels in Baku, including many Western chains, but options elsewhere in the country are limited. Prices for the hotels start from USD60 and higher. Rental apartments might be a good choice as they are cheaper than hotels and sometimes are even more comfortable.
A lot to see in Azerbaijan such as :
Palace of the Shirvanshahs
Gobustan National Park
Heydar Aliyev Center
Ateshgah of Baku
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum
Fountains Square, Baku
Palace of Shaki Khans
Mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan
Baku Museum of Miniature Books
Nizami Museum of Azerbaijani Literature
Baku Museum of Modern Art
Diri Baba Mausoleum
National History Museum of Azerbaijan
Juma Mosque, Shamakhi
Azerbaijan National Art Museum
Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater
Momine Khatun Mausoleum
Taza Pir Mosque
Amburan Beach Club
Baku Ferris Wheel
Dalga Beach Aquapark Resort
Absheron National Park
Palace of Happiness
Megafun Entertainment Center
Tufandag Mountain Resort
Göygöl National Park
Azerbaijan is well know as a tourist destination because of the variety of places you can enjoy while you are visiting Azerbaijan. Through a series of videos we will try to show you recommended places to visit in Azerbaijan
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Republic of Artsakh
1. The legend has it that ”Artsakh” is derived from “Ar” (Aran) and “tsakh”- woods, garden, meaning ”the gardens of Aran Sisakean”, the first nakharar (leader) of northeastern Armenia. Historically, the region of Artsakh (mostly overlapping with current territory of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) was the 10th province of Kingdom of Armenia through 189 BC until 387 AD, afterwards captured and settled by foreign invaders. It was in May 1994 that Artsakh people regained independence after the bereavements of the war with Azerbaijan. Nowadays, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is de facto an independent but mostly unrecognized state.
2. Stepanakert is the capital and largest city of the country. Extremely clean, green cozy, it’s the cultural and economic hub of the republic, hosting the governmental buildings and parliament, as well as a number of entertainment places, parks and restaurants.
3. Stepanakert is home to Artsakh’s symbol, ”We are Our Mountains” monument mostly known as ”Tatik- Papik” (”Grandma and Grandpa”) among Armenians. The monument made of tufa features an old man and woman dressed in a traditional costume. The sculpture symbolizing the whole Artsakh people stands proudly on top of a small hill and ”points to” an amazing panoramic view of the city.
4. Shushi, the second largest city of Artsakh, has rich yet thorny history. A major cultural center of the region, the city has still preserved its unique charm in spite of the destruction inflicted by war. Shushi is home to a number of landmarks and less explored tourist destinations, such as enthralling Hunot Canyon, the 19th century Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, Kanatch Zham (”Green Church”) and Shushi Tank Memorial.
5. Artsakh is also home to Azokh cave, another less known yet must-see tourist destination in the country. The most noteworthy fact about this six-cave complex is that it is considered one of the most oldest places of proto-human remains in Eurasia!
6. As already mentioned, Artsakh is a land of unrivalled pieces of medieval Armenian architecture, and Gandzasar Monastery is one of these gems. Beautifully set in the middle of forest-clad mountains, the 13th century monastery complex is said to preserve the relics of Saint John the Baptist and his father Saint Zecharieh.
7. Besides rich Medieval heritage, Artsakh has much to offer to history geeks keen on exploring Hellenistic culture. The history of Tigranakert, one of the cities of the same name founded by Tigran the Great Armenian king throughout Armenian plateau, dates back to the 1st century B.C.! Nowadays, you can learn about the once-flourishing city and the unearthed artifacts at the State Archeological Museum of Tigranakert located within the walls of the castle.
8. Artsakh cuisine makes part of Armenian cuisine, but is more famous for its “zhengyalov hats” (“bread with zhengyal”)- a mixture of up to 20 types of greens wrapped up in a thin layer of bread. You can find this healthy and delicious dish in almost all the restaurants, cafes and bistros in Artsakh and Armenia. For your information, people of Artsakh are also masters of making wine and mulberry vodka- two beverages the land is also popular for.
9. A good news for fervent hikers: like Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh is also an emerging hiking destination. The mountainous landscape, lush forests and fast-running rivers make it a wonderful place to explore on foot, revealing and admiring unbeaten paths of pristine nature in all walks of your trip.
10. Perhaps, it’s owing to the above all the mentioned facts (and some more that we’re going to write about in our next articles) that Artsakh was included in the list of best locations for adventure suggested by The Guardian. The author of The Guardian article mentions that a trip to Artsakh is not for the “faint-hearted” due to “border skirmishes and ongoing wrangling for political control”. However, despite the tough past and present, the land of Artsakh is imbued with a very empowering aura of liberty, pride and tranquility at the same time, which you are sure going to experience during your Artsakh adventure.
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ifa: 1. Habil Əliyev,
2. Əlixan Səmədov