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Shruti Shergill

Shruti Shergill

4 reviews

Put Turkey on top of that bucket list and thank me later !!

I wouldn't lie that I wasn't planning to go around turkey and like many travellers, was just planning to stay in Istanbul before I could leave to Greece. Thank God, due to some reason Greece got cancelled and I got the opportunity to know Turkey better. First of all, Istanbul is splendid, stay near blue mosque and you could walk to almost all 5-6 main attractions but don't just stay or limit your trip to Istanbul, it's like coming to India and seeing only Delhi !! Small towns of amasya, kas, Oludeniz ... Are some hidden gems of the country. You can enjoy and know people better in smaller towns, taste their local cuisine and luckily these towns are much cheaper than bigger cities like Antalya or Cappadocia. The country is undoubtedly the food capital of the world. Don't be afraid to try new things, you will be amazed with the taste and flavours they put in. Do try manti and local cheese. They Mediterranean coast cities offers beautiful sunsets and some thrilling activities for travel junkies. And paragliding in oludeniz in one of the best thing I have tried. Every city offers different landscape, rich history, finger licking food that it was hard to pick our fav city out of all the 7 cities we travelled. Local Flights are dirt cheap infact sometimes less than bus fare. Only condition is to book in advance. So in short, if you are a travel ****, Trekker, foodie, beach lover or history lover ... You have to visit the country once.

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Shreyata Sohni

Shreyata Sohni4.3/5

1 review

Best mix of History, Nature and Culture

I had been to Turkey for my Honeymoon in the Month of December, Its an off beat destination for honeymoon, but we enjoyed every bit of our stay there. We visited Ancient City of Ephesus, Istanbul, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia, Erciyes Mountain.

Highlight of our visit was Istanbul, a very young and happening city. For new years eve we decided to go to for Bosphorus Cruise, it was probably one of the most boring experiences I have ever had, a lot has to do with the kind of people we are and not the party as such.

Temperatures at cappadocia was -4 siring our stay there. Although we missed Hot Air Balloon ride at Capadocia due to bad weather, we enjoyed our visit to open air museum, rose valley garden.

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Turkey Overview

Turkey, also known as the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country that is located at the intersection of Europe and Asia. A major part of the country comprises the Anatolia Peninsula, which is part of western Asia.

Only 3% of the country that includes Rumelia in Balkan Peninsula is part of Europe. The Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara and Dardanelles separate Asian Turkey from the European Turkey.

The borders of the country are surrounded by four seas, Aegean Sea in the west, Black Sea in the north, Sea of Marmara in the northwest and Mediterranean Sea in the south. Ankara is the capital of this democratic and constitutional republic.

Out of the 7,37,22,988 people living in Turkey, 80% are Turks and rest of the population comprises Kurds and other ethnic groups. Around 75% of the population speak Turkish, which is the official language of the country.

Kurdish and Zazaki are the other local languages that are spoken by the rest of the population. In this secular country, the major religion is Islam which is followed by most of the population.

The first human settlement in Turkey started during the Stone Age in 7500 BC in the region nearby Catalhuyuk. The Turks arrived in the country during the 11th century, when the Seljuq Empire conquered the Byzantine Empire. After the Seljuq dynasty, Mongols invaded Turkey. During this period, the Ottoman State emerged as the most powerful by conquering Rumelia and Istanbul.

The Ottoman Empire prospered under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent during the 16th and 17th century. After the defeat of Turkey in World War I, allied powers captured Istanbul, Anatolia and Eastern Thrace.

To gain independence, a military was formed by the Ankara Government and was headed by Mustafa Kemal. Under his leadership, the Republic of Turkey gained independence and became a free country in 1923. Ankara was then declared as the capital city.

Historically, Turkey played a significant role and the Trojan Wars were fought in western Turkey. A wooden model of the Trojan horse can still be seen on the site. Further, during her last few days, Virgin Mary resided in Selcuk (Izmir). The world's first university was found in Harran which is located in south-east Turkey.

The Temple of Artemis, which was one of the wonders of the world, was situated at Ephesus. However, presently only ruins can be seen in Izmir. Likewise, the Mausoleum, another wonder of the world was situated at Halicarnassus and its ruins can still be found in Bodrum, Mugla.

The best time to visit Turkey is during spring (April through mid-June) and autumn (September and October). Eastern Turkey can be best explored from late June till September.

Tourists wishing to travel around the region of the Black Sea can plan a tour during April and September. Western Turkey is best visited during the months of April to June and September to November.

Getting to Turkey

visa

Visa: Prior application

Cost: USD 43 (₹ 3,037 approx)

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Transit

Transit time: 13 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 19,650 per person

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